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Monday, March 21, 2011

• Cross Report 3-19-2011

I know it's Monday and I should have posted this report after I returned from my outing on Saturday, but I didn't catch a single fish and the activity was flat out abysmal.

I started fishing around 3pm. The sun had been shining all morning and I didn't want to go out just to get cooked. My plan was to fish deeper water around trees that provided shade, waiting until around sunset to drift back and fish the shallow trees with a jig. Once I got out to deeper water, the wind picked up and made maneuvering difficult. The only fish I saw swimming around were gar. One nipped at my jig a few times.

After fishing the trees for about an hour, I anchored in four to five feet of water and cranked a DT6 and a HJ10. Nothing.

Switched to a swim jig and went to a strip shaded from the sun by a long stretch of cypress trees. Nothing there either. Just lots of sticks.

Pulled anchor and drifted with the wind until I arrived at a second old lily pad field near the exit of Fourtney Bayou. I fished those stems with the jig and came up with nothing. When I drifted as shallow as I could go, all I could find was slimy green snot. That moss was taking over back there and cleaning it off of my lures was simply too much of a headache.

I ended up seeing a snake in a tree before giving up on that area. The head was too big to be one of those banded water snakes. This was probably a healthy moccasin.

Fished the shallow trees as planned without a bump. The activity I did see came from gar. Aside from a nutria I scared off, things were pretty dead out there after sunset. The mosquitoes got to be too much, so I came on in. They were biting me through my jeans.

What I tried:
5/16oz finesse jig
1/2oz swim jig (both bluegill and chart/shad)
DT6 (hot mustard)
HJ10 (silver husky jerk)
Texas Rigged Lake Fork Craw (black neon)
1/4oz spinnerbait (Walmart red/white)
Wacky rigged soft stickbait (sexy shad)

I won't be fishing on Cross for a few weeks. The pressure has just been too much. Between bass anglers and the bream folks, there are just too many boats covering the same water over and over. The pressure alone is going to shut the bass down. Add low water to the mix and I'm limited in terms of where I can comfortably fish. The hydrilla is just beginning to sprout in some spots, but most of what I'm pulling in is either slimy gunk or dead vegetation.

I may try Caddo the next time an opportunity arises, but seeing as how the water is low on Cross, I'm going to take a guess and assume Caddo is still low enough to make boat rows dangerous. I've heard the pressure out there is pretty fierce as well. From here on out, I think the morning bite will be where I'm going to put most of my attention. Last year, I spent far too much time fishing from 10am to 7pm. This year, I need to stick to finding the morning bite just so I can try to enjoy myself out there.


steve said...

FYI, I just came in from fishing Cross from 10:00 am til 2:30. It was pretty much the same. The water is really low and I concentrated on the south end of the lake on boat docks and the banks that had over a good of water. I threw senko's, flukes, and jigs and never got a bite. I moved over to squirrel point and after throwing a quarter ounce chartruse and white spinnerbait with no luck, tried a zoom trick worm in junebug color. I caught one small bass. That was it. Pretty tough fishing on Cross Lake right now.