The Association of Collegiate Anglers has issued a statement regarding an updated definition of Pickwick Lake Tournament Waters for the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.  The event is scheduled for May 20-24, 2013, and competitors will take off and weigh in at McFarland Park in Florence, Alabama.  A new reciprocal size limit on smallmouth bass and license agreement between the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has expanded the playing field.

According to Program Director, Danny Blandford, “This change should allow anglers even more fishing opportunities for this year’s championship and simplifies everything regarding size limits.  While visiting the topic, we also outlined some specific off-limits scenarios we’ve been getting questions on.  These clarifications should allow everyone to take advantage of these last few days of practice and make sure everyone is on the same page for official practice period, starting Monday, May 20, 2013.”

Tournament Waters

Tournament Waters are now defined as Pickwick Lake, including Tennessee waters.   The Mississippi Highway 25 Bridge will serve as the South/Southwest boundary of Tournament Waters.  It is located at the southern end of Yellow Creek where it necks into the Tenn-Tom canal.  Any portion of the canal beyond the bridge and/or Bay Springs will not be part of tournament waters. Anglers will be allowed to lock upriver into Wilson Lake but not into Wheeler Lake.

A valid Alabama license is required for this event and it is honored in Tennessee waters.  In both states, the smallmouth minimum length is now 15”, with a limit of five bass.

Reciprocal License InformationOfficial Rules


Tournament Waters will be off-limits for Two Weeks prior to the first official practice day; which will be Monday, May 20, 2013, the week of the tournament. The tournament lake goes off-limits at 12:00 am Sunday, May 5, 2013.  The last legal day for fishing will be Saturday, May 4, 2013, no later than 11:59 pm.

Specific Examples

Anglers competing in the FLW College Fishing Central Division event on Pickwick (May 4, 2013) may compete, but they must be off the water before 12:00 am Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Anglers competing in the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference Invitational on Wheeler (May 11-12, 2013) may compete, but they cannot lock into Wilson.  Wilson Lake is part of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship “Tournament Waters” and therefore, off limits to registered competitors.

The 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s kicks off in Florence, AL May 20-24 for the nation’s largest collegiate fishing event.  Some of the biggest names in bass fishing will join hundreds of students in celebrating this prestigious annual event.  Berkley Pro Mike Iaconelli, Cabela’s Pro Jeff Kriet, Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe, as well as others, will be on hand to share in the festivities throughout event week.

Official practice begins Monday, May 20 and continues through Wednesday, May 23.  Afternoon activities kick off with Yamaha Angler Appreciation Night Tuesday, May 22.  . Students will be treated to dinner, mingle with pros, and have time to take Ranger/Yamaha demo rides and get help from the respective service crews.  On Wednesday, registration will begin with a sponsor reception hosted by dozens of partners, followed by dinner and pre-tournament meeting.

Complete official rules for the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, including these registration details can found on, or by clicking here.  A detailed Angler Packet is also available.  Collegiate anglers can ensure they receive information as it is released by joining the ACA Mailing List, which broadcasts all announcements via email.