Freshwater Fishing in Toledo Bend in Central Louisiana
Armed with Bundles of Noodles.
The two biggest blues. They filled up some gallon bags.
Noodles with a full moon
We made it to our annual Toledo Bend trip this year for June 3rd-6th. We stayed at South Toledo Bend State park and it was a blast! Last year we weren't too successful on the fish, so I decided to mix it up this year with Noodles. I have never tried them, so decided to give it a go. I really wanted to stock the freezer with meat, and I knew the guided fishing trip for Sac-a-lait wouldn't provide a freezer full. Catfish would though. I sure did have a hankering for some flathead, and I heard they fell prey to live bait noodle fishing pretty good.
I tied up about 50 noodles prior to our trip. I would tie 10 or so here and there. It didn't take too much time. I used 5/0 Circle hooks with 250# Catfish string. I varied the depths of the string, anywhere in between 4-12 foot.
The tally for 2 days of noodling only setting in the afternoons was 15 big cats and more gar than I can count. I caught one nice 4 lb. flathead, 12 blues and the rest channels. 2 of the blues were hammers; 15 lb'ers. I am pretty sure the noodles that caught cats were the ones baited with live bait. Cut bait noodles resulted with gar and missed hook sets.
The highlight of the trip was when I took my wife, my daughter and our friends on a boat ride. We were about a mile or more from our camp when I came upon one of my noodles in the middle of the Bass haven cove. As I got closer it started moving!!!! It ended up being a 5 lb. blue cat. Who would have figured they would go that far.