(Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 10:45 AM
May is here but you would not know it from night and early morning air temperatures. For five days in a row we had morning temps in the 40s with one in the upper 30s. The only reason there was no frost was because of high winds. Even so, the foliage around the lake and surrounding area is plush green and just beautiful.
The high winds really slowed down the boat traffic last week, but this week is beautiful and the fish are biting.
The lake level was 170 .4 feet at midweek with both generators shut down and surface water temperatures 67-70.
The lake is in great shape with north Toledo having stained conditions, midlake is slightly stained-to-clear while south Toledo is clear-to-very clear.
The winds the past week have been highly unusual for late April and early May with four days in a row with winds from 15-40
mph. Thank God for a strong trolling motor and secure fishing rig. The winds have moved some stuff around (logs/floaters)
so remain alert even if you are in a familiar boat lane.
BASS: There’s still a lot of bass shallow so anglers have a lot of options. For us recently, catching bass is not too much of a problem, but hooking up with quality is a challenge which it often is in the post-spawn. We did have a 7.5-pounder earlier this week that hit in about 8 feet of water along with several other quality fish. Our most productive patterns have been Stanley Spinnerbaits on windy banks, Texas rigs in shallow and mid-depth hydrilla, wacky rigs in 6- to 14 foot-plus topwater poppers and walkers.
The top colors and choices in soft plastics include Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers, Havoc Rocket Craws, Trick Worms. Kandi Stik and Speed Craw. Top colors are Shady Watermelon Candy and Smoke Purple (Bottom Hopper), watermelon candy and watermelon purple glitter in Trick worm and similar colors on the other soft plastics.
Drop-shot patterns are increasing in success with the 4.75 Bottom Hopper rigged on 6- and 8-pound test Berkley 100 percent fluorocarbon and No. 1 and 1/0 XPoint widge-gap hook. My drop-shot reel is a Revo SX Spinning reel and 7-foot medium-light Veritas rod (Abu Garcia).
CRAPPIE: It has been good for crappie anglers the past week when winds have allowed them to get on the lake. Crappie guide Jack Adams said, “The crappie are biting well on the brush piles and we are limiting out almost every day that the wind will allow.”
Adams is using live shiners and jigs over baited brush piles in 20-28 feet depths. Other crappie anglers are catching them strolling crappie jigs on the outside edge of grass lines from 10-18 feet. Some of the best areas on the south end of the lake includes Louisiana Islands, Red’s Point and Pirates Cove.
Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. His column appears Thursdays. Contact him at 463-3848 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.joejoslinoutdoors.com