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Bass Migration on Toledo by guide, Joe Joslin

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Joe Joslin

Posted: Sep 18, 2012 at 5:38 AM Quote this post.

Hello, anglers. The fall season is on its way and I could not be happier. We witnessed multiple flocks of teal on the lake this week as they passed through headed south to the many marshes along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Some of the flocks had 30-50 birds. Maybe duck hunters are going to have a good teal season. The early mornings have been so very pleasant recently and this week is no exception with another cool front arriving. How has this impacted fishing? We will address this in the fishing report section of this column.

LAKE CONDITIONS: At mid-week the lake level is 168.4 with minimal generating at the dam, according to SRA info as well as personal observation. Actually, there has been very little change of the lake level in 2-3 months. Also, basically the entire lake has great water conditions with north Toledo slightly stained, mid-lake is clear and south Toledo is very clear with visibility 6 to 10 feet. Water temps continue to slide and last week ran from 80 to 85 degrees. By the time this report is published, I look for them to be in upper 70s.


Fall Pattern Changes: We had some good days on the lake last week with Friday being the best catching 32 bass and 10-12 really solid fish up to five pounds. The biggest change in bass patterns has been more bass in less water as a good number of bass are moving shallow which is part of the annual fall migration pattern. Also, bass are really relating to points both on the main last as well as in major and minor drains(creeks). In addition, large numbers of shad(baitfish) are moving up creeks and ditches and the bass are tagging along for a free meal. The bass on Toledo are so very healthy and well-fed as there is no shortage of food for them.

Spinnerbaits (I like Stanley?s ? and 3/8 oz. Vibra-Wedge) with double willow blades with skirts in white, white/chartreuse as well as one of the new colors, LSU. Spinnerbaits have been productive on windy points with grass as well as in creeks/drains where grass grows close to the deeper water. Work the spinnerbait along the edge of the grass while keeping boat in deep water. Other bass-catching patterns this week have been working a Texas rig on the outside edge of the grass on points as well as along creeks. Texas-rigged soft plastics for us this week have included Berkley Havoc?s Bottom Hopper and Rocket Craw (new), Berkley Power Worms and Trick Worms. Best colors for us in Havoc series are Shady Watermelon Candy and watermelon. Other producing soft plastic colors are w.m. purple flake, red bug and candy bug.

Topwater patterns are also good with Yellow Magic, Pro Pop (Norman) Pop R and Chug all catching bass. Shad-colored baits are best currently on top water baits. We are working topwater baits mainly early morning on outside edge of the grass and the deeper the water close to the grass, the bigger the bass. Schooling activity has been good this week as well with topwater lures, weightless soft plastics and small spoons all catching schoolies. Drop shot patterns also continue to catch bass.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS/WHITE BASS: Crappie moved somewhat more shallow with reports fishing in 12 to 18 ft. on docks and under bridges. Live shiners and black-firetail jigs early and blue-white tail later in the day. Yellow bass are in the back 1/3 of major creeks as are white bass and are hitting Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps, small crankbaits and spoons.

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com. For more info Google "Joe Joslin Fishing".
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