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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
October 27, 2014
Hello, Anglers. If you like fall fishing, you need to plan a trip to the lake. The fishing is good and the weather is beautiful and looks stable for the next several days. Both bass and crappie are biting so check out our fishing updates in this column.
LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level is 168.6' with one generator running 12 hours from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Water temperatures are running from 73 to 75 degrees with north Toledo stained, mid lake is slightly stained to clear and south Toledo is clear.
FISHING REPORTS/BASS: We had our best week in months fishing spinnerbaits last week and the action was fast and furious but it hasn't been lasting long. The bite starts at first light and when the sun comes up from behind the trees the bite shuts down like you cut off a water faucet. I'm looking forward to a cloudy day with a light drizzle and the bass should hit for longer periods of time. I'm talking about the southern part of The Bend where the water condition is very clear. It is possible the bite might last a little longer on the northern half of the lake where water conditions are somewhat stained.
We are using 1/4 and 3/8 oz Stanley Vibrashaft spinnerbaits with double willowleaf blades. Skirts on the spinnerbaits are either white, chartreuse/white combo or shad colored. As far as presentations, we are trying several but mostly a medium fast retrieve with pauses is getting it done. The other major factor is that you need to be working the spinnerbait over grass......no grass.....no action. We are using 15 and 17 lb test Berkley Trilene Fluorocarbon line as a heavy line is needed to keep the bass' head up and out of the grass. Some of the bigger bass with hit the bait and try to head straight down into the thick hydrilla. Our rods are 7' 2" Fenwick HMG and 7' 3" Abu Garcia Veritas with both medium action. These longer rods allow the angler a little bit of extra power.
When the spinnerbait action slows, we switch to either a wacky rigged 5 inch Flat Dawg(Havoc) or Senko. If they will not hit the wacky rigs we go deeper with a Texas-rigged Bottom Hopper or Trick Worm. For these patterns I am keeping my boat in 15 to 25' depths depending on how the deep grass is growing. I want to either find some deep, scattered grass or if that is not present we fish the outside edge of the grass line. Boat positioning is crucial because the "sweet spot" on the grass line is fairly small as the bass will often stack up on the outside wall of submerged grass.
In these situations, your cast needs to hit just inside the grass and then you ease it down the outside wall of grass. The top colors of wacky and Texas rigs are not complicated as we are using the watermelon family of colors including watermelon, watermelon candy, w.m. candy red, watermelon purple and candy bug. There is a color of the Bottom Hopper that is a little different and it is a hot color...shady watermelon candy. Get you some!
When the above patterns fail, you regular readers know what my next move is going to be. We pull out our drop shot rigs and also our jigging spoon poles and move out to even deeper water. we are spooning and drop-shottin' in 28 to 40 feet.
CRAPPIE: Toledo crappie angler, Gene Wilson, caught a cooler full of big crappie last weekend while fishing brush in Six Mile Creek. He fished for five hours and caught 55 crappie using shiners and a cork. Dequincy's Keithon and Sherry Perkins also caught a boat load of white perch and they too were fishing in Six Mile. Their crappie were in 12 feet out to 17 feet. Some of their crappie were caught suspended over brush while others were caught on the bottom in 17'. They were using live shiners.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at email@example.com, 337-463-3848 and http://www.joejoslinoutdoors.com/ .
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