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Saturday, March 12, 2011

• Cross Lake Report 3-11-2011

Fished last night for a short while. Wanted to get some fresh air and clear my head. I also wanted to see what mood the bass were in. The warmer weather should have driven a few spawners up.

Fished some shallow water with a gold Rapala F11. Had three bass all follow and stare without biting. I'm not sure why they were all in this curious, but apprehensive mood, but I couldn't get them to bite. Changed to the silver F11 just to give that a go and even swam a bluegill colored jig by them. The water was pretty clear, so maybe they saw the boat.

I drifted by a cypress tree and noticed fry swimming around it. Not sure what kind of fry they were, but I'm going to wager that they are probably part of the early bass hatch. This means we've got spawners coming up. There was probably some action these last few days where the weather was blustery and cool. Water temps registered at 59 to 60 degrees, so the spawn is likely in full swing on Cross. You just have to find them.

All three of those curious bass were small 14-16 inchers, so I headed out to deeper water thinking the bigger fish might be holding out there. Unfortunately for me, the wind kicked up something fierce. It was next to impossible to get anything stable going unless I had the anchor down. Hanging up in the cypress trees promptly ended whatever anchored strategy I had.

Gave up on deeper water with white caps thrashing the boat around and headed back shallow. Picked up three bass and found a blue jig hanging in a tree, likely a Strike King Bitsy Bug.

All three bit on the gold F11. Weighed the first one. Didn't care about the other two. The one I put on the scale weighed 2lb 10oz.