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High water downriver moves walleye championship to La Crosse

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

High water on the Mississippi River makes organizers of a major professional fishing tournament turn to La Crosse for help.

The Cabela's National Team Championship (NTC) was set for the Quad Cities area from May 17-19. 

Spring flooding in that area meant it wasn't safe to hold the event there. Instead, organizers brought the large tournament upriver to La Crosse. 

Explore La Crosse is now hosting the tournament, considered the top walleye tourney in the country. 

The tourney field is made up of 200 teams from across America and Canada vying for more than $250,000 in cash and prizes. 

Take-offs start at 7 a.m. and weigh-ins at 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Freedom Park on the north side of La Crosse.

River levels in La Crosse continue to drop after reaching flood stage last week. They're forecast to be around nine feet by the time the tournament starts. 

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