August 30, 2001 Toledo Bend Fishing Report Greg Crafts-Guide, Toledo Bend Guide Service And Lake Cottages 936.368.7151 According to officials of the Sabine River Authority, the lake level will be dropped this fall. During the month of September, 2001 the lake will be lowered until it reaches a level of approximately 165′ msl (7ft below high pool) by the end of September. At this time repairs will commence on the face of the dam and are expected to take 1 to 2 weeks. Additionally, one of the two generators will be pulled for major repairs which are expected to take in the neighborhood of six months. The SRA expects to try to hold the lake level under the 168′ msl level until some time in December. It is anticipated that the rainy season will then fill the lake and the lake will be controlled with the single operational generator and, if absolutely necessary, the spillway. Naturally, unpredictable weather variables are subject to make considerable changes to these general plans! At this low level, extreme caution should be had running the lake even in marked boat lanes. Cooler weather and cloud cover this week helped drop the water temperature into the low to mid 80s but numerous thunder- storms and high winds have made fishing the main lake difficult. The lake is at 168.15 ft (4ft. below high pool). During the day, start off working a top water plug, buzz bait or spinner bait over grass close to deep water. As the sun gets up, back out to the channel shelf and ledges, and main lake humps close to deep- water sloughs. Carolina or Texas rigs with soft plastics and deep diving crank baits working best when fished in 10 to 18 ft. ledges and drops around structure. Watch for schooling bass chasing shad. Traps and shallow diving cranks working best when schooling.

Water Temp: 72