For those who haven't heard, TOLEDO BEND IS THE NUMBER ONE FISHERY IN THE COUNTRY, rated by Bassmaster's magazine for 2015. Enough said.
The lake is in good shape with plenty of water.
The water temperature is high and the fish are more active at night when the surface temperature cools. During the day, the fish will suspend over the thermo cline feeding less, making them harder to catch.
Nighttime is the right time to catch numbers and quality fish. Concentrate along the shoreline where deep water is close by. Lighted piers, seawalls and rock banks will also be productive.
Throw top water baits that make a lot of noise, buzz baits, large dark colored spinner baits and large dark colored soft baits.
Early morning and late evening we’re working shallow grass flats, lily pads and pepper grass close to deep water with top water plugs, stick baits, frogs, buzz baits, spinner baits, shallow diving and lipless crank baits (Rat-L-Traps) and finesse plastics (Senkos, Flukes, and Trick worms). When the sun gets overhead or the bite slows down, back out to deeper water along creek channel drops, river ledges, timberlines, main lake ridges and humps, secondary and main lake points with mid to deep diving crank baits, slab spoons, tail spinners and Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics. A 10” Mr. Twister Red Bug worm is always on one of my rods. Watch for schooling bass and keep a lipless crank bait, shallow diving crank bait and top water plug handy.
The White Bass are running all over the lake chasing shad and you never know when they will blow up. Concentrate around boat lanes, roadbeds and flats throughout the day. Keep a trap, shallow diving crank bait or top water plug handy when they are schooling and a slab spoon or tail spinner when they go down. Look for the birds’ dive-bombing the water.
Crappie are holding in 15 to 25 ft. over brush tops. Better catches coming in at night. Live shiners or jigs tipped with a shiner working best.
This time of year, it’s hard to keep your live bait alive. A couple of tips that will insure your bait stays alive are to use a good insulated container. Don’t put to many shiners in one container. Make sure you have a good high output aerator. You might want to cool the water down periodically in your bait bucket with some ice but don’t put the ice directly into the water, the chlorine will kill the shiners. Place the ice in a zip lock bag then place it in the water. Don’t put your hands in the bucket, use a minnow dip net. Sun tan lotion and any other contaminants on your hand might affect your shiners. Remove the dead shiners; don’t leave them in your bucket. The ammonia given off from the dead shiners will affect your bait. With shiners costing $12 to $14 per pound, we want to make sure we get our monies worth.