Toledo Bend is in great shape with plenty of water. The lake is almost at high pool, 172ft msl, and there is still a lot of water coming into the lake with the heavy rains we got this week. Both generators are shut down at this time but I would guess they will start generating any day.
The “Big Bass Splash” was held last weekend and a couple nice ten pounders were brought to the scales that put a big smile and a fat wallet into the lucky fishermens wallet. High winds kept a lot of anglers off their main lake deep water holes.
The Black Bass have been moving out of the spawning flats heading towards their summer haunts and into deeper water. We’ll be throwing just about everything in our tackle box through out the day. Early morning and late evening we’ll work the shallow flats close to deep water and main and secondary points with buzz baits, stick baits, swimming frogs, spinner baits, top water plugs, shallow diving cranks, finesse and soft plastics until the sun gets over head. Once the sun gets overhead and the shallow bite slows down, we'll back out to deeper water and concentrate in the bends of the creeks with crank baits and Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics. Later in the month as the water continues warming and the lake is usually falling, the main lake points, river channel ledges, ridges and humps will become more productive. If you can find the structure and cover holding bait -fish you will usually find the bass. Schooling activity will start increasing as the water continues warming so keep a shallow diving crank bait, Rat-L-Trap and top water plug handy for schooling bass.
The Bream are slowing down as compared to a couple weeks ago. A lot of the bream have spawned here on the north end of the lake and are moving back out into deeper water.
The White bass have moved out of the river proper back into the main lake and are holding on the main lake river channel sand bars in 14 to 21ft. of water. ½ to 3/4oz slab spoons or tail spinners working best. As the water warms look for more top water schooling activity; keep a Rat-L-Trap handy. As the water continues to warm the Whites will start migrating further south.
The Crappie have moved back into deeper water. Early in the month, work the deep creeks focusing on the points and the bends. Also work shiners and jigs over cover in 15 to 25ft of water at the mouth of the creeks and pockets leading to the main lake. By the end of the month and throughout the rest of the summer, the Crappie will usually be holding in fifteen to twenty plus feet if water. Your best bet to catching Crappie is to drop your own brush piles.