Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. We had better enjoy these moderate temperatures because tomorrow (Thursday) a cold front is moving in with daytime highs in upper 40s and night-time lows in mid 30s.

Also, we talked about the Sam Rayburn lake levels two weeks ago.

According to Water Data ForTexas Rayburn remains over 10 feet above full pool.

Rayburn’s full pool is 164.4’ msl (mean sea level) and Monday it was 174.65’ or 10.25’ above full pool.   

Basically the level is very close to where it was two weeks ago and many of the launching ramps remained closed.

LAKE CONDITIONS   

According to Sabine River Authority reports the level at mid-week was 171.72’ with both generators running 24/7 and at the spillway all gates are closed.  

Surface water temps are running from 53-55 degrees. North Toledo remains stained, mid lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is stained in the back portions of major feeder creeks but clear closer to the main lake.

BASS REPORT  

If there’s one statement to describe bass fishing currently it is “bass are moving to shallow water.” Of course it is early February and the females are heavy with roe (eggs).  One of the first thing to look for is the buck (male) bass will head to the back of creeks/drains and will be very aggressive.

Depending on the weather and water temps will determine when the big females move back.  For big females I look for grassy secondary points and them with Rat-L-Traps in Rayburn Red, Cherry Bomb and Toledo Gold.  

I use 17 lb. test Trilene 100% fluorocarbon because I want the Trap to touch the grass and I will rip it out and let the trap fall.

The fluorocarbon has very little stretch so it is easier to rip a Trap out of the grass.  Monofilament has a lot of stretch.

I could use Spiderwire braid but the water I am fishing is very clear so fluorocarbon is a good trade off.

If they are not hitting the Trap I will go to a Bottom Hopper in June Bug (surprise, surprise!). I also like to use a 3/16 oz. black bullet sinker and a 3/0 Fusion off set worm hook.  I also use 17 lb. test 100% Trilene fluorocarbon so I can feel the lightest bite.

I will drag this rig slowly often stopping it for 15-20 seconds through shallow hydrilla from 2 to 8 ft.  Some days they won’t hit it until I stop it.

The move to shallow water has just started as there are lots of bass staging in 15-20 feet which we are using drop shot (Bottom Hopper in Morning Dawn) plus Carolina Rigging a 7 and 10 inch Power Bait Worm in green pumpkin and watermelon red.  

I use 17 lb. Fluorocarbon on both the main line and the leader. I also will Carolina rig The General in the same colors.

I also like to rig The General ‘Texas weightless’ which allows me to throw the bait all the way to the shoreline and slowly work it over shallow hydrilla. I also use 17 lb. fluorocarbon on this rig to feel the light bites.  This can be a very effective rig for catching bass both numbers and trophy bass.

CRAPPIE       

Crappie guide, George Jeane, says crappie fishing is tough currently with crappie moving from deep to shallow to spawn. A few are being caught a Blue Lake in the hydrilla in 4 to 8 feet with crappie jigs and Road Runners.  

They should show up in big numbers in the back of creeks in a couple of weeks.  Jeane said another crappie guide was fishing close to him and had not had a bite.