Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report August 10, 2007

The lake is 172.01 ft msl, (high pool is 172ft). SRA has both generators running from 11am to 8pm and the spillway gates have been closed. Water temp is running in the upper 80s to low 90s. The water clarity is stained on the very north end and running clear as you go south. Huge pods of hyacinth have migrated into the lake from the north end sloughs and have virtually taken over a number of pockets in the coves and along the shoreline. The fishing has been extremely slow the last couple weeks. Virtually no schooling activity and the fish that have been caught have been relatively small. The large influx of fresh water and subsequent discharge and the opening of the gates at the spillway created a substantial current which probably had an affect upon the fish. Now that the gates have been closed and the water is clearing and settling down, we should see an increase in activity. Typical for this time of year and considering the high water level, numerous fishing patterns, techniques and a mixed bag of lures are being used to put fish in the boat. Early morning and late evening we’re working shallow grass flats, flooded brush, 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. The White bass have been scattered the last couple weeks with all the fresh water but the bite should start picking up as the lake settles. Work slab spoons and tail spinners along the main lake river channel sand bars. The sand bar points along the drop are holding the better fish. Also keep a lip-less or shallow diving crank bait handy for the schooling fish. The 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. Note: For anyone interested there will be a night bass tournament starting August 3 out of Huxley Bay Marina from 6pm to 10:30pm and will be held each Friday until Oct 5, 07. It’s a three bass limit tournament. For more information contact Allen Murphy at 936.368.2254.

Water Temp: 80s

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