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Christmas on Toledo by pro guide, Joe Joslin

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Joe Joslin

Location: Toledo Bend

Posted: Dec 06, 2012 at 7:14 AM Quote this post.

Hello, Anglers. Ya better hurry if you plan to get much more fishing in during 2012. I love fishing in December as our lakes are often very productive and current water temperatures are warm for this time of year. However, long term weather reports indicate we do have a severe cold front heading our way early next week. That suits me just fine as we caught a really nice bass (10 lbs 13 oz) last December 20 on one of the coldest days of the winter.
Actually, from past columns you most likely know that I love cold weather. Give me a choice of whether to fish in July/August or December/January and I will take the winter months hands-down.

COLD WEATHER BOAT REMINDER: On nights when air temps will fall below freezing be sure to tilt boat motor all the way down where water can drain from lower unit. You don’t want water to freeze inside unit as repairs can be very costly ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on what kind of engine.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level is 167.4 feet with one generator running 2.5 hours each day from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. Water temps have moved up some to mid 60s and the lake is mostly clear from one end to the other with south Toledo being very clear. You may have been seeing bulletins from Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries as they are currently spraying for Giant Salvinia in areas north of Pendleton Bridge. There was infestation of 8-10 acres in this area. We will keep you updated.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Last week we caught most of our fish deep but with the weather moderating the bass are suspending as well as moving on flats and up on grass beds and shallow ridges. They remain close to deep water but they have moved up some.
Mid-diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits and slow-moving soft plastics continue to catch bass.
Our successful crankbaits have been DLNs, DD22s and Berkley’s Flicker Shad which is now available in a larger verison (9 ml) which dives 12 feet which works on the outside edge of hydrilla. Norman’s Deep Little N (DLN) is also on one of my rods although at times we will switch to a deep diving DD22 to get down to deeper ridges.

A slow moving soft plastic rigged Texas style continues to be very successful with our choices of soft plastics about he same as the past 6 weeks. The two we have been using mostly are Berkley Bottom Hoppers in shady w.m. candy, watermelon and Trick Worm in w.m. candy, w.m. red candy, w.m.purple flake, Junebug and candybug. Stanley’s Vibrashaft and Wedgeplus double willowleaf spinnerbaits in shad patterns are also catch bass. We are working them off the edge and over the submerged and visible grass.

We are still catching bass deep but not as well as past weeks. we are using a drop shot(Bottom Hopper Jr) as well as a jigging spoon from 1/2 to 1 oz versions in both nickle and gold. We are using 8 lb test Berkley 100% Trilene Flourocarbon on our drop shot rigs and 17 lb Trilene Big Game and 17 lb Trilene Flourocarbon on jigging spoons.

CRAPPIE: My reports say crappie action has slowed due to the very warm weather. During these conditions the crappie suspend as well as scatter along drop-offs and do not relate to sctucture as well making them harder to pattern. Some cold weather will help the crappie. The famous Toledo Bend crappie hole, the Chicken Coop, is basically quiet.

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 e-mail at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or Google ’Joe Joslin Fishing.’
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