Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report January 2, 2009

What kind of weather can we expect to have in January on Toledo Bend? Below are the average weather statistics compiled over the last forty years for the month of January taken from weatherbase.com. The average temperature is 46 degrees. Average high temp is 56. Average low temp is 36. Highest recorded temp is 85. Lowest recorded temp is 3. Average precipitation is 4.1”. Average possibility of sunshine is 49%. Average number of clear days 8. Average number of cloudy days is 18. Average number of partly cloudy days is 5. Average number of rainy days is 10. Average number of days above 70 degrees is 5. Average number of days below 32 degrees is 12. In January the majority of fishermen on Toledo Bend will dropping a shiner or a jig along the old river channel shelf and ledges loading up ice chests of “big ole” slab Crappie. Crappie are probably the most finicky fish in the lake. Their bite is influenced more from the moon phase, fronts and weather conditions than any other fish in the lake. The “Chicken Coop” area is a world-renowned area for catching Crappie and is used for a barometer on how the Crappie are biting. It’s not unusual to have a number of two to three pound Crappie in our creel each day. Either drop your own brush to make your Crappie hotels or look for natural cover where the Crappie will bunch up. The limit is fifty per person with no minimum length in December, January and February. The White bass will be on the north end main lake river channel sandbars as they start migrating towards the river channel proper. The river proper will become more productive as we move into the month. Slab spoons, tail spinners and Road Runners will do the job. If you catch one, you should be able to limit out since they move in schools. Use your electronics to find the bait- fish and you will find the Whites. When the water temperature drops to the lower fifties and forties, look for the bait- fish and bass to move into deep water. Concentrate looking 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 the shad 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 or jigging spoon fished vertically can be very effective 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 will also trigger a strike. Once the fish have moved into deep water, the strong northern fronts really don’t affect them as much as they do when the fish are in shallow water. Remember when fishing cold water, we need to down size our baits and fish extremely slow.

Water Temp: 50s

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