Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report August 1, 2011

As of this report, the lake is 162.5msl, which is 10 feet below high pool of 172.5msl. At high pool (172.5msl) the lake will hold approximately 4.5 million-acre feet of water, which is one acre/ one foot deep of water. At 162.5msl, there are approximately 2.9 million-acre feet, which equals a loss of 36%. There are approximately 325,800 gallons of water per acre-feet. We have lost approximately 521,280,000,000 gallons of water (that’s 521 billion). So how much rain will it take to fill the lake back up to high pool? Theoretically, if we receive a 10-inch rain over the whole reservoir basin, the lake would rise approximately two feet. Subsequently, we need 50 inches of rain to fill the lake back up to high pool. The average yearly rainfall for this area is approximately 50 inches. Looks like it might take a while for the lake to get back to high pool. (A special thanks to Shawn Tarro with SRA for providing the above stats.) It’s been a brutal summer this season with temperatures 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. The high temperatures not only negatively affect us, but also negatively affect the fish. Less oxygen in the water and high surface temperatures push the fish deep where they will suspend just above the thermocline where the water is cooler and there are higher concentrations of saturated oxygen. Subsequently, the fish feed less during the day. Early morning and late evening we’re working the shallows 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. 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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