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

Wednesday

Sunny

Hi: 56

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 38

Thursday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 59

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 44

Friday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 74

Friday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 62

Saturday

Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 75

Saturday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 53


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 11/30: 167.97 (-4.03)



Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 30)

GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 4.25 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 59 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy with lots of Fall leaves floating on the surface, and the main lake remains clear. We were blessed with some rain this week 2-3 inches. Not much has changed on the pattern this week. Chatter baits are still producing in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. To cover a lot of water, use a square bill crank bait or a flat side crank bait and smaller rattle traps from 0-8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper Bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on 1/2 to 3/4 ounce (silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crank bait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors). The jig and pig bite has been strong. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water, the best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a chunk style trailer. The Crappie bite is still good in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16- and 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Now that the lake is at a Winter drawdown, it's prime time to go out scouting for new areas for Springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Reminder: Keep and extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orv

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