Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report September 1, 2011

Going into September we’ve broken or tied all sorts of weather records. We recorded over sixty -seven 100 degree or plus days; (the average for this area per season is seven days). On the first we tied the low lake level of 161.25ft msl and looks like we are going to shatter that record. We’ve all been complaining about the problems associated with the low lake level. Very few boat launches are available, and to say the least, you better be very careful running the lake. However, the good news is the fishing is getting better everyday. The days are getting shorter and temperatures will be falling as we start heading into fall. You’ve heard the old adage that 90% of the fish are located in 10% of the lake. Well, our 10% has grown to around 20% when you factor in the low lake conditions. I’m predicting the fishing this fall will be some of the best we’ve ever had. Fishing Forecast: The fishing pattern for the first part of September is pretty much the same as it has been for July and August- a typical summer pattern. As we head into the latter part of September, watch for more top water activity and schooling action. 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. 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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