Slow start

With the 16-inch size limit for all bass this week on Tenkiller Lake, anglers believed it could be tough to fill a limit not only one day but for all three. After stopping on a few boats, most have had slow mornings with no keepers to show for it. 

Tyler Rivet and Jared Bascle of Nicholls State said they should have two keepers, but they lost them. They have zero at the moment and are hopping from one offshore spot to another. 

Jake Biram and Rhett Meyer of Oklahoma State had zero earlier this morning, but I haven’t seen them in 45 minutes or so. 

Austin Handley and Jeff Hopkins of Auburn were also sitting on zero even though they caught numerous short bass out of a school on their first stop of the day. 

Luke Potter and Stephen Thomas of Lamar University have one fish in the boat, but it’s a good one. Breaking the ice early today is important with the triple-digit temperatures that will hit the area today and the rest of the week. 

Length is an issue

One of the challenges the field faces this week is a 16-inch length limit, throwing back fish like these stings a little.

Update by West Virginia University's Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier

Day 1 begins

Day 1 is underway on Tenkiller Lake! First flight is due back at 2 p.m. CT where they will trailer to Northeastern State for weigh-in on their campus. 

Northeastern State talks Championship

Local college team Northeastern State has two teams fishing this week in the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Tenkiller Lake. They preview what to expect as the start of Day 1 closes in. 

Final practice day

Wednesday morning brought clouds and a little bit of precipitation to the Tenkiller region. There was a mock takeoff that was a dress rehearsal of how Day 1 should run for the 136 teams. Practice concludes at 2 and 2:15 p.m. CT. All teams will then head to the meeting and banquet for this evenings festivities.

Yamaha Pro Night

Yamaha Pro Night kicked off with pizza and water for the anglers to eat. Then the 136 teams split into groups and talked to pros from various companies. Mark Davis, James Elam, Mike McClelland, Justin Atkins, Brian Snowden and Stetson Blaylock talked with teams from the pro perspective. Meanwhile Bill Carson, Luke Stoner, Jon James and Hunter Bland gave professional insight from industry leaders. Great time of learning for anglers

College championship kickoff

Tuesday evening festivities on Northeastern State’s campus includes a rules briefing and the Yamaha Pro Night! There are 136 competing teams from 77 colleges and universities and 29 different states are represented this week at Tenkiller Lake