Toledo Bend Crappie
Toledo Bend Reservoir and Sabine River
Mark Robinson Guide Service
Specializing in Crappie and White Bass
We catch'em all year round
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pool level -
Current Water level
Water Temp - mid to upper 70's
Water clarity - stained
Date - summer season 2015
The crappie are on the bite. We are catching limits each day. catching some on jigs but having to use some minnows. the average size is getting bigger as the fish move to thier summer haunts. 1/16 oz. jigs in black/chartruce, chartruce, chartruce/white, and gray are all good on different days with different light conditions. Catches of 35 to 50 keepers are about the normal daily catch. Weather hasn't been a big factor lately. The fish are on brush piles in the bigger creeks and on the shallower sides of the river channel. When the bite is real slow I have had to resort to minnows to keep the bite going. The fish are biting through out the day with early morning and the late afternoon times being best. I would recommend taking minnows and slip corks if you are looking for numbers. Thump junkies like me would rather get less fish, fishing a jig just to feel the bite.
sand bars and
creeks along the river channel are loading up with
white bass as big as they grow. Jigging spoons, tailspins, rattletraps,
jigs,and small crank baits are all working just as well depending on
depth the fish are at. I have found fish from 10 up to 12 foot deep on
the river itself. Action
seems to pick up during the day and peak just before sunset. No problem
filling your limit of whites any day weather permits.
Bass are shallow on the north end of the lake right now. Fish lizards, frogs, and spinner baits on the bank. Top water bite is good early and late or on overcast days. Points near deep water and "swags" or deeper water on shallow flats have held the best size fish. I have had good luck on crank baits, and carolina rigs.
Both red ear and bluegill are picking up now that the water has warmed up. Look in 3 to 6 foot of water in protected coves. Crickets and red worms under a cork is the best bet with small 1/16 and 1/32 jigs with small hooks (#8) or smaller, in gray and brown under a cork are also working if you don't want to fool with the live stuff.GGluck!!
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