Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report November 1, 2008

November is one of my favorite months of the year to be fishing on Toledo Bend. The weather is very comfortable with cool mornings and warm afternoons. The fall foliage is magnificent and all sorts of migratory birds are arriving from the north to winter on the lake. But the best part of fishing in the fall is the fishing is usually great. November is one of the most productive fishing months of the year. The Black and White bass will be feeding heavy in anticipation of winter, and the Crappie here on the north end of the lake will be moving to the river channel ledges ganging up on natural and man made cover. It’s fishing time on Toledo Bend, and if you like to catch fish, November is a great time to be on the water. As the water temperature starts to drop the shad will start moving into the coves and the bass will follow. Watch for schooling activity and keep a top water plug, spinner bait, buzz bait, trap or shallow running crank bait handy. For bigger fish throw a worm, jig, spoon or tail spinner under the schooling bass. Finesse plastics (Trick Worms, Flukes, and Senkos) fished along shallow grass lines close to deep water will also be very productive. Areas to concentrate are main lake points, river channel shelf and ledges, the mouth of the major creeks and coves, and creek shelf and ledges. The White bass will be holding on the main lake river channel sandbars. Slab spoons, tail spinners, and crank baits will all be productive. Watch for schooling activity and keep a lipless crank bait and top water plug handy. Whether you call them Crappie, sac-au-lait, White Perch or paper mouths, anglers from all over the country will be heading to the Bend to pursue our world famous fall/winter Crappie season. The fish will gang up on the ledges of the old river channel ledges. We’ve been busy planting our brush tops for the past couple months and November is when we’ll start fishing them. Shiners and jigs are the key to loading up an ice chest full of fish.

Water Temp: 72

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