LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Wisconsin Interscholastic Fishing Association State Championship brought almost 100 high school teams from all over the state to La Crosse.
After competing in WIFA tournaments all winter long, anglers were able to start boring through the ice in championship competition bright and early at 7:30 a.m Saturday.
Scott Lafler, a member of the WIFA board of directors, said that bringing hundreds of anglers to an area can affect the eco-system, which is why they work hard to get the fish back in the water.
"Our coaches here are wearing the 'high-vis' vests, so the students can easily identify them. It's all about speed. They catch a fish. They bring it to the bump board. The coach takes a photograph of that fish. It gets registered, and that fish gets released," said Lafler.
In addition to giving out awards to the best ice anglers, WIFA also gives out thousands in scholarship money to help high school seniors. In order to qualify, they must write an essay about what WIFA means to them.
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