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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
September 10, 2014
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Hello, anglers. The longer I fish Toledo, the more excited I get every time I have the opportunity to cast into her beautiful waters. The number of big fish she is producing the past five years is so very impressive and the monster bass just keep coming. Saturday before last, August 23, Judy Cagle of nearby Woodville, TX went fishing with her husband, Randy, who wanted to do a little scouting(prefishing) for an upcoming tournament. It was one of those trips that just happened instead of one that had lots of planning involved.
They launched on the Texas side of south Toledo and ended up in Housen Bay which is a popular area about 12 miles or so (by water) above the dam. According to reports from Louisiana Sportsman, the couple found some schooling fish and was near an area where a friend had broken off a big bass a few days earlier. Cagle, is an experienced lady angler and was using good equipment when the big bass hit. The fish hit on her second cast and they were fishing classic Toledo structure which was submerged grass in 14-15 feet. The fish was weighed on certified scales at Fin and Feather Marina and weighed in at a whopping 14.66 pounds and if officially certified will be in the fifth largest ever caught on Toledo.
In doing some research, I found that when Cagle's bass is certified, four out of five of the biggest bass ever caught on Toledo were caught in the summer. The only exception is DeRidder's Kraig Welborn who currently stands in fourth place with his 14.68 pounder which was caught March 1998. The current Toledo record is held by Eric Weems of Baytown, TX who caught a 15.32 July 30, 2000. I feel that there is a very good possibility that Weems' record will be broken in the near future and I hope it is one of our readers who breaks it. Anglers, to heighten your chances, make sure you keep on fresh, high quality line, re-tie knots often and use a quality reel with a smooth drag system. Cagle was using an Abu Garcia Revo bait-casting reel and an All Star rod and reported the drag system released perfectly when the big female made her first strong run.
LAKE CONDITIONS: Earlier this week the lake level was at 170.5 with both generators running from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Water temps have fallen from 89-91 down to 86-88 degrees. Lake levels have been mostly stable all summer holding close to 171 feet. There's plenty of shallow grass all over the lake and after a cool front or two, the bass population will move in shallow and the fun will begin.
FISHING REPORT/BASS: The cooler, cloudy weather improved the shallow bite including the spinnerbait and topwater. I am still catching more bass on top by using a bait that has a feathered tail instead of just a treble hook on the end. One method to use when there is some wind is to pop the bait a couple of times then don't bother it but allow the wave action to slightly move the bait. Many times that's all that's needed when you have a bait with a feathered white tail. Two type of tails come on topwater baits including a man-made fabric and then there's the actual feathered one made from some type of bird. While both work and the man-made fabric last longer, I prefer the one constructed from a living creature. On those tough days when its hard to get a bite, the one from Mother Nature wins every time.
The spinnerbait is coming into its own again and we use a 1/4 and 3/8 oz Stanley Vibrashaft with double willow blades with at least one of them gold or copper. On overcast days, sometimes both of them copper will work. However, my normal choice is where one is copper/gold and the other silver/nickel. For skirts colors we are using a combo white/chartreuse or some form of shad patterns since bass currently are mostly feeding on shad. We are working our spinnerbaits along the outside of the shallow grass as well as over the top of submerged grass. One of the largest bass we have caught in the past couple of months was when a customer was running a Vibrashaft over the top of submerged grass in about 8-10 feet.
Wacky worms are also becoming more effective especially on cloudy days working them on the outside edge of grass line. We are using Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers and Senkos on our wacky rigs. The deep bite is still good with Deep Diving DD22s as well as a slightly more shallow crankbait, Norman's NXS. We are also catching bass on drop shot and Carolina rigs working deep, main lake points, humps and ridges. My drop shot is a 4.75 inch Bottom Hopper in watermelon and shady watermelon candy. We are Carolina rigging Berkley Chigger Craws and Speed Craws.
CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS: The crappie bite has improved with brush pile anglers having lots of crappie to fry. Brush in 16 to 22 feet with live shiners are producing. Also, some property owners on the south end with deep water piers are catching good crappie at night with lights. Yellow bass continue to be available near big schools of shad.
You really need some good electronics for yellows. My Humminbird 999 running it in the Down Imaging mode really makes that part of it easier. It also is HD(High Definition) which really clears things up and makes it easy to read.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848, firstname.lastname@example.org and website at Joe Joslin Outdoors - Guide Service - Toledo Bend Lake - Sam Rayburn Reservoir
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