Congrats to Derek Own on catching and releasing this bass on Cross Lake in Shreveport. The size was verified by the Cross Lake Patrol.
by Justin Sanders
Cross Lake has been called “the dead sea” by many fisherman, and is considered to be a difficult lake to master. This especially applies when it comes to Bass fishing in northern Louisiana, and many anglers would only elect Cross as a last resort. My opinion however, is quite the opposite, and I plan on catching my first wall-hanger on Cross Lake of Shreveport.
As a kid, my fishing consisted of an experienced fisherman saying “be quiet, and stop dragging your tackle box across the bottom of the boat!” “This is a five dollar bait, so don’t lose it.” And “fish don’t climb trees.” I always got bored very quickly when I wasn’t catching anything, which was pretty regularly. My technique included casting a lure into the water, not paying any attention to anything at all.
Eventually I stopped fishing altogether until about 6 months ago, which was probably 15 years after my last cast as a kid. I took my family on a weekend trip to visit my in-laws at Toledo Bend. Sitting outside at the picnic table, I spotted my mother-in-law’s fancy LED light-up spinning real, and decided to make a couple of casts off the bank. I was fishing a road runner and caught a bass on my second cast. I immediately remembered how much fun it was to catch a fish, and I was hooked (no pun intended). After getting back to Shreveport, I called my long time friend Kyle Bryant and asked, “when do you want to go fishing?” Kyle never stopped fishing, and knows a few things about the sport. I believe his record bass to date is over 13 lbs which is pretty respectable in the lakes of northern Louisiana. Fishing with Kyle, I quickly learned several strategies, and realized there was much more to fishing than casting a lure into a body of water. There is even more to fishing than fishing. I love the outdoors. I also spend a lot of time fishing with my older brother now, which has been great.
I’ve fished Caddo, Toledo Bend, Black Bayou, and Cross Lake. Based on the well-known reputation, I spent the majority of my beginning efforts at Caddo Lake, but migrated to Cross Lake for the convenience. Since then, I haven’t looked back. I’ve had tremendous luck in both quantity and size. I keep it simple, fishing trees with plastics mostly. This summer I’ve caught a few 4 pounders, 5.8 pounder, and recently a 6.6 pounder. The big ones are out there. My dad caught an 8 lb bass on Cross when he was a kid, which is why my bench mark for the wall is 8lbs. The quest continues. I’ve found that Cross Lake is a great lake to fish on, and it shouldn’t be a last resort option. The label “dead sea” in my opinion isn’t accurate, and there are plenty of “wall hangers” in Cross Lake. I’ll catch mine…catch yours. Good luck.
Justin Sanders of Shreveport caught this bass yesterday on the west end of Cross Lake. Justin says the fish was around five pounds. He was using a plastic Culprit June Bug worm. You can also see what other people are saying on the fishing report.
Thanks to Chris Gin for doing a write up on Cross Lake this month in Louisiana Sportsman Magazine. To view the write up on CrossLake.com, go here and to view the entire article go here. You can also check out what other people are talking about with fishing on Cross Lake here.
Cross Lake is hosting BFL American Fishing tournament on May 19 to 21st. The top anglers competing for $130,000 and spot in Forrest Wood Cup. They can keep anything that is 12 to 13 inches or over 17 inches.This video was taken this morning at 7am when all the boats were heading out on the lake, from American Legion Hall located at 5315 South Lakeshore Drive in Shreveport. Each day of the tournament they will be heading out at 7 a.m.