FLW and Explore La Crosse announced last September the 2021 FLW Tackle Warehouse TITLE Pro Circuit Championship is being held Aug. 17-22, on the Mississippi River in La Crosse.
It’s been one of the best kept sports secrets in La Crosse in 2021.
Although FLW’s top championship has been held on the Mississippi River once before – in Moline, Ill., in 1998 – this event is the first time that FLW has played host to its premier event in La Crosse.
“We are elated to host the TITLE Pro Circuit Championship and showcase the incredible bass fishing that the Upper Mississippi River offers,” said A.J. Frels, Executive Director of Explore La Crosse. “The scenic La Crosse region presents a picturesque backdrop of bluffs that overlooks one of the best bass fisheries in the country.”
La Crosse and the Mississippi River have played host to many FLW tournaments in the past, including four High School Fishing events, three Abu Garcia College Fishing events, 43 Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournaments, five Toyota Series tournaments and two Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit qualifiers.
Hometown hero Tom Monsoor collected $125,000 by winning the Tackle Warehouse pro circuit qualifier last July in La Crosse and hopes to be among the 50 top pros advancing to this year’s championship.
“It would be great to be able to make the championship again, especially this year,” Monsoor said.
“The catch-weigh-release format fits the Mississippi River perfectly as massive quantities of quality largemouth and smallmouth inhabit these bountiful waters, providing nonstop action and exciting competition for the live webcast and television broadcasts,” Frels added.
Each Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit tournament features live on-the-water coverage plus television coverage on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel.
“We couldn’t be more excited to take the Tackle Warehouse TITLE to La Crosse and the Mississippi River,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We’ve had tremendous success hosting tournaments in La Crosse in the past, so it made bringing our championship an obvious choice. The bass fishing fans in Wisconsin have always been extremely passionate and enthusiastic, and we’re proud to be showcasing our most prestigious championship to them.”
The 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit features six regular-season tournaments showcasing the best 150 anglers in the world competing for as much as $135,000, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus, in a five biggest fish format on top bass fisheries at peak times. The top 50 pros will compete for as much as $235,000, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus, in a catch, weigh, immediate-release format.
The 2021 season wraps up with the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE in La Crosse from Tuesday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 22, at Veterans Freedom Park on French Island.