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Fishing on Toledo Bend Lake

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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
July 23, 2016

RATE ADJUSTMENT: Beginning September 1, 2016 we will adjust our full day(8 hour)rates from $350 to $400 and our half day rates (4.5 hrs)from $250 to $300. We have not had a rate adjustment in 9 years. Most guides have been at these rates (and higher) for several years. We also are one of the most experienced. I am so appreciative to our clients and many of them have been fishing with us for over 15 years.

Hello, Anglers. July has been exceptional fishing for mid summer and the rest of the summer should also be productive as well.. With the full moon just past (Tuesday July 19) there was increasing boat traffic at night over the weekend. Night anglers are catching fish shallow as well as deep with the shallow bite in 2-8 feet with buzzbaits and frogs in lily pads and eel grass. Deep patterns discussed later in the column.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level is 171.51’ with one generator running from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m. At the spillway all gates are closed. Water temps are warm at 86-89 degrees with north Toledo slightly stained, mid-lake is mostly clear and south Toledo clear to very clear.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: We are finding large numbers of bass holding on ledges, ridges and humps near main feeder creeks. In addition, the amount of shad is indescribable and the fish are fat and healthy. I am also finding schools of large white bass often schooling with the largemouth. Currently, there’s more white bass on south Toledo than I can ever remember plus the schooling bass are better in quality than normal with lots of 15-17 inch largemouth and it is common for them to school for an hour or more. This is speculation on my part but I wonder that with the lack of vegetation to hold the bass in 8 to 20 feet that they are moving in mass to ledges and humps along feeder creeks. This is always a dependable summer pattern to fish deep humps, ridges and ledges but there just seem to be more bass on these structures this year.

With concentrations of fish like there have been in late June and July then it will be interesting to see what happens in August and September. I wonder if they will hold or scatter. I recall late August 2014 when we had an early cold front and it moved the bait and fish to the back of main creeks about 2-3 weeks earlier than normal. The last part of summer/early fall is always interesting. Yes, it is still hot during the day but the nights are longer so it makes the early mornings cooler so I try to be on the lake at safe light since the first 90 minutes can be very productive. For night fishing I prefer the full moon phase as Toledo has much clear, deep water and fish feed heavy with these kind of of water conditions. However, for day-time fishing I much prefer the dark phase of the moon, especially for the early morning bite.

Some of our tools for ledges/humps include deep diving crankbaits including Norman’s DD22 and NXS in shad patterns. We are also using Texas rigged 10 inch Berkley Power Worms with 4/0 Daiichi off-set hooks and 17 lb test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line. We are also using drop shot rigs and jigging spoons. On schooling bass we are using poppers and walkers including Berkley’s Flat Belly Walker which I add (substitute) a white feathered tail with treble hook, also use a Gun Fish and Yellow Magic.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS/WHITE BASS: Jack Adams, Crappie guide, has had several weeks of very productive action catching quality crappie. Live shiners are the top bait but some are caught on crappie jigs and Road Runners. The yellow bass have been scattered with a few caught schooling with the large mouth and whites and are hitting tailspinners and spoons. White bass are in good numbers along main creeks near ledges and humps and are hitting crankbaits, Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps and spoons. God’s blessings, good fishing.

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