The FLW American Fishing Series kicks off on Lake Champlain today and runs through Saturday.

There will be 300 anglers setting their sights on winning the top prize, $25,000 plus a Ranger boat, and co-anglers can win up to $15,000.

"Fishing is always good on Lake Champlain," said Chevy pro Dave Lefebre of Union City, Pa., who finished in sixth place at the 2009 FLW Tour event on Lake Champlain.

"You can't miss; everything will work. There will be a mixture of small and largemouth bass caught. You'll want to use big topwater baits for the smallmouth, and the largemouth bite will come flipping grass with jigs, worms and frogs.

"Average weights are going to be 14 to 16 pounds per day, but it is going to take 18 to 20 pounds per day to win. Weights are probably going to be separated by ounces, which add excitement and frustration for the anglers."

Anglers will launch from Plattsburgh Boat Basin at 6 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be held at the boat basin as well, beginning at 2 p.m. each day.

Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free, and the public is encouraged to come and witness the fun and excitement of this nationally televised event.

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