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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
April 26, 2016
April 26, 2016
SOUTH TOLEDO by pro guide, Joe Joslin
Hello, anglers and outdoor lovers. We welcome an addition to our guide service as we have an awesome new assistant, Jason Courville. Jason is a super angler, great people skills,super fun to be around and works very hard for our clients. I have fished with Jason a lot this past year and felt he was the guy we needed to take some of the heavy guide business we have been experiencing. Jason has super equipment (2015 Skeeter 21 FX) and is also a Texas Parks and Wildlife licensed guide. He has already proven himself and will continue to make a huge contribution to our guide service. Welcome Jason. I am blessed to work with you.
I’m at my computer this morning but had rather be in my boat fishing due to a weather cancellation. Its been a wet spring but the lake levels have been good and fishing the past several weeks was above average and I look for May to be the same…..above average. Also, average on Toledo is off the charts in most fisheries.
We are definitely in the post spawn season but there will be a few bass yet to spawn. I estimate about 80% of our bass on south Toledo have spawned. Water temps have held in the mid 60s but are slowly rising.Post spawn patterns are different so we are having to make adjustments.
LAKE CONDITIONS: We have a full (plus)lake of water and south Toledo is clear with some slightly stained areas in back half of feeder creeks like Mill Creek, Six Mile and Housen.
FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Top water season is upon us with increased top water activity being observed. However, as we are in post spawn we are doing our heavy lifting with soft plastics using several methods depending on weather conditions. However, in addition we are catching fish on Top water, frogs, buzz baits and deep running crank baits and are targeting primary and secondary points. Out soft plastic patterns include Carolina rigs, Texas rigs (both weightless and weighted), wacky rigs and drop shot.
We also are using a Stanley Vibrashaft double willow spinnerbait to cover a lot of water on windy days. With our Carolina rigs we are using Berkley Power Lizards plus 7 and 10 inch Power Worms. Carolina rigs are fished from 4 to 25 feet depending on conditions as bass are both shallow and deep. Crankbaits too are starting to be important.
Texas rigs are used both weightless and weighted with weightless soft plastics including Berkley Jerk Shad (pearl), Fluke (white/pearl) and Senkos in watermelon and green pumpkin. We are using the weightless rigs to work over shallow grass flats and also on bass chasing shad. Our Texas weighted rigs include 17 lb. test Berkley Trilene 100% fluorocarbon, Revo STX, Fenwick Elite 7’2” medium heavy/fast and 3/16 oz. sinkers.
For the most part, we are working our Texas rigs in depths of 6 to 25 ft using Havoc Bottom Hoppers and 10 inch Power Worms. Our wacky rigs are about the same as the past several weeks working 6 to 14 feet including Havoc Flat Dawgs, Senkos and Bottom Hoppers using spinning rigs and 10 lb test Big Game and Berkley Fluorocarbon.
CRAPPIE: Crappie guides, Butch Covington, Noe Garcia and Jack Adams, all report crappie action is improving with more crappie in brush piles. Also, docks at night are producing crappie. Live shinners, Road Runners, Hale/Stanley Ribbit Runts are all super crappie baits. If you haven’t tried the Ribbit Runts you need to. They are supper with some great color choices.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, TPWD Licensed guide since 1998, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. 337-463-3848 or email@example.com and website at http://www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.
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