Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report September 1, 2010

Does color selection in a lure really make that much difference? The answer is yes and no. Each different color has a different wavelength of light, which is absorbed or reflected when light hits it. This is what distinguishes a particular color. Some colors are more visible at deeper depths than others. The deeper a lure goes (less light penetration) all colors tend to appear black or shades of gray. In shallow or clear water more colors are visible to a bass therefore a particular color can be a key factor in catching more bass. The color is usually based on what the bass are feeding on at that time. Therefore, the less light penetration, the less a particular color seems to matter. Does bright light hurt the Bass’ eyes-Fact or Fiction? Fiction, the bass’ eyes can receive five times more light than the human eye. Bass do not have eyelids so they can not blink or close their eyes. What they do have is a black pigment (not present in the human eye) that shades the photosensitive cells of the retina, which allows them to see well in extremely bright conditions with no discomfort. 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. 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: 80+

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