National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Conference Headed to Lake Shelbyville
National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Shelbyville June 24 for the third of four stops in the Central Conference. Forty college teams will be competing for a top award of $5,000 and a berth in the Central Conference Championship tournament.
“One of my good friends just fished a local tournament on Shelbyville last weekend,” said FLW Tour pro Colby Schrumpf of Highland, Ill. “In that tournament, about half of the fish weighed in came from shallow water, and half of the fish weighed in came from out deep. So there really are going to be quite a few different patterns in play here. This tournament is going to come down to how familiar the anglers are with the lake, and then fishing to their strengths.
“This time of year most of the bigger fish have moved out into the deeper water,” said Schrumpf, who has five top-10 finishes on Lake Shelbyville in FLW competition. “I’d throw a crankbait or Carolina rig, and target 12 to 15 feet of water. Lake Shelbyville traditionally has about 1 to 2 feet of water clarity, so green pumpkin would by my color of choice. However, the weather here in Illinois has been a little warmer than normal, and real dry. This may put the lake level down a little bit, and would improve the clarity. This would also probably push the fish out a bit, and the deeper bite may be better.”
Although Schrumpf said he would target the deeper water looking for the bigger bites, he had some different advice for anglers who are not as familiar with the lake.
“If I were a college angler coming in with not a lot of experience on this lake, I’d concentrate on a good shallow pattern and try to find a quick limit,” he continued. “I’d be using buzzbaits, targeting some of the shallow wood, and even some weeds, depending on the water level. After I had some fish, then I’d move out to the deeper water and look for the bigger bites. I would guess that it’s going to take around 17 pounds to win this event.”
Anglers will take off from the 9th Street Ramp located on 9th Street in Shelbyville, Ill., at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the takeoff site beginning at 12:30 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
Schools competing in the Lake Shelbyville tournament include:
- Eastern Illinois University – Chase Sanford, Charleston, Ill., and Lee Buehnerkemper, Teutopolis, Ill.
- Eastern Kentucky University – John Smith, London, Ky., and Kyle Raymer, Brandenburg, Ky.
- Georgetown College – Vincent Timperio, Corbin, Ky., and Nick Huff, Georgetown, Ky.
- Grace College – Christopher Valentine, Warsaw, Ind., and Mike Depositar, Winona Lake, Ind.
- Illinois State University – Alli Skul, Downers Grove, Ill., and Kyle Shevlin, Peru, Ill.
- Indiana University – Dustin Vaal, Bloomington, Ind., and Steven Bressler, Fremont, Ind.
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis – Colan Connon, Henryville, Ind., and Alex Harshbarger, Plymouth, Ind.
- Kansas State University – Andrew Farmer, Manhattan, Kan., and Jeremy Jackson, El Dorado, Kan.
- Marian University – Trent Busse, Indianapolis, Ind., and Joel Bone, Decatur, Ind.
- MidAmerica Nazarene University – Jacob Johnson, Lenexa, Kan., and Ryan Rockwell, Des Moines, Iowa
- Missouri State University – Brent Stock, Buckner, Mo., and Joe McBride, Olathe, Kan.
- Missouri University of Science and Technology – Drew Schrader, Troy, Mo., and William Kleine, Rolla, Mo.
- Missouri Valley College – Paul Thomas, Marshall, Mo., and Daniel McCaddon, Rolla, Mo.
- Morehead State University – James Martin, Carlisle, Ohio, and Brandon Johnson, Salt Lick, Ky.
- Murray State University – Stephen Barga, Benton, Ky., and Therron Shaw, Nortonville, Ky.
- Northern Illinois University – Jason Penuel and Steve McClone, both of Dekalb, Ill.
- Northwest Missouri State University – Chris Echele, St. Charles, Mo., and A.J. Groff, Maryville, Mo.
- Northwestern University – Jimmy Morrow, Arlington Heights, Ill., and Matthew Kestufskie, Evanston, Ill.
- Purdue University – Garrett Vankirk, Ferdinand, Ind., and Aaron Mudd, Loofootee, Ind.
- Saint Cloud State University – Zack Nelson, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Kevin Carver, Maplewood, Minn.
- Southern Illinois University – Jacob Koester, Teutopolis, Ill., and Andrew Schuessler, Carbondale, Ill.
- Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville – Zach Hartnagel, Edwardsville, Ill., and Brian Gass, Fallon, Ill.
- Southeast Missouri State – Tim Randell and Adam Zielinski, both of St. Charles, Mo.
- St. Ambrose University – Daniel Butler, Davenport, Iowa, and Kyle Gates, Decatur, Ill.
- University of Dubuque – Jarett Svihlik, Dubuque, Iowa, and Marcuss Prull, Monticello, Iowa
- University of Illinois – Luke Stoner, Pekin, Ill., and Brock Phillips, Pawnee, Ill.
- University of Iowa – Tony Mehrl, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jim Vojahosky, St. Charles, Ill.
- University of Minnesota – Mike Towle, Lakeville, Minn., and Jeff Fitzpatrick, Eagan, Minn.
- University of Missouri – Taylor Knight, Columbia, Mo., and Champ Caldwell, Perry, Mo.
- University of Nebraska – Sean Mulholland, Deerfield, Ill., and Will McCabe, Lincoln, Neb.
- University of Nebraska-Omaha – Ben Milliken, Bennington, Neb., and Ryan Nieto, Fort Calhoun, Neb.
- University of Saint Thomas – Bryan Billeadeau, Circle Pines, Minn., and Michaela Anderson, Lino Lakes, Minn.
- University of Wisconsin – Kevin Yeska, Madison, Wis., and Austin Noll, Sturtevant, Wis.
- University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – Jordan Mortenson, Iola, Wis., and Chad Janke, Oshkosh, Wis.
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Evan Chambers, St. Charles, Ill., and Stephen Conroy, Platteville, Wis.
- University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Ted Johnson and Jody Derks, both of Waupaca, Wis.
- University of Wisconsin-Stout – Alec Beigle, Oakdale, Minn., and Ryan Helke, Menomonie, Wis.
- University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Jake Menden, Hartford, Wis., and Addison Peck, Marshall, Wis.
- Western Kentucky University – Ryan Coleman, Utica, Ky., and Justin Hopkins, Lewisburg, Ky.
- Winona State University – Cade Laufenberg, Stoddard, Wis., and Harrison Barton, Winona, Minn.
FLW College Fishing teams compete in four qualifying events in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top five teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five conference championships. The top five teams from each conference championship will advance to the national championship.
College Fishing is free to enter and FLW Outdoors 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.
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