Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report July 1, 2009

If there is one single tip I can give to anglers before they head out the door to go fishing is to make sure they have new line on their reels. It’s amazing how many times we’ve started off a fishing trip and one of my customers hooks a good fish and about half way back to the boat the line snaps. Nine out of ten times it’s because the line has deteriorated. A simple test to see if your line has deteriorated is to tie a “granny” knot and give it a snap. If it breaks, you need to re-spool. The advance in line technology over the past few years has produced some amazing line qualities but it doesn’t mean you can leave the same line on your reel forever. It’s not necessary, to re-spool the whole reel; just strip off about a third of the spool and use a splice knot and top off the reel with new line. Store your line in a cool dark place. Sunlight and high temperatures are fishing lines worst enemies. 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: 80+

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