Youth bass fishing is a growing sport

Youth bass fishing is a growing sport
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A high school state bass fishing tournament will be held on the Mississippi River this weekend near Prairie du Chien, Wis. (Associated Press)

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. — By 6 a.m. on Sept. 11, the Washington Street boat ramp on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wis., will be buzzing with youthful exuberance.

The occasion is the Iowa Youth State Bassmaster Tournament, and when approximately 80 kids and their adult captains blast off at 7 a.m., it’ll be all about the hardware and the pursuit of berths at the Bassmaster High School National Championship.

Brayden Miller shows off a couple of big largemouth bass caught during an Eastern Iowa Bassmaster event. (Eastern Iowa Bassmaster Club)

On a broader perspective, the growing sport of high school bass fishing has something to offer everyone.

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