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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
August 1, 2014

Mark your calendar; Huxley Bay Marina is hosting their first annual Flea Market and Craft Show September 20th. For booth information call Lora at 936.368.2494. Buck and Sandy at Huxley Bay Marina have really been busy sprucing up the marina, motel, boat slips campground and restaurant. If you haven’t been there in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Rumors have been circulating that SRA is keeping the lake up to facilitate the construction of the new bridge crossing the Sabine River at Logansport. However, according to SRA that’s not the case; they just haven’t been producing that much electricity.

It’s hot and it’s going to stay hot for a while. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very serious concerns with this kind of weather.

To avoid heat related problems, wear light colored, loose clothing, a well-ventilated hat, and drink, drink, drink plenty of water or “Sport” drinks. It’s also very important to wear good high quality sunglasses to protect your eyes.

The signs of heat exhaustion include paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fainting. If you experience any of these symptoms, take precaution and get cooled off any way you can so it doesn’t lead to a heat stroke. Be careful in this kind of weather.

The lake is in good shape with plenty of water. The fishing pattern remains the same for these dog days of summer.

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.

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.

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.

Fishing Forecast

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