The University of Wisconsin just boated the first over that we've seen today. A nice fish in the 4 to 5 pound range. We've heard of one other fish over 18 inches being caught by an Iowa team. This is Wisconsin's first keeper, though they've had several in the slot that they've had to return.
I just caught up with University of Wisconsin La Crosse anglers Hettinga and Genrich.
So let's talk about the slot. Sugema has a slot of 12-18 inches. This means that if the fish is over 10 but doesn't touch 12, it's legal. If the fish touches 18 or is over, it's legal. Everything else goes back.
We just saw the Skeeter on the right in the picture boat their first fish of the morning. The only fish we've seen so far. And it was under the slot (between 10 and 12 inches). The Triton to the left semi-jokingly said, "That'll be the winning fish." Looks like the confidence level is a little low out here on Sugema right now. With a 2-foot rise to the lake, post and pre front conditions and a pesky 12-18 inch slot, Sugema is presenting some challenges early.
With the Mississippi on the rise, college anglers learn about the new body of water they will fish.
Following the Mighty Mississippi's lead, Sugema Lake is now climbing. This doesn't present near the problems the flooded river did, but it is ironic. When Hank Weldon and Don Corkran made their site visit yesterday morning, the dock pictured below was high and dry. Now it's more than a foot underwater. Sunny skies for now but more rain on the way.
This week's Carhartt College Midwest Regional has a new location thanks to the surging Mississippi River.
The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series was scheduled to hold its Midwestern Regional Championship on the Mississippi River this week but due to high waters the event has been moved to nearby Lake Sugema.
College anglers attack Lake Jordan for the Alabama state title