The nation’s top collegiate bass anglers will visit Lake County for the 2020 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship.
Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced Thursday that the Harris Chain of Lakes will host the Feb. 26-28 tournament based at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg. While the Harris Chain has hosted multiple FLW events over the years, the YETI FLW College Fishing circuit has never visited the fishery.
“I can’t think of a better place to be bass fishing than Florida in February,” Kevin Hunt, director of tournament operations for YETI FLW College Fishing, says in the release. “The Harris Chain of Lakes always kicks out impressive weights when we’re in town, and we couldn’t be more excited to have the sport’s next generation of stars compete on one of the top fisheries in the country.”
The championship event, hosted by Lake County, will launch from Venetian Gardens’ Ski Beach, 201 E. Lake Harris Drive.
“The abundant Harris Chain of Lakes, in particular, has increasingly become a destination for major fishing tournaments such as this one, which will bring the country’s top collegiate bass anglers to our great county,” Lake County Commissioner Tim Sullivan says in the release. “We wish them a successful event and encourage them to take some time to enjoy all that Lake County has to offer, and discover why we are ‘Real Florida, Real Close.’”
YETI FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences: Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school.
The top 10 teams from each division’s three regular-season events, along with the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open, advance to the 2020 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship.
The complete schedule and rules for the 2020 season will be announced soon and posted at flwfishing.com. For regular updates, follow YETI FLW College Fishing at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.