Hello, Anglers. The lake remains basically full and all of timber and foliage is healthy and green. However the wet, rainy weather patterns that have been in place for the past couple of months seem to be ending. According to long term forecasts we have less than 10% chance of rain for the next 10 days plus daytime highs in the upper 90s with 4 or 5 days predicted to be 100 degrees or more. Watering lawns have not been on our to do list but that is about to change. Summer has arrived.
LAKE CONDITIONS/SAFETY: Water temperatures are running from 86-88 with north Toledo stained and mid lake slightly stained. South Toledo is clear to very clear. The lake level is basically at full pool (172 feet) with moderate generating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days. There's a few buoys missing and out of place in the navigating lanes while several have been hit by boaters and damaged. I noticed some were damaged during Memorial Day weekend and some were done July 4th week. These are during high boat traffic times with and can happen when several people are in the boat blooslcking the view of the operator plus also distractions of the one driving the boat. Alcohol could also be another factor. The Texas side boat run buoys are large. They are much larger than those on Louisiana side and if you hit one running 40-50 mph (or more) you will definitely know it suffering damage to your boat and possibly injure some of your boat occupants. As a boat operator we need to stay alert as it is our responsibility for the safety of those in our craft.
FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Night fishing continues to be on the agenda of a good number of area bass anglers. Fellow Toledo angler, Marcus Aucoin, reported he and a fishing buddy limited out last Thursday and Friday nights. Their pattern was to use black/blue Berkley Power Worms and Chatter Baits catching several 3-4 pounders targeting 4 to 5 feet of water around lighted docks and shallow grass. Other night fishing anglers are fishing deep points with big Berkley Power Worms from 12 to 20 feet. Best colors are black/blue tail and plum.
Daytime patterns include getting on the lake at first light and fishing main lake and main creek points with wacky worms, top water (Pro Pops by Norman) and Yellow Magic in shad patterns. Another early pattern is a light leaded Texas rig with a Bottom Hopper (Shady Watermelon Candy and green pumpkin) and Trick Worm with top colors being watermelon red, green pumpkin, candy red and candy bug. Work these very slowly with pauses targeting depths from 8 to 16 feet.
Both Bottom Hoppers and Trick Worms
are straight tail soft plastics that come through the grass really well without making a huge amount of disturbance and have a very natural look. In heavily fished areas I feel this is important. Fish light Texas rigs until they quit hitting these patterns and then move out to end of points and deeper ridges in 18 to 25 feet. For the deeper patterns I like a drop shot and heavier Texas rigs with 10 inch power worms (Berkley) in green pumpkin, plum and plum apple.
I’m also keeping a schooling rig on my deck in case a school of largemouth or white bass surfaces. Two of my favorite schooling rigs include a ½ ounce jigging spoon, Pro Pop and Gun Fish.
Lake front property owners with brush baited deep piers/docks are still catching white perch under lights with live shiners. Some have docks as deep as 25 feet and they mostly hold fish all year. Crappie guides continue to catch fish on their brush piles but they are not quite as productive as a few weeks ago. Yellow bass can still be caught in the mouths of main creeks using jigging spoons and tail-spinners. Some of the best times are from 7 to 9 a.m. White bass have been coming up in the Texas/Louisiana Island areas as well as the dam area but seems to be dependent on whether or not they are running the generators. Late afternoons with the generators running have been the best times.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. 337-463-3848 or email@example.com and website at http://www.joejoslinoutdoors.com/