Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.
Boat traffic was down Labor Day weekend mainly because of the weather as there were storms with strong winds and it rained most of Sunday and Monday.

I did talk to some folks who fished Saturday afternoon and they caught some bass on shallow points with Texas and wacky rigs.  

Winds were also tough Sunday afternoon as there were few boats on the lake.  

LAKE CONDITIONS

The lake level midweek is 168.12 feet with no scheduled generating.  There will be minimal generating this week to supply industries downstream.  

Water temps have cooled to 82-83 degrees.  

North Toledo is slightly stained, mid lake is mostly clear with some off colored water in the back half of major feeder creeks with south Toledo clear.

As fall approaches and water cools bait fish (shad) and significant numbers of bass will migrate to back of major feeder creeks.  

This happens every fall as bass feed heavily for the winter months and can result in some awesome fishing conditions. Some of my most successful days have been in September.  

FISH STORY

I remember several years ago we caught 80 bass two days in a row mostly in the mouth of Housen Bay in mid-September.  A small tropical storm had stalled offshore making fishing conditions ideal with cloudy skies and winds 5-10 mph with basically few boats on the lake.  

No one was fishing where we were fishing.  

We caught bass on Stanley spinnerbaits, wacky rigs and Texas rigs with each bass coming from 8 feet or less. I had a client from Memphis, TN both days.  No doubt we had a ball with several bass 4 to 5 pounds.

BASS FISHING REPORT   

If you have been following our reports we have been catching some quality bass in shallow water from 2-6 feet mostly on Texas rigs but a few on wacky rigs and top water.

At times we can fish shallow most of the day with cloud cover but of course there are days when we have to go deep with drop shot and Carolina rigs.

Our “at first light” shallow pattern is with a Texas rig using a Bottom Hopper in June Bug and red bug and trick worm in green pumpkin and candy bug.

I use 17 pound test Trilene 100 percent Fluorocarbon, light bullet slip sinker and 3/0 Fusion Off Set worm hook.  This rig is fished extremely slowly with frequent pauses of 10 seconds or more. You really cannot fish this rig too slowly as we often catch nice fish when the rig is setting still. The pros call this “Dead Sticking.”

We also are beginning to catch fish on a square bill crank bait with the one I use is called  Squarebull.

There’s several of these but I use the small one that runs 4-6 feet in shad pattern.

Not only will the Squarebull catch bass shallow but it is also a great bait to use when bass are schooling.

When we go deep with a drop shot I like to fish main creek and main lake points starting in 18’and fishing out to 28’ using spinning tackle, 10 pound test Big Game Mono line with a fusion drop shot hook. for d.s.soft plastics I like Bottom Hopper Jrs and Robo worms.

COURVILLE WINS OVERALL BASSCASHBASH

My guide partner, Jason Courville, won the overall BassCashBash with a beautiful 11.18 pound largemouth.

CRAPPIE REPORT

Crappie guide Jack Adams says the crappie jig bite has slowing but the best thing going currently is live shiners on shallow brush piles. The numbers are still down but the quality remains excellent.        

Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998.

Contact him at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com, 337-463-3848/409-565-1288.

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