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Alexandria's bass fishing on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Ida to be featured on Outdoor Channel this winter

Major League Fishing brought 27 professional bass anglers to the Alexandria area the last week of September to produce six episodes that will air on the Outdoor Channel starting on Dec. 31.

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Nine boats with a total of 27 professional bass anglers from the Major League Fishing organization prepare for takeoff on Lake Le Homme Dieu in Alexandria the last week in September, 2022. This General Tire Team Series Lucas Oil Qualifier event presented by B&amp;W Trailer Hitches in Alexandria will be aired on the Outdoor Channel over the course of six, two-hour original episodes each Saturday afternoon starting Dec. 31, 2022.<br/><br/>
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ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria area and a booming bass fishery will be featured on the Outdoor Channel this coming winter after Major League Fishing (MLF) brought 27 professional bass anglers to fish both Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Ida in the General Tire Team Series Lucas Oil Qualifier event presented by B&W Trailer Hitches.

The event in Alexandria was filmed over six days during the final week of September and featured nine three-person teams as they competed to finish in the top three and advance to the General Tire Team Series Championship. The winning three-person team from that championship event wins a $300,000 top prize, while second and third place teams take home $60,000 and $30,000, respectively.

The Alexandria area has hosted numerous bass-fishing tournaments, but this is the first time that the MLF has visited the area. MLF events run through a catch, weigh, immediate-release tournament format.

Major League Fishing was founded in 2011. With headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma and offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of anglers includes top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. Major League Fishing annually produces more than 250 events that are broadcast on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network, and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

“The Alexandria area has long been a destination for fishermen, but that’s been somewhat overshadowed by all of the families who spend their time here in the heart of lakes country, not only enjoying time on the water, but also the golf courses, the parks and our other great vacation venues,” Joe Korkowski, Executive Director of Explore Alexandria, said in a release on the tournament. “Having the Major League Fishing anglers put their expertise to the test on a few of our lakes brings the attention on fishing to a whole new level.

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“Living in Minnesota with our four very distinct seasons, we know the importance of being adaptable. These pros are demonstrating just how good they are at figuring out all of the elements that go into a successful day on the water and showing the average fisherman what’s possible. Alexandria is a great community for many reasons, including the fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation, but the friendships, collaborations and community spirit are why we say it’s easy to get to, but hard to leave.”

The professional anglers in this event do not learn where they are going to compete until they arrive at the boat launch each morning of competition. The purpose is to create a reality-based TV episode that demonstrates how top anglers break down new and unfamiliar waters.

The MLF General Tire Team Series Lucas Oil Qualifier will air on the Outdoor Channel as six, two-hour original episodes each Saturday afternoon starting Dec. 31, 2022, airing from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT. The full television schedule can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com/tv-schedule .

Results from the stop in Alexandria are not available leading up to the episodes airing.

MLF PROS COMPETING IN ALEXANDRIA - Team B&W Trailer Hitches: Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark.; Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas; Cliff Pace, Petal, Miss.

Team Builders FirstSource: Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark.; Jeff Kriet, Ardmore, Okla.; Timmy Horton, Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Team Crockett Creek: Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn.; Dylan Hays, Hot Springs, Ark.; Jason Lambert, Michie, Tenn.

Team Ferguson: Shinichi Fukae, Osaka, Japan; Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala.; Marty Robinson, Lyman, S.C.

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Team Fox Rent A Car: James Elam, Tulsa, Okla.; Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan.; Jonathan VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Team Knighten Industries: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn.; Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark.; Mike McClelland, Blue Eye, Mo.

Team Kubota: Greg Vinson, Wetumpka, Ala.; Bradley Roy, Lancaster, Ky.; Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala.

Team Smokey Mountain: Josh Bertrand, Queen Creek, Ariz.; Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn.; Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn.

Team Starbrite: Alton Jones, Jr., Waco, Texas; Britt Myers, Lake Wylie, S.C.; Roy Hawk, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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