Hello, Anglers. I trust you had a great Thanksgiving and was able to spend some time on the lake or in the woods. Weather was cold for most of it but not bad enough to complain about. There are a lot of options right now if you love being outside as our winters are mild for the most part and cold days don't hang around very long. As I am writing the outside temperature is 74 degrees. Not bad for a December afternoon. Fishing is good, hunting season is open and if you don't do either of those then just going for a walk outside is an adrenalin rush. Our mild winters are one reason many area residents love it here. Definitely home for me.
LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level is 168.18 and both generators are running 24 hrs but that will, more than likely, change as the lake level falls. It has fallen almost a half foot since last 2 weeks. Water temperatures fell to low 50s during the coldest nights in the upper 20s but have rebounded some to mid 50s. We have not received a late report on the Salvinia spraying but will pass this info along as soon as we get it. North Toledo is stained, mid lake is slightly stained and south Toledo remains clear on the main lake with stained conditions in he upper end of major feeder creeks.
FISHING REPORTS/BASS The deeper patterns on spoons, drop shot, jigs, big spinnerbaits and deep diving crankbaits have been successful the past week when weather allowed fishermen to get on the lake. We had 3-4 days with strong north winds and a couple of days the high temps were only in the 40s so it did impact the patterns. One of the many good things about Toledo is that even though we get heavy rain and there are areas of the lake that have muddied to the point where it is not fishable there are still thousands of acres of beautiful clear water. In my 30 plus years of fishing Toledo, I can only remember the southern 25% of the main lake heavily stained 2 or 3 times and it cleared up almost over night.
I was able to get a fishing report from fellow angler Chester Chatelain who has been working the Housen Bay creek channel with spoons and catching some nice bass. He has been using heavy spoons (7/8 and 1 oz) with feathered tails and working both the creek and edge of the creek. Toledo anglers Jerry and Pat Masters have been doing the same thing in Indian and Buck Creeks. Mid depth patterns are working too as Lake Charles angler, Rob Prejean, who often fishes Toledo's Six Mile Creek area was able to catch some nice bass including the one pictured. Prejean has been targeting the outside edge of the grass line (hydrilla) with wacky worms in 8 to 15 feet.
Other presentations catching bass include spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps (Bill Lewis lipless crankbait) worked over shallow and mid-depth shoreline grass. If this pattern does not produce casting toward the bank then come out and work the outside edge of the grass.
Working Deep diving crankbaits (DD22s) and heavy jigs such as Stanley's Bugeye Jig in 1/2 and 3/4 oz sizes. I like a shad colored DD22 and a blue/black jig with watermelon red super chunk as trailer. Both great December baits when worked on deep points and ledges. Look for breaks/drops that fall from 15 feet to 30 or more. The fish will usually be holding right on the lip of the drop off. Fish slowly.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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