Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report January 1, 2010

Going into January the lake is still over 8ft below high pool. Unless we get an unusually large amount of rain we should expect to be fishing these low conditions through the month. Caution should be used when running the lake. Go to Toledo-Bend.com for available boat ramps. Huxley Bay Marina has a deep water boat ramp. In January, most fisherman venture to Toledo Bend to harvest our world famous Crappie or to load up on the White Bass that are feeding heavy on the old river channel sand bars. The race is on and we’re tearing up the Crappie. The Crappie have moved into deeper water along the old river channel and towards the end of the month usually will be found moving into the deeper creeks. Once they get into water over thirty feet a 1/32 oz jig can sometimes be more productive than shiners. Either drop your own brush or look for natural cover where the Crappie will bunch up. The limit is fifty per person. Remember for the months of December, January and February you are required to keep all the Crappie you catch (no minimum length). The White bass will feeding heavy and holding on the north end old river channel sand-bars waiting to move into the river proper. Concentrate on the south inside bend of the bars with slab spoons and tail spinners. Use your electronics to locate the bait- fish. In January the water temperature usually drops to the lower fifties and forties moving the bass into deep water. Their metabolism slows down and they become less active, feeding less and conserving energy. The easiest way to locate the bass is to locate the bait- fish. Look for balls of shad on your LCR in deep creeks, sloughs and along the river channel. When you locate the shad the bass are usually underneath just off the bottom or suspended. If the bass are on the bottom, they will orient themselves close to some type of structure, brush- tops, lay-downs, stumps, ledges, drops or humps. A jig, jigging spoon, Texas rigged plastic or drop-shot rig fished vertically can be very affective in triggering a strike. If the bass are suspended, a fluttering spoon or tail spinner cast out and counted down and retrieved with a pumping motion can also trigger a strike. Once the fish have moved into deep water, the strong northern fronts don’t affect them as much as they do when the fish are in shallow water. Remember when fishing cold water down size your lures and fish slowly.

Water Temp: 50s

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