Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Dec 7, 2022
GOOD. Water stained; 57 degrees; 4.03 feet below pool. Water temperature at the Dam is 57 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and starting to clear. The main lake remains clear. This week we have a full moon so check your Lunar table for your prime fishing times. Bass are biting on 1/4 to 3/4 ounce chatterbaits in white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. Downsizing our chatterbaits to 1/4 ounce has been producing bass across shallow stump flats. To cover even more water, use a shallow running squarebill crankbait or flat side crankbait and smaller rattletraps out to eight feet of water in a1/4-ounce silver black back, silver blue back and a Rayburn red rattle trap. For deeper bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard in dark colors. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on ½ to ¾ ounce silver or gold spoons with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crankbait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors. The jig and pig bite has been very strong up in the creek this week. The best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs and structure jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a three inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a little orange accent trailer. The crappie bite is still good in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16 and 3/32 ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and wind. Remember hypothermia happens quickly so keep an extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, or heavy winds. Toledo Bend is the fifth largest human-made lake in the country with a lot of underwater obstructions. Play it safe by telling a loved one or friend the area you will be fishing, how many people are in your party and the expected return time. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, and Mudfish Custom Rod Shop.

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