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Friday, June 5, 2009

• Cross Lake Report 6-5-2009

Started fishing around 4:30pm today. The goal this evening was to get some use out of my new Curado E5. Tried cranking and slow rolling a spinnerbait with it and I think I got the hang of the braking system. Water temps ranged between 81 and 83 degrees. Most water was heavily stained with very poor visibility beneath the surface.

Fished the islands on the west end. I tried to find the old hydrilla weed lines, but I think the spraying they did last year changed everything. I found one section of hydrilla north of the middle island that held fish in the past. Beyond that, only patches of hydrilla were growing. Most of it was brown though. Not a good sign. There used to be a good line of hydrilla along the west edge of the middle island and a really thick stand going along the southern tip of the first island. I couldn't find much there this time. I found lots of debris like a bunch of wood had washed in. The bottom varies from silt to clay. Depths range from 4 to 7 feet depending on how close you troll to the islands.

Started out throwing a DT-6 in hopes of finding a few dinks or white bass schooling. Nothing hit until just after 5pm. Caught a little bass casting across the few clusters of hydrilla just outside of the thicker stuff. First fish on the Curado. Handled it well, but the fish jumped twice. Hooked that bass on the front set of Sure Set trebles. Turned the bass over and saw an awful scrape on its side. Not sure what could have made that kind of mark, but the bass I've been catching lately seem to have some battle scars.

Couldn't get a bite slow rolling the spinnerbait, but I think a white bass bumped it a couple of times. As an afterthought, I should have put on a trailer hook. The only problem I had slow rolling was that I could not really feel the blades turning all that well. I was throwing a 1/2oz Terminator T2.

Alternated between the DT-6 and a Bandit 100 series to check out how fish were sitting in the water column. Had a few hits on the Bandit. One was really strong. Might have been a good white bass. It came off seconds later. Also had something follow the lure up to the boat.

I switched off to a Strike King Red Eye Shad rigged on the Patriarch. Worked the edges casting perpendicular to the light breeze. Kept fan casting closer to shallow water and hooked into a good chain pickerel that turned out to be a little over 2lbs. Had a gut and large head.

Tried a color change with the DT-6. I was throwing one in Parrot, but tried a more shad-like silver pattern to match what was swimming around. I saw a few dead and dying minnows out there. Had another pike have a go at that crankbait, but it came off. Now that I think about it, maybe a spoon would have done some good.

Now comes my rant. I hold the opinion that Cross Lake has some of the most rude boaters I've ever encountered. Almost every wake that hit me today came off a bass boat. The jet skis avoided me altogether. One or two other recreational boaters came through, but most of the boats running and gunning through my spot were bass boats.

I will concede that the spot I fished today was in the middle of a channel and boaters tend to use it often, but it is a cut between a few islands. Open water is nearby and nothing prevents anyone coming out of the Fleming boat launch from using open water to go around the islands. Visibility is great on either side, so if it were me and I saw a boat in the channel, I would have gone around. Here's a map. The black line is how most people end up going. The red line is how I wish they'd go around. Am I expecting too much? When a boat goes through, it scatters the school I was following and kills the bite.