North end Toledo Bend
Lake pool level - 172.0'
Current Water level – 168.5'
Water Temp - mid to upper 60's
Water clarity – slightly stained
Date - Winter season 2017
The crappies are on the bite. The fish are in 12 to 25 foot of water. We are catching limits each day. Catching limits on jigs, but minnows are also working well. The average size is big! 1/8 oz. jigs in black/chartreuse and chartreuse are both good on different days with different light conditions. Catches of 25 to 75 keepers are about the normal daily catch. Weather hasn't been too big of a factor lately with the light winds and warm temps. The fish are on brush piles along the bigger creeks and on the sides of the river channel. When the bite slows I have had to resort to minnows to keep the bite going. The fish are biting throughout 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 be fishing a jig just to feel the bite.
The whites are grouping up and preparing to heading up the river channel on the spawning run. The sand bars and creeks along the river channel are loading up with white bass as big as they grow, and full of roe. Jigging spoons, tailspins, rattletraps, jigs, and small crank baits are all working well depending on the depth the fish are at. I have found fish from 10 down to 20 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 5 to 10 foot deep or shallower on the north end of the lake right now. Points near deep water and "swags" or deeper water on flats have held the best size fish. Crank baits and Carolina rigs are your best bet right now. Rattletrap fish on the warmer sunny days have had some fast action.
Both red ear and bluegill are in 10 to 15 foot of water in creeks and along the river channel. the best bet with small 1/16 and 1/32 jigs with small hooks (#8) or smaller, in gray and brown are working if you don't want to fool with the live stuff.