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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The crappie are on the move. We are catching some limits, but having to move a lot. 1/8 oz. jigs in black/chartruce, chartruce, chartruce/white, and gray are all good on different days with different light conditions. Catches of 30 to 40 keepers are about the normal daily catch. Weather (wind) is a big factor now. The fish are 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.
Whites are headed up the river channel in
lake to the annual spawning run up the river. The 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 20 up to 2 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, worms, and spinner baits on the bank. Top water bite is good 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 spinner baits, rattletraps, and rogues.
Both red ear and bluegill are slow. They both should be grouping up and picking up the bite as they head toward the shallow flats. Look in 6 to 10 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.