Outdoors columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Playing hooky at AGLOW conference pays bass dividends

Jeremiah Burish of the LaCrosse County (Wisconsin) Convention and Visitors Bureau displays one of several bass he caught with a swim jig on the Black River Thursday afternoon.

LaCROSSE, Wis. – “These might be the healthiest, fattest bass I’ve ever seen,” I commented, taking my third largemouth of the late-afternoon trip off the hook and releasing it back into the Black River.

“That’s how bass look on the whole upper Mississippi,” said Jeremiah Burish, who handles “sports sales” for the LaCrosse County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s easy to see why—they have plenty to eat.”