Dock Talk - Bass and Crappie Reports




Joe Joslin reports he and his clients have been fishing early from first light, until around 9 a.m. then returning to the lake at 5 p.m. and fishing until dark.

Bass ...

Summer patterns are definitely in vogue with the closest an angler gets to sunup and sundown the better the bite will be. On our shallow patterns we are using a favorite topwater bait top water called a Berkley Chopper 90 in shad patterns. We continue to take some nice bass wacky rigging The General in green pumpkin and pumpkin party. We also are using a wacky rig Senko in Mad Melon and Watermelon blue flake.

The biggest change this week is the bass are wanting the Carolina Rig. We are using the same rig we have always used with a medium heavy rod like a Fenwick Elite 7’ and a Revo STX reel.

Joslin prefers a 4-foot leader made out of the same line he uses on his main line which is 17-pound test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon.

He likes a 4-foot leader with at least a ½ oz. sinker, he prefers a ¾ oz.  This rig helps to make long cast which you need in fishing Carolina rigs in deep water like 15 to 25 feet. "On our C-rigs Berkley’s Pit Boss in Bama Red, also Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin and Watermelon Red. 

"We also use a Texas rig with a heavy sinker from ½ or ¾ oz. and fish those with the same baits we did on the Carolina rigs with Berkley’s Pit Boss and Baby Brush Hogs. However, we also use a lighter sinker 3/16 when fishing from 4 to 12 feet when targeting bass in that depth of water. My normal bait in that depth I like to use is a Bottom Hopper in June Bug also Red Bug.

Crappie ...

Crappie guide Tater Reynolds said the numbers of crappie are increasing as well as the size. They normally are using live shiners but occasionally a group of crappie will prefer a crappie jig. They continue to fish around their brush piles in 26-27 feet with crappie suspending 13-14 feet in the water column.

 




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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Monday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 67

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 45

Tuesday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 71

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 48

Wednesday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 74

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 51

Thursday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 74

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 54


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 11/29: 167.68 (-4.32)



Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 24)

GOOD. Water clear; 57-68 degrees; 4.38 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running and a drizzle of rain this week. The weather warmed a little this week and now we are seeing bluegill under the docks again, and bass have moved up to the shallower water. The water is clear in the main lake and feeder creeks. Water temperature in the main lake is running 61-72 degrees and further back up in the creeks is 60. Largemouth bass are good in 4-6 feet of water on small crankbaits, white spinner baits, Carolina rigs, Texas rig worms, lizards, craw worms and senkos. The kayakers have been producing bass casting jerk baits and spinner baits also in shallow water. Flyrodders are using hollow body flies (shad and bluegill colors), and Clouser minnows (chartreuse/white or all black). Good numbers of bass are being caught offshore using electronics casting one-half ounce to one ounce chrome jigging spoons and deep diving crankbaits, or umbrella rigs in 10-16 feet of water off points close to deep water. Crappie are biting around concrete and bridges as the water warms up in the evening. The catfish bite has been good on cut bait, shrimp and punch bait. Cold weather is on its way so the fish bite will change overnight. Important: With freezing temperatures approaching remember to stow your outboard in a down position allowing the water to fully drain so it doesn’t freeze and crack housings. Here’s another hint to save you $$$, keep your batteries fully charged through the winter. Caution: Toledo Bend is very low right now. Be extra careful running the boat lanes as there are many stumps and obstacles. If you don’t know the area, idle in! Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs). Inspect your lanyard (for wear and tear) on your engine kill switch before leaving the boat ramp to make sure they are in good operating conditions. Good luck and tight lines!

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