Toledo Bend Fishing Report

May 25, 2022
GOOD. Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 0.76 feet low. Good. The water level is 171.33 with two generators running 6 hours a day from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Electronics are showing shad everywhere. The back feeder creeks are muddy and stained from rain this week, but the shallow flats and main lake is clear. Threadfin and gizzard shad play an important role in freshwater ecosystems, and by extension, are important to fishermen. Follow the shad to find schools of bass. Bass are chasing topwaters like Pop-Rs, yellow magics, white buzz baits, clear tiny torpedoes, and topwater frog imitations early in the morning. Switching over to squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swim jigs, and Carolina rigs with creature baits or 10–12-inch ribbon tail worm casting to deeper points and ridges in 20-30 feet of water when the sun rises. Crappie are in full transition back to their summer pattern biting on crappie jigs and live minnows in brush piles. The Magnolia trees are in full bloom which indicates that the temperature is right for the bluegill to spawn in 2-4 feet of water. You can catch a Bluegill using live crickets, grasshoppers, earthworms and small surface floating spiders and poppers. Catfish are biting on a slip cork rig and bottom rig in 2-10 feet of water from first light to mid-morning using shrimp, live shad or frozen, chicken livers and punch baits. Summer is here with air temperatures in the 90s, remember sun protection and gear (light clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen). It is Memorial Day weekend, when on the water stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other fluids, so you do not develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It is time to bring the family out on kayaks or canoes to go fishing or exploring on beautiful Toledo Bend Lake! Remember to always keep your life jacket on while on the water and don’t forget to fasten that engine kill switch lanyard to your life jacket if you are operating a motorized vessel on the water. Play it safe on the water, always inform your loved ones or a friend of your expected return time to port or home. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak and Fishing Guide Service

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