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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

• Caddo Lake 12-30-2008

I have not been on Caddo in a long time. In total, I think I have only made three other trips to that lake. I have not been on Caddo since the salvinia started taking over. I see why everyone has been so worried about the stuff. It's everywhere.

Started off from Mooringsport and took boat row A west to row F and fished along the trees and salvinia mats. Caught a 1 to 1.5lb chain pickerel on the second cast with a swimblade and that was it for the day. Kept drifting west for an hour without a bump. Water temps dropped from 53 to 50 in that area. I caught the pike in about 5 feet of water off of a patch of salvinia, but the rest of the spots I hit were less than three feet deep. I had no idea it was so shallow in that part of the lake. Hydrilla was growing thick about a foot beneath the surface.

I plan to use my time to learn my way around Caddo this year. When the weather warms up, I'll probably head north towards Jeems and check that stretch out.


rattletrap said...

The area you're fishing sounds a lot like the Kissimmee Chain near me. My best baits for fishing hydrilla have been a frog, speed worm, chatterbait, and rattletraps in the lanes. For some reason, the pickerel sure do like my spinnerbait.

T. Brook Smith said...

I used to LOVE catching chain pickerel in Louisiana. It's a vastly underappreciated species in the south. Nice to see a few of them popping up in Cross Lake.

BassFishingDem said...

This one's actually from Caddo, not Cross. I did catch a bigger one on Cross a couple days prior to this one. My biggest chain pickerel out of Cross was a couple ounces over 3lbs back on May 4, 2008.