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

Thursday

Rain Showers

Hi: 83

Thursday Night

Thunderstorms Likely

Lo: 74

Friday

Rain Showers Likely

Hi: 83

Friday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 72

Saturday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 86

Saturday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 73

Sunday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 86

Sunday Night

Rain Showers Likely

Lo: 74


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 7/19: 170.71 (-1.29)



Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 17)

GOOD. Water slightly stained; 91 degrees; 1.42 feet below pool. The lake is slowly releasing water and conditions are normalizing. Hot weather has slowed the bass bite during the day. There is little to no topwater action in the morning while fish stay close to bottom in 8-14 feet and 16-22 feet of water. Target bass slowly working a Texas or Carolina rig. On a day with light wind, shallow and deep diving crankbaits are working. Now the best bite has been at night, and with the full moon coming it will only improve. The best bite is on big spinnerbaits on main lake points in 10-16 feet of water, but while a Texas rigged worm or 9-10 inch lizard are not catching numbers these baits are landing fish up to 9 pounds. Crappie are still hit-or-miss over the lake, but it seems like the mid lake area from around the bridge north a few miles has been the best. Minnows are best but jigs will land a few bites focusing on brush piles and standing timber. Report by Stephen Johnston, Johnston Fishing.

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