Are you ready to wet your lines in search of a big bass? I hope so because there is another bass fishing tournament on the horizon. It's scheduled to take place along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin the weekend of Friday, August 24, 2012. The bass fishing tournament is geared towards recreational anglers and sports a collective prize purse of $11,000. Here are a few more details:
Bass Fishing Tournament Basics
The fishing tournament is being organized by the Walmart Bass Fishing League. It is slated to take place on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Washington Street Ramp located in Prairie Du Chien. Participating anglers will be expected to launch their bass fishing boats at 6 a.m. Once the bass boats are launched, anglers will be allowed to fish along the Mississippi River proper in pools 9 through 11. Size and catch restrictions on all species of bass will be in place throughout the tournament. Weigh-in is anticipated to occur at 2 p.m. I should also note that Wisconsin fishing fans are welcome to watch both the launch and the weigh-in.
How to Register for the Bass Fishing Tournament
Bass anglers interested in fishing in the tournament will need to pre-register, remit an entry fee and attend a mandatory meeting. A valid fishing license is also required. Registration may be completed on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the Prairie Du Chien Walmart located on U.S. Highway 18. A 6:30 p.m. mandatory meeting is expected to follow.
Bass fishing tournament entry fees start at $100 for co-anglers and $200 for boaters. Because of the fishing tournament's location, participating anglers may opt to purchase a Wisconsin or an Iowa fishing license. Both fishing licenses may be purchased online. Wisconsin fishing licenses may also be purchased through the Prairie Du Chien Walmart.
About the Venue
The Washington Street Ramp is located at the junction of West Washington and North Main Street. Visiting boaters will find boat slip rentals, boat fuel and bait available nearby at the Winneshiek Marina. The marina is located on County K and Gremore Lake. Ample camping and eateries are also located close by.
Pool 9, also known as the Lynxville Lock, is located near mile marker 647.9. Pool 10 is located near mile marker 615.0 and pool 11 is located near Dubuque, Iowa. Navigational charts for the three pools are available through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' website. Current water temperatures and water elevations for each Mississippi River pool are available through the NOAA River Watch's website. The bass are in a post spawn mode and anglers may look forward to a first quarter moon occurring on Friday, August 24, 2012.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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