Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. Summertime is waiting in the wings as we are experiencing 90-91 degrees in the lake area currently and 92-93 forecast for the weekend. Fishing patterns are reflecting those warmer temperatures and our patterns are changing to those that will enable us to catch bass in deeper water including drop shot, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and football jigs. Check out our report in this column to see specifically how we are fishing.
LAKE CONDITION: The lake level at midweek is 170.77’ msl with both generators running 8 hours daily and all the gates at the emergency spillway are closed. Water temperatures are running from 74 to 78 degrees. North Toledo is stained but clearing, mid lake is slightly stained but clearing and south Toledo is clear. There are some stained conditions on major feeder creeks in south Toledo but those clear up as you get out toward the main lake.
BASS REPORT: Yes, we definitely are fishing more deep water but we continue to get a decent shallow bite the first hour or two and even longer if there’s clouds. Top water (Chug Bug/Yellow Magic in shad patterns) and wacky rigs plus light weighted Texas rigs are working.
There remains some quality bass shallow and I look for primary and secondary main lake points with deep water close that drops from 8-10’ to 25’. Main lake ridges are also holding more bass. I normally fish shallow (4-10’) until about 7:30 a.m. unless there’s cloud cover and then I will stay shallow until the bass stop hitting. I then will go deep and will fish deeper if the water conditions are clear and the sun is bright. By deep I mean from 18 to 25’.
When I go deep I will fish a 10” Power Worm in green pumpkin or plum colors plus a Carolina rig using a Chigger Craw in green pumpkin using Trilene 100% fIuorocarbon with 17 lb. test on both. I use the same line on football jigs using green pumpkin or black/blue jigs with a green pumpkin trailer on both. I fish all of these slowly and the deeper I fish, the slower I fish.
CRAPPIE/WHITE PERCH/SACALIA: Crappie guide, Jack Adams, has spent a lot of time the past few days putting fresh brush on his crappie holes. The fresh brush is really pulling the crappie in as his brush piles are producing both excellent numbers and some really nice slabs. Live shiners are the best bait but you can also catch’em on crappie jigs and Road Runners.
Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact at email@example.com, 337-463-3848/409-565-1288. In addition, Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines.