Lake Pickwick Off-Limits Approaching


Students registered, or planning to register, for the upcoming BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship have just one weekend left to get out on the water for a look around.  Lake Pickwick and its tributaries will go off limits at the conclusion of this weekend.

According to the Official Rules of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, “Tournament Waters will be off-limits for four weeks prior to the first official practice day; which will be Monday, May 21, 2012, the week of the tournament.  The tournament lake goes off-limits at 12:00 am Monday, April 23, 2012.  The last legal day for fishing will be Sunday, April 22, 2012, no later than 11:59 pm.”

Key reminders:

  • During the off-limits period, official practice days and competition days, contestants may not solicit and/or receive fishing information from anyone except other contestants.
  • The purchasing or bartering for information or the hiring of services is not permitted after the start of the off-limits period.
  • Complete  Official Rules

Registration for the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship is set to close on Monday, April 30 at 5 pm CST.  Students interested in competing need to have their teams submitted online no later than this deadline.  The field for this event is 200 two-angler teams, with a maximum of 400 participants.  Those that have not done so may register online at:

Teams that have already registered, but need to make changes to the actual competitors representing their college may also do so online at:

The 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship is entering its seventh consecutive year, with each year’s field larger and more diverse than the prior.  400 students, representing up to 100 collegiate fishing programs, are expected to converge on Florence, Alabama and legendary Lake Pickwick the week of May 21, 2012 when the lake reopens.  The Shoals Marriott Hotel will serve as Registration Headquarters, starting at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  Students will be welcomed by a sponsor reception and treated to a banquet dinner prior to the pre-tournament meeting.

Collegiate anglers will launch daily at McFarland Park on the shores of Lake Pickwick, with weigh-ins to start daily at 2:30 pm.  The collegiate team with the heaviest weight over the course of two competition days will be crowned National Champions at an awards ceremony immediately following the weigh-in on Friday.  In addition to prizes, students are also competing for points in the coveted ACA School of the Year race, which is the first college rankings program to recognize the top collegiate fishing teams in the country, taking into account their participation across all leagues.

The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship is the marquee event of three nationally televised tournaments hosted as part of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.  These no entry fee events are open to all full-time students of university-recognized fishing programs.  Competitions are broadcast as part of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Television Series, seen on NBC Sports Outdoors and available to over 76 million homes.

For more information on these events, including Angler Packets and Official Rules, please visit:

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