Welch Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Prairie Du ChienWelch Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Prairie Du Chien Tom Welch of Fall River, Wis., won the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division bass fishing tournament on Prairie Du Chien
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (Aug. 13, 2007) - Boater Tom Welch of Fall River, Wis., won the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division bass fishing tournament on Prairie Du Chien Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned Welch $3,793 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Mississippi River Regional Championship in Fort Madison, Iowa on Oct. 4-6, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Welch caught his bass using a buzzbait in and around grass to catch his limit.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Chet Hawkins of La Crosse, Wis. (five bass, 15-03, $2,232); Gary Schild of Mundelein, Ill. (five bass, 15-00, $1,489); Mike Van Houten of Ankeny, Iowa (five bass, 14-15, $1,041); Timothy Domaille of Rochester, Minn. (five bass, 14-05, $855) and Curtis Samo of Rochelle, Ill. (five bass, 14-05, $855).
Jeff Morton of Fox River Grove, Ill., took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $640 for a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass.
Steve Knight of Ankeny, Iowa, earned $2,193 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 13 pounds that he caught while fishing a topwater frog near grass.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Jason Swanson of Cedar Falls, Iowa (five bass, 12-13, $1,096); Kevin Candahl of West Salem, Wis. (five bass, 12-02, $621); Jason Steger of Stanley, Wis. (five bass, 12-02, $621) and Jereimiah Hatfield of Cashton, Wis. (five bass, 12-01, $439).
Brian Brecka of Alma, Wis., earned $310 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 3-pound, 14-ounce bass. The final event of the regular season will be a two-day Super Tournament held Sept. 8-9 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.