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White Bass Run Up the Rivers and Tributaries is Beginning

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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: tomdoglover29@aol.com




The annual migration of the white bass, or also known as sand bass on Lake Texoma is beginning.


White bass from area lakes begin their annual journey up the rivers and tribuataries of Toledo Bend for spawning activities.


Mostly smaller males lead the way. Typically by early February the males will begin to gather up in larger schools. River bends and deeper holes with less current will usually hold these larger schools of males. Once the larger females start to show up the catch rates skyrocket.


A limit of 25 fish can be caught in a matter of minutes once the fish are enmass in the rivers or streams. By the end of April the activity will wind down and the remaining fish will head back downstream.


The recent high lake levels might make it a little more difficult harder to find the white bass. Any confluence of two tributaries will be a great spot to start. The migrating fish need running water to spawn.


Check on the downstream side of sandbars or the any deeper holes or eddies that schools can stage up in while waiting for others.


For best bait choices include Roadrunners by Blakemore, or any small inline spinner bait are good choices. Beetle spins, small crankbaits and crappie jigs will all work well. White bass won’t turn down minnows, small crawfish and night crawlers.
Color choice is based on water clarity. White or Chartreuse if the water is clear to stained and darker colors if the water color is stained to muddy.


 




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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Friday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 86

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 71

Saturday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 90

Saturday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 67

Sunday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 90

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 70

Memorial Day

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 89

Monday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 72


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 5/24: 172.60 (+0.60)



Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (May 22)

Water murky; 75–83 degrees; 1.06’ high. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Li’l Fishies in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.