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Thursday, July 3, 2008

• Cross Lake Fishing Report 7-2-2008

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

I went fishing twice yesterday. I hit the water from 6:30am to about 11am and again from 7:30pm to 9pm. Water temps in the morning were around 84 degrees, but were up around 88 to 89 degrees in the late evening. There wasn't a cloud in the sky in the morning and the water was calm except for out on the main lake. I didn't even get a bump out there, so I'm not sure where the bass have gone. I didn't see many gar cruising either. The water was still pretty stained from the rain not too long ago, but not much different than any other day on Cross. I pitched a jig at trees just like the last two trips and Cross Lake had to remind me that there are no patterns on this lake. I had a couple of people with me this time around and one was just learning to use a rod and reel while the other was throwing spinnerbaits and a Banjo Minnow he's become quite skilled at using. None of us had any luck. We mainly fished back near 40-8 in the morning and the southwest corner behind the duck blinds that evening.

I'm going to have to change things up. The pads are thick in a few spots, so I'm wondering if maybe the bass have gone up underneath them. Pads on Cross are usually in water less than 5' deep. I don't have a lot of experience fishing in pads aside from going along and casting various lures into the outside edges or throwing topwaters into the middle.

The lake is going to be crowded with the holiday, so I might plan on a morning trip out on Friday and then quit around 10 or 11 before any other recreational boaters take over. I'm not sure if there is a tourney today on Cross, but I'm also thinking about heading out this evening for another go.


BassAss@in said...

Headed out this morning and had a fairly descent morning. Caught six total. 1 under the slot, 2 in the slot, and 3 over. Ranging between 18-24 inches. Not to bad! Caught them all on top water. 2 on a buzzbait and the rest on a jr zahara spook. Cant complain i dont guess. Heading back out at the crack of daylight in the morning to give it another shot. Good Luck to the rest of you!

Fish Whisperer said...

Cool site, I used to fish bass when I lived in the states. Now I am in Fiji it is strictly saltwater. I think your site could use some pictures. Even if you use a cheapo digital. After all, all anglers want to see fish pictures. Good job, keep it up.
I am putting you on my blogroll and will check back regularly.
Tight lines

BassFishingDem said...

@BA: I did go out on Friday with the same two people and didn't catch a thing. I tossed a Rage Toad, a buzzbait, and then went back to the jig. I didn't even have a bump. Not sure where you went, but I fished pads all morning. Nothing. Only saw a couple of gar swimming around and I typically see more. I did get a free 3/4oz rattle trap out of the trip. Found it in a tree on the west end.

@FW: I do actually take pics of the fish I catch, but I haven't caught any lately, so no pics to offer. I do have a couple shots of some nesting ospreys another person took, but I'm waiting to get them off of her camera to put on here. Thanks for adding me to your list.

Lets Catch Reel Big Fish said...

For Bass I like to use jig heads with twister tails. I use different sizes and colors. Early morning and late evenings are best for me.

Anonymous said...

bassass, I have club tournament on the lake at the end of July. It is the first time we have fished the lake. What area of the lake were you fishing for that top water bite?