> What: Northern FLW Series opener
> Where: Lake Champlain (N.Y./Vt.)
> When: Thursday through Saturday (July 18-20)
> At stake: Top prize (including Ranger/Evinrude boat package) is estimated at $95,000
> Expected field size: 160-plus boats
> What they’re saying: “Like the Tour event, this tournament is going to be dominated by the largemouth,” said FLW Series competitor Chris Adams of Shrewsbury, Vt., who has five top-10 finishes on Lake Champlain in FLW competition. “Champlain right now is in transition time. There are a lot of patterns that are dying off and we’re starting to see some new things pick up. The key to this event will be timing – can you land in the right area as it’s hitting its peak? It will be important to find a group of fish – or several – that are starting to build up,” Adams continued. “The smallmouth won’t be real grouped up yet, so I think it’s going to be standard largemouth stuff – flipping, cranking and frogging. Fishing grass and hard cover. I think we’re going to need to catch at least 18 pounds a day to make the top-10 cut and fish the final day, It could be a little less or a little more, but I say the winner will need 56 pounds to have a shot.”
> Last FLW Series at Champlain: June 21-23, 2018
> Winner: Ron Nelson (60-00)
> Click here to read about Nelson's Winning Pattern.
Some of the information above was taken from an FLW press release.