Went three weeks ago and fished the Annual National Guard Open. Haven't been to Toledo in over a year so tried my luck in the blind. I managed to boat 4 keepers and weighed in 12.8 finished in 13th place out of 113 boats and cashed a small check. All fish came off points. Topwater and a trap!!!! :redratltrap:
Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report for August 10, 2007
The lake is 172.01 ft msl, (high pool is 172ft). SRA has both generators running from 11am to 8pm and the spillway gates have been closed. Water temp is running in the upper 80s to low 90s. The water clarity is stained on the very north end and running clear as you go south. Huge pods of hyacinth have migrated into the lake from the north end sloughs and have virtually taken over a number of pockets in the coves and along the shoreline.
The fishing has been extremely slow the last couple weeks. Virtually no schooling activity and the fish that have been caught have been relatively small. The large influx of fresh water and subsequent discharge and the opening of the gates at the spillway created a substantial current which probably had an affect upon the fish. Now that the gates have been closed and the water is clearing and settling down, we should see an increase in activity.
Typical for this time of year and considering the high water level, numerous fishing patterns, techniques and a mixed bag of lures are being used to put fish in the boat.
South Lake Fishing Report
Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report for August 15, 2007
At first light, target points with submerged grass. With the lake falling, more grass is going to be visible on the surface and bass will begin to relate to points even more than normal. Work top water poppers such as Frenzy Poppers in Grey Ghost. This is an awesome little bait and comes with a white/red feathered tail. Don't rush it but fish it slow....very slow with long pauses. Also, when the bass hits, hesitate a couple of seconds before setting the hook. If they don't want the topwater, work the 6-12 feet depths with a wacky rigged green pumpkin 5 inch Berkley Gulp! Sinking Minnow or watermelon blue Senko.
When these patterns slow down, try the 12-20 feet drops and creek bends with Carolina and Texas rigged June bug Berkley Power Worms in 7 and 10 inch as well as Stanley Wedge Worms and lizards in Red Bug. Also, jigs and pegged TX rigs to pitch/flip the outside edges of deep grass in the Housen Bay, Toro Bay, Six Mile as well as Mill Creek as there is quality submerged grass in all of these creeks. The bass are moving to the outside edges with the lake falling.