BENTON, Ky. (June 14, 2005) - FLW Outdoors announced its 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Tour schedule Tuesday and indicated that complete payout details will be released June 21 following registration for the $1.25 million Chevy Open presented by Kellogg's on the Potomac River in Charles County, Md. Next season's schedule takes the most lucrative bass tournament trail in the world to seven of the nation's best largemouth and smallmouth fisheries.

Competition kicks off Jan. 18-21 on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla., then continues on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., Feb. 8-11 and Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., March 1-4. Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark., will host the Wal-Mart Open April 5-8 followed by a stop on Kentucky Lake in Benton, Ky., May 10-13 and a tournament on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y., June 21-24. The location for the Forrest L. Wood Championship, complete with its world-class boat and outdoor show, will be released June 21 along with identifying which of the sites previously announced will play host for the 2006 Chevy Open. All told, the 2006 season will consist of four qualifiers, two opens and the Forrest L. Wood Championship.

Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour and seven other national tournament circuits offering a combined $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America's largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.

Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as the title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events.

For more information on Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com. For more information on FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, visit FLW Outdoors.com or call 270-252-1000. 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Regular Season Schedule

Date Lake City, State
Jan. 18-21 Lake Okeechobee Clewiston, Fla.
Feb. 8-11 Lake Murray Columbia, S.C.
March 1-4 Pickwick Lake Florence, Ala.
April 5-8 Beaver Lake Rogers, Ark.
May 10-13 Kentucky Lake Benton, Ky.
June 21-24 Lake Champlain Plattsburgh, N.Y.