UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Ouachita

FLW College Fishing heads to Toledo Bend

Anglers tarry at Paradise Point as persistent morning fog delayed the takeoff for day one on Toledo bend.

ZWOLLE, La. - FLW College Fishing is headed to Toledo Bend Feb. 15 for the first Southern Conference tournament of the season. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the 2014 Southern Conference Invitational.

"Toledo Bend is my favorite tournament lake," said Kellogg's pro Jim Tutt. "I like it because it has a mixture of cover. If you want to fish shallow you can do that, if want to fish hydrilla you can do that, if you want to fish standing timber you can do that. More importantly, it's a really big lake with a lot of standing timber. You can run and get away from people."

The long-time Texas resident was effusive in his praise of the lake and predicted that the winning bag could come from anywhere between the dam and the extreme north end. He said that unless there was a very hard north wind, the field could spread out and find success anywhere.

"Toledo Bend probably has the best grass that it has had in years and years," said Tutt. "The Rat-L-Trap bite will be phenomenal - the grass is just the right depth now. The competitors will need to look for the little drains and ditches near flats that lead to spawning areas. Umbrella rigs or slow rolling a big spinnerbait could produce too.

"I'd say it will take over 25 pounds to win," finished Tutt. "This is just a great time of year to be on Toledo Bend."

Anglers will take off from San Miguel Park located at 381 San Miguel Road in Zwolle, La., at 7:00 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at San Miguel Park starting at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Takeoff and weigh-in is free and open to the public.

Schools competing in the Toledo Bend tournament, which is hosted by the Sabine River Authority, include:

Angelo State - Logan Clark and Matthew Freeman, both of San Angelo, Texas
Arkansas State University - Tyler Gaskin, Wynne, Ark., and Dail Baldwin, Jonesboro, Ark.
Baylor University - Denver Lawless, McGregor, Texas, and Reid Carlisle, Waco, Texas
Baylor University - Tyler Torwick, Waco, Texas, and Connor Case, Plano, Texas
Colorado State University - Michael Harpell and Chris Sabina, both of Fort Collins, Col.
East Central University - Tanner Masters and Wyatt Ryan, both of Ada, Okla.
Henderson State - Theron Asbery, Grove, Okla., and William Stone, Arkadelphia, Ark.
Lamar University - Brandon Simoneaux, Bridge City, Texas, and Josh Bowie, Port Neches, Texas
Lamar University - Quinton Evans, Orange, Texas, and Colby Ogden, Kountze, Texas
Louisiana Tech University - Matthew Loetscher, Many, La., and Caleb Boudreaux, Doyline, La.
Louisiana Tech University - Zachary Sparish, Ruston, La., and Brandon Greco, Shreveport, La.
LSU-Shreveport - James Avant, Shreveport, La., and Jared Rascoe, Stonewall, La.
LSU-Shreveport - J.L. Sepulvado, Zwolle, La., and David Hartzo, Shreveport, La.
New Mexico State University - Nicholas Dicamillo, Las Cruces, N.M., and Jesse Wilkinson, Rio Rancho, N.M.
New Mexico State University - Tanner Cooper and Memo Nunez, both from Las Cruces, N.M.
Nicholls State University - Cameron Naquin, Gray, La., and Colby Pujol, Napoleonville, La.
Nicholls State University - Matthew Waguespack and Tyler Rivet, both from Raceland, La.
Nicholls State University - Trevor Leblanc and Jess Robertson, both from Houma, La.
Northwestern State - John Ledet, Natchitoches, La., and Justin Cooper, Pelican, La.
Northwestern State - Pete Gentry and Nicholas Ezernack, both of Many, La.
Northwestern State - Robert Lafitte, Many, La., and Christian Hamous, Robeline, La.
Oklahoma State University - Jacob Fish, Stillwater, Okla., and Michael Hall, Inola, Okla.
Sam Houston State - Robert Laskoskie, Kemah, Texas, and Jared Pruitt, Crowley, Texas
Southern Arkansas University - Melissa Day and Kevin Roberts, both of Magnolia, Ark.
Tarleton State-Stephenville - Hunter Edwards, Breckenridge, Texas, and Marshall Hughes, Port Neches, Texas
Tarleton State-Stephenville - Kehl Robbins, Stephenville, Texas, and Austin Brown, Pearland, Texas
Tarleton State-Stephenville - Robert Ramsey, Missouri City, Texas, and James McCaleb, Stephenville, Texas
Texas A&M-Kingsville - Cody Garrett, Kingsville, Texas, and Evan Blott, Tomball, Texas
Texas A&M - Josh Bensema, Willis, Texas, and Vann Millican, College Station, Texas
Texas A&M - Reid O'Conner, Cypress, Texas, and Tyler Bradfield, College Station, Texas
Texas A&M - Zachary Wymer, Southlake, Texas, and Cole Temple, College Station, Texas
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - Logan Jones and Dereck Mangold, both of Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas Christian University - Austin Tucker and Dustin Jones, both of Fort Worth, Texas
Texas Christian University - Joseph Sanderson, Austin, Texas, and David Nicholson, La Vernia, Texas
Texas State University - Andrew Jackson and Justin Chambers, both of San Marcos, Texas
Texas Tech University - Joseph Smith and Harrison Ford, both of Lubbock, Texas
University of Louisiana-Lafayette - Joshua Clark, Merryville, La., and Eric Fusilier, Ville Platte, La.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette - Ry Savory, Saint Martinsville, La., and Dustin Robichaux, Lafayette, La.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette - Zachary Dubois, Kaplan, La., and Colby Drago, Livonia, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe - Blake Alford and Tyler Stewart, both of West Monroe, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe - Jackson Blackety, Monroe, La., and Tyler Craig, Frierson, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe - Nick Ladart and Brian Eaton, both of Monroe, La.
University of Arkansas-Monticello - Michael Leppert, Minden, La., and Ryan Crowley, Monticello, Ark.
University of Arkansas-Monticello - Richard Harris and Timothy Smith, both of Monticello, Ark.
University of Arkansas - Ben Dubois, Fayetteville, Ark., and Keeton Villines, Huntsville, Ark.
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs - Justin Solverson and Peter Decker, both of Colorado Springs, Col.
University of North Texas - Andrew Golden and Branden Barnett, both of Denton, Texas
University of Oklahoma - Jonathan Haines, Tulsa, Okla., and Alex Edgeman, The Woodlands, Texas
University of Oklahoma - Joseph Hatton and Samuel Crabtree, both of Norman, Okla.

FLW College Fishing teams compete in three qualifying events in one of five conferences - Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 15 teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five conference invitational tournaments. The top 10 teams from each conference invitational tournament will advance to the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing. Visit CollegeFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.

About FLW

FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

/news/2016-02-07-hallman-wins-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Hallman Wins Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee Presented by Ranger Boats

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought just two bass to the scale Sunday totaling 6 pounds, 8 ounces, but it was still enough to earn the win at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman’s four-day cumulative total of 16 bass weighing 71 pounds, 2 ounces earned him the win by an impressive 14-pound, 14-ounce margin over second-place pro Alex Davis of Albertville, Alabama, and $100,000 in the tournament that featured 169 of the best bass-fishing anglers in the world competing in the first FLW Tour event of the regular season. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-07-big-hall-man-on-okeechobee

Big (Hall)Man on Okeechobee

It was the Bradley Hallman show all week long at Lake Okeechobee at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats. Though, the Norman, Okla., pro struggled on day four and brought in only two fish for 6 pounds, 8 ounces, he pulled off the wire-to-wire victory in his first event on Tour. The 13-pound, 9-ounce lead that Hallman built up through the first three days of competition was enough that he didn't actually have to weigh his fish today. Hallman's tournament total of 71 pounds, 2 ounces far exceeded the 56-04 caught by runner-up Alex Davis. For the win, Hallman earned $100,000. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-07-lake-okeechobee-day-4-coverage

Lake Okeechobee Day 4 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-top-5-patterns-from-lake-okeechobee-day-3

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Okeechobee Day 3

Across the board, weights fell off on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina and Resort and the Hendry County Tourism and Development Council. No one in the top 20 crossed the 20-pound mark. Cloud cover, which prevented the water temperature from rising much above 65 degrees, and low water clarity might both have slowed the replenishment of bass moving into spawn. Tournament leader Bradley Hallman experienced a bit of a stall in the action as well, bringing just four fish to the scales, but he still managed to increase his lead to 13 pounds, 9 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-hallman-extends-lead-on-day-three-at-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Hallman Extends Lead On Day Three At Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Ranger Boats

Anchored by an 8-pound, 10-ounce kicker, pro Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought four bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 3 ounces to extend his lead to more than 13½ pounds heading in to the final day of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman’s... READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-can-anyone-catch-hallman-

Can Anyone Catch Hallman?

Despite catching only four keepers on day three, Norman, Okla., pro Bradley Hallman extended his lead at the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee. With a day-three weight of 14 pounds, 3 ounces and a tournament total of 64-10, his margin over second-place angler Alex Davis is now 13 pounds, 9 ounces. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-06-okeechobee-day-3-coverage

Okeechobee Day 3 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-top-5-patterns-from-lake-okeechobee-day-2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake Okeechobee Day 2

Fueled by 25 mph north winds, the Lake Okeechobee washing machine cleansed some livewells today, keeping them free of the 20-pound limits that are so common here when the weather is sunny, 75 and calm. However, a few 20-plus-pound limits still snuck through the rinse cycle to grace the scales. The biggest limit once again belonged to Bradley Hallman of Norman, Okla. He added 25 pounds, 7 ounces to the 25 he caught on day one. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-oklahoma-s-hallman-extends-lead-at-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Oklahoma’s Hallman Extends Lead at Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee Presented by Ranger Boats

CLEWISTON, Fla. – Pro angler Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds, 7 ounces to the scale Friday to extend his lead on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Hallman will bring an 8-pound, 8-ounce advantage into day three of the four-day competition that features 169 of the top bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-cales-earns-co-angler-win

Cales Earns Co-angler Win

Co-angler Tim Cales of Sandstone, W.Va., earned his second win with FLW after sacking up 30 pounds, 11 ounces over two days in the Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-hallman-way-in-front

Hallman Way in Front

Bradley Hallman is doing his best to make the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats a one-man show. But Alabama pro Alex Davis hopes to spoil Hallman’s hopes of a wire-to-wire victory. Today, Hallman weighed in 25 pounds, 7 ounces to raise his two-day total to 50-07. He’s led the tournament each day thus far. Davis weighed in 20-15 to move from third to second but is still 8 1/2 pounds behind the leader. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-05-okeechobee-day-2-coverage

Okeechobee Day 2 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-04-top-5-patterns-from-the-okeechobee-tour-day-1

Top 5 Patterns from the Okeechobee Tour Day 1

The Walmart FLW Tour has been coming to Lake Okeechobee for the better part of 20 years. And for a vast majority of those years, the north end of the lake has been the business end – where the business of fish catching is done. Today, that tradition was derailed in the first round of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Hendry County Tourism Development Council. Though some boats did sample the Harney Pond area up north, many of the normal fish-producing haunts such as the Monkey Box, Dyess Ditch and Fisheating Bay were complete ghost towns. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-04-hallman-leads-day-one-of-walmart-flw-tour-on-lake-okeechobee-presented-by-ranger-boats

Hallman Leads Day One Of Walmart FLW Tour On Lake Okeechobee Presented By Ranger Boats

Oklahoma pro Bradley Hallman, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 25 pounds even Thursday to grab the early lead after day one of the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. Right behind him in second place is renowned Okeechobee angler Brandon McMillan of Clewiston, who weighed in five bass totaling 22-8. Hallman now brings a 2½-pound lead into day two of the four-day READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-04-hallman-takes-the-lead-with-25

Hallman Takes the Lead with 25

The old saying is that the third time is the charm, but for Bradley Hallman of Norman, Okla., it’s more like the first time is the charm. Hallman is fishing his first Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee. It’s the first day of the first Tour event of 2016, and Hallman sits in first place with 25 pounds even. Norman, Okla., pro Bradley Hallman sacked up an impressive 25-pound limit of bass to take the lead on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour opener on Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-04-okeechobee-day-1-coverage

Okeechobee Day 1 Coverage

Daily updates from the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Ranger Boats. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-03-5-key-areas-on-okeechobee

5 Key Areas on Okeechobee

There are many well-known areas on Lake Okeechobee that are commonly talked about around the docks before and after each event, but five key spots in particular will certainly play a role in this week’s Walmart FLW Tour opener. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-03-5-to-watch-on-okeechobee

5 to Watch on Okeechobee

This year, the Big O is giving the 169-boat field a different look than they’ve seen in past years in the form of high, dirty water. The odds could favor the locals more than in years past, though the caliber of skill among the entire field is over the top. Really, it could be anyone’s tournament. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-02-scouting-the-big-o-with-wesley-strader

Scouting the Big O with Wesley Strader

Wesley Strader is known and admired for his unique wit and constant cheer, but his consistency is what has been the true hallmark of his successful fishing career. Last week, that consistency paid off with the first big win he’s had since 2002 at the B.A.S.S. Open on the Kissimmee Chain in central Florida. Now he’s got his eye on starting the Walmart FLW Tour season on the right foot a few hours south at Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-01-okeechobee-practice-with-scott-martin

Okeechobee Practice with Scott Martin

Scott Martin is heading into the first Walmart FLW Tour event of the season with a full head of steam. After earning what might be the first of many Angler of the Year titles in 2015, he gets to kick off the year sleeping in his own bed and fishing Lake Okeechobee, the place where he grew up and where he has caught more than 50 bass weighing more than 10 pounds. READ MORE »