Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report August 1, 2009

Although we’ve had a little break recently in the heat wave with some rain, in general, it’s been a brutal summer. Temperatures have been hovering around the century mark almost every day. The heat index has been running as high as 110 degrees and that’s in the shade. In fact, at the time of this writing our temperatures have averaged 22% above normal for this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very serious concerns with this kind of weather. I bring this up because I had a customer who became inflicted before I realized we had a serious problem. To avoid heat related problems, wear light colored, loose clothing, a well-ventilated hat, and drink, drink, drink plenty of water. Side note: it’s also very important to wear good high quality sunglasses to protect your eyes. The signs of heat exhaustion include paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fainting. If you experience any of these symptoms, take precaution and get cooled off any way you can so it doesn’t lead to a heat stroke. Be careful in this kind of weather. The fishing pattern remains the same for these dog days of summer. Early morning and late evening we’re working shallow grass flats, lily pads and pepper grass close to deep water with top water plugs, stick baits, frogs, buzz baits, spinner baits, shallow diving and lipless crank baits and finesse plastics (Senkos, Flukes, and Trick worms). When the sun gets overhead or the bite slows down, back out to deeper water along creek channel drops, river ledges, timberlines, main lake ridges and humps, secondary and main lake points with mid to deep diving crank baits, slab spoons, tail spinners and Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics. Watch for schooling bass and keep a lipless crank bait, shallow diving crank bait and top water plug handy. Nighttime is the right time to catch numbers and quality fish. Concentrate along the shoreline where deep water is close by. Lighted piers, seawalls and rock banks will also be productive. Throw top water baits that make a lot of noise, buzz baits, large dark colored spinner baits and large dark colored soft baits. The White Bass are running all over the lake chasing shad and you never know when they will blow up. Concentrate around boat lanes, roadbeds and flats throughout the day. Keep a trap, shallow diving crank bait or top water plug handy when they are schooling and a slab spoon or tail spinner when they go down. Look for the birds’ dive-bombing the water. Crappie are holding in 15 to 25 ft. over brush tops. Better catches coming in at night. Live shiners or jigs tipped with a shiner working best.

Water Temp: 80s

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