Bassmaster Classic

James Avant

Four teams of anglers from LSU Shreveport and Northwestern State University are in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, competing in the collegiate national championship. They’re up against 85 teams from around the country representing 60 colleges.


The full field of teams started casting Thursday. The top five teams will compete for the national championship title Saturday. Four teams will advance to a three-day, bracket-style tournament and fish until a final weigh-in Tuesday. They’re vying for a spot in next year’s Bassmaster Classic in Oklahoma.

B.A.S.S. Bassmaster

Bassmaster Classic fisherman Keith Poche fondly recalls fishing on Cane River Lake and feels like a hometown favorite in the Classic field that includes anglers from 22 states. 


The competition gets under way Feb. 24.

Courtesy of B.A.S.S.

Andrew Upshaw graduated from Stephen F. Austin State. He is the first collegiate angler to compete in the "Super Bowl" fishing competition, the Bassmaster Classic in Bossier City, Feb. 24-26.