Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report September 18, 2001

The lake is at 166.24 ft msl, 6 ft below high pool (over a foot lower since last week) and continues to fall over an inch per day as the SRA draws the lake down to make repairs on the damn and generator. A mixed bag of patterns and lures are catching fish. Shallow fish in 2 to 4ft. of water are being caught on top water plugs, spinner baits and finesse plastics in and around pepper grass. Carolina and Texas rigged soft plastics, deep diving crank baits and jigs fished in 10 to 12ft range along the ledges and breaks in the creek channels and the river channel shelf also producing fish. On the south end ¾ to 1 oz jigs and magnum plastics fished in 18 to 20 ft. grass patches also working. For a general pattern 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: 80s

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