North Lake Area
Toledo Bend Fishing Report
Greg Crafts, Guide Service & Lake Cottages
The lake is in great shape with plenty of water. As of this report the level is approximately 3ft. below high pool at 169.25ft msl.
If you like hot weather and fishing with virtually no boat traffic, August is the month for you. Actually, August is a pretty busy month for us. A lot of people are heading to the lake to get in that last fishing trip/vacation before school starts.
We’re still working our typical summer pattern and my fishing forecast sounds like a broken record.
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 Rat-L-Trap, 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 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. Live shiners or jigs tipped with a shiner working best.
TIP OF THE MONTH: “How to keep your live bait alive.”
This time of year, it’s hard to keep your live bait alive. A couple of tips that will insure your bait stays alive are to use a good insulated container. Don’t put to many shiners in one container. Make sure you have a good high output aerator. You might want to cool the water down periodically in your bait bucket with some ice but don’t put the ice directly into the water, the chlorine will kill the shiners. Place the ice in a zip lock bag then place it in the water. Don’t put your hands in the bucket, use a minnow dip net. Sun tan lotion and any other contaminants on your hand might affect your shiners. Remove the dead shiners; don’t leave them in your bucket. The ammonia given off from the dead shiners will affect your bait. With shiners costing $10 to $14 per pound, we want to make sure you get your monies worth.