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Saturday, February 12, 2011

• Cross Lake Report 2-12-2011

Nicer weather has entered the picture and seeing as how I've been itching to fish ever since sticking that 5lb fish in December, getting out on the water today was inevitable.

I hit the water around 1pm and futzed around in the shallows for a while, swimming a jig through lily pads that have survived what winter has thrown at us . After striking out there, I moved further out into deeper water and stopped at that wonderful field of dead pad stems, now concealed from view by rising water. Not three or four casts in, I hooked up with the first fish by slow rolling the swim jig along the bottom, bumping into any pad stem along the way.

I could tell it was a nice one and after watching this fish do the side to side mouth agape dance bass fishermen know and love, I grabbed the net. It took me a couple of passes before I finally scooped the fish up, but once landed, I let out a sigh of relief and a somewhat subdued yet triumphant roar. Weighed it. Scale said 4lbs 3oz. Tossed 'er back and went on fishing some more.

About ten minutes later, I had a second fish bite. This bass had just as much fight, but because the resistance was so similar, I immediately suspected I had just hooked the same fish a second time. I was wrong. Netted that one and weighed it at 3lbs 13oz. Different fish. That worked for me.

I spent the next couple of hours fishing that jig through the pad stems without another bite. I sped things up with a Red Eye Shad, but didn't have any takers. I slowed things down with a Berkley Power Worm and might have had two hits, but never connected. I tried cranking elsewhere and called it quits just after sunset. When that sun went down, the chill in the air was beyond noticeable.

Air temps probably reached into the low 60's and water temps started out at 42 and climbed to 47 at the end of my outing. The water out there was heavily stained, but had yet to acquire that chocolate milk thickness. I also saw my first pelican of the year. I've been waiting for their return to our area lakes. I only saw the one, but I expect them to flock together. If you're a bird watcher, it's time for you to get out on the lake.

Looking ahead to the coming week, I'd say the bite can only improve. Air temps are forecast to reach into the 70's. This might drive quite a few quality fish up. Of course, the water has to warm up. It could very well remain steady for a few more weeks regardless of how warm it gets around here. Maybe I will be able to weasel my way into another outing soon.