UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Ouachita

College Fishing readies for Carlyle Lake

The Central Conference Championship on Carlyle Lake prepares to begin while anglers put their boats in the water.

CARLYLE, Ill. - FLW College Fishing is headed to Carlyle Lake April 26 for the second Central 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 Central Conference Invitational.

"The lake has really rebounded over the last five years," said FLW Tour pro Travis Loyd. "It's a great fishery with a very strong population of largemouth in it.

"Carlyle Lake is a unique lake," continued the Illinois pro. "The north end is filled with stumps from prior standing timber. It's a fairly shallow lake and the tournament will definitely be won in less than 6 feet of water.

"The fish will be shallow. If the water will stabilize and clear up a bit it could be won in the north end. The south end of the lake has a lot of great pockets in it and there's a lot of rip rap and rocks. This time of year it's notorious for a crankbait bite on the rocks."

Loyd went on to say that he expected many of the fish to be spawning around the lake's abundant shallow cover either in pockets in the south end of the lake or around the timber in the north end. He also cautioned the collegiate anglers to take care when navigating the north end due to the treacherous nature of the timber.

"I would think that some team will bring in over 20 pounds to win," said Loyd. "A jig, a tube, and most definitely a spinnerbait and a ChatterBait will be good this time of year."

Anglers will take off from Dam West located at 801 Lake Road in Carlyle at 6:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at the takeoff location starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Takeoff and weigh-in is free and open to the public.

Schools competing in the Carlyle Lake tournament include:

Ball State University - Shane Missi, Floyds Knobs, Ind., and Quintin Zornes, Nashville, Ind.
Bradley University - Peter Schmeling, Rockford, Ill., and Zach Cline, Farmington, Ill.
Central Christian College - Blake Fryer, Broken Arrow, Okla., Brady Sherman, McPherson, Kan.
Eastern Illinois University - Cody Hartke, Effingham, Ill., and Tryler Brandenburg, Mattoon, Ill.
Eastern Kentucky University - Kyle Raymer, Brandenburg, Ky., and Ethan Snyder, Vine Grove, Ky.
Georgetown College - Mike Huff, Corbin, Ky., and John Hunter, Georgetown, Ky.
Greenville College - David Weyer, Canton, Ill., and Trey Gibson, Trenton, Ill.
Illinois State University - Bryce Wegman, Normal, Ill., and Anthony Cancelli, Mundelein, Ill.
Indiana State University - Zac Niehaus, Bazil, Ind., and Robert Nero, Carlisle, Ind.
Indiana University - Derrick Hoffman, South Elgin, Ill., and Brody McWilliams, Greenwood, Ind.
Iowa State University - McKinley Geiger, Ames, Iowa, and Shane Weinberg, Plainfield, Iowa
Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis - Thomas Spandau, Martinsville, Ind., and Caleb Taylor, Zionsville, Ind.
Kansas State University - Nathen Kozlowski, Junction City, Kan., and Brandon Patterson, Manhattan, Kan.
Lindsey Wilson College - Matthew Mattingly, Gravel Switch, Ky., and Clayton Bradshaw, Columbia, Ky.
McKendree University - Dustin Pendegraft, Summerfield, Ill., and Phillip Germagliotti, Highland, Ill.
Milwaukee School of Engineering - Marshall Sandretto, Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Zach Regnier, Plum City, Wis.
Missouri State University - Kyle Doherty, Chesterfield, Mo., and Nick King, St. Louis, Mo.
Missouri University of Science and Technology - William Kleine, St. Charles, Mo., and Drew Schrader, Troy, Mo.
Murray State University - Cody Santel, Petersburg, Ill., and Justin Berger, Freeburg, Ill.
Northern Illinois University - Derek Malanowski, Woodridge, Ill., and Chris Kosior, Palos Hills, Ill.
Northern Kentucky University - Zach Dressman, Morning View, Ky., and Brandon Houston, Burlington, Ky.
Northwest Missouri State University - Andrew Nordbye, St. Joseph, Mo., and Adam Almohtadi, Blue Springs, Mo.
Purdue University - Dylan Catlett, Indianapolis, Ind., Garrett Vankirk, Ferdinand, Ind.
Purdue University-Fort Wayne - Parker Watts and Joseph Sittler, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Southern Illinois University - Jordan Smith, Millstadt, Ill., and Stephen Farley, Metropolis, Ill.
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville - Zach Hartnagel, Edwardsville, Ill., and Colten Hunter, Brownstown, Ill.
Southeast Missouri State - Mark Chowning and Russell Vandiver, both of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
St. Ambrose University - Kyle Gates, Decatur, Ill., and Ted Lowery, Oak Lawn, Ill.
St. Cloud State University - Brandon Donovan, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Tyler Gromberg, St. Cloud, Minn.
University of Central Missouri - Mathew Siebert, Springfield, Ill., and Mitchell Armstrong, Branson, Mo.
University of Evansville - Nick Uebelhor and Eric Kieffner both of Jasper, Ind.
University of Iowa - Max Mercer, Burlington, Iowa, and Keaton Williams, Fort Dodge, Iowa
University of Kentucky - Marty Ballard, Winchester, Ky., and Trevor Howard, Florence, Ky.
University of Louisville - Scott Davis, Pleasureville, Ky., and Wade Brown, Lanesville, Ind.
University of Minnesota-Duluth - Mark Shirley, St. Cloud, Minn., and Ian Walesch, Sartell, Minn.
University of Missouri - Ben Verhoef, Osage Beach, Mo., and Christian Ponzetti, Excelsior, Minn.
University of Nebraska - Everett Ridderbos and Sean Mulholland, both of Lincoln, Neb.
University of Nebraska-Omaha - Ben Kroeger, Omaha, Neb., and Ben Milliken, Bennington, Neb.
University of Notre Dame - Dominic Boyer, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Buchanan Bourdon, Niles, Mich.
University of St. Thomas - Bryan Billeadeau, Circle Pines, Minn., and Michaela Anderson, Lino Lakes, Minn.
University of Wisconsin - Tanner Blaschka and Josh Pagel, both of Wausau, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse - Sig Finley, Wonder Lake, Ill., and Pat Bowers, Hudson, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville - Brett Daggett, Cottage Grove, Wis., and Ryan Gilbert, Sterling, Ill.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville - Evan Chambers, St. Charles, Ill., and Jacob Clisch, Reedsburg, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - Samuel Hempel, Franklin, Wis., and Jordan Meddaugh, Bancroft, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Tyler Zimmerman, Roscoe, Ill., and Andrew Mlotek, Naperville, Ill.
Western Illinois University - Craig Wise, Cary, Ill., and Richard Rappley, Macomb, Ill.
Winona State University - Cade Laufenberg, Stoddard, Wis., and Alex Welter, Winona, Minn.
Western Kentucky University - Stephen Compton, Brandenburg, Ky., and Ryan Coleman, Utica, Ky.

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, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

/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 »

/news/2016-02-01-childers-targeted-rocks-for-victory

Childers Targeted Rocks for Victory

Randy Childers of Anderson, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Keowee presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Childers earned $4,271. READ MORE »

/news/2016-02-01-childers-wins-flw-bass-fishing-league-savannah-river-division-opener-on-lake-keowee-presented-by-power-pole

Childers Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Opener on Lake Keowee Presented by Power-Pole

SENECA, S.C. – Randy Childers of Anderson, South Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 7 ounces, Saturday to win the first FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division tournament of 2016 on Lake Keowee presented by Power-Pole. For his victory, Childers earned $4,271. READ MORE »