Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report October 1, 2009

The days are getting shorter, the water temperature is starting to fall and the fish know it’s time to start bulking up in preparation for the coming of winter. October is a great time to be fishing on the “Bend”. The weather is usually very pleasant with little to no boat traffic and the vista of the lake is magnificent. The bass will be following the bait- fish and the bait- fish will be migrating to the backs of the coves and shallow flats. Top water plugs, buzz baits, shallow diving cranks, traps, blades, soft plastics, jigs, deep diving cranks, tail spinners, spoons and even grubs will be effective this time of year. Locate the bait- fish and you will locate the bass. Shallow flats close to deep water off the river channel are also good areas to catch schooling bass. Work the ledges and drops of the old river channel and creeks with jigs, plastics, crank baits, tail spinners and spoons and keep a shallow diving crank bait, trap and top water plug handy if the bass start schooling. As a general rule colors and size of your lure depends on the light conditions, clarity of the water and the size of the bait- fish. On clear blue bird days, I like to throw light, clear and silver colors. On overcast low light days I throw darker colors, chartreuse, pumpkin, reds, greens, browns and black or combinations thereof. Also, the less clarity of the water dictates throwing darker colors. On the north end of the lake, October is when the Crappie start moving to the ledges of the old river channel. In September we were busy building our brush tops and placing them along the old river channel ledges. Now we are going to reap the rewards of all the that time consuming work. Shiners and jigs fished from 15 to 30ft of water over planted brush tops are the key to catching a boat- load of Crappie. As the water temperature continues to drop, the Crappie will move into deeper water, 25 to 50ft, and jigs usually will be more productive. The White Bass will be migrating to the north-end of the lake and holding on the river channel sand bars in 15 to 25ft of water. Slab spoons and tail spinners are the ticket. Keep a shallow diving crank bait, trap and top water plug handy when schooling.

Water Temp: 72

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