Edwin Evers arrived in La Crosse Saturday, but probably knows the area better than most locals.
"I've been formulating a strategy for over a month," Evers said. "I've printed off river levels, water temperatures, flowage of the river. But I don't want to have anything nailed down until I really get on the water."
Evers will have Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to perfect his strategy for Thursday's Mississippi River Rumble, a part of the Bassmaster Elite Series, the highest level of professional fishing.
"It's a sport where you're always learning, you're always getting better, and you're always improving your game."
Evers comes to La Crosse with a target on his back. He leads the coveted Anger of the Year award standings.
"There's a little more added pressure coming here," he said. "We've got three events left and are kind of in the home stretch. I want to really get this thing done and close the door on them."
To do so, he'll need better luck than last year. He finished tied for 75th overall. Still, he said he's excited to return.
"It's a great area, great fishing community. It's just absolutely beautiful up here. Coming from Oklahoma, (it has) a lot cooler weather. Just a great place to spend a summer."
The Mississippi River Rumble begins Thursday at Veterans Freedom Park. For more information, click here.