CLEWISTON, Fla. — The 2024 season of Major League Fishing (MLF) has started with a bass fishing tournament at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston. It features 197 anglers hoping to snag some award-winning bass in order to take home up to $100,000 and a new boat.
The parking lots near the lake were a spectacle in themselves, with rows upon rows of boat trailers.
“This is a beautiful venue to kick off the season. We get people from all over the country, and we’ve even got anglers from Spain and Canada,” said Mark McWha, the MLF Tournament Director, highlighting the diverse participation this year.
With so many people competing, McWha says it can be a challenge managing the flow of boats through the lake’s lock system.
In December 2023, Fox 4 reported on the new Herbert Hoover Dike access bridge that allows more lake access for boaters. McWha says it’s been a huge help.
“The overflow parking over there, the new bridge and all that – there are ramps outside the lock, so we asked a lot…