La Crosse's Monsoor finishes 6th in FLW Tour event

JEFFERSON, TN - Tom Monsoor, the 70-year-old veteran professional bass fisherman from La Crosse, collected a nice paycheck in the FLW Tour Qualifier on Cherokee Lake in Jefferson, TN, on Sunday.
Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, OK, posted his first pro tour victory, weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces to finish with 67-10, earning $100,000 along with his first trophy after eight years on the FLW Tour.
Monsoor was in second place entering the final day, but weighed in his lightest bag of the four rounds with 12-7 for a 63-1 total and a sixth-place finish. "Monsy" still managed to put $18,000 in his wallet, pushing his 16-year FLW Tour career winnings up to $921,125.
"Every little bit helps," he said from his motel room early Sunday night.
Monsoor also moved up from 62nd place to 29th in the point standings, a major boost toward making the prestigious Forrest Wood Cup at the end of the season. Making the Cup is like making the World Series in baseball, the Stanley Cup in hockey or the Super Bowl in football.
"I like that. I've worked my way back, hopefully," said Monsooor, who has competed in six previous Cups, his last in 2014.
Monsoor has accumulated 718 points so far this year with two qualifiers remaining. Miles Burghoff from Hudson, TN, is the front-runner with 887 points. Bryan Schmitt of Deale, MD, is in 40th place with 685 points.
When told he was 33 points in front of Schmitt, Monsoor responded, "That ain't much. I'm going to have to do good in the next two tournaments."

Top 10 finishers
1. Andrew Upshaw – Tulsa, Okla. – 67-10 (20) – $100,000
2. Grae Buck – Harleysville, Penn. – 66-8 (20) – $30,200
3. Dylan Hays – El Dorado, Ark. – 65-12 (20) – $25,100
4. Jason Reyes – Huffman, Texas – 65-11 (20) – $20,000
5. Andy Young – Isle, Minn. – 64-0 (20) – $19,000
6. Tom Monsoor – La Crosse, Wis. – 63-1 (20) – $18,000
7. Tim Cales – Sandstone, W. Va. – 62-8 (20) – $17,000
8. Derrick Snavely – Piney Flats, Tenn. – 61-9 (20) – $16,000
9. Matt Becker – Finleyville, Penn. – 61-4 (20) – $15,000
10. Tim Frederick – Leesburg, Fla. – 60-12 (20) – $14,000

La Crosse's Monsoor moves into 2nd place in FLW Tour event

JEFFERSON, TN - Forget about eighth place.
La Crosse's Tom Monsoor is in second place heading into Sunday's final round of the FLW Tour Qualifier on Cherokee Lake in Jefferson, TN.
Monsoor, the 70-year-old FLW Tour veteran, weighed in a third straight five bass limit, and Saturday's bag pushed the scale up to 17 pounds, 6 ounces, his heftiest one-day weight of the tourney. He managed 17 pounds on Thursday, then 16-4 on Friday before Saturday's heavy bag for a 50-10, three-day total.
Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, OK, remains in first place with 52-4, weighing 16 pounds on day three. He leads Monsoor by a mere 1-10.
Oh, by the way, Monsoor caught the heaviest bag on Saturday.
While FLW Tour followers believe Upshaw’s lead seems fairly secure based on his consistency and the lack of giant bass in Cherokee, Monsoor and the other eight finalists are breathing down his neck.

1. Andrew Upshaw – Tulsa, Okla. – 52-4 (15)
2. Tom Monsoor – La Crosse, Wis. – 50-10 (15)
3. Dylan Hays – El Dorado, Ark. – 50-1 (15)
4. Grae Buck – Harleysville, Penn. – 49-4 (15)
5. Andy Young – Isle, Minn. – 49-0 (15)
6. Matt Becker – Finleyville, Penn. – 48-13 (15)
7. Tim Frederick – Leesburg, Fla. – 48-3 (15)
8. Jason Reyes – Huffman, Texas – 48-3 (15)
9. Derrick Snavely – Piney Flats, Tenn. – 48-2 (15)
10. Tim Cales – Sandstone, W. Va. – 47-5 (15)

Monsoor fishing in FLW Tour Qualifier in Tennessee this week

JEFFERSON, TN - Cherokee Lake in Jefferson, TN, plays host to the fifth stop on the FLW Tour this week.
La Crosse's Tom Monsoor is among the full field of 170 bass professionals fishing for the title.
The 70-year-old Monsoor is currently in 62nd place in the standings and needs a good finish this week and the final two regular-season events to qualify for the FLW Cup, the "World Series" of bass fishing. Monsoor, in his 16th season on the FLW Tour, has qualified for six Forrest Wood Cups, the last one being in 2014.
Terry Bolton, of Benton, KY, is atop the standings with 753 points. Monsoor has 523 points in the first four tourneys. He said earlier in the year that only the top 35 or so anglers advance to the Cup. The 35th place angler has 568 points heading into Thursday's first round.
Monsoor opened the 2019 season with an impressive 11th place finish followed by 35th, 153rd and 82nd. He has collected $22,000 in winnings this spring, and has amassed more than $900,000 in his FLW career.
This week's four-day event begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Only the top 30 from the 170-angler field compete in Saturday's semifinal round with only the top 10 fishermen advancing to Sunday's championship round.

La Crosse's Monsoor remains in 8th place

JEFFERSON, TN - It wasn't as hefty of a bag as opening day, but La Crosse's Tom Monsoor (pictured) remains in the hunt for the title in FLW Tour Qualifier on Cherokee Lake in Jefferson, TN, after Friday's round.
The 70-year-old FLW Tour veteran Monsoor reeled in another five bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces to go along with a 17-0 first-day bag for 33-4.
Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, OK, retained his position in first place with a five bass limit weighing 17-4 for a 36-4 total.
Saturday's round is reserved for the top 30 anglers, but will be cut to only the 10 best for Sunday's finale.
Overall, 18 pros weighed more than 16 pounds on day two, and 28 pros have amassed totals over 30 pounds.
Saturday's round should definitely be exciting.

Minnesota stream trout fishing opens statewide April 13

Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens Saturday, April 13, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also opens on Lake Superior and its tributary streams that have no posted boundaries.
“The trout fishing opportunities are improving through investments in trout habitat, angler access, sound land use and science-based management. Anglers help pay for this work when they buy fishing licenses and trout stamps.” said Jamison Wendel, DNR stream habitat consultant.
Minnesota has roughly 3,800 miles of designated trout streams. Its four coldwater hatcheries produce more than 1.7 million fingerlings and yearlings for stocking each year. Anglers fishing on designated trout waters must have a trout validation in addition to an angling license.
Southeastern Minnesota offers some of the best trout fishing in the upper Midwest, and the area’s stream levels have returned to normal after the spring melt. Anglers can look forward to a great trout opener, said Ron Benjamin, Lanesboro area fisheries supervisor, with great numbers of adult fish.
“These are the good ol’ days right now. It doesn’t get any better than this,” Benjamin said. “We encourage folks to get out and enjoy the fishing.”  
The southeastern part of the state has a wide variety of streams and fishing opportunities – everything from big waters with fly or bait casting, to tiny streams that require an angler to crawl through brush to access. There are even places to float a drift boat like in some western states.
“Basically any fishing opportunity somebody wants, it’s here. And our populations are as good as any place in the country,” Benjamin said.
Trout fishing excitement can be found in many other areas of the state, including in Lake Superior. Cory Goldsworthy, Lake Superior area fisheries supervisor, notes that people can fish from boats, break walls and shore on Lake Superior, as well as in tributaries to the big lake.
“Anglers are doing really well on Lake Superior. Folks don’t need a big boat to get out there, a regular sized walleye boat will do just fine. They just need to check out the nearshore marine forecast, take a backup electric motor or a kicker, and make sure they have the required Coast Guard safety equipment,” Goldsworthy said.
This time of year, anglers on shore can cast spoons off the break wall in Two Harbors or in front of one of the many river mouths along the North Shore, and have a really good opportunity to catch lake trout, Goldsworthy said.
Another spring rite of passage on the North Shore is steelhead fishing. And Kamloops trout can also be caught in the French and Lester rivers, as well as at their confluences with the big lake.
In the northwestern region, trout fishing opportunities are available for large brown trout on places like the Straight River, or brook trout on Kabekona Creek.
Doug Kingsley, Park Rapids area fisheries supervisor, said fish populations look pretty typical, with good numbers and sizes of fish. Rain or more rapid melting could change things for anglers, though.
“The telling thing will be what happens between now and the opener. But water levels and clarity are good now, and it looks like it’s going to be fairly dry,” Kingsley said.
For Twin Cities anglers looking to stay close, Dakota County’s Vermillion River offers the opportunity to catch lunker brown trout at a number of publicly accessible spots along the stream.
New for this year, there are 10 additional miles of easements, mostly in the Lanesboro area, that allow access exclusively for anglers and landowners, 66 feet from the centerline of the streams.
“Adding additional easements increases angling opportunity in many areas previously closed to the public,” Wendel said.
Fishing easements and stream accesses can be found online in maps on the DNR’s trout fishing page.
Complete trout season details are available at Information trout fishing, including a calendar of upcoming events, and how to access trout streams is online at

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

La Crosse's Monsoor in 8th place in FLW Tour Qualifier

JEFFERSON, TN - Tom Monsoor of La Crosse caught a hefty first-round bag limit for eighth place after the opening round of the FLW Tour Qualifier on Cherokee Lake in Jefferson, TN, on Thursday.
The 70-year-old Monsoor pulled in five bass totaling an even 17 pounds on the first day of the four-day event.
Monsoor is currently in 62nd place in the FLW Tour standings and needs a high finish to climb the ladder.
Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, OK, is in first place with a five bass limit weighing 18-6.
Friday's second round will be trimmed to the top 30 anglers for Saturday's semifinal round. Sunday's final round is reserved for the top 10 anglers from the 164-competitor starting field.
Thursday's opening round was termed as a "catchfest" as Monsoor was among 13 pros weighing more than 16 pounds.
Day one was dominated by smallmouths, despite slick water and sunny skies. With new weather in the forecast for day two, FLW officials predict an epic leaderboard shakeup.

Lanesboro hatchery project helps ensure trout fishing opportunities

A $5 million construction project now underway at Minnesota’s flagship state-owned trout hatchery in Lanesboro will ensure a regular supply of trout can be stocked each year in streams and lakes throughout the state.
“Our 15 state hatcheries and the fish they produce play an important and irreplaceable role in our fisheries management work,” said Brad Parsons, fisheries chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Lanesboro is our primary concern because of the severity of failing structural support and the hatchery’s crucial role in producing and stocking rainbow and brown trout.”
The Lanesboro hatchery opened in 1925 and sits on about 100 acres just south of town. The property includes two artesian springs, rearing ponds, raceways and multiple buildings. It maintains brown and rainbow trout broodstock and produces about 100,000 pounds of fingerlings each year for stocking throughout the state.
Funding received last year from the Legislature allowed work to begin April 1 replacing the Lanesboro hatchery office and nursery building.
Construction is expected to be substantially complete by Nov. 1, allowing egg hatching and fish production to continue on schedule for future trout stocking.
“Lanesboro illustrates how decades-old hatchery construction and improvements are failing and need immediate attention,” Parsons said. “Limited budgets have required that fisheries work be focused on management aspects that directly benefit the state’s fisheries and its anglers rather than hatchery repairs, improvements and infrastructure needs.”
The DNR has identified $30 million in specific repairs and improvements that hatcheries need. Those improvements include:
* Remedying bio-security issues that jeopardize fish health.
* Infrastructure and maintenance improvements.
* Energy efficiency upgrades.
* Equipment replacement and upgrades.
* Pond, raceway and road repairs and maintenance.
Each year, cold-water hatcheries in Altura, Lanesboro, Peterson and Remer provide 1.7 million trout for stocking into 200 lakes and 100 streams throughout Minnesota. Cool- and warm-water hatcheries in Walker Lake, Bemidji, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Glenwood, Grand Rapids, New London, Park Rapids, St. Paul, Tower and Waterville provide walleye, northern pike, muskellunge and channel catfish for stocking in 1,100 lakes and some rivers.
“Habitat protection and enhancement are the backbone for natural reproduction of all our fisheries but fish produced by our state-owned hatcheries are a critical part of DNR’s efforts to maintain and enhance fishing opportunities in Minnesota’s lakes, streams and rivers,” Parsons said. “Stocking these hatchery-raised fish in a scientifically sound manner significantly enhances fishing in Minnesota and provides angling opportunities that wouldn’t be there without stocking.”
For more information about state fish hatcheries, visit the DNR website at

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR