Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report July 2, 2012

Toledo Bend Forecast for July 2012 Going into July we’re almost three feet below high pool with plenty of water and the lake is in great shape. If the lake gets to 168 msl, which is four feet below high pool, SRA will cease generating. Summer arrived early this year and in fact, we recorded the warmest spring season on record. The record was shattered by six degrees. You have to wonder if there isn’t something to all this global warming. Looks like we might be in for a long hot summer. As most people know the B.A.S.S. Elite series was held on Toledo Bend in early June and the top anglers caught the majority of their fish in deep water. The winner, Brent Chapman, hauled in 83.9 lbs in four days throwing a 1 ¼ oz. flutter spoon and a jig in 25 to 30 feet of water. Most fish caught this time of year will be caught in deep water, other than early morning, late evening or at night. Your sonar is your best friend in locating fish when they move deep. As reported in prior reports, an understanding of the “thermo cline” will help you catch more fish. The thermo cline is a thin layer of water in a lake that is sandwiched between the upper layer of water (the epilimnion) and the lower, colder layer of water (hypolimnion). Between these two layers you have a thin layer in which the water temperature drops substantially. This is known as the thermocline. Below this layer the water has very little concentrations of oxygen. Fish will suspend just above the thermocline where the water is the coolest and has plenty of oxygen. Wind speeds and ambient temperature readings have a large effect at what depth the thermocline is located. A deep diving crank bait that runs along the thermocline can be the key to catching bass this time of year. 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 bite slows down, back out to deeper water and work deep diving crank baits, 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 Rat-L-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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