Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report April 3, 2008

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report for April 2, 2008 Wow, did we get some rain or what this past weekend! The lake came up almost three feet in 48 hours. As of this morning,the lake is at 173ft msl, a foot over high pool. All of the creeks are out of the banks. Both generators are running 24/7 with eleven gates open two feet. It looks like the water level is holding and maybe going down just a little. I talked to an engineer with SRA yesterday and he felt like they were releasing an amount of water to catch up with the amount coming in and we shouldn’t have much more of a rise,i.e. unless we get some more rain. April is a transition month. It’s probably one of the most difficult months to pattern fish consistently. The fish are on the move and you will have to adjust accordingly. Some bass will still be on the beds and in shallow water while others will have spawned and will be moving back out to deeper water. 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, stick baits, shallow to mid diving crank baits, finesse plastics and your variety of worms, lizards and jigs depending on the area you target your fish. Usually in the latter part of April 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 surely fill up a chest of big ole bream. Look for “honey-cone” circles in the shallows to locate the beds. Look for the Crappie in the backs of the coves and pockets. 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 spinner, 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.

Water Temp: 60s

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