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Bass Tournament Draws Thousands To Lake Mille Lacs


GOOD EVENING. A MAJOR FISHING TOURNAMENT IS DRAWING THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS. FOR 3 DAYS THE TOYOTA PASS MASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP IS DRAWING JUST DRAWING CROWDS TO THE SHORES OF LAKE MILLE LACS. A SOGGY NIGHT TONIGHT. Reporter: IT COULD’VE BEEN A BETTER DAY. IT CERTAINLY DIDN’T HURT THE CATCH. WEIGHT YOU SEE SOME OF THE FISH THAT WERE BROUGHT IN. WE ALL KNOW ABOUT THE TROUBLES THAT THIS LAKE MILLE LACS HAS HAD WITH WALLEYE NUMBERS. THAT WAS WHY IT WAS SO VITAL. THE ELITE NATIONAL BASS TOURNAMENT EXPECTS TO BRING IN $3 MILLION. WITH THIS ROADSIDE LANDMARK THE LAKE HAS A REPUTATION AS A WALLEYE FACTORY. TODAY IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PASS. 100 GRAMS — 100 GRAND IS AT STAKE FOR THE ANGLER WHO BAGS THE LARGEST FISH. IT’S THE 1st TIME THIS ELITE SERIES HAS CHOSEN A MINNESOTA LAKE. THEY SHOWED IT ON ESPN, THE AREA WILL BE KNOWN TO THE WORLD AS A BASS PRODUCER. THE RESIDUAL EFFECT IS CAN GOING TO CONTINUE. Reporter: THESE BROTHERS CAME DOWN TO SOAK IT ALL IN. WE WATCHED THEM KITS — CATCH A NICE FOR POUND LARGEMOUTH. THAT GOES TO SHOW THAT THERE IS A GREAT LARGEMOUTH. BOO THE BUSINESSES NEARBY HOPE THE TOURNAMENT DRAWS CROWDS AND COMMERCE. THE AREA HAS BEEN HIT BY TROUBLED WALLEYE FISHERY. HE SAYS IT’S PROOF THAT ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES GO BEYOND ONE FISH. IT HAS BEEN AMAZING. IT SHOWCASES THE QUANTITY OF FISH AND THE QUALITY AS WELL. 42 POUNDS 9 OUNCES. LOMAC A BIG BASS TO LIGHT ANGLERS. EVIDENCE OF THE FISHERY EARNING A REPUTATION OF ITS OWN. IT SHOWS THE MULTI-SPECIES FISHERY. Reporter: THIS GETS REPEATED ON FRIDAY. AND AGAIN ON SUNDAY. IT WRAPS UP. ON SATURDAY THEY HAVE WHAT IS CALLED BASS MASTER UNIVERSITY WERE PEOPLE CAN COME FREE OF CHARGE AND LEARN THE TACTICS FROM THE PROS. IT MIGHT BE A WAY TO LEARN HOW TO CATCH BASS. YOU THINK IT’S A GAMBLE FOR BASS MASTERS TO CHOOSE LAKE MILLE LACS? YOU MIGHT THINK THAT BECAUSE IT’S REALLY A CIRCUIT THAT HITS THE SOUTHERN LAKES. WHY WOULD THEY COME ALL THE WAY TO MINNESOTA? REASON IS BECAUSE OF THE REPUTATION IS STARTING TO GET OUT THERE. WORD IS SPREADING THAT LAKE MILLE LACS HAS AN INCREDIBLE BASS FISHERY. EVIDENCE TODAY, THE NUMBER 1 CATCH 26.5 POUNDS OF BASS. THOSE ARE HUGE FISH.

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