Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report June 1, 2011

Wow, how low can it go? Of course, I’m talking about the lake level. Looks like it’s going to continue to fall unless we get a substantial amount of rain and that’s not usually the case during the summer. Most tournaments are allowing boaters to trailer because of the low lake conditions. The low water level makes for some great fishing; just make sure you know the areas you can run. If you are unfamiliar with a boat lane, slow down to make sure it can be run at high speed. Check with the locals and most will be happy to share their knowledge of the area. Summer has arrived. The days are getting longer, the water temperature is rising and the bass have moved into their typical summer patterns. We’ll be throwing almost everything in our tackle box and working numerous areas and depths from main and secondary points, humps and ridges, creek and river channel ledges, and areas that have vegetation. Early in the morning and late in the evening we’ll start off throwing top water plugs, buzz baits, frogs, spinner baits, jerk baits, shallow diving and lipless crank baits, and a full array of plastics in grass flats close to deep water. When the sun gets over- head and the shallow bite slows, concentrate fishing deeper water along the points and bends in the creek and river channel ledges that have the most cover and structure (tops, lay-downs etc) with deep diving crank baits and Carolina or Texas rigged soft plastics. Keep a top water bait and a shallow running crank bait like a rattletrap handy for the schooling bass. The White bass will be all over the lake following the shad. Work the river channel sandbars with a slab spoon or tail spinner. Watch for 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.

Water Temp: 80s

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