Summer is definitely arriving on my favorite fishing hole. There are jet skis in increasing numbers plus pontoons and ski boats showing up at a favorite beach area near the Texas Islands. Sunday afternoon that area was packed with people chillin’ and enjoying beautiful Toledo.
LAKE CONDITIONS: On Tuesday May 15 the lake level was 170.50’ with both generators running 4 hours daily from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Water temperature is really starting to warm with temps starting around 69 early mornings and by mid-afternoon has risen to 73-74 degrees. North Toledo is stained but clearing, mid lake is slightly stained but mostly clear in the middle of the lake. South Toledo is clear with some stained conditions in the back ½ of major feeder creeks such as Mill Creek, Six Mile and Housen.
FISHING REPORT BASS: We are now in the post spawn/early summer patterns which means that bass can be scattered as full summer patterns are not quite here yet. Last week we caught bass in 2 – 8 ft. as well as in 25 ft. which says bass are scattered. We have been getting a decent shallow early morning bite and some mornings the bite has been excellent. Late afternoon has also been good from 7 to 8 p.m. Our early/late bite includes wacky patterns, Texas rigs (both weightless and light weighted) plus a few on top water.
The Texas rig has been really successful early/late with Bottom Hoppers in June Bug and Red Bug. My Texas rig includes a Revo X which is a new member of the Revo family and is very affordable at $99.99 and the line pick up ratio is 6.6:1. I don’t think that I have ever had a reel with that ratio before as most are 6.4:1 or 7.0:1 or numerous others. I’ve fished it hard for two months and it is holding up well.
Our late morning, mid -day action has included deep diving crankbaits (DD22s), drop shot rigs, Texas rigged 10 inch Power Worms (Red Bug and Plum) and Carolina Rigs. We are fishing these in 16 to 28 feet on primary and secondary points plus humps and ridges at the same depth. One of my favorite crankbait colors is light blue and chartreuse. On our drop shot rigs we are using Bottom Hoppers (6.25 in.) in Red Bug and BH Jrs (4.75 in.). We also use Robo Worms in 4.5 and 6 inches versions in morning dawn.
Our C. Rigs include 17 lb. test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon on both the main line as well as the leader which I use anywhere from 24-30 inch leader. I’m using both a 3/0 and 4/0 wide gap Fusion hook depending on how large the soft plastic I’m using. On all of these patterns I am fishing them extremely slowly and dragging them instead of hopping them.
CRAPPIE/WHITE PERCH Crappie guide Jack Adams reports they are catching limits of crappie every day on his brush piles which have been freshly re-brushed. His brush piles are in 18 to 26 feet and they are catching them mostly on live shiners but are catching some on 1/16 oz. crappie jigs and Road Runners.