It’s March and people are heading from all over the country to take advantage of Toledo Bend’s tremendous fishery. With 186,000 acres and 1,200 miles of shoreline there is always a secluded place to fish and to get away from the crowds. Whether you fish for Black Bass, White Bass, Crappie, or Catfish March is probably the most prolific month to catch fish.
The White bass are in the river proper making their annual “River Run” to spawn. We’ve been limiting out with some huge Whites, some going over three pounds. The main lures you should have in your tackle box are 1/4oz Rat-L-Traps. Good selections are their Chartreuse Shad, Blue Smoke, Bone Orange, Cali Craw, Cherry Bomb, Chrome Black & Blue back, Clown, Classic Fire Tiger, Orange Tiger and Ox Bow. And a little secret, get the ones that have a spinner blade (spin trap) where the back hook would usually go. If you can’t find the particular size or color from you local sporting goods retailer you can purchase them on line from Rat-L-Trap.com. 1/4oz Road Runners in Chartreuse and White will also catch a lot of fish but the Rat-L-Traps have been much more productive for us. If the bite gets slow on artificial lures, sane the ditches for live crawfish or use live minnows. By the way, the Logansport Chamber of Commerce is having their annual annual White Bass fishing tournament March 8th.
In March, numerous fish will be moving in and out of the spawning flats through out the month. The water temperature is one of the single most factors to consider in locating and catching fish. When the water temperature reaches the middle to upper 50s the Black Bass and Crappie will start moving (staging), or heading to the spawning flats. Concentrate on the drains and ditches leading to the flats. When the water reaches the upper 50s and lower 60s the fish will start moving onto the beds. Not all fish move onto the beds at the same time, but will move in waves and a number of fish might use the same beds at different times. If a cold front moves in and drops the water temperature, the fish will not move far. They will just back out to the nearest deep water. The key is to fish slow.
Product Reports and local news:
As you can tell from my past reports, I’ve really been excited about Minn Kota and Humminbirds trolling motors, sonars and chart plotters. It just keeps getting better and better, Humminbird has come out with their new 800, 900 and 1100 series with more features at substantially lower prices; as much as $500 less than their prior units. You can check them out at humminbird.com
When you think of soft bait plastic manufacturers, you have to think of Mister Twister as being a base standard. Mister Twister has been around for as long as I have been fishing and that’s a long time so they have to be doing something right. The last few months, I’ve been fishing with their new “Poc’It Series” soft plastics and all I can say is that you need to try some out. The colors, texture, feel and action are amazing. The “Poc’its” hold and release trapped air while in the water and they hold more attractant longer if you spray your baits. Their selection of colors covers the full range of what you might want to throw from worms, lizards, stick, tube, craw, and finesse to name a few. But the best feature of their plastics is that they catch fish. The fish love them. Try them out and let me know how you like them. I especially like their price.
Renovations at Huxley Bay Marina are in full swing. They have some of the rooms ready to rent and the restaurant is soon to be finished. You can visit there website at Huxleybay.net or give them a call at 936.368.2494.
Here’s something you very seldom see. Rat-L-Trap will custom make your lures. They’ve started a custom lure program. If you have a design idea, call them @ 1-800-633-4861 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will do their best to make it a reality. Prices start @ $7.95 a lure with a minimum order requirement of 6. They do one free proof. Secondary proofs are $5 each.