National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Dardanelle Oct. 4-6 for the Southern Conference Championship presented by Chevy. Twenty college teams will be competing for a Ranger Z117 bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a berth in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.
Part of the Arkansas River Navigation System, Lake Dardanelle is located in between Little Rock and Fort Smith. It stretches some 50 miles and has a little more than 34,000 acres of boating and fishing waters. With 315 miles of shoreline, Lake Dardanelle is an accessible and attractive recreation area full of picnic and camping area, parks, toilet facilities, boat launching ramps, parking areas and more. Some 250 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campsites are available around the lake, plus Lake Dardanelle State Park welcomes visitors at two shoreline locations.
The lake is extremely popular as tournament water and the state park has a premier weigh-in facility. The lake has a consistent bass habitat. White bass are native to the river. Experts say Lake Dardanelle at Russellville toward the upper end of the river is the place to catch big largemouth. The lake is also known as a great striper pool with 20-pound plus possible. Two to six pound bass are common. Hybrids have been caught below Ozark Dam. Lake Dardanelle boats populations of big catfish, and bream fishing is excellent too.
College anglers will take off from Lake Dardanelle State Park, located at 100 State Park Drive in Russellville, at 7 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be at Walmart, 2409 E. Main St., beginning at 4 p.m. each day. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at Walmart on Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. prior to weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors. Fans can also learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities.
Schools competing in the Southern Conference Championship, hosted by Russellville Advertising & Promotions, include:
Angelo State – Ethan George, Breckenridge, Texas, and Josh Seale, San Angelo, Texas
Arkansas Tech University – Reagan Moore, Russellville, Ark., and Evan Barnes, Dierks, Ark.
Central Arkansas – Robert Bartoszek, Mayflower, Ark., and Justin Harrell, Hohenwald, Tenn.
Henderson State – Shane Stoddard, Camden, Ark., and Drew Rabb, Hot Springs, Ark.
Henderson State – William Reeder, Jessieville, Ark., and Matt Harper, Sweeny, Texas
Lamar University – Danny Iles, Evadale, Texas, and Justin Royal, Hemphill, Texas
Louisiana Tech University – Peyton Igo, Many, La., and Matthew Loetscher, Minden, La.
LSU-Shreveport – Joseph Landry, Haughton, La., and Gavin Havard, West Monroe, La.
Northwestern State – Alan Carson, Kolin, La., and Chantz Wilkinson, Calvin, La.
Stephen F. Austin – Kyle Turner, Kennedale, Texas, and Robert Platt, Tyler, Texas
Tarleton State-Stephenville – Cody Metz, Stephenville, Texas, and Shelby Floyd, Grapevine, Texas
Texas A&M-Kingsville – Cody Burell, Utopia, Texas, and Will Watson, Uvalde, Texas
Texas A&M – Josh Haddox, Bryan, Texas, and Timothy Temple, Martinsville, Texas
Texas State University – David Cosner, Austin, Texas, and Jared Brown, San Jose, Calif.
Texas Tech University – Tyler Holmes, Odessa, Texas, and Travis McGuire, Plano, Texas
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Cody McCrary, Lafayette, La., and Neil Arnaud, Baton Rouge, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe – Jacob Slade, Monroe, La., and Jackson Blackett, Bastrop, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe – Nick Ladart, Monroe, La., and Brian Eaton, Monroe, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe – Paul Clark, Pineville, La., and Brett Preuett, Monroe, La.
University of Texas-Tyler – Charlie Brown, Tyler, Texas, and Matthew McClellan, Jasper, Texas
Four regular-season qualifying events were held in each conference – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southern and Western – and the top five teams from each regular-season event qualified for one of the five conference championships. The top five teams from each conference championship advance to the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.
College Fishing is free to enter and FLW provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. 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.
Coverage of the Southern Conference Championship will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Dec. 30 from 1-2 p.m. EST. “FLW” is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
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