Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report December 1, 2012

Still looking for that special gift for that special person, look no further. Give a gift certificate from Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottages. You never know, they may invite you to come along. Right now the lake is in great shape with plenty of water. Looks like we’re going to have another below average winter, based on the long-term weather forecasters. That being the case, December can be a great month to be on the lake in catching numbers and quality fish across the board. When the water temperature starts dropping below 50 degrees the bass’s metabolism starts to slow down conserving energy. Bass will become less active immobilizing themselves in deep water where the temperature variances remain fairly stable. In general, the most productive lures for fishing this time of year are the jig and pig, soft plastics, large deep diving crank baits and spoons. Jigs in black/blue, brown/amber and camo are usually good choices. Craw-worms in reds, greens and pumpkin are effective and deep diving crank baits (DD 22s, Mud Bugs) in shad and crawfish colors work well. Also, a ½ to ¾ oz jigging spoon vertically fished over deep- water humps can be very productive. The key is to fish slowly to trigger a bite. December is one of the prime months to load up your cooler with Crappie and White Bass. The Crappie will be holding on the ledges and drops along the old river channel. Concentrate fishing vertically over natural or man-made cover. I like to use braided line and a long shank hook. Fishing over heavy brush you need the extra strength to wrestle a three plus pounder out of the brush or you can usually straighten the hook out without breaking off if you get hung up. Also, since braided line has no stretch, you have a lot more sensitivity and can feel a subtle bite much better than with monofilament. Shiners or jigs work best. The Whites will be holding on the north end sandbars. Concentrate on the inside bends along the old river channel. Use your electronics to find the baitfish and you will usually find the Whites. Slab spoons, tail spinners and Rat-L-Traps usually work best.

Water Temp: 60s

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