TOLEDO BEND NORTH END
GREG CRAFTS-GUIDE SERVICE & LAKE COTTAGES
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It’s Christmas time and there are some great new products on the market that will put a big smile on any fisherman’s face if they are lucky enough to get one under the Christmas tree.
Looking for that special gift for that special person, look no further. Give a gift certificate from Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottages. You never know, they may invite you to come along.
Johnson Outdoors just keeps on keeping on when it comes to innovations for the fishing industry. When you think you’ve seen everything they keep coming out with new features that are truly amazing. Check out their new Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor. It has all the great features of the Terrova I-Pilot Link but now it has auto deploy and store with just a touch of a button. Not only is it a great assist for the disabled but imagine launching your boat without a tether, dropping your trolling motor with your remote and bringing it back to the launch. Also check out Humminbird’s new line of Helix sonars and chart plotters; affordable prices with exceptional quality and all the features you would want with down and side imaging. For the ultimate unit check out their Onix touch screen.
Bill Lewis’s Rat-L-Trap has always been the premier manufacturer of “Lip-less” crank baits. Available after the first of the year will be their new Echo series, square bill shallow diving crank baits.
If you are in the Shreveport viewing area check out Patrick Dennis’s “Bayou Oudoors 365” on local channel six each week or visit “Outdoors365tv.com for the latest information on fishing, hunting and products pertaining to all that the outdoors has to offer.
Here on Toledo Bend, we’re fortunate to be able to fish year round and December is a prime month to fish for our world renown Crappie and our prolific schools of White Bass. If you are looking to stock up your freezer, December is a good month to do so.
Black Bass-When the water temperature starts dropping below 50 degrees the bass's metabolism starts to slow down conserving energy. Bass will become less active immobilizing themselves in deep water where the temperature variances remain fairly stable. In general, the most productive lures for fishing this time of year are the jig and pig, soft plastics, large deep diving crank baits and spoons. Jigs in black/blue, brown/amber and camo are usually good choices. Craw-worms in reds, greens and pumpkin are effective and deep diving crank baits (DD 22s, Mud Bugs) in shad and crawfish colors work well. Also, a ½ to ¾ oz jigging spoon vertically fished over deep- water humps can be very productive. The key is to fish slowly to trigger a bite.
The Crappie will be holding on the ledges and drops along the old river channel. Concentrate fishing vertically over natural or man-made cover. Shiners or jigs work best.
The Whites will be holding on the north end sandbars. Concentrate on the inside bends along the old river channel. Use your electronics to find the baitfish and you will usually find the Whites. Slab spoons, tail spinners and Rat-L-Traps usually work best.