Hello, Anglers. The summer season is arriving on my favorite fishin' hole. Since school is out for summer vacation we are seeing numerous families on the lake either camping in tents, renting cottages or using their lake house. Some families are dedicated anglers, others enjoy water sports such as skiing, jet skis and others just simply enjoying a leisurely boat ride on beautiful Toledo Bend.
Hello, Anglers. The summer season is arriving on my favorite fishin’ hole. Since school is out for summer vacation we are seeing numerous families on the lake either camping in tents, renting cottages or using their lake house. Some families are dedicated anglers, others enjoy water sports such as skiing, jet skis and others just simply enjoying a leisurely boat ride on beautiful Toledo Bend.
I remember when our kids were growing up we tried to do it all. Those of us who wanted to fish would be on the lake at daylight and we would fish till midmorning and head back for late breakfast and then take out those who wanted to ski.
I could usually ski them out in a couple of hours. We would eat lunch and if lucky get a short nap then back to the lake for sun, boating and skiing. Then those wanting to fish would start fishing around 6 and fish till dark (8:30).
When you do that for a week you and family are tired but we did that summer after summer and couldn’t wait till the next Toledo vacation. I know some of you reading this have done the same thing. It is great family time.
LAKE CONDITIONS: Water temperatures are slowly moving up are running 76-78 on main lake and 78-80 in protected coves exposed to more sun. The lake level at midweek is 172.1’ with one generator running 24 hours and no gates open at the spillway. North Toledo is heavily stained, mid-lake is slightly stained with some clear areas and south Toledo is clear with some stained conditions in the back of major feeder creeks. Grass conditions have improved with more hydrilla/pepper grass/milfoil showing up but the higher water levels could impact those improvements.
BASS/FISHING REPORT: Shallow patterns continue to be successful due to rising water levels, a additional shoreline grass and cloudy conditions. This past week we caught numerous bass from 2 to 9 feet using weightless Texas rigs, Texas weighted soft plastics, topwater lures,wacky rigs and crankbaits. On our weightless rigs we used a Power Jerk Shad (Pearl), Havoc Flat Dawgs and Flukes. I use 20 lb Big Game and 30 lb. Spider Braid to get the fish out of grass.
On our Texas rigs we use 17 Trilene 100 % Fluorocarbon, 3/0 Fusion and Daiichi offset worm hook with Havoc Bottom Hoppers in green pumpkin, redbug and June Bug. Our top water lures include Norman’s Pro Pop, Gun Fish (Lucky Craft) and Yellow Magic. I always have a feathered tail on my topwater lures.
Our wacky lures include Flat Dawg, Senko and Bottom Hoppers. I fish Senkos with no weight but add a small nail to nose of Flat Dawg and BH. On wacky I use mostly spinning rigs with 8,10 and 12 lb. line. Our crankbaits I am using Berkley’s Pit Bull (squarebill) which runs 3-7’and Wild Thang which runs 8.5’.
On our deep patterns we are using DD22’s (shad patterns) which dive to 16-19 feet depending on line. On 12 lb. fluorocarbon I can get it down to 18-19’. Also another deep pattern is Carolina rigs with lizards (Havoc Boss Dogs) and fishing humps and ridges on the drop from 10-12’ to 18-25’. Our most successful deep pattern this week was a drop shot using Bottom Hoppers as we caught quality fish up to 6 pounds.
CRAPPIE: Jack Adams says crappie are still biting well with daily limits common. Live shiners over brush in 18-25 is pattern.
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.