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Monday, March 30, 2009

• Cross Lake Report 3-28 & 3-29

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I caught a couple fish over the past two days. They were not very big. Both came on a green/chartreuse 1/4oz Walmart spinnerbait. The first came off the pier on Saturday and the second came off some trees when I went out in the small boat on Sunday.

So here's the report.

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana.

Saturday was a really crummy day. We had rain most of the week and a few low pressure systems made their way through the region. I'm sure you saw it on the news in between coverage of the flooding up north. Air temps dropped. Water temps dropped. Throughout the week, boats have been hitting this area pretty hard. I don't know how many boats I saw on days when the weather was decent. Nobody was catching a thing. On Saturday, it turned crummy again and highs were only in the 50's. I figured a day like that would keep the warm blooded southerners indoors, but a few did come out to fish. I waited for evening before I wet a line and fished for about 20 to 30 minutes. The shallow water was still pretty clear after the rain. I opted for one of my Walmart spinnerbaits. The wind was blowing steadily out of the west and the sky was completely clouded over. I made multiple casts to individual spots under the impression that the fish were pressured from other anglers, but tight lipped because of the passage of the fronts. I wanted to irritate a bass into making a reaction bite. I hooked one small bass about six feet off of the end of the pier. I kept fishing for another ten or fifteen minutes, but the breeze was cool enough to make my fingers go numb and I quit before it got too dark.

On Sunday, quite a few boats made a pass at this area. Nobody was catching anything. I made a comment on Twitter about how many of them were trolling around with their main motor trimmed down. I always trim my motor up high to reduce the amount of drag so my trolling motor doesn't have to work quite as hard. I watched and waited for my chance to fish off the pier. Well, the second I had the urge to wet a line, I looked out to see a bass boat heading towards the pier. I told you before, it never fails. There's always a boat out there when I want to give the pier a go. I changed plans and hopped in the small boat. The water was already getting murky from the run off into the lake. Air temps today went into the 60's. When I made my way out to more open water, a few boats were still out there. Another one came rocketing by moments later. I had been fishing the thicker stands of trees and apparently, so had everyone else. I worked the scattered trees closer to open water in hopes of finding a bass that had not been pressured. Nothing. Hung up in a lot of tree limbs and discovered that the spiders were all over them. The cypress trees are starting to green up a bit. Anyway, I stopped by a stand of isolated trees in about four feet of water. Wasn't paying close attention, but cast sideways behind the tree directly in front of me. Got a bite. Another small one. Then I went back to lots of nothing again. Fished from around 5:30pm to 6:45pm.

Always a tough bite out here. I'm wondering if they are holding just off shore in deeper water. Doesn't quite make sense unless they are spawned out. They haven't made the big drive to shallow water yet though. I'm definitely confused. Maybe I should go crankin'.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello,
Hey Cross Lake always is a tuff bite. I agree with you, the fishing for this time of year is confusing. I know some of the fish have spawned, but I believe that most have not. The weather has the fish confused. Usually towards the end of the spawn, there are a lot of male fish guarding the beds and I have not seen it yet. I know within the next few weeks it will be done.