LA CROSSE, Wis. — Darren Hahne of Ottawa brought in a three-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River Saturday.
Hahne earned $6,466 for his victory.
“I’ve finished second twice, so to finally earn a win in a BFL tournament feels really good,” said Hahne, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “The river was really muddy, but I found one spot that had clear water and had it all to myself and that turned out to be the key.
“I was fishing in Pool No. 8, the lower end, just frogging and flipping,” Hahne told FLW. “Between my co-angler and I we caught around 14 or 15 keepers. The best action was in the morning, from 6:30 until 10:30.”
When flipping, Hahne threw a Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw (black and blue), and, while frogging, a Booyah Pad Crasher (Bronzeye). Two of the three fish he weighed came flipping, one frogging.
The top 10 boaters:
1 Darren Hahne, Ottawa, Ill., three bass, 11-7, $4,466 + $2,000 Ranger Cup
2 Rick Pieper, Maysville, Iowa, three bass, 10-12, $1,883
3 Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., three bass, 10-11, $1,606
4 Brandon Gann, Sparta, Wis., three bass, 10-3, $879
5 Kyle Von Ruden, Stoddard, Wis., three bass, 9-14, $753
6 Dick Crider, Gurnee, Ill., three bass, 9-12, $690
7 Jeff Ritter, Prairie du Chien, Wis., three bass, 9-11, $778
8 Chris Aswegan, Tiffin, Iowa, three bass, 9-10, $565
9 Kyler Chelminiak, Franklin, Wis., three bass, 9-9, $802
10 Rick Martin, Winter, Wis., three bass, 9-5, $439
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Hahne also caught the largest bass of the event - a fish weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces - to earn the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $500.
Lee Lewis of Peoria won the Co-angler Division and $1,883 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces.
Top co-anglers were: 1 Lee Lewis, Peoria, Ill., three bass, 9-15, $1,883; 2 Bill Gabel, Willowbrook, Ill., three bass, 9-9, $942; 3 Joseph Johnson, Maquoketa, Iowa, three bass, 9-3, $627.
The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River in La Crosse was hosted by the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake.