Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report October 5, 2012

Great news! Huxley Bay Marina has dredged out their boat ramp and poured concrete to extend the ramp so we can still access the main lake. TOLEDO BEND – IMPACT STUDY Information is being requested to provide an economic impact data report to the Sabine River Authority (Louisiana and Texas) in an effort to encourage both agencies to undertake appropriate action that will allow boat traffic to operate on all major boat lanes. This effort is being led by the undersigned business owners and concerned citizens who operate or live on or near Toledo Bend Reservoir: Jerry & Gloria Thompson, Ted Dove, Curt Carver, Judy Cathey, Dayna Yeldell, Randy Ziegler, III just to name a few. The water level of Toledo bend is currently at an all-time low and the extreme drought we are experiencing is expected to continue well into next year. As such, the lake is not navigable and will not be navigable for many months to come. They are interested on how this is affecting your business. If you would like to participate in this study for presentation to the SRA, contact Kimberly Bridges with the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at kbsptourist@toledobendlakecountry.com. Hopefully this presentation will help encourage the SRA to take some action to improve our boat lanes and make them safe. Even though most of the regular season fishing tournaments that are normally held on the lake this time of year have been either postponed, cancelled or moved to other lakes because of low water conditions, we are still able to fish the lake. In fact, now is the time to take advantage of some of the best fishing conditions we’ve had in years because of the low water. 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 and the vista of the lake is magnificent. What color should I throw? 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. I personally try to match the size of the lure to the size of the bait-fish. 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, Rattle 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, Rattle Trap and top water plug handy if the bass start schooling. On the north end of the lake, October is when the Crappie start moving to the ledges of the old river channel. The last few months we’ve been busy building our brush tops and placing them along the old river channel ledges. 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. If you would like an updated report or a guided trip, please contact me.

Water Temp: 80s

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