FLW announced Monday the schedule, rules and entry dates for the 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing season, highlighted by the internationally televised College Fishing National Championship on the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the fourth annual FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake.
Among the changes for 2018 is the addition of a BFL prize package for the runner-up of the College Fishing National Championship Fish-off. After the national champions are crowned on the Red River, the winning team will then compete against each other in a one-day fish-off in which the winner will receive entry into the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup. The runner-up will now receive free entry as a boater or co-angler into the BFL division of his or her choice.
“Every year it seems that FLW College Fishing gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better,” said Kevin Hunt, FLW College Fishing tournament director. “We’re excited to return to some familiar lakes in 2018 but also visit some new fisheries, like Lake Cayuga in New York and the Mississippi River in Wabasha, Minnesota. The extra incentive with the addition of the BFL prize package to the National Championship winner’s prize package will be extremely coveted by college anglers. We are looking forward to another tremendous season and excited to kick it off in January on Sam Rayburn.”
FLW College Fishing OPEN
FLW College Fishing National Championship
Complete rules can be found here.
Registration for the 2018 season opens Dec. 11, 2017, for teams from clubs represented in the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship. All other teams may register beginning Dec. 12, 2017. You can register at FLWFishing.com or by calling 270.252.1000.
College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school.
FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the following year’s FLW College Fishing National Championship. Additional teams will qualify for the National Championship if the field size in regular-season events exceeds 100 boats or 200 boats in the Open. The 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship is on the Red River, May 31-June 2, and hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission & Red River Waterway Commission.
FLW College Fishing OPEN
(Unlimited field – Open to teams from all conferences)
1 Ranger Z175
Top 20 teams advance to the 2019 National Championship. One additional team advances for every 10 teams over 200 competing.
Ranger Z175 comes equipped with a 90 horsepower outboard.
(Unlimited field – Open to teams from the specified conference)
Top 10 teams advance to the 2019 National Championship. One additional team advances for every 10 teams over 100 competing.
2018 National Championship Payout
(170 boat field minimum – Top 10 teams from each 2017 Qualifier and the top 20 teams from the 2017 FLW College Fishing Open. One extra spot is awarded for every 10 boats over 100 in qualifiers and 200 in the Open.)
1 Ranger Z175 + 2017 Forrest Wood Cup entry
Ranger Z175 comes equipped with a 90 horsepower outboard. Members of the winning team will compete in a one-day fish-off the day after the National Championship concludes to determine who will advance to the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup. The winner will be determined by the day’s heaviest catch.