Joslin: Summer temperatures surprisingly mild

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

Hello, Anglers.

It is hard to believe July is almost

gone and while we have had some warm days, the Lake Area has escaped the

triple digit

temps we often get in mid-summer so far. This next week seems to

continue that trend if weather forecasts are on target. Of

course, we still have August to endure but days continue to get

shorter and nights get longer and to date this summer we have

had more days with highs in 80s and low-90s than upper-90s.

Hopefully, that trend will continue. I have a son in Louisville

and several days this summer it has been hotter there in Kentucky

than here in Southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas. Since

my job keeps me outside a lot of the time, weather trends are very

significant to me.

Lake Conditions

Water temperatures are running from

87-89 degrees with north Toledo slightly stained, mid-lake is mostly

clear and south Toledo

very clear. The generating schedule for the past few weeks has

been from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays with units shut down on weekends.

The lake is beautiful and afternoon showers have produced some

awesome rainbows.

Fishing Reports

BASS: Actually, there has been little change in patterns the past couple of weeks with the only noticeable addition for me is an

increase in the amount of schooling bass. We did encounter several schools of bass but most were 10 to 13 inches with an

occasional 15- to 16-incher.

They have been fun and actually were fairly aggressive and if you got your lure in close they would usually hit it. We had

good success on Bill Norman’s Pro Pop, Chug Bug and Yellow Magic.

By the way, Yellow Magic baits are not yellow ... at least those that I own. How did they get that name? I don’t know. Maybe

some of our readers will know that one. I have been throwing more Pro Pops than anything in pearl and clear. All baits mentioned have the teaser tail on them.

Our best schooling action is happening

by throwing our lures in the middle of the feeding frenzy and just let

it sit for several

seconds. If they do not hit it soon then pop it one time and let

it sit another 10 seconds or so. Yep, I know some of you

like to really work those top-water lures but if they aren’t

hitting it very much with lots of action then slow down and try

my suggestion. The lady anglers reading this will likely give the

slow approach a try while the guys more than likely won’t.

That’s the way we are wired, huh guys? It may take her catching a

few before we decide to slow things down. We are slow learners

... comes with being a male I guess.

We continue to catch bass on top-water

lures at sunrise, sunset and during cloudy/rainy conditions. The

presentation is similar

to that in schools so work it slow. Other patterns catching bass

are Texas and Carolina rigs. I am fishing my Texas rigs on

the outside of the deep grass in 15 to 25 feet and Carolina rigs

in 20 to 30 feet mostly without grass. We are also using

Texas rigs an hour or two after sunrise until mid-morning and

Carolina rigs from late morning till mid-afternoon.

The drop shot continues to be in our package of tools to stay on mid-summer Toledo Bend largemouth. We are using two methods:

• Exposed nose-hooked worm and fishing it vertical.

Inserting a hook into worm via Texas-style and making short casts on outside edge of submerged grass.

Both methods are working with the common part of the equation is to fish these rigs slow. We are using a variety of soft plastics

on our drop shots that includes Havoc Bottom Hopper Jr. (4.75-inches), Bottom Hoppers (6.25-inches) and Trick Worms.

As far as colors with the Bottom

Hoppers we like watermelon, watermelon red, shady watermelon candy,

cherry seed and smoke

purple. Our Trick Worm color choices include watermelon candy red,

watermelon red, watermelon purple glitter, watermelon seed

and candy bug. We like 1 and 2/0 Daiichi offset high carbon hooks, 1/8- to 1/2-ounce

drop shot sinkers, eight- and 10-lb test Berkley Pro Grade 100 percent

Fluorocarbon line with a seven-inch Abu Veritas

medium-action spinning rod with Revo SX Spinning Reel. We do

continue to use crankbaits by using Norman’s Baby N in schooling

bass, DLN (Deep Little Ns) on medium-depth grassy points (eight

to 15 feet) and the DD22s on deep points and submerged ridges.

CRAPPIE AND YELLOW BASS: Last

week we found several bunches of yellow bass usually under schooling

largemouth but also in the bottom of deep troughs,

which is where deep water comes near the bank. We used

medium-sized jigging spoons and tail-spinners to catch them as well

as largemouth on same structure. The most consistent white

perch/crappie reports continue to be on man-made-baited brush piles

in 18 to 28 feet with live shiners. I did hear of a few decent

catches at night under bridges in Six Mile, Lananna (pronounced

by locals as Lanans) and Pendleton. Some reported problems with

bugs swarming around lights but that is common in summer night

fishing.

• • •

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 joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or visit www.joejoslinoutdoors.com