I have been saying for years that it is my dream to own a bass boat. I was driving along route 5 this week and noticed plenty of boats and trucks rolling toward Lake Erie!

Maybe you have seen them? The flashy boats and trucks with a bunch of sponsors and logos and bright colors all over them?

Lake Erie and the city of Buffalo is set to host as many as 350 boaters and co-anglers July 26-28 for the Costa FLW Series Northern Division event at Lake Erie presented by Polaris. Hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, the three-day bass-fishing tournament will feature a top prize of up to $85,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard engine.

Lake Erie is featured regularly on Outdoor Channel and ESPN's fishing shows because of the amazing bass fishing it offers. It's almost every show that I watch i can see the I-190 in the background.  The area of the Lake Erie that meets the Niagara River near the Austin Street exit seems pretty popular.

Anglers will take off from Safe Harbor Marina, located at 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., in Buffalo, at 6 a.m. EDT each day. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will also take place at Safe Harbor Marina, and will begin at 2 p.m. each day. Saturday’s final weigh-in will take place at Cabela's, located at 2003 Walden Ave., in Cheektowaga, New York, and will begin at 3 p.m. All takeoffs and weigh-ins are free to attend and open to the public.