Hello, anglers and outdoor addicts. Can you believe it is almost time for our high schools and grade schools to resume classes?
I guess if you have several young children in your household, the summer might not have passed so quickly, huh?
Speaking of children, we just had a family wedding and had several grandchildren here. They kept asking me to take them fishing. When they come, I often take them fishing but I had to explain that we best not go fishing on this visit because we would all get in big trouble if we were late getting to the wedding.
I promised them a fishing trip on the next visit. As a grandfather, spending time with your grandchildren on the lake is about as good as it gets and a huge blessing.
LAKE CONDITIONS: At midweek the lake level was at 171.25’ with both generators running two hours per weekday from 1 to 3 p.m. All gates at the emergency spillway were closed. Water temperatures are running from 82 to 86 degrees and even warmer in protected coves in the afternoon.
North Toledo is stained, mid lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is clear.
FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Cloudy days and rain showers are keeping some bass shallow this week, but deep patterns are also catching bass and have become the best producers. My guide partner, Jason Courville, is also catching bass on both shallow and deep patterns but is targeting mainly deep structure with Carolina rigs, drop shot and spoons. He also found some schooling bass in the back part of Six Mile in 9 to 11 feet of water. He caught ’em on crankbaits, top water poppers (Gun Fish and Pro Pop) and spoons.
Shallow morning patterns remain similar to what they have been since mid-May with wacky Senkos in four to eight feet, top water on outside grass line and Texas rigged Bottom Hoppers in 4 to 10 feet. The only thing different is we don’t stay on these patterns for more than 30 minutes unless they are producing.
In late spring we would stay on similar patterns for an hour or so when water temps were cooler. However, currently if shallow patterns don’t produce we move rather quickly to 15 to 25 feet and fish Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits and drop shot with Bottom Hoppers. June Bug and green pumpkin on Carolina rigs and June Bug and red bug on drop shot.
CRAPPIE AND YELLOW BASS: Crappie guide, Jack Adams and neighbors Jerry and Pat Masters are catching crappie out of brush piles using mainly live shiners in 14 to 18 feet. Yellow bass are schooling with largemouth along major creeks and will hit small shad colored crankbaits and spoons. Yellow bass will seldom hit a topwater offering.
Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines plus is a pro guide on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.