UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Ouachita

FLW College Fishing gears up for Cal Delta

A steady breeze kept the American flag flapping as competitors waited for the day one takeoff.

BETHEL ISLAND, Calif. - FLW College Fishing is headed to the California Delta May 17 for the second Western 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 Western Conference Invitational tournament.

"My favorite thing about the Delta is that there are so many giant fish there," said FLW Tour pro Ish Monroe, who has six top-10 finishes on the California Delta in FLW competition. "The Delta probably has more 3 to 5 pounders than 99% of the lakes in the country."

Monroe's statement is backed up by past results. Chico State won last year's College Fishing event on the California Delta with a five-bass limit weighing just over 24 pounds.

"Some of the college anglers are really good," said the California pro. "The tournament will be won with a big swimbait, a big topwater bait, topwater frog or by punching the mats with a jig. For the average anglers, you can't go wrong with a Senko. You can also catch them on the Delta drop-shotting but I don't think the tournament will be won that way.

"I think it'll take 22 to 26 pounds to win the College Fishing event," finished Monroe.

Anglers will take off from Russo's Marina located at 3995 Willow Road in Bethel Island, Calif., at 6:00 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at the marina starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Takeoff and weigh-in is free and open to the public.

Schools competing in the California Delta tournament, which is hosted by the Hook, Line & Sinker, include:

Arizona State University - Austen Schmalz, San Carlos, Calif., and Marcus Noblisse, Honolulu, Hawaii
California Polytechnic State University - John Zeolla, Oak Park, Calif., and Kyle Greenlaw, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
California State University-Chico - Alex Klein, Oroville, Calif., and Jeff Karnthong, Antioch, Calif.
California State University-Chico - Kevin Chen and Koulton Westbrook, both of Vacaville, Calif.
California State University-Chico - Andrew Loberg, Rocklin, Calif., and Michael Braswell, Chico, Calif.
California State University-Chico - James Rodgers, Willows, Calif., and Andrew Eslick, Pleasanton, Calif.,
California State University-Long Beach - Alex Cox, Long Beach, Calif., and Justin Gangel, Huntington Beach, Calif.
California State University-Monterey Bay - Andrew Sjostrom, Marina, Calif., and Matthew Diaz, Castroville, Calif.
California State University-Sacramento - Greg and Jeff Taluban, both of Sacramento, Calif.
California State University-Sacramento - Jared Naval and Christopher Wells, both of Sacramento, Calif.
California State University-Sacramento - Matt Pagluica, Cameron Park, Calif., and Jacob Vasquez, Sacramento, Calif.
Dixie State University - Mathew Baker and Nordel Erickson, both of St. George, Utah
Eastern Washington University - Cy Floyd, Wenatchee, Wash., and Tyler Wasilewski, Cheney, Wash.
Eastern Washington University - Jarred Walker, Westerville, Ohio, and Nick Barr, Cheney, Wash.
Eastern Washington University - Travis Opel and Steven White, both of Spokane, Wash.
Fresno State University - Victor Evans, Fresno, Calif., and Carl Nelson, Hanford, Calif.
Fresno State University - Cory Kerber, Kerman, Calif., and Joseph Piedimonte, Salinas, Calif.
Humboldt State University - Alex Robbins, McKinleyville, Calif., and Jeffery Russell, Eureka, Calif.
Humboldt State University - Christopher Childers, McKinleyville, Calif., and Erich Coulter, Arcata, Calif.
Northern Arizona University - John and Jim Herrero, both of Kingman, Ariz.
Northern Arizona University - Daniel Vine and Alex Stewart, both of Flagstaff, Ariz.
Oregon State University - Eric Strickler and Chase Cochran, both of Corvallis, Ore.
Oregon State University - Joseph Billmaier, San Jose, Calif., and Brandon Hua, Corvallis, Ore.
Oregon State University - Scherf Montgomery, Fremont, Ohio, and Cady Gebhart, Boulder, Colo.
Oregon State University - Zach MacDonald, Willits, Calif., and Ryan Sparks, Gearhart, Ore.
Oregon State University - Zach Martinez, Linden, Calif., and Derek Mathes, Corvallis, Ore.
San Jose State University - Cody Wilson, Newark, Calif., and Andrew Sumi, Hercules, Calif.
San Jose State University - Patrick Friedman, San Jose, Calif., and Travis Bounds, Roseville, Calif.
Sonoma State University - Brent Nelson, Santa Rosa, Calif., and Ryan Bruce, Canyon Country, Calif.
University of Nevada-Reno - Jake Tessmann, Minden, Nev., and Bryce Yearman, Sparks, Nev.
University of Nevada-Reno - Xavier Green and Steve Werth, both of Reno, Nev.
University of Oregon - Daniel Marshall and Kaitlin Tanner, both of Eugene, Ore.
University of Oregon - Kyle Schneider, Beaverton, Ore., and Jacob Wall, Jacksonville, Ore.
University of Oregon - Mitchell Cole, Jefferson, Ore., and Eric Lee, Mather, Calif.
Utah Valley University - Maegan Goodstein and Tyler Dabling, both from Orem, Utah
Utah Valley University - Matt George, Orem, Utah, and Clif Gallagher, Eagle Mountain, Utah
Utah Valley University - Stephen Johnson, Bluffdale, Utah, and Joseph Peterson, Orem, Utah
Weber State University - Kory Tams, North Ogden, Utah, and Schaver Summers, Ogden, Utah

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. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

/news/2016-02-08-top-10-baits-from-lake-okeechobee

Top 10 Baits from Lake Okeechobee

The Walmart FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Okeechobee went from a tight race to a runaway in a hurry when Bradley Hallman just wouldn’t stop catching the big ones. As for the lures he used, and those put to work by the rest of the top 10, some Okeechobee staples were applied as well as a few oddball baits. If you’re thinking of heading down to the Big O or anywhere else in Florida soon, you might want to acquire a few of the lures they fished. READ MORE »

/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 »