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Friday, May 22, 2009

• Cross Lake Report 5-22-2009

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

So I gave Cross another chance today. I was out the door a little later than the last two days and did not get on the water until about 9am. Water temps were already 76 degrees by then. Only a few boats at the Fleming launch. Water out there was still pretty stained. At least I did not have to deal with blue bird skies and sun beating down on me today. It was partly cloudy in the morning hours and mostly cloudy by 1:30pm.

First spot I hit was the island in the southwest corner. I drifted along with the breeze casting a spinnerbait and then a crankbait into the wind. No bites there. Went on around the southern edge of that island and hit a few pads. Worked the spinnerbait through first and then followed up in a few spots with a weighted Big Bite Baits Yo Mama. Still nothing.

Packed up and motored over to a spot on the south side of the lake near the Arklatex Landing. Fished a stand of cypress trees grouped out closer to deeper water. Alternated between the Yo Mama and a finesse jig. Saw a few splashes behind me, so when one fish hit close enough, I cast my finesse jig to that same spot and instead of letting it fall, I swam it back. Something hit, but didn't nail the hook. I got my lure back without the trailer attached. Okay. Tossed the jig back to the same spot and picked up a dink. Measured just under 12 inches. After that, I messed around with a shallow diving Bandit 100 series crank and even tried swimming a 1/2oz jig in hopes of finding more bass in the area, but neither did the trick.

I crossed a small channel into the main line of cypress trees lining the edge. I kept throwing the finesse jig with a brand new trailer, mind you, and meandered back 100 feet or so from a boat house and had a chain pickerel hit the jig. It came off though, so I can't offer up a photo. It was a decent sized pike and fun to at least get a brief fight out of.

At that point, I was getting frustrated and the wind was blowing a bit harder. I did not like getting knocked around. I ventured out into that channel between the stands of trees and switched to throwing a weighted sapphire blue Zoom 6" Lizard. Hung up on a stick in about 5 feet of water and broke off at the knot. I respooled the reel with some 10lb P-Line Halo. I was trying to get rid of the Trilene FC I had sitting around. Anyway, instead of threading on another Zoom Lizard, I put on a Lake Fork Tackle lizard in black, blue flake, and blue tail. I worked along the outside edge of cypress trees for a while and decided to go in for a quick bite to eat.

Water temps had worked up to 77 to 78 degrees. I motored into a pocket on the northwest end and started throwing the lizard to trees. That's when I picked up a nice bass. Caught a 3lb 7oz bass lurking under a lone cypress tree in the middle of the pocket. Measured in at just over 18 inches long. It had scratch marks all along its sides. I caught one with similar markings a few weeks ago. Five to ten minutes later and about 100 feet from where I caught that bass, I hooked into another nice one, but it came off. I was only able to see the green back as it rocketed from left to right and back again, spitting out the lure. That killed my confidence, but what made things worse was the rain. Oh yes, it rained. Big drops started coming down, so I put on a rain coat and motored over under some cypress trees until the rain let up. That rain must have killed the activity back there because I didn't even get a nibble after that.

Headed back out to open water and went across to the 40-8 entrance where I've caught some nice fish before. Kept pitching that same LFT lizard and caught another 3lber. This one was 3lb 6oz, just one ounce less than the fish I just caught on the north side. I measured it at around 18 inches as well. This one took me for a ride though and brought my line over a limb on a nearby cypress tree. I cranked as fast as I could to manhandle the fish into the boat, but the line was hung up on that limb. I pulled the bass up along that tree and turned to get the net. When I looked back over the side of the boat with the net in my hands, the line was free of the limb and the bass was headed under the boat. I netted it the moment it surfaced along side the boat.

After that, I heard a clap of thunder and peered off into the east end of the lake. Heavy rain was on its way. I looked to the west where the thunder came from. Dark in that direction too. I fished a few minutes more until I heard a louder clap of thunder and called it quits. I got drenched coming into the launch. The skies cleared up after that, but I was already home, drenched head to toe. Still, not too bad of a day. Quit around 5pm.


Fish Whisperer said...

Those are beauties. Good day on the water.
Tight lines