For anyone who has been living in a bubble and hasn’t heard it by now, TOLEDO BEND HAS BEEN RATED THE NUMBER ONE FISHERY IN THE COUNTRY, by Bass Master magazine’s top 100 lakes for 2015! What else can you say?
The lake is in great shape with plenty of water with the level running about 4 feet below high pool. Weather forecasters are predicting an above average rain falls and extreme weather conditions because of the “Mega” El Nino we’ve had this summer. In fact, the El Nino is the highest recorded ocean temperature in 16 years. Better get some good rain gear.
El Niño is defined by prolonged warming in the Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures when compared with the average value. The U.S NOAA definition is a 3-month average warming of at least 0.5 °C (0.9 °F) in a specific area of the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean, other organizations define the term slightly differently. Typically, this anomaly happens at irregular intervals of two to seven years, and lasts nine months to two years. The average period length is five years. When this warming occurs for seven to nine months, it is classified as El Niño "conditions"; when its duration is longer, it is classified as an El Niño "episode". (Definition taken from Wikipidea) .
We’re heading into the home stretch of summer with shorter days and cooler weather just around the corner. Going into September, we’ll still be fishing a typical summer pattern and hopefully later in the month we’ll start seeing more top water and schooling action on the lake as the water gets cooler.
The bait- fish are moving all over the place and it’s hard to get a consistent bite. As the water cools the bait fish will start moving to the back of coves and tributaries. The key to catching fish is to find the bait fish.
My fishing report continuous to sound like a broken record; early morning and late evening we’re working the shallows close to deep water with top water plugs, stick baits, frogs, buzz baits, spinner baits, shallow diving and lipless crank baits 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. 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 main lake points and flats throughout the day. Keep a Rat-L-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. As the water temp starts falling towards the end of the month, look for more action on the north end sand bars.
Crappie are holding in 15 to 25 ft. over natural or planted brush tops.
Now’s the time to look at your calendar and pick the fishing dates you would like to reserve.