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Sunday, April 3, 2011

• Caddo Report 4-3-2011

When area lakes are under a Lake Wind Advisory, the chop out there can be relentless. Today was one of those days. The last time I braved water that rough, the first thing I said to myself as my right arm became drenched with water splashing over the side every time the boat hit a wave, was that I'd never do that again. Unfortunately, I didn't listen to the voice inside my head today and I headed out early, hoping to skirt the chance of rough water.

The forecast said that the wind wouldn't really pick up until after 10 or 10:30 this morning, so I assumed that I could face the regular 10mph wind I normally encounter and when 10:30 rolled around, I could simply put the big motor down and go in. When I arrived at the launch, the wind was already blowing hard enough to make white caps, but not enough to make significant swells. Looking at the water, I was apprehensive, but eager to fish.

The place I had planned on fishing required making a long trek across the main lake to the west side, just beyond the Louisiana/Texas state line. I knew it would be more protected from the wind because tree lines and small islands sit just south of where I intended to fish. When I arrived at the spot, I was right about my assumptions, but other boats had already arrived to fish the same spot. I fished it anyway. The plan was to fish a jig, but the wind was too much for that kind of shallow water fishing, so I switched between various lures, including a spinnerbait, frog, jig, lizard, and a wacky rigged stickbait.

Water temps were around 69 degrees starting out, but rose to 70-71 later in the morning. The stain was heavier than I expected and of course, the water was very choppy. The area I fished did have a lot of activity, but most of the fish my partner and I saw swimming around were gar. We did see a few fish lunge out away from cypress trees, but there's no telling what they were.

First fish bit in a shallow open stretch of water. It bit on a spinnerbait, a 1/4oz firetiger Terminator T1. It wasn't a bass. Ended up being a 3lb channel catfish.

I've caught catfish on crankbaits, plastic stickbaits, finesse worms, and yes, even buzzbaits and jitterbugs. I believe this was my first spinnerbait catfish. It still surprises me when they bite when I'm not fishing for them.

Fished the rest of the area the same way and couldn't trigger any other bites. Once we drifted into heavy wind, I switched off to a Red Eye Shad and went into search mode. Never did find anything with that bait. The hydrilla out there hasn't grown to what I want it to be yet. I only dragged up pieces of dead vegetation in that spot.

So while the lake knocked me around enough to convince me once and for all that I shouldn't go boating on days like today, I learned a few things about the status of Caddo. It's still low. The hydrilla isn't coming in quite as thick yet. The lily pads are just barely beginning to grow in clusters.

Hopefully I will be granted an opportunity to fish on a much calmer day in the future. Until then, I'm going to try my best not to think about fishing. I need to stay off of water like that.