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Stewart was rolling on the river!

Tyler Stewart boats a Mississippi River largemouth (FLW photo)

West Monroe’s Tyler Stewart had a big week last weekend, finishing in fifth place out of a 200 angler field the FLW’s Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on the Mississippi River out of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Stewart caught 50 pounds, seven ounces over the four days to bring home a $22,000 paycheck.

The Mississippi River in Wisconsin is nothing like the Mississippi River that runs between Louisiana and Mississippi. It’s some of the same water, but the river there is wide, has big expanses of submerged grassfields and cuts and shallow backwater. And fishing was tough last week, with some of the anglers only getting five or six bites a day. But when they are the right bites, that’s all you need. He fished slow and picked the area apart with a brown SPRO Bronzeye Frog thrown on a 7-foot, 3-inch, heavy action Favorite Pro Series rod.

“I’ve never been here before, but I like it,” says Stewart. “I like anywhere you can throw a frog all day.”

Mississippi River is the second-longest river in the US, and certainly first when it comes to fame. While bass can be found throughout the 2,300 miles the Mighty Miss spans, the tournament waters for this competition consist of Pools 7, 8 and 9, with takeoff occurring in Pool 8. These three impoundments of the second-largest drainage system in North America provide a lot of cover for bass to live in. Vast swaths of vegetation, wing dams, rock jetties, backwater pools and shallow laydowns can be found throughout the river.

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