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Thursday, January 22, 2009

• Caddo Report 1-22-2009

My main goal today was to learn my way around some of the Texas side of Caddo and also find my way to Jeem's. I started around 10:30am and headed up to Jeem's first. I didn't know how far up in there I wanted to go, so I chickened out and turned off to the left into a stand of trees in 8 feet of water. I worked around those trees for a while with a spinnerbait and a jig. I might have had a bump on the spinnerbait, but it was probably a submerged stump or branch. I think most of the boats on the way into Jeem's were fishing for crappie. I kept my distance from those boats and moved towards the tree line along the bank and found a little pocket where the water was much clearer. Hooked into a good sized chain pickerel about 6-8 feet away from the boat. It was really something to see a chain pickerel show up without warning and attack my spinnerbait like that. I'm sure it was just as surprised to find that hook. I was probably near Moss Slough.

I gave up on fishing all of those trees and took boat row B back down to C and headed towards the Texas side. I goofed around a bit near row V and then turned around. I took row C and fished in some trees between rows C and L where quite a few other boats were fishing. I picked up a second chain pickerel within the first few casts. I also happened upon a beaver cooped up in a tree it made into its den. I guess I startled it enough to swim out and give me one of those trademark tail smacking splashes.

Called it quits around 3:30. Water temps ranged from 47 to 50 degrees. Both chain pickerel were caught on my firetiger Terminator T1 spinnerbait. Water up at the start of Jeem's was a little more clear, but the water over on the Texas side had a lot of stain to it. I might head out again tomorrow, but with the water being that cool, I'm not sure where to go. Caddo is still a very new lake to me. Maybe I'll stay on the Louisiana side and look for a pattern. I sure couldn't find any bass today.


Fish Whisperer said...

Great report. Sorry no bass but the two chain picherel are better than nothing. BTW, love the fish gripper. Very industrial.
Tight lines

BassFishingDem said...

Yeah, they were fun to catch and I'm not like many of the local anglers who hate the chain pickerel. The gripper was just a pair of groove joint pliers, but I see what you mean.