Hello, Anglers. Summer has rolled in but clouds and rain will keep the daytime temperatures fairly moderate this week which will help to keep more fish shallow. It will also make summertime vacation families have to watch the weather in order to get some sun as well avoid summer storms that can pop up in a moment’s notice.
Hello, Anglers. Summer has rolled in but clouds and rain will keep the daytime temperatures fairly moderate this week which will help to keep more fish shallow. It will also make summertime vacation families have to watch the weather in order to get some sun as well avoid summer storms that can pop up in a moment’s notice. Fortunately, cell phones with weather apps help out in these situations to be able to check radar and with future cast to get direction storms are moving. What I do on days when storms are popping is to choose areas to fish that are five minutes or less from boat launch to be able to run in as storms get close. One positive thing about these type days is that with heavy cloud cover bass seem to bite better.
LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level midweek was 171.82 which is very close to ‘Full Pool.”( 172’) msl. Water temperatures continue to run lower than normal as I am still finding water in upper 70s out on the main lake. It is in lower 80s in protected coves and even mid 80s late afternoons. Both generators are running 24 hours until further notice according to SRA reports.
BASS FISHING REPORTS: Both my guide partner (Jason Courville) and myself continue to catch more fish shallow than usual for late June. Cooler than normal water temperatures is one of the main reasons plus lots of cloudy days which are keeping more fish shallow. These are not just small fish either as just about 75% of our big bass over 4 pounds are coming from 2 to 10 feet depths. However, this past week we did catch several good bass in 16-25 feet with drop shot, shakee head and Carolina rigged Power Lizard.
A Texas rigged Bottom Hopper (Havoc Series) continues to be our gold standard while catching most of our bass in 4 to 8 feet. We continue to fish it slow with pauses using weights in 1/8,3/16 and ¼ ounce sinkers depending on wind conditions. Best colors for us have been green pumpkin, June Bug, red bug and watermelon red. There have been days with sunlight where the plain watermelon Bottom Hopper worked too. We are also catching fish using a Texas rigged Wedge Hog which is a discontinued soft plastic made by Stanley/Hale (company that makes Ribbit). It is an awesome, small soft plastic. All of the Wedge Series soft plastics have special designed arms/legs that make lots of movement and action. With fluorocarbon you can easily feel the Wedge Hog vibrate on a Texas rig. You may be able to find some Wedge Hogs online.
We are starting the day with Texas rigged BH or Power Worm plus weightless soft plastics either wacky Senkos or weightless Jerk Shad and Flukes. Depending on how the fish bite in the shallow depths determines on how long I stay shallow. Cloud cover and wind will help hold bass in the shallows. When it’s bright and sunny I go to deeper patterns sooner.
CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS/WHITE BASS: Crappie guide, Jack Adams says this is the best time of year for crappie/white perch and they are catching limits every day the wind will let them get to their brush piles. Adams is catching fish in 18 to 26 feet with live shiners fished vertical with no cork. The yellow and white bass are starting to show up in schools with largemouth. Crankbaits, tailspinners and jigging spoons are great tools for catching these fish. 18-30 feet has been ideal.
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.