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Toledo Bend Fishing Report

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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
November 16, 2017

MEMO: I had next Monday November 20 open up if anyone is interested. We are mostly fishing deep (18-30)using drop shot and Carolina rigs if you need a few pointers fishing deep structure. The last two days have been good.....we had a 8 lb. 5 ounce largemouth caught today on deep structure.


Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. Wow! The weather has been awesome recently with more to come the next few days. The eagles must also love the cooler weather as they have been extremely active in recent days. When I talk about eagle s in my columns there are always those that will respond so I know that is a subject that has great interest among our readers. There is no doubt the eagle population is increasing on south Toledo and probably all over the lake considering the feedback I get for those who fish the upper portion of the lake.

I don’t think I can remember a time when I have seen more eagles in one day than what I spotted this past Monday. They were also very talkative making that certain noise that only an eagle can make.

LAKE CONDITIONS: Yesterday (Tuesday) the lake level was 167.5’ with no generation scheduled at the dam today (Wednesday) but they did have one generator running yesterday for a couple of hours. No flood gates have been opened. Water temperatures are extremely high for this time of the year (68-69 degrees) when mid-November should be in upper 50s. It did get down to 64-65 during the last cold front. North Toledo is slightly stained, mid-lake is mostly clear and south Toledo is very clear.

BASS REPORT: We continue to fish shallow in the morning/late afternoon and deeper in the brighter part of the day. If we get some clouds in the morning we may stay shallow longer. Our basic patterns haven’t changed very much in recent days as shallow patterns include Texas rigs (both weightless and weighted), wacky Bottom Hoppers and Senkos, topwater and Berkley Squarebill crankbaits (Squarebull). On our weighted Texas rig Bottom Hopper we use a 3/16 oz. black bullet shape sinker. On the 10 inch Power Worm we use a ¼ oz. and if fishing the big worm deeper we use either a 3/8 or ½ oz. On the wacky rig we have added Berkley’s “The General” to our tools.

This is a new bait and is loaded with salt so it works great weightless both Texas rigged and wacky.

On our deep patterns we have been fishing the jigging spoon a little but the water temp is still too warm for this pattern. We are catching a few. The other productive deep patterns include drop shot and Carolina rig. On the drop shot we are using a Bottom Hopper in June Bug and redbug plus Bottom Hopper Jrs., French Fry and RoBo worm.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS Crappie guide Jack Adams says the crappie continue to bite really well and the quality of fish have been excellent. He uses live shiners fished vertically over his established brush piles. In checking with Jack I found out that he is in hospital with pneumonia. We are praying he will have a speedy recovery. On yellow bass, most days the yellow bass have been hard to find which I think the warm water temperatures are the reason as they are not in their normal winter holes.

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