March 2008 Toledo Bend Fishing Report North End Greg Crafts-Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottage GCrafts@Bigfoot.com (936) 368-7151 www.toledobendguide.com March is probably the single most fished month of the year on Toledo Bend. People will be traveling from all over the country to take advantage of our unique impoundment, which covers approximately 186,000 acres (that equates to over 8 billion square feet). With this much water itâ€™s no wonder we can accommodate so many tournaments and anglers at one time and still find productive water where weâ€™re not bumping noses with each other. The lake is in great shape with plenty of water and with SRA ceasing generation at 168 ft. msl., weâ€™re starting to see grass in many areas that havenâ€™t had any for years. Black Bass- Work the shallow flats and backs of the feeder creeks with spinner baits, stick baits, traps, shallow diving crank baits, top water plugs soft plastics and finesse plastics. Also work the points and bends of the creeks as the bass move in and out of the spawning areas. The more cover and structure you can find the better. If the water is high enough, flip and pitch the flooded buck brush and Cypress tress. If all you are catching is small bass, back out to a little deeper water and look for the bigger females staging or getting ready to move onto the beds. If you catch one you should catch more in the same area. Main lake ridges and humps will also be prime spawning areas. White & Yellow Bass- March is also one of the best months for catching White Bass (Sandies) and Yellow Bass (Bar fish) as they move into the river proper. Work the flooded sloughs, cuts and drains with Slab spoons, Road Runners, chrome Traps, shallow diving crank baits, tail spinners and live crawfish. If the river is low work the sandbars, ditches and creeks that dump into the river and if the river has a lot of current, fish the eddies with the same baits. Crappie- The Crappie will also be moving into the coves and pockets following the creeks and ditches to the spawning flats. Work the bends and points of the creek ledges with jigs and shiners especially areas that have brush or cover. When the Crappie move into the shallows to spawn work the flats with a shiner or jig on a slip cork with an eighteen to twenty-four inch leader around grass lines, stumps and Cypress trees. A Beatle spin or similar lure on an ultra- lite spinning rig can be used to cover a lot of water to locate the fish.
Water Temp: 50s