Toledo Bend Lake: Top 18 River & Lake Safety Tips




Toledo Bend Lake: Top 18 River & Lake Safety Tips


The boating season is in full force for the summer! Summer is an ideal season to take time with the family and friends at your favorite lake location!


Understanding River & Lake Safety Tips


Understanding river and lake safety will keep you and your family safe during the active boating season! In many states, drowning is the number one cause of death in young children. For every drowning, there are many near-drowning cases

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Lake Safety Tip: Frequently, victims of near-drowning appear to be “playing” in the water, and viewers do not realize what is happening to the victim.


Top 18 River & Lake Safety Tips


• Be aware of the weather before heading out to the lake


• Keep a cell phone with you during your visit to the river or lake


• Always watch over children around water


• Never leave children alone, even for a few minutes


• Use life jackets as they save lives


• Know the law when it comes to lake safety


• Teach each member of the family how to swim


• Swim with a buddy, never alone


• Adults should learn CPR


• Look at your surroundings before jumping into the water


• Do not drink and swim


• Children typically do not “float” while in the water


• Life jackets should fit each individual properly


• Watch for currents in the water as well as obstructions


• Drop-offs in the waters happen unexpectedly


• Life jackets should be coast guard approved


• Life jacket apparel never substitutes for supervision


• Know what to do in the occurrence of a water emergency

 

Lake & River Safety Resources


Learn more about lake and river safety by visiting the following online resources. The more knowledgeable you become in safety procedures, the more time you can spend at the lake safely.


Red Cross Lake Safety

 
The Beginner’s Guide to Lake Safety: Boating & Activity Rules


Water Safety: Tips to Prevent Drowning & Avoid Bacteria in the Water

 

Banner Health: Stay Safe at the Lake

 


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Toledo Bend Lake Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.

 

Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Wednesday

Sunny

Hi: 78

Wednesday Night

Clear

Lo: 60

Thursday

Sunny

Hi: 79

Thursday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 60

Friday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 81

Friday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 62

Saturday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 83

Saturday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 64


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 9/27: 167.90 (-4.10)



Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 22)

GOOD. 74 degrees; 3.83 feet low. The tree leaves are starting to fall and the bass are starting their Fall transition following shad to the back of the creek on Toledo Bend Lake. The water level is 167.8 with no generators running. Our best bite for bass has been on a Topwater Fly popper (Coola Popper in Fire Tiger color, #2/0 hook) in the backcountry of Toledo Bend Lake. T-Bend has had a light rain for the last couple of days. Prime time for all types of topwater lures. Just a heads up… water has cooled down 15 degrees in the last 2 weeks, 74-degrees now! Bluegill perch are still hovering around their nests with the full Moon phase. You can catch these aggressive perch in shallow waters 1-3 feet under shaded banks using Mudfish 3 WT fiberglass fly rod, or an old school cane pole using a split shot and bobber with live crickets or live worms. The Crappie bite is still in deep water 17-24 feet. This week we will have the first cold front of the Fall season so the crappie should go a little shallower following the shad. Catfish bite has been slow due to the generation not running. Water levels dropping for bank fishermen. Watch your Moon phases for your best bite and times. Good luck and tight lines! Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs) while in or around the lake. Renew your licenses and pick up the new 2021-2022 Texas Parks & Wildlife (handbook) Outdoor Annual. It’s now 114 pages. New laws and regulations.

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