FLW College Fishing is headed to Chautauqua Lake Aug. 23 for the final regular-season stop in the Northern Conference. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Northern Conference Invitational tournament.
“Chautauqua is a really good place to fish. It’s my favorite place to go,” said Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, an 11-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “It’s a super, super good lake. I like the diversity. It has a little stain to it, and there is a lot of target fishing there. The average fish is three pounds or better.
“I’m not sure if it is officially one of the Finger Lakes, but it fishes like one of them,” said Lefebre, who lives in nearby Erie, Pa. “It is full of both largemouth and smallmouth. This tournament can definitely be won with either species, but because of the time of year it will probably be mostly largemouth.”
Lefebre said that the competitors would have a variety of cover to fish, ranging from docks and canals to milfoil and pads.
“Big worms are really good for largemouth there, but that takes you out of the ballpark for a lucky smallmouth bite,” said Lefebre. “Jigs, Senkos, shallow crankbaits, topwater frogs and spinnerbaits could all be good. Topwater baits could really play too.”
Lefebre estimated that the winning weight would be 21 to 23 pounds.
Anglers will take off from Long Point State Park located at 4459 Route 430 in Chautauqua at 6:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at the takeoff location starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
Schools competing in the Chautauqua Lake tournament, which is hosted by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, include:
- Bowling Green State University – Kevin Klensch, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Maxwell Newcomer, Whitehouse, Ohio
- Bowling Green State University – Zachary Goeglein, Livonia, Mich., and Jason Scott, Perrysburg, Ohio
- Centenary College – Evan Miles, West Orange, N.J., and Lucas Bogosian, Harrington Park, N.J.
- Central Michigan University – Brian Bustamante, Dearborn, Mich., and Blake Goodell, Traverse City, Mich.
- Central Michigan University – Sheldon Miller, Frankenmuth, Mich., and Brandon Carman, Mecosta, Mich.
- Fairmont State University – Bryson Grimes, Kingwood, W.Va., and Aaron Davis, Pleasant Valley, W.Va.
- Fairmont State University – Landon Paul, Fairmont, W.Va., and Ryan Houser, Morgantown, W.Va.
- Grand Valley State University – Scott Taege, Algonquin, Ill., and Matt Smartt, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
- Kent State University – Matthew Fernandez, Dallas, Pa., and Evan Kruse, Bellevue, Ohio
- Kent State University – Greg Perry, Cortland, Ohio, and Trevor White, Newton Falls, Ohio
- La Roche College – Jonathan Coholich, Allison Park, Pa., and Nicholas Yund, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Liberty University – Brice Bahhur, Lynchburg, Va., and Shane Fetty, Newport News, Va.
- Liberty University – Landon Riggleman and Chris Parent, both of Lynchburg, Va.
- Lynchburg College – Luke Taylor, Jefferson City, Mo., and Graham Bird, Lynchburg, Va.
- Mansfield University – Matt Novitski, Kingston, Pa., and Alec Engleman, Milton, Pa.
- Mansfield University – Tyler Grabowski, Fairless Hills, Pa., and Ryan Fluharty, Perkiomenville, Pa.
- Michigan State University – Kenney Bennett, Sterling Heights, Mich., and Dylan Jones, Warren, Mich.
- Michigan State University – Ross Parsons, Dewitt, Mich., and Seth Gibson, Union City, Mich.
- Northern Michigan University – Justin Brown, Bear Lake, Mich., and Brody Layher, Grass Lake, Mich.
- Northwood University – Zach Lowe, Troy, Mich., and Travis Riedel, Falmouth, Mich.
- Ohio Northern University – Cole Cochran, Troy, Ohio, and Austin Hostetler, Dover, Ohio
- Ohio State University – Kain Fadeley, New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Brad Olinger, West Lafayette, Ohio
- Ohio State University – Brett Warrick, Westerville, Ohio, and Sidney Hoover, Findlay, Ohio
- Pennsylvania State University – Steven Griffith, Imler, Pa., and Dylan Myslowski, Wapwallopen, Pa.
- Pennsylvania State University – Ben Barcaskey, Moon Township, Pa., and Sean Cummins, Huntingdon, Pa.
- Radford University – George Fleming, Lorton, Va., and Tanner Blanks, Radford, Va.
- Ramapo College – Andrew Annuzzi, Port Monmouth, N.J., and Andrew Zapf, Whippany, N.J.
- Ramapo College – Mike Concato, Wayne, N.J., and Joseph Zapf, Whippany, N.J.
- Rochester Institute of Technology – Jason Karol and John Henderson Jr., both of Rochester, N.Y.
- Rutgers University – Kyle Genova, Millstone Township, N.J., and Andrew Ridinger, Thorofare, N.J.
- Shenandoah University – Thoman and Billy Arens, both of Winchester, Va.
- Shippensburg University – Kevin Hollasch, Marriottsville, Md., and Hunter Chamberlin, Shippensburg, Pa.
- Slippery Rock University – William Hines, Erie, Pa., and Kyle Brown, Wexford, Pa.
- Slippery Rock University – Tyler Sheppard and Tyler Branca, both of Hermitage, Pa.
- State University of New York-Buffalo – Ronald Penders, Rochester, N.Y., and Morgan Fernaays, Buffalo, N.Y.
- State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry – Jacob Ball, Naples, N.Y., and Austin Demarest, Syracuse, N.Y.
- State University of New York- – College of environment Science and Forestry – Mike Longacre, Perkasie, Pa., and Zach Longo, Mohegan Lake, N.Y.
- State University of New York-Plattsburgh – Matt Ziomek, Amherst, Mass., and Myles Tallada, West Chazy, N.Y.
- State University of New York-Plattsburgh – Richard Lee, Port Kent, N.Y., and Brendan Bolis, Canton, N.Y.
- United State Military Academy-West Point – Chrsitian Carrasco and Robert Barger, both of West Point, N.Y.
- United States Military Academy-West Point – Caleb Primos and Thomas Matty, both of West Point, N.Y.
- University of Akron – Christian Combs, Clinton, Ohio, and Kevin Arnold, Copley, Ohio
- University of Akron – Mark Thaxton, Tallmadge, Ohio, and Derrick Lockhart, Akron, Ohio
- University of Dayton – Robert Petrick, Imperial, Pa., and Sam Tunnacliffe, West Chester, Ohio
- University of Pittsburg-Johnstown – Andrew Larson, Lanse, Pa., and Jacob Dunning, Duncansville, Pa.
- West Virginia University – Benjamin Ray, Morgantown, W.Va., and Matthew Combs, Huber Heights, Ohio
- West Virginia University – Matthew Gibson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Edward Rude III, Falling Waters, W.Va.
- Western Michigan University – Erik Rogoszewski, Dewitt, Mich., and Shandon Miller, Frankenmuth, Mich.
- Xavier University – Alex Vaisvil, St. Charles, Ill., and Andrew Decilles, Batesville, Ind.
- Youngstown State University – Charles Cremeans, Youngstown, Ohio, and Stan Miketa, New Middletown, Ohio
FLW College Fishing teams compete in three qualifying events in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 15 teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five conference invitational tournaments. The top 10 teams from each conference invitational tournament will advance to the 2015 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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