Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report July 1, 2008

Last year at this time I reported on the new regulations pertaining to generating and maintaining the lake level at 168msl. As a result of these regulations, the lake has been at or very near high pool most of the year. Subsequently, most of the timber in the lake is just under the surface of the water. Our visual land- marks we’ve been use to using for navigation and pinpointing our fishing holes are no longer to be had. Without a good GPS, built-in lake map and a high- resolution sonar unit you’re not only risking damage to your boat and possible physical harm but it’s virtually impossible to locate the necessary structure needed to catch fish. Don’t just rely on the buoy markers for navigation especially in the river channel. At times, after a storm or heavy winds, some buoys will get blown to the edge of the channel and if you pass on the wrong side you might be running on the shelf with heavy timber just below the surface. Instead, use your GPS to mark the buoys with an icon or create a trail when you know the buoys are placed where they are supposed to be. It not only will give you piece of mind, but could also save you some expensive repairs. If you are not familiar with an area be cautious. Note: The SRA buoy tenders are very diligent in maintaining the proper location of the buoys, but when you have an impoundment as large as Toledo Bend it can take them awhile to navigate and replace the buoys in there proper location. As the water temperature increases the bass move into deeper cooler haunts along deep- water creek channels, sloughs and the old river channel shelf and ledges. The bends and points in these areas that have brush tops, lay downs and other cover are good areas to concentrate. Also concentrate around the creeks, sloughs and ditches that dump into the channel. Deep water humps and ridges will also be holding fish. Work main lake points, boat lanes, road –beds, flats and timber- lines for schooling bass. Keep a top water plug, trap, or shallow diving crank bait handy if they come to the surface. Early morning, late evening and on cloudy days work the edges of the pepper grass, duckweed, and lily pads growing close to deep water with top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits, frogs, shallow diving crank baits, traps, soft plastics and finesse plastics. When the sun gets overhead and the shallow bit slows down, back out to deeper water and work deep diving crank baits, slab spoons, tail spinners and Texas or CR rigged plastics. Nighttime is the right time to catch numbers and size as the bass feed more at night and the water-cools down. Large noisy top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits and large dark plastics work well. The White Bass will be moving all over the lake this time of year chasing shad. Watch for schooling fish along boat lanes, timber- lines, main lake points and flats close to the river channel. Keep a trap, shallow diving crank bait or top water plug handy when they start schooling. When they go down, throw a slab spoon or tail spinner. Crappie holding in 12 to 25 ft of water over and in brush tops and main lake humps.

Water Temp: 80s

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