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Saturday, February 2, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 2/2/2008

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

Man oh man were there a lot of boats out today. It's like they've been waiting for the least bit of warm weather to dust off the boat that's been sitting there for a while. I counted over 20 trucks at the Fleming launch parking lot when I went out around 2pm. I stayed out until after 5pm and from what I could tell, nobody had any bites today. People were actually calling it quits when I loaded the boat, but there were still a lot of boats out there.

Water temps ranged from 48 to 50 and I found the slightly warmer water on the west end. The water wasn't very clear at all. That rain we just had must have really stirred things up. I tried slowing things down a bit, but still couldn't find the fish. I really wanted to get my first jig bite. I saw a few fish splashing around over around the southwest corner, but I've seen that before. I'm pretty sure what I saw were white bass. I had one recreational boater cruise slowly by blasting Witchy Woman by the Eagles. Not very polite of them to suddenly crank their music as they passed by. It was a red and white Tahoe or similar boat with a red canopy. Maybe I'm overreacting, but I always seem to run into these boaters on Cross.

I thought I'd also mention that the pelicans flying around on Cross aren't competition for us. They eat about four pounds of fish a day, but they don't eat the game fish. I am somewhat concerned about what might happen to this year's hatch after the spawn. Pelicans may not eat the game fish, but I don't have any data on whether or not they'd take a bite out of schooling fry. The gulls might dive on them as well.

I'll be out again tomorrow because I could care less about this year's Super Bowl and I don't have any plans. I'm all about college football and the NFL doesn't do it for me anymore. Stay home and do your pregame stuff. I'll go fishing, catch nothing, and tell you all about it.


JimiJohnB said...

Fished yesterday myself on Cross from about 1:00-dark and also had a tough time. Had a total of 3 fisherman in the boat (and no, we weren't the ones blasting music) so it was kind of crowded but it was a beautiful day regardless. Covered a lot of water using different techniques but could only manage an under between the 3 of us. No other bites. Frustrating but nice to be out on the water.

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BassFishingDem said...

I'm an AUC student. Also trying to finish up. Two more rotations are pending approval. Not having a contact address on the site is intentional.