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Need some help. My wife has agreed to go to Toledo Bend for our anniversary. I have never been and need some advice on where to fish and what to use. I am staying at Cypress Bend Resort. I don't have a big boat (no depth finder). I would like to stay within a few miles of the launch at the Resort if possible. What are the best baits to use this time of year. Need to keep her interested and catch a few fish (sau au lait or bass, preferably bass) so we could possibly do this again. Thanks in advance for your help.
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fishing toledo
To be honest with you if your going this time of year its going to be hard to catch fish and your probably gonna need electronics in my opinion. You whould wait till sometime next month to bring her when the bass will be spawning and in the shallow water.
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senko
Try watermelon/red senko 5" with a 4/0 or 3/0 ewg hook. Texas rigged weightless. You want go wrong !!!!!!
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Anniversary?
BB, I'm just impressed your wife is willing to spend the anniversary at the Bend! My wife sure wouldn't. LOL

Good luck, and hold on to that woman.
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Toledo Bend
Some friends are up there right now and the fishing is a little slow. The fish are starting to stage in shallower water. The last few reports have been on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in 1 to 5 foot of water.Good Luck
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Thanks
Thanks for the help guys. I was suprised my wife agreed to spend anniversary at the bend as well. I did have to book her a massage and agree to a nice meal, but we are gonna give it a try. Ill try all of your suggestions and let you know how it turns out next week.
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Toledo Bend
I have never fished there but plan to fish it a couple of times this year. I found this "So you want to learn Toledo Bend" thread that is quite informative from folks that know the lake well. Here is the link:

http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1218170566

Good luck BB on your trip!
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Negreet Bay
Negreet Bay is directly south of Cypress Bend, it is a major creek that feeds into the main lake, there are several good places to fish in the bay, the first cove when you enter the bay is turtle beach and holds bass. The water is warming but the fishing was slow friday and saturday for us. Sunday we found some fish back towards the back of the creek in 3 to 5 foot of water. This time of year you dont need a depth finder, fish close to the bank out to about 6 feet and you should catch fish, if you have a 6 foot rod and stick it into the water and can touch bottom then your in about the right depth. The water has been cold, but is warming and the fish are moving up. I suggest using soft plastics, because everybody and their mother is throwing white spinnerbaits, which I like to do too, but we caught fish on lizards, creature baits and stickbaits with no hits on spinnerbait or rattletraps. Anything watermelon will work. I went to Negreet school and haved fished Negreet Bay all my life, if you fish hard enough, you will eventually find the fish, they are there.
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Toledo Bend
BB, I agree with Zackcreek. I have been fishing the Bend this time of year for 20 plus years and Negreet would be a good place to start if your fishing out Cypress Bend. Start in the smaller coves on the north side of Negreet and toss senko style baits weightless either wacky style or texas rigged (try both ways) in watermelon or green pumpkin colors. You can also try some topwater poppers any thing with an orange bottom seems to work for me.

Hope this helps
Good luck and tight lines.
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Senko (Watermelon wacky worm)
Yep,
you can't go wrong with the senko. A lot of guys are drop shotting and tearing the bass up. I am surprised no one talks more of this on the forum.

A word of advice BBurgess. We stayed at Cypress Bend last year for Easter, and I can tell you for sure it is not set up for fisherman.
I brought my boat and had a tough time finding receptacles to charge my trolling motor battery, there were no fish cleaning stations, and it was tough parking the boat. When we got there it was like country come to town.
I found a receptacle under one of the street lights, parked my boat on the street, charged my battery and fileted my fish all right there in the street....Had to put the guts in a bag and throw them in the lake the next morning.
The accommodations were really nice though, it is more of an anniversary place. If you get another crack at an anniversary in Toledo my recommendation is wildwoods resort. They are set up for fishing and have nice accommodations.

Have fun.
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