LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Mississippi River wasn’t kind to Michiana anglers competing here at the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional.
None of the Michiana anglers competing made today’s finals. Area anglers who competed as boaters in the two-day competition include Luke Gritter (Michigan) 15-10, Brian Hensley (Indiana) who had 11-4 and Dan Stowell, 6-7. Area non-boaters were Michigan anglers Chad Lovell, 6-15 and Barry Jones 6-7.
Minnesota angler Richard Lindgren leads the boater field with a two-day total of 32-1 and a 2-pound advantage over Minnesota teammate Connor Leagjeld.
Dustin Drath from Coon Valley, Wis., holds the non-boater lead, catching 8-14 on Day 2 to increase his two-day total to 15-12. Non-boaters can weigh in only three fish.
The Top 18 boaters and 18 non-boaters overall, as well as the Top 2 boaters and non-boaters from each state who weren’t already in the Top 18, advanced to the final round today.
Iowa took home the team championship title with 236-2 and earned $5,625 from Ranger/Mercury. Wisconsin jumped into second place with 217-10 and took home $3,375, while Minnesota finished in third with 196-12 and received $2,250.
Indiana finished fourth with 188-7 and Michigan fifth with 170-15.
Greg Sochocki from Michigan continues to hold the Big Bass of the Tournament lead with a 4-8 largemouth he caught on Day 1.
The top boater and non-boater from each state after the final day will punch their tickets to the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship scheduled for Nov. 3-5 on the Ouachita River in Monroe, La., to compete for one of three berths in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.