Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report June 1, 2008

Going into June the temperature has been above normal and the winds have been exceptionally strong for this time of year. Summer has arrived. The water temperature is rising and the bass are moving into their typical summer patterns. We’ll be throwing almost everything in our tackle box throughout the day. Main lake humps and ridges, river channel ledges and drops, shallow pepper grass flats, Lilly pads, main lake points, timber- lines and creek channels are areas the bass will congregate. Early in the morning and late in the evening we’ll be throwing top water plugs, buzz baits, frogs (Horny Toad, Ribbit), spinner baits, stick baits, shallow diving and lipless crank baits, and a full array of plastics in grass flats close to deep water. A trick worm, Fluke or Senko will also catch a lot of fish when the top water baits aren’t as productive. When the sun gets over- head concentrate fishing deeper water along the points and bends in the creek and river channel ledges that has the most cover and structure (tops, lay-downs etc) with deep diving crank baits and Carolina or Texas rigged soft plastics. The bite normally slows down forcing us to fish much slower. However, be looking for schooling fish that have forced the baitfish to the top. Keep a top water bait and a shallow running crank bait like a rattletrap handy for the schooling bass. A lot of times you can catch bigger fish on the bottom under the schools throwing a soft plastic bait. If you like to night fish, now is the time to catch some big fish. Concentrate on shorelines where deep-water runs close by, also try to find boat docks and piers that have planted brush and are lit up. An eleven-inch neon worm worked from the bank back into deep water can be very productive. Also top water baits that make a lot of noise and large dark colored spinner baits will trigger a strike. When the wind allows, we’ve been loading the boat with White Bass on the main lake river channel sand-bars using 1/2 oz. slab spoons in 14 to 23ft. of water. A slab spoon or tail spinner can be very productive. Watch for the Whites schooling along the river channel, boat roads, flats, main lake points and at the mouth of the coves. Traps and shallow diving crank baits work great. Also keep an eye open for the gulls feeding on bait fish. Usually the Whites have pushed the bait- fish to the surface and the gulls can be a good key to locating the Whites and Blacks. The Crappie will be holding around brush tops in 15 to 25 foot of water. Concentrate at the mouth of the creeks close to the river channel. Use your electronics to locate the brush tops and bait- fish and you should locate the Crappie. Most of the bream have spawned and have moved back to deep water but look for another run around the full moon in June.

Water Temp: 72

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