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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 10-14-2008

Cross Lake
Shreveport, Louisiana

It was another late start this morning. I did not get on the water until 9:30. I stayed on the west end fishing near the 40-8 area. The Bandit crankbait caught me two fish early on, but both shook loose before I could get them to the boat. The first fish was a half grown chain pike and the second was a little bass.

I went on back into 40-8 following the signs more or less. I worked a buzzbait along the shaded tree line and picked up one more bass. I didn't weigh this one, but it was a solid small bass. I fished to the right of the boat for a while and finally hooked into a really good fish back in some trees. I weighed this one. The scale said it was 3lbs and 7oz. This bass had a dark spot on the right side. You can see it in the photo below. Not sure what that spot was. Both fish were released.

Water temps were 75 degrees where I caught fish, but found warmer water around 77 degrees elsewhere. The skies were cloudy when my day started, but the sun came out around 11am. I saw lots of fish chasing after shad back behind the 40-8 entrance where it opens up. I could not get anything to bite. They were hitting the surface like small bass, but I suppose they could have been white bass or crappie.

Maybe I should have stayed put because I couldn't get any more bites after that. I quit around 3pm, but spent the last hour or so out there goofing off. I was more interested in checking out how shallow certain areas were after the recent drawdown. On my way back into Fleming, I saw what appeared to be a drum dash onto the bank, flounder around a little, and bounce back into the water. I've never seen a drum do that before.

What I used today:
Bandit 100 series square lipped crankbait (chartreuse, blue back)
6.2:1 baitcaster on 7' ML cranking rod
Strike King Bleeding Elite buzzbait (black & red)
6.3:1 baitcaster on 7' MH/fast tip rod