Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report April 1, 2009

Spring has “sprung”, the flowers are blooming, the grass is growing and the fish are in the latter stages of the spawn. April is a transition month. Some bass will still be on the beds in shallow water while most will have spawned and will be heading out to deeper water. April is probably one of the most difficult months to pattern fish consistently and you will have to adjust accordingly. Moving off the beds they will try to find a comfortable environment where they can recuperate from the spawn and gradually move into their summer haunts. The bass will migrate along the creeks, ditches and secondary points; so concentrate in these areas especially areas that have some type of structure or cover. A variety of baits will be productive from top water plugs, buzz baits, frogs, jerk baits, spinner baits, lipless and shallow to mid diving crank baits, finesse plastics and your variety of worms, lizards and jigs depending on the area you target the fish. As the “Ole Timers” say, “when the red leaf clover starts blooming along the side of the road, the bream are moving on the beds”. April is when the Bream will start moving into shallow water for their spawn. An ultra-lite spinning rig, cane or glass pole and a bucket of crickets or worms will do the trick. Look for “honey-cone” circles in the shallows to locate the beds. Look for the Crappie in the backs of the coves and pockets. Concentrate along the grass lines and around the Cypress trees with jigs or shiner. If you don’t find them shallow, follow the points and bends in the creeks as they head back out to deep water. Some White Bass will still be holding in the river proper while the ones that have spawned will be migrating back to the main lake. Live crawfish, slab spoons, tail spinners, Road Runners, shallow diving cranks and traps can all be productive. If you are working the main lake, concentrate along on the river channel sandbars and main lake points. What kind of weather can we expect for the month of April? (Statistics taken from weatherbase.com). Average temp- 66 degrees, avg. high-77, avg. low-54, highest recorded temp-94, lowest recorded temp-31, avg. rainfall- 4.6inches, avg. possibility sunshine-59%, avg. clear days- 8, avg. cloudy days- 8, avg. rainy days- 9, avg. days above 70- 25.

Water Temp: 60s

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