Movers & Shakers: College Update


Their lakes back home are frozen, but Eastern Washington’s Jarred Walker and Nick Barr were still able to thaw the spots on Lake Oroville to win the FLW College Fishing event there.

The win helped the school nearly crack the top 50 in the College Rankings, jumping Eastern Washington from 63rd to 52nd.

Just as important is the continued rise of Bethel University, which now holds down the No. 3 spot — a spot formerly held by Oregon State, which dropped two spots to fifth.

One last notable was the debut of University of California – Santa Cruz at No. 16.



Despite their school slipping a little in the rankings, the Oregon State team of Zach MacDonald and Ryan Sparks was able to move up eight spots to the No. 30 spot after Oroville.

In front of them, Alex Cox and Justin Gangel of California State University – Long Beach debuted in 21st.


There are drops, and then there are DROPS. Unfortunately, Utah Valley University’s Aaron Warner had the later. After finishing 43rd at Oroville, he dropped from No. 19 in the rankings to 112th.

That plummet made drop by Homboldt State’s Jon Won seem a little more gentle, though he still fell from 25th to 65th.

As for some good news in the ranking, both anglers from California State University – Long Beach, Cox and Gangel, climbed from being tied for 40th to tied for 32nd.


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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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