Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report September 1, 2009

If you want to catch more bass, you need to “think like a bass” or at least know why bass behave the way they do, when they do it, and where they do it. Once you have a basic comprehension of the bass behavior then you can devote the time you are on the lake in areas that will be the most productive for the conditions that prevail. For a quick and comprehensive read check out “The Behavior and Habits of Largemouth Bass” by William K. Johnke. Here are some interesting facts: ….Only 10 percent of the water at any given time possesses the combination of ideal characteristics (temperature, oxygen content, PH factor, turbidity, structure, cover, food, etc.) that bass will be seeking under the prevailing water and weather conditions. The overwhelming majority of bass will be found in that 10 percent of water.” “….The higher the average year-round temperature of a lake, the shorter the average life of a bass. A northern largemouth bass might normally reach an age of ten or eleven years, while a deep-south bass would only average seven to eight years. ….The age of a fish can be “read” in almost the same way as the annual rings on a tree stump. Each ring around a bass scale designates one year of growth. Since scales are never shed, each one remains a history of growth; the wider the space between rings, the faster the growth. Fishing Forecast: We’re heading into the home stretch of summer with one more month of high temperatures. The days are getting shorter and the lake is in great shape with plenty of water. The fishing pattern for September is pretty much the same as it has been for July and August- a typical summer pattern. The bite is usually always harder to come by in the dog days of summer when the fish are feeding more at night. We need to key in on the early morning and late evening bite when the bass are the most active. Throw top water plugs, buzz baits, frogs, jerk baits, shallow diving crank baits and soft plastics over and in the grass that’s close to deep water. Once the sun gets overhead, back out to the deeper water drops and ledges with deep diving crank baits and large soft plastics in 15 to 25 ft of water. Also, concentrate on the main lake humps and ridges. Mid day look for schooling fish off the main lake points, timber lines, boat lanes and flats close to deep water drops. A top water plug, shallow diving crank bait, trap or Texas rigged soft plastics will all be productive. Many times your bigger fish will be caught on the bottom underneath the schooling fish. The White bass will be following the shad and will be moving around the lake. Typically, unless we have a weather change, the Whites will school in the same areas and around the same times each day. Rattle Traps, tail spinners, shallow diving crank baits and top water plugs can all be productive when schooling. Also, check out the main lake river channel sand bars with slab spoons and tail spinners in 18 to 25ft of water. The Crappie fishing is best at night with live bait or jigs tipped with live bait over planted brush in 15 plus feet of water.

Water Temp: 80s

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