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Thursday, March 5, 2009

• Caddo 3-5-09, Windy, Never Again!

There was a lake wind advisory out for the area lakes with steady winds of 20mph and 30mph gusts, but that did not stop me from fishing on Caddo today. Hit the water around 8am. Wind really wasn't so bad at that point, but I took boat row E to avoid some of the open water. Water temps started off around 56 and reached 59 to 60 by the end of the day in most places I fished. The wind had the lake stirred up, so most of the water I fished was pretty stained. Didn't see any fish at all in the clear shallow water I ran over except for one little bass over in Jeems. The green stuff is starting to come back in, especially back in some of the shallow coves. I ended up hooking into four fish, but was only able to boat one of 'em. The two basic concepts I stuck with today were wind blown banks and current. It's all I really could do in such strong wind. Didn't have much of a choice.

I started out just north of Big Green Break near Jap Island. I think it's a relatively popular spot. Every time I go by that area, boats are in there. Picked up a small chain pickerel right away on a trap in some dead pad stems. The wind picked up and I moved out closer to boat row C to fish the current created by the wind. Everyone else was hitting the cypress trees. Hooked into a good sized gar before it decided to surface and shake loose. I crossed over to the other side of the boat row and fished some trees like everyone else, but when the wind gusts picked up, I went along with the breeze and drifted towards Jap Island. I worked a rattle trap on both sides of the boat and hooked a pretty good bass. From the way it was swimming, I think I might have foul hooked it. I was able to get the bass right next to the boat before it came loose. Looked about 2lbs and it had one of those black spots I've seen on other area fish. Drifted back and forth across that stretch a couple more times and gave up. Went over to Jeems next and pulled off around marker B46. Hooked a dink bass on the same trap, but it also came loose just shy of the boat.

That's the report. I won't ever go back out there with wind like that pushing me around. I think I tried to take part of the lake home with me. The rough waves splashed me pretty good as I motored across the lake. I'm glad the sun was out. Otherwise, I think my shirt would still be wet. The trolling motor also saw some heavy use. I had it at full speed all day. The battery was not drained, but all that moving around sure wiped me out.

I'm beginning to think Caddo is a lot like Cross in some respects. Location is apparently everything. Caddo has so much good cover and structure though, so I am beginning to wonder how good the bass population really is on that lake. I should be on a lot more fish, but they just aren't there.