Major League Fishing REDCREST Tournament kicks-off

Top anglers compete for a piece of 700K

Some top professional anglers are competing in our area for a different kind of Bass Fishing Tournament.

Wednesday kicked off the Major League Fishing REDCREST Championship in La Crosse.

The top 30 anglers from the league’s 8 stage ‘Bass Pro Tour’ compete in a fast-paced tournament format with no weigh-in. An official sits in each boat weighing the fish right after it’s caught and releases it back into the water.

The tournament takes place on the Upper Mississippi River over the next five days.

Knock-out rounds will decide the top five anglers that advance to the Championship on Sunday, where the winners receive from a total pool of over $700K.

MLF REDCREST anglers say La Crosse is the perfect place for a unique tournament like this one.

“There’s backwater, there’s main river, there’s a lot of different diversity here and that’s one of the cool things about it. It’s a really great playing field to test the skills of the best anglers in the world,” says pro angler Kevin VanDam.

A live stage with autograph sessions and prizes for gear are open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm at the Onalaska Omni Center, Friday through Sunday.

Here’s a look at the post game shows and MLF Activities you can attend:


About: Fans can catch the REDCREST Postgame show live from the MLF Now! stage at the MLF Midway at the Onlalask Omni Center. Postgame shows are free and open to the public, featuring competitors from that Round, as well as prizes and giveaways from MLF.

Dates: Thursday, Aug. 22, Saturday, Aug. 24, Sunday Aug. 25

Start time: Approximately 4 p.m. CDT, every day


About: Meet some of your favorite MLF pros, watch the MLF NOW! live stream, casting contests and giveaways, raffle giveaways from Gator Guards, enter for your chance to win gift cards from Bass Pro
Shops, food trucks, check out the latest from Mercury Marine, Evinrude, Phoenix, Bass Cat Boats, and Covercraft.

Dates: Friday through Sunday, August 23-25

Start time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. CDT, daily

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