"We don't have a problem with the three-fish bag limit or the new rules, unless they become too restrictive," said Prairie du Chien resident Tom Bowler, the president of the Iowa BASS Federation Nation.Bowler
, who organizes two tournaments per year in Prairie du Chien
, said that he
is in favor of "whatever is best for the resource."
"We have a really good relationship with the Wisconsin and Iowa DNR's," Bowler
said."And we would like to keep that." Bowler
noted that he
organizes one tournament in May and another in September.Both tournaments are non-profit."We don't do it for the money," he
said. Bowler noted that his tournaments determine who qualifies as a team or as an individual for other tournaments throughout the nation.
In the past, some participants have gone all the way to the BASS Masters Classic.Bowler
said that the vast majority of the anglers in his
tournaments are "regular working guys, weekend warriors."
"Our tournaments have a huge economic impact," said Bowler
."We generate $100,000 in hard cash that weekend."It has been estimated that there are 400 tournaments in the state of Wisconsin annually, many of which bring in 10s or 100s of thousands of dollars to those communities. Bowler
said that if some tournament organizers were to feel that permit fees are becoming too high or if rules become too restrictive, some tournaments may simply relocate across the river.