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Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 9:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

The lake is 166.13 msl, and continuing to rise and more rain in the forecast. High pool is 172 msl, with the lake being about seven feet low. The lake is in much better shape with the rise and all the boat lanes I’ve been running on the north end of the lake are navigable.
However there are some floaters and lodged timber in the boat lanes so you should still use caution. The north end of the lake is stained from high winds and clearing as you go south. The water temperature is running in the mid 60, ten degrees less than last week.

Wow, what a season we’ve had. We’ve been catching everything, Blacks, Crappie, Whites and Yellows. This week’s cold front slowed things way down compared to what it has been but I guess it can’t be perfect everyday. I guess we were getting spoiled.

We’ve been starting the day off catching our limits of White Bass and a slew of huge Yellow bass in an hour or so on the main lake and then heading to the creeks and coves to load up on Crappie. (My Skeeter Bay boat has really paid off the last couple of weeks with the high winds allowing us to stay out on the main lake and fish when most boats were heading to protected areas.) The Whites and Yellows have been hitting slab spoons in 14 to 21 foot of water along the sand bars. The Crappie have been hitting 1/16 oz jigs with an eighteen to twenty four inch leader on a cork keying on timber and lay-downs. Beetle spins and Road Runners in about four foot of water in the backs of the coves have also been producing well on some days when the jigs weren’t catching. Some of the Crappie have spawned out and we’re catching them in the creeks proper or on the edges of the creeks tight-lining jigs. Blue/White, Red/White and Black/Chartreuse have been the best color in jigs and of course shiners.

Up until this weeks cold front a lot of good bass were being caught in the shallows on spinner baits and finesse plastics, Flukes and Senkos.
Horney Toads and Ribbit Frogs were also producing well. Most of the bass were coming out of one to four foot of water keying on lay-downs and stumps. Also, where you could find any grass, you were picking up fish by throwing a finesse plastic or frog and letting it drop into the open pockets.

Looks like we’re in for some heavy rain and a cold front the next couple days, which will probably slow things down next week. It depends on much rain and how muddy the lake gets and how much the water temperature falls.

Greg Crafts
Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottage
159 Toledo Forest
Shelbyville, TX 75973

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