La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) The waters of the Mississippi River will be flooded with the best anglers from all over the country this week.
The Bassmaster Elite Series returns for a second straight year with another Mississippi River Rumble.
Anglers will leave the dock at 6:20 Thursday morning for the first of four days of competitive largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing.
After Friday's competition the field will be narrowed to 50 and then the top 12 anglers after the top prize on Sunday.
The competition figures to be intense.
"The most impressive is that they continually go to bodies of water that they're not familiar with and they can catch fish. It's hard to go on to a new body of water that you're unfamiliar with catch the amount of fish and the weights that they catch," said Scott Tanke from River Roads, a local BASS Club.
"They've qualified over the years through out Bassmaster Opens. We have a few that have qualified through the Bass Nation. But it takes a lot to get there. It takes a lot of sponsorship. They're just the best. They're the best in the world," said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation Senior Manager.
Weigh-ins will be at Veterans Freedom Park everyday at 3:15 and they're free and open to the public.
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