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Crappie Moving into Deep Water


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Crappie are being caught in deep brush piles in Toledo Bend Lake. From now to mid-July, Toledo Bend’s immense crappie population will move to both natural and man-made structures situated along the main river channel running north to south on Toledo Bend. These fish will be found deep in depths ranging from 12 to 30 feet of water.

“There have been plenty of crappie taken at day and at night under the Pendleton Bridge over the past month even with the rising lake level,” reptorted inland fisheries district 10 biologist manager Villis Dowden with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to Louisiana Sportsman Magazine.

“Bridge pilings No. 8 to No. 12 have always been favorites for anglers as they have the old-style feed pallet tree structures clustered around the bases,” he said. “As the water warms into late June," and early July, "pilings No. 14 to No. 19 always fish better with their placement in slightly deeper water."

Photo courtesty TPWD


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Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 17)

Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and stinkbait in 20–30 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.