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By: Sue Crochet

In late January, my husband and I made a one-day trip to Toledo Bend. At that time, main lake water temperatures were already in the mid-50s and pockets on the North-Northeast side of the lake were holding 64-degree water. In addition to extremely mild temperatures, lack of rain has kept water levels low and fairly constant for several months now. Unless we have several severely cold weather outbreaks in the next few weeks, where temperatures hold in the 20 to 30-degree range for more than a couple of days, the spawn should be nearly over by the time this article is printed.

Our trip to Toledo proved to be very successful. Unlike Sam Rayburn, there are several areas on Toledo Bend where the grass is still pretty thick. We found our fish on the "edge" ... right where the grass becomes sparse, usually in 8-12' depths. Our best lure was a Jawtec, Carolina-rigged, watermelon seed lizard. However, we also caught some good fish on a Cyclone, tandem willow-leaf spinner bait and crawfish-colored Rat-L-Trap. As I mentioned in my February article, these are pretty standard springtime baits on both Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that as we move into March, anything goes! With water temperatures continuing to warm, right up until the fish move into their summertime patterns, whatever you want to throw will probably catch fish. Several things you should keep in mind when planning your trip to the lake are conditions that determine when, where, and how well the fish will bite. Knowing the current moon phase, weather conditions such as a high-pressure systems brought on by cool fronts, and fluctuation of water level are key to your success.

If you're out there fun fishing, be sure to bring along some Crappie tackle. When the bass fishing's slow, Crappie will usually cooperate. Position your boat in the mouth of a creek, throw your jig way out behind the boat, and troll down the creek. You might want to weave in and out of various depths until you've determined where they're located, but you'll need to pay close attention to where your lure was when you got your first bite. Keeping a buoy marker handy will help you to mark these spots. More often than not, Crappie are "stacked" in a small area. Once you get that first hit, you can sit in one spot and kill 'em!

I'd like to invite you gals and your husbands or significant others, to join us on Sam Rayburn for the first Year 2000 East Texas Division, Anglers Choice Couples tournament. These events are very low key and lots of fun! My husband and I have fished in couples' events now for the past 10 years and we have made lots of new and wonderful friends. The take-off and weigh-in will be at Twin Dikes Marina on Sunday, March 26th. If you're interested in more information, you can call Curtis Kayda @ 281-339-5048, check out the web @, or call me @ 337-725-3975. We'd love to see you there!

Until next month, I hope all your wishes are fishes!

Mary Janenet

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