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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
February 27, 2015
Hello, Anglers. Bassmaster Classic 2015 is now history as South Carolina pro, Casey Ashley, did what many pro anglers have a hard time doing......winning on their home lake. Ashley lives about 30 miles form Lake Hartwell located near Greenville, South Carolina. The three day prestigious tournament concluded Sunday after the first day of the tournament was delayed due to record low single digit temperatures. It did warm up slightly as the tournament progressed. Ashley pocketed $300,000 in winnings but will receive several times that in endorsements as he is a great communicator as well as an obviously excellent fisherman. His final day five fish limit of over 20 pounds sealed the deal for him with a total 3-day weight of 50 lbs. 1 oz. Florida Elite pro, Bobby Lane was runner-up with 46 lbs.15 oz. and picked up a hefty check of $45,000. Lane's brother, Chris Lane, won the Bassmaster Classic in 2012.
Louisiana's Greg Hackney finished the classic in 26th place and picked up $10,000. Hackney recently won the coveted AOY (Angler of the Year) award which represents the angler with the highest number of points at the end of the 2014 Bassmaster Elite tournament year. The award also carries with it a cash prize of $100,000. Many pro anglers view this award as the most coveted title in professional bass fishing.
LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level is holding around 169 feet with no generating at the dam. Water temperatures are descending currently (48-51) whereas they had been on the rise and even got op to the mid 50s. Week before last I registered 56 degrees on a flat in Six Mile and the protected coves could have been even warmer. Warmer temps are forecast for the weekend but it is cold today.
BASSCASHBASH: A new bass tournament format on Toledo that runs from May 1st until September 7 that features cash prizes for bass over 10 pounds as well as for tagged fish. The fee is a one time $50 and covers both the big bass as well as the tagged categories. For more info go to their website or Google search.
FISHING REPORTS/BASS: This report covers basically last week as the weather this week so far has been tough. We should be able to get back on the lake tomorrow (Thursday) when the cold rain moves out and the daytime high temps get close to 50. Last week before the cold front the fish were becoming more corporative and were moving on to shallow flats in larger numbers and were becoming more aggressive. We had a couple good trips and others were fair.
One of our better baits/pattern was a 1/2 ounce Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap worked over shallow flats in 6 to 8 feet depths with scattered grass (hydrilla).
Our most productive color last week was Rayburn Red and we were using a variable retrieve with pauses. We seemed to have the most activity late morning to mid afternoon as water temperatures eased up. The best results were when we had sunshine with a moderate ripple/wave action. Six Mile/Sandy Creek were where we had our best results with Traps. We also caught bass on Carolina Rigged lizards and TX rigged Bottom Hoppers on deeper structure with boat sitting in 20' and casting into 12' to 15'.
CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS/WHITE BASS: The crappie are leaving the deep areas and are migrating up major creeks. Some anglers are catching them under bridges of creeks at night as well as daylight. The male crappie will move up first and the are smaller but great table fare. The females will move up when water temps get to 62-65 degrees. Yellow bass have been a little hard to find but are being caught in 30-40 feet. White bass are in good numbers on the northern part of the lake. Contact Greg Craft out of Huxley Bay for a white bass trip.
Stay warm....spring is not too far away. God Bless....wishing you good fishing.
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