Hello angler friends. Wow! My favorite fishing hole is hopping with excited fishermen almost everywhere with Mardi Gras holidays. Schools are out for many the first part of the week which has allowed lots of kids to fish with their parents and grandparents. These experiences are great for the kids as well as for the parents and grandparents.
As a parent and grandparent one of my favorite things to do is to fish with my kids and grandkids. You would not find it surprising that both my kids and grandchildren have been fishing since they were young and they love to be on the lake. I just don’t get to take them out as often as I would like.
LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level midweek was 169.3’ with one generator operating from 6:00 -10:00 a.m. Water temps fell slightly with the cold front last weekend from 60-62 to 58-60 degrees. I did find some 63 degrees Monday in a protected cove. Temps on North Toledo are slightly warmer. North Toledo is stained, mid-lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is mostly clear. All of the major feeder creeks have off colored water, especially in the upper portions but gets clearer as it gets closer to the main lake.
FISHING REPORT/BASS: For the past week or two we are catching 20-30 bass each day with most in the 2.25 to 3 lb. range. We are getting 2-3 bites each trip from big bass and landing some and losing some. A client Monday lost a 10-11 pounder that hit a Texas rigged Havoc Bottom Hopper. The big female surfaced and threw the worm back at us…..heart break!! You just have to admire those big bass. We did land a 6 pounder Monday and last week caught a 9.08 that hit a wacky rig. We have caught a fair number of bass from 5-7 lbs. the last two weeks.
Our patterns have been nothing fancy (Texas rigs, Carolina rigs/ ½ oz. football jigs/wacky rig) but we are working hard for 8 hours and keeping the boat positioned to give everyone a shot at the “sweet spot” which has been around 4 – 6 feet depths. We are catching a lot of our fish on windy points and the point does not have to be a large primary point as we are fishing banks with small, secondary points and doing well.
These less obvious points do not get the fishing pressure that primary points receive. When you catch a fish on a secondary point, fish it hard as normally we are catching multiple bass from this type structure. The big fish we lost that we described earlier came from a secondary point and we had just caught a two pounder from the same area when the big fish hit.
On our Texas and Carolina rigs we are using 17 lb. test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon, 3/0 offset Berkley Fusion and Daiichi worm hooks. Our Football jigs are Stanley ½ oz. in green pumpkin with a Chigger Craw watermelon candy trailer. Our wacky rigs consists of five inch Senkos and 6.25 Bottom Hoppers. The Senkos we fish weightless while the Bottom Hoppers I insert one or two 1 inch paneling nails depending on how much wind is present.
For line on wacky rigs our choice is 10 and 12 lb. test either Trilene Fluorocarbon or Big Game mono. For set up using Senkos I use a Fenwick 7’2” Aetos medium action moderate tip, 12 lb Fluorocarbon with a Abu Orra SX baitcast reel. For Bottom Hopper (which is lighter) I use a Revo S-30 Spinning reel and 7’ medium action shinning rod and 10 lb test mono line.
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.