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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

• And So It Begins

It's the time of year when warmer weather starts to creep into our area. The spring spawn is here and the bass fishing tournaments really start to pick up. It's the time of year when a boat can be seen out my window at any point during the day.

It's the time of year when fishing pressure really picks up. I can sit from dawn to dusk and watch 10-15 boats make the loop in this cove and none of them will come up with a single fish. Some fish slow and some fly right by, but bites are few and far between.

Once the Thursday night tournaments start up on Cross Lake in mid-March, the fishing pressure back here will be unrelenting. It makes for a less than enjoyable time on the pier because I'm fishing such a limited spot in an already pressured area. Quiet fishing time will not return until mid to late fall. From here on out, boats will cruise well within 50 feet of me without even blinking. Once I leave, they typically swoop in to fish the pier. The things we do for money, eh?

Once the hydrilla takes over, it will be nothing but a thick mat that even the best weedless trolling motor would be scared of.

There is something different this year. This area has been taken over by a slimy green algae. Maybe that will help deter some of the pressure and leave me to deal with cleaning the gunk off my lures.

From here on out, don't expect me to post about too many quality fish caught off the pier.


Capt. Dick said...

Sounds like someone needs a vacation. Although the spawn is on down in Florida too, there's plenty to go around. I've been fishing the lakes, rivers, oxbows, and lake chains. We've caught quality fish in all of them. Before, during, and after the tournaments boats have fished the areas.

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BassFishingDem said...

Nah. Don't need a vacation. I'll just have to continue trailering over to Caddo. Cross Lake is just a different beast. Feast or famine type of lake, but most of us strike out. It is a hard lake for everyone. The tournament pressure just makes it tough for those of us looking for a fun morning, afternoon or relaxing evening. Maybe this year will be different. Only time will tell. What tweaks me is how every time I get the urge to fish off the pier, some boat is cruising in nearby. I try to be considerate and give people some space, but this year, I might just have to walk on out and start casting as if they aren't even there. No fun with five or six boats taking turns at fishing the spot. Peace and quiet just won't exist for a few months.

Rattletrap Ramblings said...

Dude that slimy green stuff is decaying algae which is not good for bass. It might keep the fishermen away, but you it'll keep the bass away as well.

BassFishingDem said...

This is the first year that slimy green stuff has been back here. They sprayed off hydrilla last year and I'm guessing the stuff drifted in to take its place and is now thriving. Cross is a reservoir, so the best I can do is notify the LDWF and see if there is anything they can do about it. I'm guessing their budget is already tapped with the salvinia problem on other local lakes. The stuff hasn't deterred many fish species yet though. Will have to ride it out.