Hello, anglers and outdoor addicts.
Sometimes insects rule! If you been on Toledo the past 2-3 weeks you have been dealing with a black biting gnat. I’m not sure the correct biological name for this critter but I’ve always called them Buffalo gnats. About the only way to deal with them is to get a mask that you can see through and it completely covers your head and neck. However, they still will find a way to your flesh and their bite is a stinging feeling and causes large whelps on some folks. I’m sure it ruined a lot of folk’s outdoor Easter activities.
Once you get 5-6 miles away from the lake they seem to disappear. I have dealt with these gnats several times through the years on Toledo. Fortunately it is not an annual event but every 4-5 years. Since they have been around for about 3 weeks they should only be around another week or two.
LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level early this week was 172.8’ with both generators running 24 hours and 11 gates are open 1’ at emergency spillway. Water temperatures are running from 63 to 66 degrees and even warmer in protected areas. North Toledo is heavily stained, mid lake is stained and south Toledo has some clear areas but a good bit of it is stained to slightly stained especially in the areas close to large feeder creeks like Six Mile, Mill Creek and Housen Bay.
BASS REPORT: For me the very heavy rains and rapid rise in the lake has scattered the bass. By Tuesday of this week I had started to figure them out again (somewhat). With the lake once again starting to recede some of the bass were starting to pull back on the outside edges of the grass which is one of the places we were catching them before the flood last week. We continue to use fairly tried and true methods to catch bass including a Stanley ¼ and 3/8 oz double willow spinnerbait running it over grass in 2-6 feet. The skirt is a Toledo faithful with white/chartreuse rubber skirt. My favorite way to work a spinnerbait is to ‘wake’ it so I am seeing every strike.
Basically all the fish we have caught the past two months we have caught around or in grass. Another factor has been the way we work our baits in the grass. On our Texas rigs we use a fairly light bullet sinker either 1/16, 1/8,3/16 oz. and we work the worms very slowly. I also like a straight tail worm like a Bottom Hooper as this comes through the grass without making a lot of commotion and it also looks natural. I use Trilene’s 100% fluorocarbon 17 lb. test which allows me to feel the slightest, lightest bite. Of course we continue to use a wacky rig and there are a variety of soft plastics we are using including a Bottom Hopper, Wacky Crawler and Senko. I add a paneling nail to the Bottom Hopper and Wacky Crawler and fish the Senko weightless.
CRAPPIE: Crappie guide, Jack Adams, says high winds, high water and high barometric pressure has made crappie fishing pretty tough. He is sure his brush piles have crappie on them but the high winds make fishing them impossible.
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, 337-463-3848/409-565-1288 and website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.