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Saturday, December 20, 2008

• Cross Lake Report 12-19-2008

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

I did not catch anything, but I figured I would post a report anyway.

I hit the water around 1pm and stayed out until a little after 5pm. The water temps lingered in the low 50's in most spots. I fished outer tree lines with a jig and a Bandit 100 Series crankbait. I thought that maybe the bass were holding up in trees close to deeper water near some islands. I guess I was wrong.

Hit the 40-8 area after 2:30pm and found lots of cormorants in trees, but no fish. I did spook some fish in a stand of trees at one point, but couldn't get anything to bite. I suspect crappie were lurking around the cypress trees. There were minnows swimming in the same spot. I also found a bee hive in a cypress tree. That will make fishing back in 40-8 fun. Wasps were always a problem, but an actual hive could be real trouble. On the other hand, I suppose it was good to see honey bees alive and kicking.

The water was calm enough for me to really open up the boat. I was able to top it out at 50mph. In the past, I think I have wavered around 49 to 50, but just felt a little unsteady with the waves on the water. With the calm surface, I was able to push it over a long stretch at a steady speed. It did get a little chilly at that pace though. I picked the wrong day to open 'er up.

I have one last thing to mention. There is a barrier at the Fleming Launch into Fourtney Bayou along with a sign. You can no longer run a boat up to the bridge by the launch. The sign said that the barrier was put in place temporarily by order of the City of Shreveport to prevent the spread of giant salvinia. Salvinia is a nuisance plant species popping up in area lakes. I took a pic with my camera phone and scaled it down to post here.

They have also filled in the holes in the parking lot at Fleming with gravel. They might think about laying gravel over the whole thing. It's good though. No more bouncing around and weaving between deep holes with a trailer attached.

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