(YouPostTheNews) – Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report for October 13, 2014
Hello, Anglers. Outside is 'where it's at' now-a-days and anglers and hunters who I know are happy campers. Last week brought cool mornings and warm, pleasant afternoons that made the lake and woods awesome places to be. This week's weather is forecast to be a little warmer but still no higher than 80s which is nothing to complain about. The cooler temps made my favorite fishing hole even better as it moved even more fish into the shallows. Check out our fishing report update in this column.
LAKE CONDITION: The water level at midweek stands at 169.3 with one generator running 24 hours and the other down for repairs. Water temperatures have fallen into mid 70s with the water conditions remaining in good shape. North Toledo is slightly stained to stained, mid lake is slightly stained to clear and south
Joe Joslin has fished Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn Reservoirs for over 30 years and has been a full-time licensed guide since 1998
Toledo is clear to very clear. The falling lake level is exposing more grass on points and ridges and actually making it easier to read structure visually. I witnessed a fairly good number of teal last week as a result of the cool front. I saw one group that had from 40-50 birds. They are beautiful little ducks.
BASS FISHING REPORTS: Patterns have not changed a lot over the past week as the cooler water temperatures has helped to improve the patterns we have been using for the past several weeks. The fish seem to be getting slightly more aggressive and we were fortunate enough to get into some quality schooling bass which we all enjoyed. As most Octobers, there are several ways to catch fish currently and we are using multiple pattern to catch our fish. Early mornings we are targeting points, humps or ridges with either submerged or visible grass or both. Our early morning tools include topwater, spinnerbaits, wacky rigs and Texas rigs. To give specific hints we are using (as we have talked about several times lately) topwater baits in shad patterns with teaser feathered tails. I am using a fairly large topwater baits in order to throw them further in schooling bass situations.
Our spinnerbaits have been 1/4 and 3/8 oz. Stanley Vibrashaft double willow blades in shad, white or white/chartreuse colored skirts. We also like the hand painted blade and bait series and the royal purple (LSU) colors have proven to be an excellent choice. I could comment on the LSU selection but I will refrain. Go Tigers! Our wacky rigs include both Berkley Havoc's new Flat Dawg and Bottom Hoppers as well as Senkos. We are rigging these on 8 to 12 lb test 100% Trilene Pro Grade Fluorocarbon with 2/0 and 3/0 Daiichi Round bend worm Hooks and working these on the outside edge of the grass from 8 to 18 feet. We are adding a light weight (Hook Angel) to the Bottom Hoppers. Put the Hook Angel on the hook first them the Bottom Hopper to keep the Hook Angel in place. Best color for Bottom Hopper is Shady Watermelon Candy.
We are fishing our Texas rigs from 12 to 24 feet either in grass or on the outside edge of grass (Hydrilla). The key to our Texas rigs had been to work them slowly and use a fairly light sinker from 1/8 to 1/4 oz. The shallower we fished the lighter the sinker. We are using both Bottom Hoppers and Trick worms on our TX rigs. Best BH colors have been Shady Watermelon Candy and Redbug and top TW colors have been w.m. red, w.m. candy. w.m. purple and candy bug.
In addition, on tough days we have been going to a drop shot and fishing these in depths of 18 to 30 feet and our go-to drop shot soft plastic is a Bottom Hopper Jr (4.75 inches). Top colors on the drop shot are watermelon, green pumpkin and shady watermelon candy.
CRAPPIE AND YELLOW BASS: Crappie fishing has improved as a fresh report from Sherry Perkins from Dequincy had a stringer of another 25 crappie which included several 1.5 pounders caught on live shiners in depths of about 25 feet but fishing the shiners about 15 feet down. They were fishing baited brush piles in the Six Mile creek area of Toledo. Yellow bass were a little scarce this last week as I did not run across any while fishing under schools of largemouth. They may have moved deeper.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848, firstname.lastname@example.org and website at www.JoeJoslinOutdoors.com
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