The rains finally came and in a big way. Here at the house, we received almost a foot of rain in the last two weeks. However, the ground was so dry we didn’t have a lot of runoff. The lake is about 3 ½ feet below high pool with water continuing to come into the lake. SRA is running one generator 24hrs per day.
We’re still waiting for some cool weather to drop the water temp. Right now the bait- fish are still in the coves or scattered. When the water starts to cool the bait -fish will move into deeper water and the Crappie and White bass will start bunching up and feeding heavy.
November is a great month to be fishing on Toledo Bend. The weather is usually pleasant with cool mornings and warm afternoons. The vista of the lake with the fall foliage and migratory birds can be mesmerizing. But, the best part is the fishing; not much traffic and the fish want to jump in the boat.
November can be one of the most productive fishing months of the year. The Black and White bass will be feeding heavy in anticipation of winter, and the Crappie here on the north end of the lake will be moving to the river channel ledges ganging up on natural and man made cover. November is a great time to be on the water.
The bait-fish are moving into the coves and the bass are following. Use your electronics to locate the bait-fish and you will locate the bass. Watch for schooling activity and keep a top water plug, spinner bait, buzz bait, Rat-L-Trap or shallow running crank bait handy. For bigger fish throw a worm, jig, spoon or tail spinner under the schooling bass. Finesse plastics (Trick Worms, Flukes, and Senkos) fished along shallow grass lines close to deep water will also be very productive. Areas to concentrate are main lake points, river channel shelf and ledges, the mouth of the major creeks and coves, and creek shelf and ledges.
The White bass will be on a rampage on the north end sandbars. Slab spoons, tail spinners, Rattle-L-Traps and crank baits will all be productive. Watch for schooling activity and keep a Rat-L-Trap, crank bait and top water plug handy.
Whether you call them Crappie, sac-au-lait, White Perch or paper mouths, anglers from all over the country will be heading to the Bend to pursue our world famous fall/winter Crappie season. The fish will gang up on the ledges of the old river channel around natural and planted brush piles. Jigs and shiners vertically fished over cover are the ticket.