Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report November 1, 2010

As most of you know, the lake was pulled down in September to inspect and perform repairs to the damn. All repairs have been made and the gates have been closed. At the time this report, the lake is 164.5 ft. msl, which is 7.5ft below high pool. Toledo Bend has a huge watershed and the engineers that operate the generators and gates at the damn can calculate how much and how fast the lake will raise based on the amount of rain we receive. So for kicks I inquired how much rain is it going to take to bring the reservoir back up to high pool, which is 172 ft msl. Basically, I got lost in all of the variables that have to be considered to determine that question. Ultimately, according to the engineer, it’s going to take a whole lot of rain to fill the lake. Unless we get a substantial amount of rain it looks like we’ll be fishing these low water conditions for a while. The good news is the low water conditions, makes our job of finding fish a lot easier. For a list of available boat ramps, visit toledo-bend.com. Weather wise the average temperature in November is 56 degrees, average high -69 degrees, average low-43 degrees, average precipitation-4.5 inches, and the average number of rainy days is 6.9. (Stats taken from “weatherbase.com”. 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 and feeding like crazy. 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 around natural and planted brush piles. Jigs and shiners vertically fished over cover are the ticket.

Water Temp: 72

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