Mississippi native Cliff Pace hoists the last regular-season Bass Pro Tour trophy of the season. Pace won the day, hauling in 47 fish weighing more than 80 pounds
Mississippi native Cliff Pace hoists the last regular-season Bass Pro Tour trophy of the season. Pace won the day, hauling in 47 fish weighing more than 80 pounds

   During the summer months it’s not unusual to see a plethora of boats on Big Green Lake, but Sunday Green Lake hosted the championship round of a professional fishing tournament.

   The waters of Big Green Lake proved to be the ideal spot for the final round of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.

   “Out of all of the well-known bass factories that the Bass Pro Tour visited this year, who would have guessed that Green Lake, Wisconsin would be one of the top producers?” Major League Fishing writer Tyler Brinks penned on the fishing organization’s website.

   Bass Pro Tour stopped in Wisconsin for the eighth stage of its inaugural season. Previous stages were held in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri twice.

   The competition started last week Tuesday and ran through Sunday. Anglers competed on Lake Winnebago the first four days and Lake Butte des Morts on the fifth day, before wrapping up on Green Lake for the sixth day.

   Wisconsin was chosen to host Stage Eight of the Bass Pro Tour because it lacked professional bass fishing tournaments, according to Major League Fishing Senior Director of Events Michael Mulone.

   “I had my eye on Lake Winnebago and the Winnebago System for a while,” Mulone said.

   Green Lake was picked to be the site of the championship round of the tournament as a result of its reputation as a bass fishing hot spot, Mulone noted.

   “We wanted to have great competition and have these guys get the chance to catch a lot of fish,” Mulone said. “We wanted to go on the best body of water we could find and Green Lake was it.”

Read the full story, which includes information on who won the tournament and the attention it brought for Green Lake, in the July 4, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.