Huntsville, Ala. and Wheeler Lake to Host 2016 Forrest Wood Cup

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FLW LogoHUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Aug. 22, 2015) – FLW and the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced Saturday that Huntsville, Alabama, will be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 4-7, 2016, on Wheeler Lake. This event marks the first time that the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport’s richest prize, has visited Wheeler Lake.

“Wheeler Lake has been the site of many successful FLW events,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “We are thrilled to be working with our partners at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring the Super Bowl of professional fishing to Alabama in 2016.”

Wheeler Lake and the Huntsville area are a very familiar destination for FLW. The city has played host to numerous Walmart FLW Tour, Rayovac FLW Series and Walmart Bass Fishing League events. The 2016 Forrest Wood Cup will mark the 21st anniversary of the championship tournament. The event will be held at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

“We are thrilled Huntsville was selected to host the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup,” said Judy Ryals, President and CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “By hosting previous Walmart FLW Tour events, our partnership with FLW showcased Huntsville and Madison County to fishing fans across the country, and now, we are extremely honored to host the Cup for the very first time.  We invite attendees to come experience our hospitality and get a taste of why Huntsville is ranked as one of the top places to live, work and play. The CVB, City of Huntsville, Ditto Landing and Von Braun Center, are excited for FLW’s return to the Rocket City.”

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.