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2016 Walmart FLW Tour Preview

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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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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Southwestern Division Wraps on Rayburn

Southwestern Division Wraps on Rayburn

The Toyota Series Southwestern Division will wrap up its season this week at Sam Rayburn. Hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner. READ MORE »

Plains Division Heads to the Ozarks

Plains Division Heads to the Ozarks

The 2020 Toyota Series Plains Division will continue with a tournament this weekend in Osage Beach, Missouri, with the Toyota Series at Lake of the Ozarks. Hosted by the Tri-County Lodging Association, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner. READ MORE »

Eastern Finale Set for Norman  

Eastern Finale Set for Norman  

The Toyota Series Eastern Division will wrap up its season this week at Lake Norman. Hosted by Visit Lake Norman, Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner. READ MORE »

Northern Division Finishes at Detroit River

Northern Division Finishes at Detroit River

The 2020 Toyota Series Northern Division will wrap up in Trenton, Mich., Sept. 17-19, at the Detroit River. Hosted by the Detroit Sports Commission, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner. READ MORE »

Eastern Division Heads to the Potomac

Eastern Division Heads to the Potomac

The Toyota Series Eastern Division rolls on with the Toyota Series at the Potomac River. Hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner. READ MORE »

Mitchell’s First Look at Sturgeon Bay

Mitchell’s First Look at Sturgeon Bay

Having fished as a pro on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit for five years now, Kurt Mitchell started coming into his own during the 2019 season. That year he qualified for the FLW Cup – for the first time in his career – by finishing 24th in the points. This year, Mitchell kept rolling along cashing checks in five of the six Pro Circuit tournaments to settle at 31st in the points and now finds himself in his second straight championship. READ MORE »

Practice at Sturgeon Bay with Shuffield

Practice at Sturgeon Bay with Shuffield

Spencer Shuffield has had a tremendous season on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and he capped it off with a top 10 finish at Lake Erie. Now, he’s getting ready for the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota on Sturgeon Bay, which has only the top 50 Pro Circuit anglers in it and will be a Major League Fishing (MLF) format event. READ MORE »

Big Prizes at Stake for College Open

Big Prizes at Stake for College Open

After being postponed due to COVID-19, the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open is set to take place on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in mid-September for the sixth consecutive season. This time around, however, the stakes are even higher, as teams compete for a brand-new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat and 20 spots in the 2021 National Championship. READ MORE »

Delta Hosts Western Restart

Delta Hosts Western Restart

The 2020 Toyota Series Western Division is set to return to competition next week in Oakley, California, with the Toyota Series event at the California Delta, Aug. 19-21. Hosted by the City of Oakley, the three-day tournament will feature a return to action for the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers as they cast for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner. READ MORE »

Previewing the TITLE on Sturgeon Bay

Previewing the TITLE on Sturgeon Bay

The culmination of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season, the top 50 pros in the standings are headed to the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota on Sturgeon Bay. Fishing with the Major League Fishing (MLF) catch, weigh and immediate release format, the winner will take home $200,000 and be the first to win the new championship event. READ MORE »

Day Three on Erie with Gelles

Day Three on Erie with Gelles

Hailing from Pingree, Idaho, Kyle Gelles is about to wrap up his first season on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. Currently, he sits 56th in the Angler of the Year standings, and with a solid finish this week could punch his ticket to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE presented by Toyota on Sturgeon Bay in a few weeks. READ MORE »

Cruising Erie with Wall

Cruising Erie with Wall

In his second year as a professional on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, Jacob Wall finds himself in a position he never thought possible with one event left in the regular season. This week, Wall will not only have a chance to win the final Pro Circuit Super Tournament of the year on Lake Erie, but he’ll also be competing for one of the most coveted titles in the sport as he sits second in the Pro Circuit points race – Angler of the Year. READ MORE »

Pro Circuit Heads to Sandusky

Pro Circuit Heads to Sandusky

The season finale of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit will take place on Lake Erie, out of Sandusky, Ohio, on August 11-14. The third of three special Super Tournaments, over 200 pros from FLW and Major League Fishing (MLF) will fish in the event. The winner will take home $125,000 and the event will decide who wins the Angler of the Year title, the Polaris Rookie of the Year title and which Pro Circuit anglers qualify for the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota on Sturgeon Bay. READ MORE »

Wheeler Lake Midday Update - Day 2

Wheeler Lake Midday Update - Day 2

Fishing creek ends continued to be the theme on day two of the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Wheeler Lake. Although the current was not running as much in the creeks as yesterday, the cooler shadier waters in the back of creeks were still producing for top anglers once again.  READ MORE »

Mississippi River Practice with Buck

Mississippi River Practice with Buck

In his fourth year on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, Grae Buck has really come into his own. A standout collegiate angler at Penn State, he’s now in the thick of the Angler of the Year race and cruising toward qualification for the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota. READ MORE »

Scouting Pool 8 with Ormond

Scouting Pool 8 with Ormond

For Jake Ormond, this is his first time fishing north of Tennessee, and thus his first time fishing the upper Mississippi. He’s not the only one lacking Mississippi River experience in the field, but considering many of the Major League Fishing (MLF) anglers that are part of the Super Tournament field have competed on the river a number of times, he’s got his work cut out for him. READ MORE »

Summertime Shootout on Tap at Wheeler

Summertime Shootout on Tap at Wheeler

Summertime on the Tennessee River may not be the prime time to hit the water, but the second stop of the Toyota Series Southeastern Division on Wheeler Lake will certainly showcase how diverse of a fishery it can be when the tournament takes place July 30 - Aug. 1. READ MORE »

Looking Ahead to the Mississippi River 

Looking Ahead to the Mississippi River 

With just two events left in the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season, it’s time to turn attention to the northern part of the country. Presented by OPTIMA Batteries, the Pro Circuit Super Tournament on the Mississippi River out of Stoddard, Wis., will not only crown a winner with a $125,000 payday but also shape the Angler of the Year race. READ MORE »

Big Bags on Tap at Pickwick

Big Bags on Tap at Pickwick

After a four-month hiatus, it’s almost time for the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Mississippi Division to get back after it. The season resumes on July 18 and July 19 with back-to-back tournaments on Pickwick Lake. While each tournament may fish a bit like a two-day event, each day of competition is a standalone tournament with a winner crowned after each day. READ MORE »

Michigan Division Kicks Off on St. Clair

Michigan Division Kicks Off on St. Clair

There’s nothing better than clear water and big smallmouths, and that’s exactly what the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Michigan Division plans to deliver this year. The division, which is presented by ARE, is set to open the season July 18 on Lake St. Clair in what should be a heavyweight showdown of smallmouths. READ MORE »