FLW College Fishing is headed to Roosevelt Lake Feb. 23 for the second of four stops in the Western Conference. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Western Conference Invitational tournament.
“Overall the lake is down about 30 to 40 feet from the last time we had a tournament there,” said Evinrude pro Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz. “It looks like it’s going to be a real tough tournament. The lake has come up around 7 feet and it’s still on the rise right now. This has caused stained and cold water conditions which are not the best for fishing.
“But what’s nice about Roosevelt is that you can fish deep or shallow,” Hite continued. “My advice to the college anglers is to go out and fish your strengths and whatever type of cover that you like to fish. Roosevelt has a little bit of everything.”
Hite predicts the fish will still be in their late-winter or early pre-spawn patterns and weights of 10-12 pounds should be enough to be in the hunt.
Anglers will take off from the Cholla Recreation Site in Roosevelt, Ariz., at 7 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the recreation site beginning at 1 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
Schools competing in the Roosevelt Lake tournament, which is hosted by the Town of Payson, include:
- Arizona State University-Phoenix – T.J. Biciolis, Glendale, Ariz., and Ben Grams, Peoria, Ariz.
- Arizona State University – Austen Schmalz, San Carlos, Calif., Bobby Fletcher, Gilbert, Ariz.
- Arizona State University – Cody Corley, Chandler, Ariz., Evan Anderson, Brookfield, Ariz.
- Arizona State University – Daniel Kahoun and Tyler Gaab, both of Chandler, Ariz.
- Cal Poly – Kyle Greenlaw, Magalia, Calif., and John Zeolla, Oak Park, Calif.
- California State University – Alex Pisarski, Costa Mesa, Calif., and Alfredo Gutierrez, Inglewood, Calif.
- Chico State – Nick Carrico, Oroville, Calif., and James Rodgers, Willows, Calif.
- Chico State – Kevin Chen and Koulton Westbrook, both of Vacaville, Calif.
- Chico State – Bo Harkins and Michael Braswell, both of Walnut Creek, Calif.
- Chico State – Patrick Maguire, Folsom, Calif., and Ryan Kjome, Rancho Murieta, Calif.
- Colorado State University – Kyle Christianson, Fargo, N.D., and Benjamin Robey, Pleasant Hill, Iowa
- Colorado State University – Michael Harpell, Fort Collins, Colo., and Kieran Oliver, Longmont, Colo.
- CSU-Monterey Bay – Andrew Sjostrom, Mariposa, Calif., and Joshua Smith, Clovis, Calif.
- CSU-Monterey Bay – Arik Anastasiou, Discovery Bay, Calif., and Victoria Johnson, Marina, Calif.
- CSU-Monterey Bay – Matthew Diaz and Sebastian Resendiz, both of Castroville, Calif.
- CSU-Long Beach – Justin Gangel, Valley Center, Calif., and Alex Cox, Long Beach, Calif.
- Dixie State College – Mathew Baker, Ogden, Utah, and Nordel Erickson, St. George, Utah
- Eastern Washington University – Cy Floyd, Wenatchee, Wash., and Tyler Wasiilewski, Cheney, Wash.
- Eastern Washington University – Nick Barr, Lacey, Wash., and Jarred Walker, Moses Lake, Wash.
- Fresno State – Cory Kerber, Kerman, Calif., and Shai Van Gelder, Palo Alto, Calif.
- Fresno State – Dustin Franco, Hollister, Calif., and Joseph Piedimonte, Salinas, Calif.
- Fresno State – Kong Moua and Cynthia Vang, both of Fresno, Calif.
- Fresno State – Matthew Mellott, San Diego, Calif., and Collin Abraham, Livingston, Calif.
- Fresno State – Thomas Duval, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Moses Menchaca, Clovis, Calif.
- Humboldt State University – Alex Robbins, Novato, Calif., and Jeffrey Russel, Eureka, Calif.
- Humboldt State University – Andrew Chang, Rossmoor, Calif., and Erich Coutler, Castro Valley, Calif.
- Humboldt State University – Joe Won, Cerritos, Calif., and Christopher Childers, McKinleyville, Calif.
- Nevada State College – Justin Landerman and Josh Gullo, both of Boulder City, Nev.
- Northern Arizona University – Alex Stewart and Carter Vickers, both of Flagstaff, Ariz.
- Northern Arizona University – Daniel Vine, Page, Ariz., and Andrew Cates, Tucson, Ariz.
- Oregon State University – Ryan Lampi, Warrenton, Ore., and Scherf Montgomery, Windsor, Calif.
- Oregon State University – Zach McDonald, Willits, Calif., and Ryan Sparks, Haines, Alaska
- Sacramento State – Andrew Lippert, Livermore, Calif., and Jeremy Wallimann, Oakdale, Calif.
- Sacramento State – Jeff Taluban, Salinas, Calif., and Joe Perna, Sacramento, Calif.
- Sacramento State – Greg Taluban, Salinas, Calif., and Kyle Derbish, San Bernardino, Calif.
- San Jose State University – Andrew Sumi, San Francisco, Calif., and Jake Newby, San Jose, Calif.
- San Jose State University – Anthony Lee, San Jose, Calif., and Travis Bounds, Roseville, Calif.
- UC-Santa Cruz – Greg Christie, Paradise, Calif., and Jacob Sandler, Fairfax, Calif.
- University of Colorado – Justin Solverson and Peter Decker, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.
- University of Oregon – Kaitlin Tanner, Missoula, Mont., and Eric Lee, Mather, Calif.
- University of Oregon – Kyle Schneider, Beaverton, Ore., and David Wilson, Sacramento, Calif.
- University of Oregon – Mitchell Cole, Jefferson, Ore., and Zachary Niesen, Mill Valley, Calif.
- University of Wyoming – Taylor Armstrong, El Paso, Texas, and Michael Barbero, Arvada, Colo.
- Utah Valley University – Aaron Warner, Orem, Utah, and Cathleen Martinez, Spanish Fork, Utah
- Utah Valley University – Seth Hausman, Sandy, Utah, and Weston Brierley, Eagle Mountain, Utah
- Utah Valley University – Tate Brown, Heber, Utah, and Zachari Taylor, Hansen, Idaho
Three regular-season qualifying events are held in each conference – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Texas and Western. The top 15 teams from each qualifying tournament will advance to one of five two-day FLW College Fishing Conference Invitational tournaments, where the first-place team wins $4,000 for their club. The top 10 teams from each Conference Invitational advance to the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
College Fishing is free to enter. 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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