Friday, December 9, 2011 at 8:24 PM
The drought in the South has affected many lakes, including our own here in Louisiana. Cross Lake has been low for months now. If you're not a regular reader, that's the lake I usually post my reports for. Last week, the first real rain that amounted to anything drove water levels up enough to the point where I knew I could load from the bank with ease. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough rain to bring things back up to levels where I could follow my usual route out to the main lake.
The above photo shows the only way in or out for my boat right now. Luckily, I fish out of a boat that floats in inches of water because that's all that stands between me and a day of fishing. Until more rain comes, this will serve as my path to freedom. I haven't checked the boat launches yet. I'm almost scared to use them until lake levels come up another foot or so.
I used my free time today to scout for landmarks, structure which isn't normally visible at capacity. I discovered some stumps a rock bank, and even noticed a few pieces of wood that have shifted with the rising water. I didn't see any bass in the shallow water, so I'm assuming they are all cozied up in deeper water where temperatures are more stable and to their liking. My mind is already on prespawn, but if we don't get much rain between now and then, I'm not sure where I'll be fishing those first few months of 2012.
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