Toledo Bend - TX,Huxley
June Fishing Forecast
The lake is in great shape with plenty of water and we’re starting to see a lot of hydrilla in areas we haven’t seen in years. Unfortunately, we’re also seeing a lot of salvanila in the same areas. Salvanila can double its size every three to five days completely covering large areas, subsequently making them “dead” zones.
Texas Parks & Wildlife and other agencies have aggressively been trying to address this very serious problem. Most know about the beetle that eats the salvanila, but right now it looks like there are not enough of them to control the problem. Spraying seems to be the fastest solution to controlling the salvanila. Unfortunately, it’s expensive and it not only kills the salvanila, but does a number on other vegetation as well that we like to see growing---- hydrilla, peppergrass, and coontail moss to name a few. Hopefully, our scientists will come up with a solution to this serious problem.
Summer has arrived. The days are getting longer, the water temperature is rising and the bass have moved into their typical summer patterns. We'll be throwing almost everything in our tackle box and working numerous areas and depths from main and secondary points, humps and ridges, creek and river channel ledges, and areas that have vegetation.
Early in the morning and late in the evening we’ll start off throwing top water plugs, buzz baits, frogs, spinner baits, jerk baits, shallow diving crank baits, Rat-L-Traps and a full array of plastics in grass flats close to deep water.
When the sun gets over- head and the shallow bite slows, concentrate fishing deeper water along major and secondary points and bends in the creek and river channel ledges that have the most cover and structure (tops, lay-downs etc) and deep water humps with deep diving crank baits and Carolina or Texas rigged soft plastics. Keep a top water bait and a shallow running crank bait like a Rat-L-Trap handy for the schooling bass. Follow the bait fish.
The White bass will be all over the lake following the shad. Work the river channel sandbars with a slab spoon or tail spinner. Watch for schooling along the river channel, boat roads, flats, main lake points and at the mouth of the coves. Traps and shallow diving crank baits work great. Also keep an eye open for the gulls feeding on bait fish. Usually the Whites have pushed the bait- fish to the surface and the gulls can be a good key to locating the Whites and Blacks.
The Crappie will be holding around brush tops in 15 to 25 foot of water. Concentrate at the mouth of the creeks close to the river channel. Use your electronics to locate the brush tops and bait- fish and you should locate the Crappie.