A professional FLW bass tournament won’t be the only angling action heating up Roosevelt Lake on April 18.
FLW will also host an inaugural college fishing tournament.
FLW launched the National Guard College Fishing Tournament circuit in January with a $100,000 prize package going to the eventual collegiate national team champion.
At a Feb. 28 college tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, Auburn University captured first place and a $5,000 college scholarship.
FLW officials say they started the college tournament because there are many students who cannot afford to fish the pro circuit.
The college tournaments have no entry fees and FLW gives teams a travel allowance as well as boats.
Tournament director Kevin Hunt issued an invitation to students, “With us, you just show up and go fishing, and we’ll take care of you.”
All college students have to do to compete, is get a two-man team together and show up at the tournament site on the day it’s being held.
A total of 48 teams have signed up to compete since the circuit was formed. Teams are placed in one of five divisions — Northern, Southern, Southeast, Central, Western and Texas.
The Roosevelt tournament is in the Western series.
A Western series tournament was held yesterday, March 5, at Clear Lake, Calif. Another is set for May 30 on the California Delta.
Currently the Western circuit has only five teams, but FLW officials are expecting it to grow rapidly as word of the tournaments gets out.
Tournaments are capped at 40 teams, but if 40 don’t show up, schools can enter more than one team.
For more information, log on to: http://www.collegefishing.com.