Toledo Bend Lunker Bass #39




Jake Ortego displays his Toledo Bend lunker bass weighing exactly 10.0 pounds taken in San Miguel Cove May 12, 2020. Ortego caught his fish on a Texas-rigged Missile D Stroyer. (Photo courtesy of the Toledo Bend Lake Association)

Jake Ortego
 Date fish taken: 5/12/2020
 Angler’s name: Jake Ortego
 Hometown: Ville Platte, Louisiana
 Location where fish taken: San Miguel
 Depth taken: 3 to 4 feet of water
 Lure used to catch fish: Missile D Stroyer
 Other tackle used: (rod, reel, line): 7-foot, 4-inch Denali rod; Shimano Curado reel; 50-pound Power Pro braid
 Certified Weigh Station: Toledo Town and Tackle
 Certified bass weight: 10.00 pounds
 Tagged and eligible for replica from Toledo Bend Lake Association: Yes

Ortego’s bass is lunker No. 39 for the 2019-2020 Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program season.

 




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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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