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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

• Cross Lake 5-20-2009

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

Today was another tough one. I started a bit later than yesterday and did not get on the water until around 8:30am. Once I got to the end of Fourtney Bayou, I put the trolling motor down and went along the cat tails and weeds on the west end and followed the tree line into the southwest corner. Fry were schooling there too. Something was chasing them. Could not tell if the splashes were from small largemouth bass or white bass, but it was a very active place. I couldn't get any of them to bite. Started out throwing a 1/2oz Terminator T1 spinnerbait, switched to a Red Eye Shad, and then a Bandit 100 series crankbait. Switched to a finesse jig once I got back into the trees. Had one nibble that was probably a sunfish nipping at the trailer. Water temps were 73 degrees over that way early on, but climbed up to 76 by noon.

Motored away from the trees into the pad field in the southwest corner near the duck blinds. Went back to tossing the 1/2oz spinnerbait, but still couldn't come up with anything. Headed in for a quick lunch and got back out around 2pm.

Water temps had jumped up to 77 degrees by the time I got back out, so I headed to the south end just outside of the 40-8 entrance and the Bass Life Associates sign. I drifted between two big stands of cypress trees and resorted to throwing a crankbait in 5-7 feet of water. I hooked up with something, but it came off. Tried a DT-6 in parrot color and a Bandit 200 series in chartreuse/blue back. The heat from the sun beating down started getting to me, so I went south into the cypress trees pitching the finesse jig again. Had a few short hits and hooked up with a white bass as I was reeling in. I didn't get a solid hookset and sent the fish flying off in the air. At least I figured out why I was getting a few short hits. Pesky white bass were out in full force. That's what has been chasing after the fry lately.

Piddled around back there until about 5pm and headed in for a quick snack. Got back on the water again at 5:15pm and went in between the Twin Islands on the west end. Started cranking the DT-6 in hopes of triggering a few white bass to bite, but they were a no show. Went over to the adjacent bank and fished the docks. Nothing. Water temps by then were 81 to 82 degrees. Headed back to the pad field in the southwest corner.

Tried throwing my T1 spinnerbait a while, but when fish started hitting the tops like before, I wondered if perhaps a color change was in order. I put on a T2 spinnerbait in chartreuse/white and gave it a try. Nothing. Then it hit me. I could burn the spinnerbait across the top and make the blades splash like the fish that were chasing the shad. I tossed the spinnerbait near where I saw a splash and had a fish on. Not all that impressive, really. It was just an under (under 14 inches). Tried one last thing before heading in. I tied on a Zara Spook to see if that would drive out a bite. My other thought was to throw a clear Torpedo, but I opted not to. Went in around 7:45pm.

All in all, it was a tough hot day with bluebird skies, muddy water, and a steady, but light breeze. I went through a lot of sunblock today. I have no idea where the bass are. Maybe the ones people caught in the most recent tournament stayed closer to the ramp where they hold the weigh in. I'm going to have to start picking apart the east end of the lake now.

Should I bother uploading a photo of the dinky bass I caught today?

Should I even go out again tomorrow?