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2016 Walmart FLW Tour Preview

Dayton, Tenn., showed out for the final weigh-in.

A lot is at stake when the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour kicks off at Lake Okeechobee on Feb. 4, and FLW wants fans to be just as prepared for the new campaign as the 171 pros who are signed up to compete.

That’s why we’ve prepared this complete guide to the 2016 Tour season. It covers everything a fishing fan might want to know about the six regular-season Tour qualifying events, the Forrest Wood Cup on Wheeler Lake in August and the two all-new autumn Invitational tournaments.

There are blogs and columns penned by industry experts and Tour stars, as well as pundits’ picks for AOY, staff predictions, a roster breakdown and more.

Browse through the following links to see what’s in store for the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour. Then follow FLW on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramPeriscope and Snapchat all season long.

 

2016 Walmart FLW Tour Schedule

2016 Walmart FLW Tour Roster

 

Columns and Blogs

Pundit Picks for AOY

  • Our experts predict who will be 2016’s top performer.

15 Predictions for the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour

  • Will records fall? Will stars be made? FLW’s media team thinks so. Find out what else they predict for 2016.

Knight’s Next Course – By Sean Ostruszka

  • He won the Cup, but Tennessee’s Brad Knight isn’t finished. He’s set his sights on even greater goals for 2016 and beyond.

Blog: Setting Sights on AOY No. 2 – By Scott Martin

  • Scott Martin has already won the Forrest Wood Cup and Angler of the Year, but now he’s angling to break records and establish new “firsts.”

AOY Keys: Surviving Okeechobee – By Curtis Niedermier

  • To win the AOY title, you have to make it through the opener, and that’s no easy task.

Is This Cody Meyer’s Year? – By David A. Brown

  • Cody Meyer narrowly missed winning AOY in 2014, and the schedule is remarkably similar in 2016. If he can shake the disappointment of a near-miss and draw new strength from his growing family, Meyer might be the real favorite to win the AOY title this season.

Opinion: 5 Reasons Champlain is a Perfect Finish – by Jody White

  • Smallmouths, largemouths, grass, rock, deep, shallow – Champlain has it all. But to win requires big weights and often equally big risks, making it the perfect place to settle an AOY race.

7 Reasons Why This will be the Most Interesting Cup Ever – By Curtis Niedermier

  • FLW’s managing editor predicts that Wheeler Lake and Huntsville, Ala., will host a championship that will forever be remembered.

Blog: The Annual Debate on Beaver Lake – By Matt Arey

  • FLW’s new “Mr. Beaver Lake” Matt Arey breaks down the unique challenges of the Tour’s annual stop at Beaver Lake, and details how he’s managed to win back-to-back events there.

 

Lake-by-Lake Previews

Lake Okeechobee – Clewiston, Fla. – Feb. 4-7, 2016

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Lake Hartwell – Anderson, S.C. – March 17-20, 2016

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Beaver Lake – Rogers, Ark. – April 14-17, 2016

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Pickwick Lake – Florence, Ala. – May 5-8, 2016

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Kentucky Lake – Gilbertsville, Ky. – June 9-12, 2016

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Lake Champlain – Plattsburgh, N.Y. – June 23-26, 2016

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Forrest Wood Cup – Wheeler Lake – Huntsville, Ala. – Aug. 4-7, 2016

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Invitational – Lake Norman – Cornelius, N.C. – Sept. 15-17, 2016

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Invitational – Norris Lake – Clinton, Tenn. – Oct. 20-22, 2016

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Details

The Tour Format

  • Learn about how an FLW Tour event works, Cup qualification and the new Invitationals.

Walmart FLW Tour Facts, Figures and History

2016 Walmart FLW Tour Rules


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Roaming Kissimmee with Douglas

Roaming Kissimmee with Douglas

Hailing from Minnesota, Josh Douglas is in his third year on the FLW Tour and looking for his first FLW Cup qualification. Were it not for a disqualification in the final event of the year at St. Clair in 2018, Douglas would have sailed into the Cup. After a tough start to the year at Rayburn, he’s planning to get back on track at the FLW Tour event presented by Ranger on Lake Toho. READ MORE »

Burghoff Checks Out Toho on Day 2

Burghoff Checks Out Toho on Day 2

FLW Tour rookie Miles “Sonar” Burghoff kicked off his freshman season with a strong performance on Sam Rayburn, where he just missed fishing the final day with a 12th-place finish. Now, the Tour is on a system he is more than familiar with, having spent countless hours on Lakes Toho and Kissimmee while attending college at the University of Central Florida. READ MORE »

A Look at Lake Toho

A Look at Lake Toho

Stop No. 2 of the 2019 FLW Tour takes us to Lake Toho and the several other lakes strung along the Kissimmee River. Presented by Ranger Boats, the tournament will take off from Big Toho Marina on the north end of the namesake lake, but competitors will be able to spread out down the Kissimmee River into Cypress Lake, Lake Hatchineha (Hatch), Lake Kissimmee, and perhaps even Tiger Lake and Lake Rosalie if they’re feeling adventurous. READ MORE »

Spawn on the Horizon at Okeechobee

Spawn on the Horizon at Okeechobee

Florida is a familiar place for FLW competition, and Lake Okeechobee is probably the best-known fishery the Sunshine State has to offer. So there shouldn’t be many surprises when the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division kicks off the season Jan. 31–Feb. 2 on the Big O with an event presented by Power-Pole. READ MORE »

By the Numbers: Lake Toho

By the Numbers: Lake Toho

The FLW Tour season opener on Sam Rayburn was a slugfest for sure. Fortunately for fans and anglers alike, the second stop of the season could be just as good, as the Tour heads to Central Florida and Lake Toho and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Kissimmee, Fla., on February 7. READ MORE »

2019 Lake Toho Preview

2019 Lake Toho Preview

Lake Tohopekaliga (Toho for short) is the first of four lakes on the menu for pros in the second stop of the FLW Tour. At the south end of Toho, a lock and a series of canals leads to Cypress Lake, Lake Hatchineha (Hatch) and Lake Kissimmee, which are all fair game for the pros. READ MORE »

Cecil’s Final Morning of Practice

Cecil’s Final Morning of Practice

Russell Cecil is one of a number of standout Texas anglers fishing the FLW Tour opener this week on Sam Rayburn. After a lackluster rookie campaign in 2018, fishing near home is a great opportunity for the Willis, Texas, pro to get the year started off strong. Though the conditions are far from normal, a few hours on the final day of practice reveal that Cecil certainly has a read on the bass. READ MORE »

FLW Live Schedule for Sam Rayburn

FLW Live Schedule for Sam Rayburn

The 2019 FLW Live seasons kicks off on the big bass factory of Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas. Watch your favorite stars such as Scott Martin and Bryan Thrift weigh-in at the FLW Tour season opener, and then follow the weekend action live with the top pros. READ MORE »

Figuring Out Rayburn with Powell

Figuring Out Rayburn with Powell

Hensley Powell has quickly and quietly amassed quite a record with FLW. In just three years fishing the Costa FLW Series, he’s earned over $90,000, and he got a win at Table Rock in the Central Division in 2018. READ MORE »

Sam Rayburn Lake Tour

Sam Rayburn Lake Tour

This year, the FLW Tour kicks off in Texas with a showdown presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn. Big Sam hasn’t hosted too many FLW Tour events in the past, but it’s loaded with bass and bass fishing history. The lake is much higher than normal right now, which will no doubt produce different fishing than is typical for winter on Rayburn. READ MORE »

Practice Starts at Rayburn

Practice Starts at Rayburn

Day one of practice for the FLW Tour presented by Polaris on Sam Rayburn started this morning. We hung around takeoff to see friends we haven't seen in months and to get the season underway.  READ MORE »

Childs Holds on for Co-angler Win

Childs Holds on for Co-angler Win

Jay Childs caught two giant largemouths on day one, along with a smaller keeper, to take the early lead at Lake Amistad. Then he survived today for the win with a pair of keepers that included one smallmouth. READ MORE »

High Water will Factor at Rayburn

High Water will Factor at Rayburn

Typical winter fishing on Sam Rayburn would call for a lot of lipless crankbaits, Carolina rigs and a focus on offshore structure and submerged grass. However, for the FLW Tour opener January 10-13 a lot of that may be out the window – or at least a lot different than many of the Rayburn sticks in the field are used to. Sam Rayburn has risen steadily since December 10th, and as of January 3, the lake is at 171.43 feet, which is 7 feet over full pool of 164.4 feet. READ MORE »

By the Numbers: Sam Rayburn

By the Numbers: Sam Rayburn

The 2019 FLW Tour takes to the waters of Sam Rayburn Reservoir Jan. 10-13 for the opening event of the new season. Rayburn can produce some absolute giants in January, and if the weather cooperates, there’s potential for an abundance of massive bags. READ MORE »

Big Bass Expected at Opener on Amistad

Big Bass Expected at Opener on Amistad

Lake Amistad might not kick out quite as many massive stringers of largemouth bass as it used to, but the legendary south Texas border reservoir is still a factory for big fish. According to local guide and always tournament favorite Ray “Hanselmania” Hanselman, there are some real giants to be caught at Amistad, but they’ll be at a premium when the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division rolls into Del Rio to kick off the 2019 season on Jan. 3 READ MORE »

Guntersville Lake Tour

Guntersville Lake Tour

Winding through Tennessee, north Alabama and Kentucky, the Tennessee River is studded with some of the most legendary reservoirs in bass-fishing history. Many would argue that Lake Guntersville is the best of the bunch, and though that is up for debate on any given year, Guntersville’s place in fishing history is undeniable. This week, the lake is under heavy pressure from a local championship event, anglers out to have fun and the 198 pros and co-anglers in the Costa FLW Series Championship. Here’s a look at what they’ll encounter on the water. READ MORE »

Guntersville Showing Out for Costa Finale

Guntersville Showing Out for Costa Finale

Few things are certainties in life, but you can certainly count on anglers catching a ton of huge fish when the Costa FLW Series Championship rolls into Guntersville this week. With bass settled into fall patterns and gobs of vegetation still giving plenty of cover to fish feeding in the shallows, there’s a good chance the lake produces 20-plus-pound limits early and often in the championship event. READ MORE »

Costa Championship Fact Sheet

Costa Championship Fact Sheet

Up to 430 of the world’s best bass anglers will descend on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville Nov. 1-3 for the no-entry-fee 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship. READ MORE »

Dock Talk All About Docks at Ozarks

Dock Talk All About Docks at Ozarks

Greg Bohannan, the 2017 Central Division Angler of the Year, believes the warmer-than-usual weather as of late will make the topwater bite a secondary tactic. In his opinion, it’s going to be docks that deliver the winning fish this year. READ MORE »

Question Marks Abound at Fort Gibson

Question Marks Abound at Fort Gibson

Fort Gibson Lake has the quality and quantity of fish to churn out massive bags nearly all year long, but finding those fish might be harder now than it’s been all year. That’s not great news for anglers ahead of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division tournament on Oct. 4. READ MORE »