LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Bass fishing's best battle not only each other, but the conditions left by a lingering winter.
The Bassmaster Elite series opens the second half of their season in La Crosse as the Mississippi River Rumble returns to the Coulee Region.
The day one weigh-in saw a good day for John Crews. He pulled in day one, five fish total of 15 lb. 7 oz. That included the day's biggest catch at 4-10.
Top honors for biggest total of the day Thursday went to Brandon Palaniuk. His five fish total tipped the scales at 18 lb. 4 oz.
It made for a great start, but as the competitors said, the big ones will be few and far between this year.
"It's definitely nowhere near the same fishery that is was last year this time," said Palaniuk. "I think a lot of that is just the fact that the river's behind. It seems like it's probably two or three weeks behind."
Action in the tournament continues Friday. The day two weigh in is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. Friday afternoon at Veteran's Freedom Park on French Island.
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