FLW Tour #6: Mississippi River – Lacrosse, WI

FLW Tour #6: Mississippi River – Lacrosse, WI

May 18-21, 2017

First stop at this event was the Walmart Supercenter in Lacrosse where the TMNT rig was on display; Mikey and I talked fishing with customers: I ha

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First stop at this event was the Walmart Supercenter in Lacrosse where the TMNT rig was on display; Mikey and I talked fishing with customers:

I have fished the Mississippi River out of Lacrosse before but never this early in the year and never with the water this high and muddy.  Even with tough conditions the fishing was good, I spent the first day of practice on the lower end of Pool 8, the second day on Pool 9 and the final day on the upper end of Pool 8.  My best day for quality was on Pool 9 and my best day for quantity was the upper end of Pool 8. Keeping in mind that locking down not only takes about an hour each way and also risks getting locked out by barge traffic I decided to remain on Pool 8 and spend more time with a bait in the water.  My most productive lure: one of my favorites – a 3/8 Zorro Booza Bug with a Zoom Big Salty Chunk fished around laydowns and flooded trees.

Day 1 produced only four keepers that weighed only 7-11 which put me in 139th place…not the kind of start I needed.  Day 2 went much better and I caught a couple of limits and culled up to 11-12, giving me a total of 19-7 moving me up to 112th place…my lowest finish ever on the Mississippi.

I did Evinrude test rides on both Saturday and Sunday morning and even though it was cold and wet the folks from the Lacrosse area came out to get a ride in my Ranger powered by the amazing Evinrude G2.  After the test rides I worked the Evinrude booth in the Family Fun Zone prior to the weigh-ins where the TMNT rig was on display. I sure hope the FLW Tour returns to Lacrosse in the future so I have a chance to redeem myself.

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