Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report May 1, 2009

When you think of fishing in May on Toledo Bend you think of bream, bream and more bream. Late April and the first part of May the bream will be moving onto the beds. Whether you use crickets, worms or artificial lures (beetle spins, road runners, in-line spinners or small jigs) a few tips will help you catch more fish. The simplest way to locate the beds is to look for honey cone circles along the bank. The beds will extend out from the shore- line in a semi circle. Some say they can locate a bed by the strong “fishy” odor emitted from the bed. Usually, if you find one bed there will be more beds relatively close. However, some bream will bed up in deeper water as much as 10ft. Dragging a small beetle spin on the bottom will help you locate the deeper beds. When you start fishing the bed, target the outside edges of the bed first and work inward. If you pick off the shallow fish first the hooked bream will run through the bed scattering the other fish. If your catch starts slowing up, move onto another bed and let that one rest. The bream will move back onto the bed if not disturbed. Beam fishing will definitely get a kid “Hooked on Fishing”- plenty of action, a lot of fun and “Good Eats”! The black bass will be in transition, heading back to deep water. Early morning and late evening we’ll work the shallow flats close to deep water and main and secondary points with buzz baits, stick baits, swimming frogs, spinner baits, top water plugs, shallow diving cranks, finesse and soft plastics until the sun gets over head. Once the sun gets overhead and the shallow bite slows down, we’ll back out to deeper water and concentrate in the bends of the creeks with crank baits and Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics. Later in the month as the water continues warming and the lake is usually falling, the main lake points, river channel ledges, ridges and humps will become more productive. If you can find the structure and cover holding bait -fish you will usually find the bass. Schooling activity will start increasing as the water continues warming so keep a shallow diving crank bait, lipless crank bait and top water plug handy for schooling bass. The White bass have migrated back into the main lake and will be holding on the main lake river channel sand bars and off main lake points. Slab spoons and tail-spinners worked on the bottom are most productive. Keep a shallow diving or lipless crank bait handy for schooling fish. The Crappie will be moving back from their shallow spawning flats into deeper water. Work shiners and jigs over cover in 15 to 25ft of water at the mouth of the creeks and pockets leading to the main lake.

Water Temp: 72

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