La Crosse's Monsoor newest millionaire on FLW Tour

STODDARD, WI - He's the million dollar man!
La Crosse's Tom Monsoor cracked the $1 million mark on the FLW Tour, winning the FLW Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on the Mississippi River in Stoddard, WI, on Saturday.
Monsoor not only won his second tour event on the FLW Tour in 17 years, but collected a whopping $125,000.
"What happened? I don't believe it," he said after the final weigh-in. "I'm in the ($1 million) club. "This is unbelievable."
Monsoor's final weight was his lowest of the four-day event - 12 pounds, 10 ounces for a 54-10 total. However, he was extra happy because he nipped another top-notch angler. Jacob Wheeler, from Harrison, TN, finished with 52-14 and won $35,000.
"I not only beat the best guys, but I beat the guy who is the top-ranked fisherman in the world and were great friends," Monsoor said.
Despite winning it on the river he grew up on, Monsoor said he may never do it again, "But I did it!"
Monsoor caught four largemouth and one smallmouth on Saturday.
He will be back on the water on Sunday.
"Oh, yeah. I'm going fishin, just like I do everyday. But tomorrow I've got to take guys out fishing for the FLW Day 5 TV show," he said.

Top 10 pros
1. Tom Monsoor – La Crosse, Wis. – 54-10 (20) – $125,000
2. Jacob Wheeler – Harrison, Tenn. – 52-14 (20) – $35,000
3. David Walker – Sevierville, Tenn. – 52-5 (20) – $30,000
4. Zack Birge – Blanchard, Okla. – 50-15 (20) – $25,000
5. Tyler Stewart – West Monroe, La. – 50-7 (20) – $22,000
6. Cody Meyer – Auburn, Calif. – 48-12 (19) – $21,000
7. Bailey Boutries – Daphne, Ala. – 48-11 (20) – $19,000
8. Clark Reehm – Elm Grove, La. – 48-9 (20) – $18,000
9. Kyle Hall – Granbury, Texas – 48-7 (20) – $17,000
10. Scott Wiley – Bay Minette, Ala. – 42-6 (15) – $16,000


La Crosse's Monsoor maintains lead in FLW bass tourney

STODDARD, WI - One more day! One more day!
"I just hope I get one more big day," said La Crosse's Tom Monsoor after holding onto his lead in the FLW Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on the Mississippi River in Stoddard, WI, on Friday.
Despite catching his lightest weight of the four-day event - 13 pounds, 5 ounces - Monsoor's total weight is an even 42 pounds compared to Zack Birge of Blanchard, OK, with 40-15.
However, Monsoor is concerned even more about third-place angler David Walker, from Sevierville, TN. Walker managed a hefty 15-1 haul for a 40-8 three-day total of Friday.
"He's the one to watch," Monsoor said of Walker. "He's fishing brush piles where current comes around."
The ever steady Monsoor relies on his Mississippi River savvy to stay within his comfort zone. Fishing the Black River in Pool 8, he reeled in four largemouth bass and one smallmouth on Friday.
"One was a little over 3 pounds, " he said. "I also tried poppers, buzz baits and all kinds of other stuff and never got bit."
If he catches 14 pounds on Saturday, Monsoor feels he has a good chance of winning his second career FLW tournament.
"Yeah, if I"m lucky enough to get 14 pounds, I've got a chance," he said, adding that there is no secret where the final 10 fishermen in the 200-angler field are fishing on Saturday.
"Everyone left knows where they are going," he said with a big laugh.
Monsoor, in his 17th year on the FLW Tour with $970,027 in career earnings, is a good bet to eclipse the $1 million mark with a strong finish.

La Crosse bass pro unsure of chances on home waters

La Crosse's Tom Monsoor is wary of his chances for a top finish in the FLW Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on the Mississippi River in La Crosse beginning Wednesday.
Monsoor is currently in 31st place in the 2020 standings with 579 points and $38,500. However, he's not that confident, especially on the river he grew up on and fishes every day when not traveling to other FLW Tour stops across the United States.
Monsoor fishes or closely watches other bass anglers on the Mississippi River every day, and said the bass fishing peak is about two weeks away.
"In two weeks, it will be going nuts," he said on Tuesday. "The shad are not quite big enough yet."
Bass feast on shad like deer feast on acorns. If an angler can find large enough shad, he will find bass, lots of them, according to Monsoor.
"I think I'll catch some fish. I don't feel great, but not real good either," he said. "Got to play it by ear.
"Who knows? I may not catch a fish. You never know because it happens to the best of us," said Monsoor, in his 17th year on the FLW Tour with $970,027 in career earnings.


La Crosse's Monsoor leads FLW bass tourney

STODDARD, WI - He's known on the FLW Tour as the "Mississippi River Monster."
La Crosse's Tom Monsoor proved it on Thursday, taking over the lead in the FLW Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on the Mississippi River in Stoddard, WI.
Monsoor, in 31st place in the 2020 standings with 579 points and $38,500, caught another five-fish limit. Coupled with Wednesday's 14-pound, 3-ounce weight, his second-day bag weighed in at 14-8 for a 28-11.
Scott Wiley, from Bay Minnette, AL, the first-day leader, dropped into second place with a total weight of 27-15.
"I don't know what happened, said Monsoor, in seventh place after Wednesday's opening round.
"I just caught a couple. You never know," he deadpanned.
All five of Monsoor's bass weighed a little over three pounds - three largemouth and two smallmouth.
Monsoor said a green pumpkin football jig was the main lure, adding  the fish were not concentrated.
"Just here and there. I just kept plugging away," he said, adding that his best success was on Pool 8 of the Mississippi River.
Monsoor, in his 17th year on the FLW Tour with $970,027 in career earnings, could hit the $1 million mark with a strong finish. However, he is only concentrating on Friday, and hopefully, Saturday.

Reporting fish die-offs helps DNR, others respond when needed

Anyone who finds several or more dead fish in a lake or stream can help by reporting these fish die-offs, which happen occasionally and usually result from natural causes.
“It can be unsettling and concerning to find a number of dead fish,” said Tom Burri, limnology consultant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who deals with water quality issues related to fisheries. “We hope people will help us out by reporting dead fish right away so we can determine if an investigation is needed.”
People should call the state duty officer at 651-649-5451 or 800-422-0798 to report fish die-offs. Doing so provides a single point of contact for the incident. The point of contact is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An early report also allows timely water samples or other response actions to be taken if needed.
If there is an immediate threat to life or property, call 911 first. For general information requests, people can also contact area DNR fisheries offices, but this is not the best way to report fish kills.

Bacteria a common culprit
One University of Minnesota study estimated that 500 fish die-offs happen each year in Minnesota.
In spring and summer, groupings of dead fish are usually the result of a common bacterial infection referred to as columnaris. Columnaris tends to affect fish as water temperatures warm and fish are stressed from the energy they spent on spawning. Columnaris infections can kill sunfish, crappies and bullheads, and occasionally, largemouth bass and northern pike.
Most fish diseases and infection issues found in nature tend to be concentrated in fish of a specific species and size range. In contrast, when an individual observes dead fish of vastly different sizes and from multiple species, human activity is a more likely a cause.
“People should try to describe the fish types and sizes they see when making a report. That kind of information helps immensely,” Burri said.
Human causes of fish kills can include water discharged at high temperatures, toxic chemicals discharged or spilled, pesticides and fertilizers, manure runoff, and low oxygen levels in a lake resulting from storm water that runs off urban or rural landscapes. Often, there are multiple causes contributing to fish deaths.
More information on fish kills is available on the DNR website.

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR


La Crosse's Monsoor in 7th place in FLW bass tourney

STODDARD, WI - La Crosse's Tom Monsoor is in seventh place after Wednesday's opening round of the FLW Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on the Mississippi River in Stoddard, WI.
Monsoor, currently in 31st place in the 2020 standings with 579 points and $38,500, caught a five-fish limit weighing 14 pounds, 3 ounces. However, he is only 17 ounces from being in the lead.
Scott Wiley, from Bay Minnette, AL, is in first place with 15-3.
Monsoor, in his 17th year on the FLW Tour with $970,027 in career earnings, is only 5 ounces out of third place in the extremely tight race for this week's title.
"I'm hanging in there," he said after his round. "What can you say? I'll take it."
Monsoor said it was a relatively tough day for him with just a few big bites. He caught seven fish with four just over 3 pounds and one a little more than 2 pounds.
The event is being held in Stoddard, WI, in Vernon County because La Crosse County health officials won't allow the tournament in La Crosse County due to COVID-19 concerns.
Tournament pros are limited to Pools 7-8-9 on the Mississippi River. Monsoor said he caught three fish from Pool 7 and four from Pool 8, landing his largest bass on a white swim jig.
"Then, just before I had to quit, I hooked a 4-pounder at least. It came out of the water and I could really see the big mouth on it," he said.










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La Crosse's Monsoor wins $14,000 in FLW super tourney

DAYTON, TN - La Crosse's Tom Monsoor finished in 18th place in the  FLW Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga on Thursday.
Despite surviving the semifinal cut for the 50 top anglers from the 204-angler starting field, Monsoor failed to qualify for Friday's top 10 final round. However, he returns to La Crosse with $14,000.  
Monsoor, in his 17th year on the FLW Tour, was tied for ninth place after Day 1, then dropped into 25th after Day 2. He moved up seven spots on Thursday for his 18th place finish. Monsoor's total three-day weight was 47 pounds, 11 ounces, after weighing in 15-7 ounces on Thursday.
Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, TN, leads the event with a three-day  weight of 72-6.