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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

• Cross Lake Report 10/16/2007

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

It rained all day yesterday and I knew today would be an interesting day to fish. There's no telling how much water will wash into the lake. It leaves fishermen wondering what the bass will be doing. I felt that with the rain, the water temperatures would drop enough to get the bass going again where you could find them in shallow water.

I left out of the Fleming launch. You have to be careful going through the bayou out to open water because all kinds of sticks are floating in. The water temps on my way out were around 73 to 74. That's almost a 10 degree drop from what it was previously.

I knew where I was going. That shallow spot off a point in between the two bridges on North Lakeshore Drive was holding fish the other day. It should have a few today. I started on the western edge of the point working the water being churned up by the wind. Within moments, I had a fish take the rattle trap. I was able to bring it up close to the boat, but the hook came out and it got away. I could tell it was a slot fish though, maybe 1-1 1/2lb at best. Within two casts, I had another fish on. This one was much smaller. I didn't have much luck after that and slowed things down working the Lake Fork Craw along the bank like I did during my last trip. No takers.

I turned the boat around and headed back to the spot I was fishing the other day. I went back to throwing the rattle trap at key spots along the bank and out into the wind. Water temps had gone up to 75 to 76, but it was still plenty overcast and the wind was letting up by then. I saw something big make a swirl out of casting range straight ahead of me behind a leaning tree. I decided to break one of my rules (Never pursue a splash that is out of casting range). I anchored the boat about 20 feet from where I fished the other day and cast a few times in that general direction. Finally something took hold and fought me all the way back to the boat. Definitely a good bass. I didn't take any chances and netted it. It measured 17 1/4" and weighed 2lb 3oz on my scale. That's gotta count for something on this lake seeing as how it was just outside of the slot. I let 'er go to fight another day. All in all, I can't complain since the past few weeks have yielded nothing but dinks and small slot bass for me with no consistent patterns. I called it quits early only because I got the information I needed. The rain cooling the water down was enough to get the decent fish into the shallow stuff.

Pictured below: First under and 2 pics of the 2lb over.