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TX
United States
31° 27' 7.5456" N, 93° 42' 28.3896" W
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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs with yellow tails. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with minnows, cut bait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

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The big news, if you haven’t heard, is the BassMaster’s Elite series will be held on Toledo Bend May 12th – 15th.  If you’ve never been to an Elite series tournament, you are in for a real treat. You can bet some big stringers will be brought to the scales.

The rains just keep coming.  Going into May the lake is a half foot over high pool with six gates open 4’ and three gates open 3’ with a lot of water still coming into the lake.

The Black Bass have been moving out of the spawning flats heading towards their summer haunts and into deeper water.  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, lipless crank bait and top water plug handy for schooling bass.

The Bream are moving onto the beds and plenty of fun can be had when you locate a bed; not to mention, “Good Eats”

The simplest way to locate the beds is to look for honey cone circles along the bank.  The beds will extend out from the shore- line in a semi circle.  Some say they can locate a bed by the strong “fishy” odor emitted from the bed. Usually, if you find one bed there will be more beds relatively close.  However, some bream will bed up in deeper water as much as 10ft.  Dragging a small beetle spin on the bottom will help you locate the deeper beds.

An ultra lite spinning rig, jigging pole, fly rod or just a bamboo pole you can cut off the side of the road can be used to catch these feisty fish.  You can use a clip on cork, slip cork, or straight line casting a small insect type lure (beetle spin, in- line spinner or small jigs) but the most popular baits are live baits - crickets, or worms (red wigglers, catalpa, or meal worms).

When you start fishing the bed, target the outside edges of the bed first and work inward.  If you pick off the shallow fish first the hooked bream will run through the bed scattering the other fish.  If your catch starts slowing up, move onto another bed and let that one rest.  The bream will move back onto the bed if not disturbed.  

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 working best.  As the water warms look for more top water schooling activity; keep a Rat-L-Trap handy.

The Crappie are moving 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. Now is the time to drop your brush tops in deep water.

 

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What a wild ride we’ve had this year.  A mild winter resulted in a lot of fish moving into pre-spawn patterns earlier then normal.  Then, we got hammered by the heavy rains and flooding conditions.  The lake is still a little over high pool with seven gates open one foot and two gates open 2 feet.  The pattern here when the lake was high, was to throw your lure on your neighbors patio and work it to the rose bushes.  All kidding aside, Mother Nature cannot be so “Motherly” at times, making us work a little harder.

The good news is Toledo Bend keeps turning out record numbers of double-digit fish.  As of this report, 126 lunkers have been certified this year compared to 80 something last year and we still have almost two months to go.

April is normally a transition month with a lot of fish having spawned and moving back into deeper water. Some bass will still be on the beds and in shallow water while others will have spawned and will be moving back out to deeper water.  Moving off the beds they will try to find a comfortable environment where they can recuperate from the spawn and gradually move into their summer haunts.  The bass will migrate along the creeks, ditches and secondary points; so concentrate in these areas, especially areas that have some type of structure or cover.  A variety of baits will be productive from top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits, frogs, jerk & swim baits, Rat-L-Traps, shallow to mid-diving crank baits, finesse plastics and your variety of worms, lizards and jigs depending on the area you target your fish.

Usually in the latter part of April the Bream will start moving into shallow water for their spawn. An ultra-lite spinning rig, cane or glass pole and a bucket of crickets or worms will surely fill up a chest of big ole bream.  Look for “honey-cone” circles in the shallows to locate the beds.

Look for the Crappie in the backs of the coves and pockets.  If you don’t find them shallow, follow the points and bends in the creeks as they head back out to deep water. 

The White bass are finishing up their spawn in the river proper and are heading back into the main lake.  Some of the best fishing can be had this time of year as they bunch up on the north end sandbars.  Slab spoons, tail spinners, Rat-L-traps or live crawfish work best.

With the large number of boat traffic on the lake, please remember to have your boat ready to launch at the boat ramp so you don’t jam up the ramp!
 

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