Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. I want to remind my fellow anglers/boaters concerning how we dispose of our litter in our boats and vehicles. We desperately need to do a better job with our trash. Every boat should have a 100% no trash in the lake rule. What often happens is someone will finish a bottle water or canned beverage and throw it on the bottom of the boat so when the boat speed is increased, that trash flies out of the boat and into the lake. Very few will turn around and pick up that trash. It’s simple to have a designated storage compartment on your boat for trash or simply take a trash bag with you and when you get back to the ramp pitch it in a trash can.
Another thing I see happening all too often is a truck that is towing a boat leaves the launch area and pulls out on the highway and trash starts flying out of the back of the truck. For fishermen/boaters that certainly doesn’t help our reputation with the public. We can do better! Let’s secure all of our trash. It’s really not that hard but it does take commitment. It also can be a teaching moment for our youth. If we trash the lake and roads then more than likely our children and grandchildren will too.
However, if we dispose of our trash/litter properly then the youth around us will usually do the same. It causes me grief to see trash on our lakes and around our boat ramps. I do what I’m asking you to do and it’s not hard. If you have been in my boat with me you know I do make sure trash is put in a specific area of the boat. Fortunately there are numerous anglers/boaters who feel like I do but we need more.
LAKE CONDITIONS: Today's lake level(October 13) is 167.93 msl with one generator running two hours daily from 2 to 4 p.m. Water temps had been around 82-83 but the cool front dropped them into the high 70s. North Toledo is slightly stained; mid lake is mostly clear and south Toledo is clear to very clear.
FISHING REPORTS/ BASS
The shallow bite has improved with the lake falling and we are targeting both primary and secondary points with grass. One of our productive patterns has been Stanley Vibrashaft spinnerbaits with white/chartreuse colored skirts and double willow leaf blades in ¼ and 3/8 oz. sizes. We are running these pretty fast over submerged grass. We are also using weightless Senkos rigged Texas style using 17 lb test fluorocarbon.
You can throw these into shoreline grass and they will not get hung up and these shallow bass have been holding tight to any grass/weeds so letting this rig fall down into the middle of this shallow grass/weeds often triggers a strike. We continue to use a Texas rigged Bottom Hopper with a light weight (1/16/1/8/3/16) with best colors including green pumpkin and June bug. This is fished with best results the first hour after sunup and last hour prior to sundown. We are also catching bass on wacky rigs and fishing these both on the inside grass line and on edge of outside grass line.
Our other shallow pattern is a square bill crankbait called a Square Bull with a chartreuse belly and brown/orange back. The Square Bull I am running runs from 4 to 6 feet. I fish it fast with frequent pauses. Out deep patterns continue to be drop shot and Carolina rigs and we are fishing these in depths of 12 to 26 feet and we are finding some submerged hydrilla in 12-14 feet. Our drop shot rig is both a light, spinning rig with 8 lb test plus a heavy rig with 17 test fluorocarbon.
I am using Bottom Hopper Jrs (4.75 inches) on the spinning rig and regular Bottom Hoppers (6.25 inches) on the heavy rig. On the C rig I use 17 fluorocarbon on both leader and main line with 3/0 and 4/0 hooks depending on what soft plastic I am using. Our sinkers are from 3/8 oz. to 5/8 oz. depending on depth and wind conditions.
CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS; Crappie guide, Jack Adams, says they are still catching some beautiful crappie on his brush piles. He says he doesn’t “brush” this time of year which he means adding fresh limbs/trees but with the water temps so warm he is going to try and see if it improves the numbers. A recent trip they landed 60 slabs which is a term referring to large crappie. Live shiners are still his top bait fished vertical. Yellow bass can be caught with tailspinners and spoons in 18 to 30 feet.
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.