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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

• Cross Lake Report 5-19-2009

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

What a rough day! Started fishing around 8am, took a break at 2pm, and quit around 6pm. Only two fish to show for all my work. Water temps this morning were around 69 degrees and warmed up to 75 at noon and 77 in the afternoon. Could not find water that was not heavily stained. Not a cloud in the sky all day either. A steady breeze picked up around 11am and did not stop once it got going.

I pitched to so many trees today. Even tried a few docks. I alternated between an Eakins finesse jig, Red Eye Shad, Rage Toad, and even briefly tossed a 1/4oz spinnerbait. I started fishing back in 40-8 and slowly worked my way back out to open water. I turned back west working more trees and hooked up with a solid 2lb bass in the slot around 2pm. I found it under a cypress tree with roots sticking out from the base. It was hiding on the back side away from the wind in the shade. Thought it would become a pattern, but came up with nothing. Also saw about 40-50 small schools of fry on the south side of the lake.

After lunch, I shot over to the east end into a pocket on the north side near the 220 bridge. Got stopped by the Lake Patrol and they checked for the usual stuff. Drifted along the tree line and saw a gar lurking up along the shallows, so I tossed the jig at it hoping to just irritate the fish, but it bit and held on. Didn't catch anything after that, but did get a few short hits. Lots of small fish hitting the tops over in the southwest corner.

Might try again tomorrow, but I'm out of ideas. Cranking? Remember, Cross is relatively featureless across the middle. Hydrilla isn't out in full force yet, so no weedlines to fish. Pads are not well developed yet either.


fishaholic11 said...

Hello Bassfishingdem, I have always wanted to go down to Louisiana and fish in a lake like that one with cypress trees all over it. I am from northeast AL, so we don't have any of that. It looks like there could almost be to much cover in that lake LOL. Anyway, I just started a fishing blog and would love for you to check it out, www.bassinformation.blogspot.com Please let me know what you think. Oh, and keep up the good site!

BassFishingDem said...

Welcome to the blogging community. You really don't need the "www" before your address. It's just http://bassinformation.blogspot.com. Post frequently, proofread, and reply to comments made by visitors. Good luck.

There is certainly plenty of cover on Cross around the edges, but there isn't much in the middle. I would recommend Caddo Lake just west of here between Texas and Louisiana if you want a cypress lake experience, although we have a lot of smaller lakes around here that are just as pleasant. The fishing on Cross isn't all that great. It's a heavily pressured body of water, so despite all that cover, bites are few and far between for most anglers.

Anonymous said...

I have found that plastic worms work the best for me on Cross Lake. I've tried spinnerbaits and crankbaits as well as jigs, but I always end up having the most success fishing with plastic worms. I'd say a good day for me on Cross is catching 6-8 bass because as you said, the bites can be few and far between. Good luck.