UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

A look back at Lake Hartwell

FLW Tour pros make their way to the start boat Thursday morning.

With the March 6-9 Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell event only days away, anglers undoubtedly will be combing over the data from the two previous Tour stops there back in 2012 and 2011 to glean as much information as they can heading into the second event of the season. As one of the Southeast's largest manmade lakes, Lake Hartwell was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963. It borders Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers. The lake boasts nearly 962 miles of shoreline and nearly 56,000 acres total. But the main key for anglers is that they should be able to fish to their strengths as Lake Hartwell offers a variety of potentially successful tactical strategies, baits and patterns for the field to choose from. And with higher-than-average water levels figuring into the equation in 2014, even more areas of Lake Hartwell might come into play for the field. Throw in some quirky seasonal weather patterns, and the Lake Hartwell event is really shaping up as one of the most intriguing tournaments of the season to date. FLW Tour Lake Hartwell March 8-11, 2012 Records in brief: Largest one-day catch: Micah Frazier of Newnan, Ga. - 21-14 (day four) Largest pro tournament catch (all four days): Brent Ehrler Redlands, Calif. - 74-13 2012 top-10 cut weight: (54-09) Total tournament catch in pounds and ounces: 5,783-6. Top-10 finalists with total catch weight Brent Ehrler hauls in his catch en route to a first-place finish during the 2012 FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell.Brent Ehrler Redlands, Calif. - 74-13 Micah Frazier of Newnan, Ga. - 71-11 Marty Stone of Fayetteville, N.C. - 68-5 Todd Auten of Lake Wyle, S.C. - 66-1 Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C. - 61-1 Jay Yelas of Corvallis, Ore. - 61-0 Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky. - 58-14 Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisc. - 56-6 Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn. - 55-7 Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz. - 54-9 Tournament links: For a complete results from the 2012 Lake Hartwell event, click here. Ehrler captures FLW Tour title on Lake Hartwell

FLW Tour Lake Hartwell March 24-27, 2011 Records in brief: Largest one-day catch: Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla. - 22-4 (day-one) Largest pro tournament catch (all four days): Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla. - 70-11 2011 top-10 cut weight: (50-10) Total tournament catch in pounds and ounces - 5,349-14 Top-10 finalists with total catch weight Jason Christie holds up his first-place catch during the 2011 FLW Tour event at Lake Hartwell. Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla. - 70-11 Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif. - 60-11 Ramie Colson, Jr., Cadiz, Ky. - 59-04 Stacy King of Reeds Spring, Mo., - 57-10

Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. - 55-13 Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark. - 55-2 Joe Thomas of Milford, Ohio - 54-2 Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pa. - 54-01 Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark. - 50-12 Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisc. - 50-10 Tournament links: For complete results from the 2011 Lake Hartwell event, click here. Christie wins wire-to-wire Related links: FLW Tour preview: Lake Hartwell Lehew stakes his future on the Tour


1000 Islands Day 3 Midday Update



1000 Islands Midday Update Day 2

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event presented by Mercury at 1000 Islands got started on a slightly different note this morning when FLW’s tournament directors declared Lake Ontario off limits due to hazardous conditions. The change threw a few of the top pros off their primary plans, but regardless the 137-boat field will be cut down to the top 10 after today, so adjustments need to be made in order to qualify to fish the weekend. READ MORE »


FLW Podcast 126 - ICAST



2017 Walmart FLW Tour Schedule

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Si Se Puede ... Yes We Can

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5 Rookie Lessons Learned

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FLW Podcast 125 - Scott Martin



Review: Lew’s Custom Speed Stick Lite

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Reunited, and it Feels so Good

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2016 ICAST Preview

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FLW Canada Kicks Off at Tri-Lakes

Among these Canadian all-stars was the eventual winning team of Chris Vandermeer of Peterborough and Jeff Slute of Millbrook. Capitalizing on a strong day one shallow-water smallmouth pattern, the duo took advantage of the slick-calm conditions using a silver-hued topwater popping plug to agitate the lake’s bronzebacks into attack. READ MORE »


FLW Tour Pro Cooksey Recovering After Accident

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FLW Podcast 124 - Jeremy Lawyer



Stetson Blaylock’s Recipe for a Wacky Rig

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Morgan Claims third FLW Tour Angler of the Year Title

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Three Things by DD: Kentucky Lake

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How to Catch Smallmouths with Hair Jigs

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Two Exciting Events to Look Forward To

We are in the last stretch of the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour. Awaiting us is the Lake Champlain tournament in just a few days. A couple of things will be settled there: the pro field for the Forrest Wood Cup and the Angler of the Year. READ MORE »


Tagging Along with Sprague in Kentucky

Through the first four events of the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour season, Jeff Sprague finished inside the top 20 every time and challenged for the win at Beaver Lake. After stop No. 4 on Pickwick, Sprague took over the lead in the Angler of the Year race. This is the story of his first tournament as the AOY leader – stop No. 5 on Kentucky Lake. Currently, Sprague is preparing for the finale on Lake Champlain. He’s in second place in the AOY standings. READ MORE »


Waunakee HS Wins WI Title

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