RICHLAND, Wash. -- Bass fishermen from all over the western United States launched their boats into the Columbia River Wednesday morning for the BASS Federation Nation Western Divisional.
66 boats were launched, each one manned by anglers hoping for a chance to participate in the 2009 Bassmasters Classic. The divisional is a preliminary event for the Bassmasters.
There are 11 teams and the person with the highest finishing weight from each team qualifies for the BASS Federation National Championship.
Weigh-in is at 2 p.m. at Columbia Point Marina in Richland.