Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report January 3, 2008

The lake is good shape and is on a slow rise with the recent rains. The lake level is 168.22msl and high pool is 172 msl. Surface temperatures last weekend were running in the low 50s and the recent cold front will continue to lower the water temperature. The lake is slightly stained on the very north end and clearing as you go south. Most of my inquiries this time of year are regarding the Crappie bite. Better stringers have been coming in daily with some nice fish being caught and it looks like the cooling water is starting to bunch up the fish. The rising water has covered a lot of timber along the river ledges and made fishing some of our favorite Crappie holes difficult since there is nothing to tie onto, especially if the wind is blowing. The bite last week was mainly late in the afternoon. There have also been some good reports of Crappie being caught in the river proper below Logansport. Live shiners vertically fished over brush tops along the main lake river channel ledges and 1/16 oz jigs tipped with Berkley’s nibs cast out and worked slow on the river channel shelf have been producing best. Not many if any reports coming in on the Black bass but with the falling water temperature, concentrate on the river channel drops, deep creek channels and deep water humps with CR rigs, jigs and spoons. The key is to use your electronics to locate the bait- fish and fish slow to trigger a bite. The White bass continue to be sporadic and on the move. Some days we’re able stop off on a main river channel sand bar and load up in no time flat and the next day they will have moved. No doubt they are heading north for the river proper. Don’t forget, now’s the time to think about booking your spring fishing trip to insure the dates you want. Just give me a call and I’ll be glad to let you know the dates I have open.

Water Temp: 50s

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