Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report February 21, 2014

Great news! I’d like to welcome and introduce the new owners of Huxley Bay Marina, Buck Jordan and Sandy Driver. They took over the operation of the marina in January and are in the process of making a number of improvements with anticipated plans to open sometime in March. We are all very excited to see that Huxley Bay Marina will be back in full operation very soon. By the way, their daughter is a culinary grad and plans to take over the operation of the kitchen. Sounds like we might be in store for some special dishes coming to the menu. I wish I could report on how great the fishing is all the time. But in fact, I’m sorry to say that this fall and winter have been the hardest fishing I’ve seen over the last twenty years. Why, I wish I could pin point one or two reasons. We try to correlate all of the factors that come together and I can start with the weather as being the single most factor; (heavy rains, strong cold fronts, high winds, fluctuation of the lake level and drastic temperature swings). These factors have resulted in the north end of the lake staying extremely muddy. Hopefully, February will bring us some stable conditions. In February the Bass and Crappie will start moving from deep water using the creeks and ditches as their highways heading to the shallow spawning flats. Shallow water warms faster and the bass will move into the shallows when the water temp approaches 55 degrees. This is what we refer to as “staging” before they move on the beds. The bass will go on a feeding frenzy bulking up for the spawn. If the water temperature drops the bass will drop back into deeper water. All sorts of baits can be productive at this time, jigs, spinner baits, traps, soft plastics, finesse baits, cranks and jerk baits. The Crappie will also start moving into the deep creek channels in anticipation to their spawn. Work the bends and points of the channel with jigs and shiners especially areas that have brush or cover. When the Crappie move into the shallows to spawn work the flats with a shiner or jig on a slip cork with an eighteen to twenty-four inch leader around grass lines, stumps and Cypress trees. A Beatle spin or similar lure on an ultra- lite spinning rig can be used to cover a lot of water until you locate the fish. The White Bass usually have already moved into the river proper by February. Locating the Whites is contingent on what the river level is. If the river is out of it’s banks, work the flooded sloughs off the main river channel with Road Runners, Rat-L-Traps, tail spinners and shallow diving crank baits. If the river is at normal or below normal level, work the inside bends of the river channel sand-bars with Road Runners, Rat-L-Traps and shallow diving crank baits.

Water Temp: 48+

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