> Day 1: 5, 12-01- Alton Jones’ rule in tournament fishing is that he starts on his best stretch on day 1, no matter what. However, his best stretch of water at Grand Lake happens to be in an area of stained water and he felt that the dip in water temperatures might turn the fish off.

But he stuck to his rule and wound up pulling four of his five weigh fish out of the area, including a 4-pounder. But he thinks there’s more weight to be had there once the sun beats down on it for a while.

Those fish aren’t going to act right until it warms up,” he said.

He lost an hour of fishing time after coming back to the dock to swap out trolling motors. By the time he was back on the water, he didn’t have time to run to clearer water down lake, but he intended to fish it first on day 2.

“I found some fish in the clear water down lake so I will run there and try for them the first half of the day and hope to catch a limit,” he said. “Then, I’ll run to that dirtier water during the warmest hours and hope for a big one. I just needed to change up my timing.”

Load Your Live Well

Did that most recent cold front throw you a curve ball? Did the bite you were on suddenly disappear? There is always a solution to every problem, here’s one that has saved my day on many occasions. After severe cold fronts big bass almost always seek out the darkest shadows they can find. 

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