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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
August 29, 2015
Hello anglers and outdoor lovers. The first cool front of the season is right on schedule. Lows this morning are scheduled to be in the 60s and we are anticipating some of the most beautiful weather we have had in several months. Last week we had some moderation of our weather with showers and a good bit of cloudy conditions which helped to hold daytime temperatures down and made it much more comfortable to be on the lake. The fish responded as well with catches improving.
LAKE CONDITIONS: Water levels are slowly receding and at mid-week the level was 170.1’ with one generator running from 2 to 6 p.m. Water temperatures also cooled a bit from 90 down to 86-87 degrees. North Toledo is slightly stained and clearing, mid lake is mostly clear and south Toledo is very clear.
FISHING REPORTS/BASS: We are entering some of my favorite times of the year as we have an extended time of the fall season as it often does not get really cold to mid- December. Baitfish (shad) are already starting to migrate to the backs of major creeks and drains and this cool front will accelerate this yearly migration process. Of course, the bass will follow the bait and this seasonal process provides some outstanding fishing conditions as bass load up on bait to prepare for winter. It’s similar to squirrels putting away nuts for the winter months.
Most anglers enjoy fishing shallow water and this angler is no exception. I do love fishing deep water too but the fall season provides excellent shallow fishing and it is a good change since we have been fishing a lot of deep water all summer. Also, I am predicting the shallow water patterns may be some of the best we have had in a while. With the lack of deep hydrilla our Toledo bass will have to make use of the cover available and there is plenty of shallow, shoreline grass.
We have already seen an increase of the action in our shallow patterns as the water temperatures slowly fall. Top water patterns with Pro Pops (Bill Norman), Sebile’s Flat Belly Walker and Yellow Magic are all catching bass early, late and with cloudy conditions. We are also catching bass on weightless soft plastics rigged Texas style fished over the shoreline grass with some of our favorite baits being Berkley Havoc Flat Dawg, Berkley, Hale/Stanley’s new Sidetrac Mud Puppy, Havoc Subwoofer and Senkos. I’m working these on 17 lb Big Game if I want them to stay on top and 17 lb Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon if I work the bait under the water. Fluorocarbon does sink. We are also using shaky heads and wacky worms on the outside of the grass.
We continue to fish deep structure late morning and mid-day using Texas rigged Power Worms(Berkley), Carolina rigs and drop shot in depths of 16 to 28 feet. Schooling bass are also increasing in the backs of ditches and creeks and are hitting topwater, small crankbaits, spoons and lightly weighted shad colored soft plastics. Some of the best schooling times have been mid-day and mid-afternoon. If they are generating at the dam it seems to help the schooling activity as far as 10-12 miles up the lake.
We continue to use crankbaits with our favorites including Norman’s NXS and DD22s. We throw these on a Abu Veritas 7’3 inch medium action rod, Revo Winch reel and use 10 or 12 lb text Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon line. A good knot is vital in fishing and a Palomar knot is all we use. For instructions on how to tie one, simply Google’ Palomar Knot’. It is very simple to tie.
CRAPPIE/YELLOW AND WHITE BASS
The crappie fishing continues to be good. Sulphur anglers Fred and Eugene Hebert, Dale and Brian Miller all caught their limit of crappie last week fishing the mid lake area using live shiners. They had some really nice fish. Toledo Crappie guide Dustin Mier reports his brush piles continue to produce even though the weather has been hot. He adds that some days the best times are late morning when the sun gets bright and the crappie pull back into the brush for shade. Yellow bass and white bass continue to be productive along main creeks and close to schooling largemouth. Spoons and tailspinners are two good bait options for yellows and whites.
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