LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) -

Local fisherman were able to mingle with the best of the best Sunday at Gander Mountain.

12 Anglers from the Top Bassmaster Elite Series stopped by the store Sunday to sign autographs and give fishing advice to those looking for a big catch.

The anglers were also in town to kick off and promote the Bassmaster Elite Fishing Tournament in La Crosse next weekend.

One southern Angler saic northern cities like La Crosse are a great place to fish.

"It's always nice coming up here. The temperatures are always cooler than it is down there right now. And the bass are biting up here. You guys phenomenal fishing up here in La Crosse. And this is our third time here at this event, we've had record crowds, we've had big waits. It just goes to show you how fertile the Mississippi River is up here. And how lucky you are to live here in La Crosse and have this right in your backyard," Professional Bass Firsherman Dean Rojas said.

The Bassmaster tournament starts on Thursday and will be the last event in the regular season.