Lake Champlain professional bass tournament carries on with modifications

Lake Champlain professional bass tournament carries on with modifications
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) – Spectators from near and far this week are getting to watch the 13th Bassmaster Elite Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain, but in a different way than they may be accustomed.

A little bit of rain didn’t stop 85 anglers casting out on Lake Champlain Thursday morning for the biggest bass. Professional anglers from across the country are on one of their favorite lakes looking for large and small-mouthed bass for the annual tournament

“It’s a game, it’s strategy, it’s competition, and of course they are bringing up big weights, which is always fun to see,” said the tournament’s Emily Harley.

But COVID concerns this year meant changes for fans and participants alike. Boats remained docked until each angler’s health was cleared. “Everyone was tested when we got here and we are screening daily,” Harley said.

Bassmaster Elite is one of five bass fishing competitions usually held each summer in the Lake City, bringing in over $2 million to the region. But…

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