Toledo Bend - TX,Huxley
Feb. Fishing Forecast
Great news! Iíd like to welcome and introduce the new owners of Huxley Bay Marina, Buck Jordan and Sandy Driver. They took over the operation of the marina in January and are in the process of making a number of improvements with anticipated plans to open sometime in March. We are all very excited to see that Huxley Bay Marina will be back in full operation very soon.
If you are thinking about buying or already have a Minn Kota I-Pilot Link trolling motor, there are some great videos on You Tube presented by Dr. Jason Halfen demonstrating the operation, performance and the many features of the unit. Itís a must see on learning the capabilities and operation of the unit.
This fall and winter season has been like riding a roller coaster when it came to catching quantity and quality of fish on a regular basis. It seemed like we had to fish a different pattern each week. I can start with the weather as being the single factor affecting the fishing; heavy rains, strong cold fronts, high winds, fluctuation of the lake level and drastic temperature swings. These factors resulted in the north end of the lake staying extremely muddy. Hopefully the weather will settle down this month. Going into February the lake level is about three feet below high pool with plenty of water.
Most of the inquiries Iíve had over the last couple of weeks have wanted to know if the Whites are in the river yet. YES, the White Bass have already started moving into the river proper. Locating the Whites is contingent on what the river level is. If the river is out of itís banks, work the flooded sloughs off the main river channel with Road Runners, Rat-L-Traps, tail spinners and shallow diving crank baits. If the river is at normal or below normal level, work the inside bends of the river channel sand-bars with Road Runners, Rat-L-Traps and shallow diving crank baits.
In February the Bass and Crappie will start moving from deep water using the creeks and ditches as their highways heading to the shallow spawning flats. Shallow water warms faster and the bass will move into the shallows when the water temp approaches 55 degrees. This is what we refer to as ďstagingĒ before they move on the beds. The bass will go on a feeding frenzy bulking up for the spawn. If the water temperature drops the bass will drop back into deeper water. All sorts of baits can be productive at this time, jigs, spinner baits, traps, soft plastics, finesse baits, cranks and jerk baits.
The Crappie will also start moving into the deep creek channels in anticipation to their spawn. Work the bends and points of the channel with jigs and shiners especially areas that have brush or cover. When the Crappie move into the shallows to spawn work the flats with a shiner or jig on a slip cork with an eighteen to twenty-four inch leader around grass lines, stumps and Cypress trees. A Beatle spin or similar lure on an ultra- lite spinning rig can be used to cover a lot of water until you locate the fish.