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Friday, December 9, 2011

• The Way Out Is Through

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.


Bargain Fishing Supplies said...

Wow, that's just unbelievable... Sorry to see the area is such sad shape. Hopefully the last month and a half has given some saving grace to the area..


Best Bait said...

Wow, hopefully it all gets better! I would hate for my fishing spot to turn bad.

Jason said...

We have definitely got to get some rain. Your area has been harder hit than mine.

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BassFishingDem said...

The good news is, we've had some significant rainfall over the past few weeks, so the lake levels are rising. I am hoping to get the boat on the water this coming week end. It's raining right now. I just don't know if the bass are in the mood to head to shallow water yet. I'll be in search mode for quite a few weeks until we're back at pool or thereabouts.

Carp Fishing said...

That is so sad. The place is not good for fishing I think and it is really hard to get in or out in that water I guess since the water level is low. Maybe for the next days when it rains, it would rise up the water and then it would nice to go fishing in that place. Thanks for sharing your experience, I enjoy reading it.