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January 23, 2015

Anglers of Toledo Bend:

As of January 23, 2015 Toledo Bend’s lake level is 169.07. Generator 1 is currently running 24 hours and generator 2 is shut down. Mid lake water clarity is stained to clear, and the south portion of the lake is clear. Water temperatures on the main lake are in the upper 40s.

This report pertains to mid lake areas (1215, San Miguel, LaNana, Patroon and South of the Hwy. 6 Bridge).

Crappie/White Perch/Sac a lait:

Crappie fishing has been good for our boats. During the winter months when the water temperature reaches 50 the place to be on Toledo Bend is the Chicken Coops. This area is located north of the Pendleton bridge and on the Texas side of the lake just north of Patroon Creek.

We are catching good numbers tight lining live shiners in water depths from 32-38′ on the old banks of the sabine river. Last weekend (Jan 16-18) we fished and came home with a mixed chest of fish. Some big and some small with a total of 210. Although we caught well we did not witness many boats catching fish. Most of these anglers were fishing shallower water (25-30′). And I think they were fishing too shallow for this time of the year with water temperature below 50. The bite was from daylight to noon. The fish are very close to bottom typically one crank off bottom with the best areas near hardwood near the river drop offs. The bite was very light and most times you could not even detect it. I always tell my clients to lift up to check. 75% of the fish we caught last weekend were in this manner.

This pattern will not last much longer. It will be over as soon as the water temperature begins to rise. The fish we caught were loaded with eggs and preparing for the spawn transition.

Tip: If you make a trip to the coop and are unsuccessful here is a tip.

Starting with the rig. I use Trilene 10# XL clear line with a #1 gold shiner hook with a #0 split shot weight rigged about 12″ above the hook with the shiner hooked just below the eyes (this will avoid line twist). Initially drop the rig to bottom and reel up one to two cranks and hold the rod about two feet from the surface of the water as still as possible. After 30 seconds lift the rod about a foot feeling for extra weight. If no extra weight is detected, drop back down to bottom and reel up one to two cranks. Many times this will trigger a bite simply because this time of the year shad die off because the drastic cooling of water shocks their system and naturally they fall to bottom.

January 23, 2015 at 2:50pm

Anglers of Toledo Bend,

Lake Conditions:

As of March 25, 2014 Toledo Bend’s lake level is 169.74. Generator 1 is shut down, but generator 2 is running 24 hrs. Mid lake water clarity is stained to clear, and the south portion of the lake is clear. Water temperatures on the main lake are in the upper 50s with the coves and pockets mid 60s with some coves reaching 70.

This report pertains to mid lake areas (1215, San Miguel, LaNana, Patroon and South of the Hwy. 6 Bridge).

The bite has picked up considerably. We are catching before and after (typically 2-3 days) these lingering cold fronts. Its no secret that this time of year anglers should be in search of the warmest water possible. It’s also a must to find grass. Grass offers several things: it holds heat, filters water and provides cover all fish use during the spawning season. And depending on the water clarity fish will generally spawn in anywhere from 4 to 8'.

Crappie/White Perch/Sac a lait:

We are doing well casting road runners in 3-6' of water in areas that have grass and timber. Points, pockets, humps and flats that are protected from the North wind have good numbers of big crappie. The spawn is just beginning in the mid lake areas. One week ago we were catching only males with few females present. One week later we noticed the complete opposite. That means the males have made beds and the females are pairing up for the annual ritual, we call spawning.

The numbers are anywhere from the 30s to 50s per day. With great quality as far as size is concerned. The bite has been early morning from dusk till 10 then an afternoon bite picks up from 3 to dawn. And if you like to night fish there has been a decent bite at bridges as the mass of fish move through these bottlenecks heading to the spawning grounds. These areas are predominately being fished with shiners on tight lines in and around the bridge pilings.

Bass:

After the full moon has now passed, several big females have moved up. There are many anglers sight fishing in areas that have water clarity that allows it. While sight fishing can be discouraging but tempting I find it easier to first locate a bed then back off and blind cast to the bed. Its much easier to catch a lunker if the fish cannot see you. I use a magnum watermelon seed lizard with a light weight or a wacky worm with a nail in the head during this time. A light florocarbon line is also a must. And you will also experience the old 'suck and blow' bite. This is a good thing though because if a bass does this then it can be caught. The trick is to down size the offering by either breaking the lizard or worm in half. Its doesn’t work every time, but this technique increases your chances of hooking up.

Good Luck on the water.

March 25, 2014 at 8:34pm

Anglers of Toledo Bend,

Lake Conditions:

As of February 25, 2014 Toledo Bend’s lake level is 169.29. Generator 1&2 are shut down. Mid lake water clarity is stained to clear, and the south portion of the lake is clear. Water temperatures on the main lake are in the low 50s with the coves and pockets mid 50s.

This report pertains to mid lake areas (1215, San Miguel, LaNana, Patroon and South of the Hwy. 6 Bridge).

Crappie/White Perch/Sac a lait:

What can be said about the sac a lait fishing this winter? Well simply put, the fishing has been very slow. The reports for the Chicken Coop started out promising then died out. I can say this, a lack of cold water wasn’t to blame. We had one extreme winter and surface water temp in the upper 40s is usually a recipe for phenomenal fishing in this area. The winter appears to be winding down with the exception of a cold front mid week which will drop the temperature into the mid 30s. After that, the cold fronts will hopefully come to an end. One exiting thing about the end of winter is the beginning of Spring. And the techniques to catch all fish species will change dramatically. From deep water (30-40') patterns to shallow water (3-6')patterns. There will be a transition for all fish to make from deep water to the shallow areas that generally takes a few weeks. And water temperature dictates this time frame.

The first place I look for these fish to show up is near boat docks in 20' of water and typically occurs once the water temperature begins to climb. Any boat docks near creeks that have structure will attract both baitfish and fish. Now is the time to start looking. Live shiners and jigs will produce in this area.

Bass:

We are catching bass in coves and pockets on the North sides of tributary arms. The key is to find protected water with temperature near 60 degrees. These areas will have baitfish in them. Small shad covered crankbaits and small spinnerbaits in the same shad pattern will catch. Flukes and swim baits will produce as well. And this is the time to catch a lunker. I've always been amazed with black bass. You wouldn’t expect them to be in shallow water this soon but they are. They are already making beds in some areas and most females are full of eggs, and some females have red tails.

And as the water temperature warms the spawn will be in full swing. All anglers will be planning their trips around that full moon in an effort to intercept the mass of fish moving shallow. And I'll be one of them.

Good Luck on the water.

March 04, 2014 at 4:55pm

Anglers,

Atchafalaya Basin:

As of August 28, 2013 The Atchafalaya Basin River Stage at Butte LaRose is 6.2' and falling. NOAA advanced hydrologic prediction estimates the river stage will be 4.3' by September 2, 2013. The Atchafalaya Basin River Stage at Myette Point/Grand Lake is 4.5' and falling. NOAA advanced hydrologic prediction estimates the river stage will be 3.8' by September 2, 2013.

Sac-a-lait:

Fishing under corks with tube and hair jigs on the end of laydowns and in the middle of canals is always best during the heart of the summer. And don't underestimate shiners. I prefer jigs in the basin but when the bite slows, I find success with shiners under a cork.

Fish (bass and sac-a-lait) are following the bait this time of year. And due to the warm water on the surface the bait move to deeper water for the oxygen and cooler temperatures.

Good catches were coming before the river started to rise, and the bite will pick up now that the river is falling again.

Bass:

Early Morning and Late Afternoon: Early and late in the day you can catch along the banks where there is structure present on soft plastics (sweet beavers, brush hogs and worms). And mid morning to mid afternoon the fish position on the deeper structure and hard plastics (5-8' crankbaits) and soft plastics will produce. Late afternoon, say from 2 pm on usually is prime.

Finding the large laydowns will produce the best. When I find an area with a laydowns, I like to use a bandit crankbait in crawfish or shad pattern and make several cast. Its not uncommon to cast 10-15 times at at single laydown. The placement of the cast is critical. For example..., if the end of the laydown is in 6' of water and I am using a crankbait, my cast will land 2/3rds of the way up the laydown. The retrieve will be on a 6.3:1 gear ratio reel and be moderate to start. I estimate the location of the lure and when I feel the branches of the laydown, I pause the lure. Sometimes two or three times. This time of year the strike will occur the last 1/3rd of the laydown.

Good Luck and be safe and courteous on the water.

August 28, 2013 at 2:30pm

Crappie fishing was excellent after the passing of the full moon with catches averaging 80-100 with good quality. But diminished as the new moon approached, and catches went down to 30-50 with quality in the medium size bracket. With the passing of the new moon, the bite has picked up and so has the quality. Most of the fish we are catching are coming in 23-25' of water on both man-made and natural brush piles. There are some fish being caught in 20' of water but fish in this depth range are near bottom. This poses a problem for most anglers because it forces you to fish near the structure and hang ups occur more frequent.

The Pendleton bridge is still producing well also. Only certain bridge pilings are good though. The July 4th holiday had many anglers on the water and many fished the bridge. But the bite was very slow. Before and after the full moon it was common to catch limits here, but as the new moon approached, the bite tapered off drastically.

July 17, 2013 at 5:34pm

All fish were caught mid lake on bridge pilings and brush piles in 18-25' of water. Presentation: tight lining live shiners and tube jigs.

June 03, 2013 at 9:13pm

Anglers of Toledo Bend,

Lake Conditions:

As of May 21, 2013 Toledo Bend’s lake level is 170.28. Generator 1 & 2 are currently shut down. Mid lake water clarity is stained to clear, and the south portion of the lake is clear. Water temperatures on the main lake are in the low 70s with the coves and pockets averaging mid 70s. Summer seems to be right around the corner as the highs for the past few days have been in the mid 80s. The winds have been mainly out of the South and blowing.

This report pertains to mid lake areas (1215, San Miguel, LaNana, Patroon and South of the Hwy. 6 Bridge).

Crappie/White Perch/Sac a lait:

Crappie fishing has been good for the most part. And the days when the skies are clear are better than overcast. Lately, everyday the wind variable is a dominant force to deal with. Brush piles are producing in 20'. The Pendleton Bridge pilings are also producing both early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Both brush piles and bridge pilings are producing fish with live shiners and tube jigs. On days where the wind blows, like we have had this past week, the crappie continue to bite into the late morning hours.

We have caught consistently on shiners on bottom and near the horizontal cross members of the bridge pilings. Another technique that produces is casting a road runner or tube jig parallel to the pilings and counting it down to 12 on a slack line then retrieving it with a slow retrieve.

Bass:

Bass are being caught deep in 15-25' on carolina rigs, slow rolling spinner baits, drop shots and jigs after the sun gets overhead. There is a shallow water bite during the early morning hours on frogs, spinner baits and flukes/senkos. Finding pockets and coves that have grass and are oriented so that wind is blowing into them has produced the best in the early morning hours. As the sun climbs, anglers have to move out deeper and target deep structure.

Previous Charter Story:

We had a group of anglers come down from Shreveport, La to fish Crappie and we did good considering the wind that we had to deal with. We started our day off at the Pendleton Bridge fishing piling in 20' using shiners. We managed to catch 30 fish there. All of good quality. After battling the wind at the bridge we moved into LaNana and fished brush piles in 20-25' using live shiners. We ended the day with 63 crappie and several nice bream. We had three of the crappie that were two pounds.

Seasonal Tips:

As summer draws near the bulk of the fish will move deep as the thermocline descends. Some fish will remain shallow all year long. And certain surface weather conditions will make the shallow water fishing better on some days than others. Such as cloudy days. On days where the skies are clear, the deep bite will prevail. Therefore to be successful anglers must prepare for both scenarios. Toledo Bend is a deep water reservoir, and in my opinion, it offers just as much deep water habitat as it does shallow. Deep structure fishing requires skills with map study and the utilization of electronics. And the technology of electronics has advanced and so has the price of these units. The use of down scan and side scan is a remarkable tool that was developed a few years ago. And most successful anglers both pros/guides and recreational have these units on their boats for a reason. It makes finding the needle in the haystack much easier.

During summer fish points, humps, ridges and deep grass lines. Use carolina rigs, 3/4 oz. jigs, jigging spoons, and deep diving crankbaits. Most anglers rely on a visual reference to fishing, and during spring and fall months this will suffice. But during summer and winter months you have to transfer your eyes from the shoreline to the screen of your electronics. It does take time to locate deep productive areas. What I like to do is the night before, I study my maps and locate and area on the lake such as San Miguel or Patroon always keeping in mind the wind direction and velocity. I look for points, ridges or deep grass lines that have creek beds near. I wont overwhelm myself with the entire lake or select too many areas. I will select 10-12 spots on the map and circle them with a pencil. The next day I will go out and locate these areas with my electronics. And use your electronics to your advantage. Remember your electronics are your eyes in summer and winter months. I use a zig zag technique with my boat and study my depth finder and gps mapping on my lowrance. If I don’t see fish or structure on the screen, I don’t fish. But when I do, I will throw a marker bouy adjacent to the area then either use a drop shot or back off and cast a carolina rig or crankbait that will reach the target depth. Fishing is all about putting a puzzle together. Some days you will strike out and some days you will reach victory. The good anglers are the ones that don’t let the unproductive days discourage them.

DON’T MISS OUT! Come join us for a rewarding day out on one of the most popular bodies of water Toledo Bend. I call it God's Country!

New Products:

If you are looking to upgrade you trolling motor. Consider the MinnKota IPilot. I have had mine for two years and it has absolutely made my fishing experiences more enjoyable. Three things I really like about this unit: 1. Spot Lock feature will hold you in one position with no input needed allowing you to fish. 2. Trail feature allows you to store a trial in the unit and it will run the trial in two directions. 3. Unlike other trolling motors that have pulleys and cables, this unit has a gear box. The benefit is when you are set on a high speed that gear box will not deviate left or right. It will remain in one direction and hold your course heading.

Acadian Charters welcomes Cat 5 spinnerbaits. This is a locally owned and operated company based out of south LA. They specialize in custom spinnerbaits. These lures are proven to catch fish. If interested in these lures, please call Stephen Landry @ 337-247-2470 or email @ slandry@rcigroup.us

Good Luck on the water and please remember be safe and courteous.

May 21, 2013 at 1:52am

Anglers of Toledo Bend,

Lake Conditions:

As of May 3, 2013 Toledo Bend’s lake level is 170.88. Generator 1 & 2 are currently shut down. Mid lake water clarity is stained to clear, and the south portion of the lake is clear. Water temperatures on the main lake are on average of 60-63 degrees with the coves and pockets averaging 63-67 degrees. And these lingering cool fronts are encroaching on May which adds the wind variable to the fishing equation. Lake wind advisories should always be respected. On the other hand, tolerable wind can improve the fishing as wind blown areas are known to scatter bait and break up the sun's penetration. This, in my experience, can make for more work for anglers but also produce better fishing.

This report pertains to mid lake areas (1215, San Miguel, LaNana, Patroon and South of the Hwy. 6 Bridge).

Crappie/White Perch/Sac a lait:

Crappie in the mid lake areas have moved deep and are being caught on brush piles and around docks in 18-20' of water. As the summer approaches these fish will move deeper and deeper as the thermocline descends. Good numbers are being caught in these areas mainly on shiners vertically fished on a tight line. Another area this is also good this time of year are submerged bridge tops in the same depth areas. In areas such as this, I like to slow reel a road runner on 8# Trilene XL line. For example, if a bridge top is in 15' of water. I have success working the edge of the bridge and making parallel casts to the guard rails on the bridge. The fish wont be everywhere on the bridge. Just like any deep water pattern, you have to find the sweet spot where the fish are holding. I will make a long cast with a 1/16 oz. road runner and on a slack line, count the lure down by a factor of 10 seconds. Then begin reeling the lure in with a slow retrieve. The strike will be light at times. It will feel like a light tap on the line, and you will have to set the hook immediately to catch these fish.

There are several brush piles, both man-made and natural, in the lake as well as bridge tops. Typically, you will have to find the brush piles with electronics. And the bridge tops can be located with maps such as HotSpot maps that can be found at most tackle shops in the area.

Bass:

The bass are very near post spawn although some are being caught shallow around timber and grass. And some are being caught deep in 15-20' of water. In the shallow areas good success are coming on ribbits, chug bugs, flukes and senkos in and around submerged grass. The ribbit bite will pick up after the frogs begin their spawn. Pepper grass can be found in the lake and this is a proven area that frogs use to spawn. Pepper grass provides dense cover and grows in shallow areas are bass take advantage of this for several reasons but mainly to forage on shad, frogs, and their young. The deeper fish are being caught on carolina rigs, jigs, and crankbaits.

Previous Charter Story:

This past charter we fished bass and due to the lingering cool fronts we had mixed results. We fished an area on the north end of the lake known as Teneha. As the spawn progresses from the North and works down the lake in a southerly direction, so does the post spawn pattern. And for this reason we focused on the North portion of the lake. The area we fished has an abundant amount of pepper grass that surrounds cypress and willow islands with a creek bed that runs through the area. The first day we had a south wind blowing with scattered clouds and a temperature of mid to upper 70s in air temps. The water temperature was stable at 68 degrees. On the first day we caught on ribbits exclusively. That night we had a cool front pass through with an adequate amount of rain. When we returned the next day, the water clarity and temperature had diminished. The water had risen 3', and the wind was blowing out of the North at 15 mph. The activity of the fish changed dramatically.

As many anglers know, shallow water patterns are greatly effected by surface conditions such as sky conditions, barometric pressures, and wind velocities. Some times you can back out and find the fish with other techniques and other times the fish get what I call post frontal lock jaw. And unfortunately this was the case. Guess that’s why its called fishing and not catching. As a guide you have be able to adapt and always have a back up plan. And that means abandoning the shallow area and going deep. We were able to back out into the creek bed and catch fish, but the numbers were not nearly as good as the day before.

Seasonal Tips:

As summer draws near the bulk of the fish will move deep as the thermocline descends. Some fish will remain shallow all year long. And certain surface weather conditions will make the shallow water fishing better on some days than others. Such as cloudy days. On days where the skies are clear, the deep bite will prevail. Therefore to be successful anglers must prepare for both scenarios. Toledo Bend is a deep water reservoir, and in my opinion, it offers just as much deep water habitat as it does shallow. Deep structure fishing requires skills with map study and the utilization of electronics. And the technology of electronics has advanced and so has the price of these units. The use of down scan and side scan is a remarkable tool that was developed a few years ago. And most successful anglers both pros/guides and recreational have these units on their boats for a reason. It makes finding the needle in the haystack much easier.

During summer fish points, humps, ridges and deep grass lines. Use carolina rigs, 3/4 oz. jigs, jigging spoons, and deep diving crankbaits. Most anglers rely on a visual reference to fishing, and during spring and fall months this will suffice. But during summer and winter months you have to transfer your eyes from the shoreline to the screen of your electronics. It does take time to locate deep productive areas. What I like to do is the night before, I study my maps and locate and area on the lake such as San Miguel or Patroon always keeping in mind the wind direction and velocity. I look for points, ridges or deep grass lines that have creek beds near. I wont overwhelm myself with the entire lake or select too many areas. I will select 10-12 spots on the map and circle them with a pencil. The next day I will go out and locate these areas with my electronics. And use your electronics to your advantage. Remember your electronics are your eyes in summer and winter months. I use a zig zag technique with my boat and study my depth finder and gps mapping on my lowrance. If I don’t see fish or structure on the screen, I don’t fish. But when I do, I will throw a marker bouy adjacent to the area then either use a drop shot or back off and cast a carolina rig or crankbait that will reach the target depth. Fishing is all about putting a puzzle together. Some days you will strike out and some days you will reach victory. The good anglers are the ones that don’t let the unproductive days discourage them.

DON’T MISS OUT! There are 4 major seasons in the year and post spawn/late spring is one of the best times to fish. Come join us for a rewarding day out on one of the most popular bodies of water Toledo Bend. I call it God's Country!

New Products:

If you are looking to upgrade you trolling motor. Consider the MinnKota IPilot. I have had mine for two years and it has absolutely made my fishing experiences more enjoyable. Three things I really like about this unit: 1. Spot Lock feature will hold you in one position with no input needed allowing you to fish. 2. Trail feature allows you to store a trial in the unit and it will run the trial in two directions. 3. Unlike other trolling motors that have pulleys and cables, this unit has a gear box. The benefit is when you are set on a high speed that gear box will not deviate left or right. It will remain in one direction and hold your course heading.

Acadian Charters welcomes Cat 5 spinnerbaits. This is a locally owned and operated company based out of south LA. They specialize in custom spinnerbaits. These lures are proven to catch fish. If interested in these lures, please call Stephen Landry @ 337-247-2470 or email @ slandry@rcigroup.us

Good Luck on the water and please remember be safe and courteous.

May 03, 2013 at 5:13pm

Anglers of Toledo Bend,

Lake Conditions:

As of April 10, 2013 Toledo Bend’s lake level is 169.52. Generator 1 & 2 are currently shut down. Mid lake water clarity is stained to clear, and the south portion of the lake is clear. Water temperatures on the main lake are on average of 60-63 degrees with the coves and pockets averaging 63-67 degrees.

Crappie/White Perch/Sac a lait:

The spawning is wrapping up for most of the lake since the last full moon phase. There are a few areas that have shallow fish. And in these areas the sac a lait can be caught using shiners under corks set at 3’ deep and road runners. The best lure, in my opinion, to locate these fish on Toledo is a road runner with a chartreuse head with a black and chartreuse curl tail grub on Trilene XL 8# line because this lure allows you to cover water more efficiently. But for most of the areas on Toledo, the fish are on the move. They are heading for deeper water. Areas to find them are bridge pilings, submerged bridges and brush piles.

Unlike bass, sac a lait are schooling fish. Typically when you find one, there are more in the area. That’s one of the good things about this species of fish. You can literally sit in one spot and limit out.

Bass:

Some bass in the mid-lake areas are guarding fry while others are on the move heading deeper and in post spawn. Good catches are coming on senkos fished weightless over grass on bright days. One thing to mention, senkos aren’t created equal. The more expensive ones such as Yamamoto senkos are softer and have a higher percentage of salt impregnated in them. I use the Yamamoto senkos exclusively. My favorite colors are green pumpkin, green pumpkin watermelon laminate and watermelon magic. Bass on the south end of the lake are still bedding and are being caught on lizards, senkos, flukes and wacky worms.

Previous Charter Story:

This past charter we fished bass and caught good numbers and quality. On one day, the weather was cloudy and windy, and we caught fish on top water chug bugs (black and silver with green mirror) and spinnerbaits (Cat 5 spinnerbaits and 3/8oz StrikeKing Burner Sexy Shad). The next day was calm with abundant sunshine and we had to fish senkos slow in the grass with Berkeley 100% Florocarbon 12 # line. The area we fished had hydrilla, pads and timber.

The morale of the story is anglers have to adapt each day, and bass are territorial fish. They group up in schools to feed, but when not feeding they like separation. Vegetation gives the angler the advantage of finding groups of fish in a particular area because the fish simply don’t see each other. Submergent and emergent vegetation offers several things to bass. 1. It offers separation. 2. It offers water clarity. 3. It offers cover for bait fish. 4. It offers warmer/cooler water temps depending on the season. 5. And lastly, it offers shade on sunny days.

Seasonal Tips:

This time of year I follow the in-between approach to find fish. If you know where they’ve been during spawning (shallow north coves and pockets) and you know where they are going (deep creek beds/points/humps) then to find them this time of the year. Angles must search in-between these two areas. This technique will eliminate tons of water. And like they say, 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water. You have to adapt and do things that are not common or familiar to stay on the fish.

As the fish move deeper they resort to their normal habits. There’s an old saying, if you want to find fish you must first find bait. I’ll add one key piece of information to that saying, find structure also. And when I say structure, I’m not implying just grass or timber. All fish use key lake features during their travels. For example, creek beds, road beds and contour lines at certain depths. Anglers must use maps with contour lines, electronics and search baits to aid locating fish once they begin moving. And adapt, adapt and adapt to changing conditions. And always read fishing reports from all guides on the lake you’re visiting.

DON’T MISS OUT! There are 4 major seasons in the year and post spawn/late spring is one of the best times to fish. Come join us for a rewarding day out on one of the most popular bodies of water Toledo Bend. I call it God's Country!

New Products:

Acadian Charters welcomes Cat 5 spinnerbaits. This is a locally owned and operated company based out of south LA. They specialize in custom spinnerbaits. These lures are proven to catch fish. If interested in these lures, please call Stephen Landry @ 337-247-2470 or email @ slandry@rcigroup.us

Good Luck on the water and please remember be safe and courteous.

Acadian Outdoor Charters
acadiancharters.com
acadiancharters@yahoo.com
337-519-2049

April 16, 2013 at 4:18pm

Anglers,

Toledo Bends lake level is 169.22' as of March 22, 2013 with no generation at the dam. The main lake is averaging 60 and pockets are consistently in the mid 60s.

Toledo Bend lunker program is predicting a record spawn for 10 pound class fish. As the program currently has 43 replicas to distribute in May, of which 23 of those 10 pound or better fish were caught after March 1. A good friend of mine landed a 12 pound fish this morning and took her to the scales earlier today.

This past charter took place March 19 & 20. The celebs in the photos were sac a lait. The other two guys were Mr. Bob Butler and Mr. Gerald Salazar. We caught 125 slabs on a variety of techniques. The prodoniment pattern was throwing road runners in 3-6' of water which had scattered timber and coontail grass. We also caught on shiners and jigs under corks. The sac a lait are shallow and biting. They dont stay long though.

Sac a lait are not like their cousins, bass, in the fact that, they dont hang around to guard the beds or fry. They move in shallow, do their thing and within a few days they move deeper. This can make for frustrating fishing. One day you will catch them to return the next to a ghost town, so to speak. My advice is to fish adjacent areas that have similar habitat. Preferably a cove or pocket that has slightly cooler water temps. For instance, when I encounter this senario, I quickly scout the south side of the tributary arm I caught them on or even move down the main lake to the next arm South of the one i had success in. Its a game of cat and mouse.

A few tips that will help this time of year.

1. start your search on the North pockets.
2. use baits that will allow you to cover water.
3. look for drains as the fish use these for travel. Ex. avg depth is 3' and the drains will be 6'. Fish the edges. and dont be afraid to fish the belly of the drain.
4. timber and grass is a must.
5. find the warmest water.
6. be persistent. you will have to cover much water before you find the right cove, but when you do. make a note of water temp, habitat and whether your catching black or white sacs. Blacks always spawn first. Therefore if your in an area where blacks are spawning you will have a few days of good fishing as the whites will move in behind the blacks.

I wish you all luck and be safe and courteous on the water.

Acadian Outdoor Charters, LLC
www.acadiancharters.com
acadiancharters@yahoo.com
337-519-2049

March 22, 2013 at 4:29pm

I have always wanted to build one of these. and i finally did. just wanted to share with fellow anglers. it cost me about $100 to make. any input to better it is welcomed.

acadian outdoor charters
www.acadiancharters.com
acadiancharters@yahoo.com
337-519-2049

February 27, 2013 at 11:20am

Anglers,

Currently the lake level is 169.29'. The SRA has generator #1 running 24 hrs/day and generator #2 shutdown. The surface water temperature is 56-59 degrees and on the rise. This upcoming week of sunshine and being after the full moon will bring it up to 58-63 in my opinion and move a mass of fish shallow. And most anglers know that slab sac a lait spawn between 60-65 degrees.

Last weeks cold front dropped the water temperature by an average of 4 degrees which halted the slabs from moving shallow. Fishing was tough in the shallows (8-10')with catches of good quality and mostly males. And we had to back out to 10-15' to find the early spawners. On the last day I looked in between the deep water and the shallow spawning areas around boat docks in 20', and found several docks that had brush around them holding females. Brush piles in this same depth range are holding fish also. This is typical this time of year for the fish to stage prior to spawning.

If your planning a trip to toledo fish boat docks with live shiners or 1/16 oz jigs (black and chartreuse or blue and white), or road runners in shallow water. But if you fish shallow its important to find grass. I have my best results with road runners (1/16 - 1/8 oz) with my favorite colore being blue and chartreuse and black and chartreuse curl tail grubs. The head color is also important. Orange, white and chartreuse. Focusing on the North coves with grass will produce the best results, and the water will be warmer as well.

Bass spawn after sac a lait and prefer 65-70 degree water temperature. I didnt fish bass this past trip up, but i heard that some are still being caught shallow on plastics, spinnerbaits and shallow diving crankbaits. There are reports that some are on beds on the south end of the lake.

If your planning a trip to Toledo Bend in the near future and want some advice, please call me.

Good Luck this Spring!

Acadian Outdoor Charters
www.acadiancharters.com
337-519-2049

February 25, 2013 at 6:06pm

Dont be the one to miss out on this action. If anyone is planning a trip, feel free to call us for advice. This is a perfect experience for your grandkids, wives, or novice anglers. Its action packed and tons of fun.

Good Luck

Acadian Outdoor Charters, LLC.
www.acadiancharters@yahoo.com
337-509-2049

January 31, 2013 at 8:47am

On our past Chicken Coop trip on Toledo we fished bass a couple afternoons. On one particular afternoon we found an area on the south end of the lake with surface water temperature at 59. This particular area was a flat with scattered grass beds in 5-8' of water.

We began the afternoon throwing spinnerbaits because of the overcast skyline but didnt have any success. After having difficulties fishing the spinnerbait in the grass, a local fisherman gave us a tip that changed our luck. He recommended us to try a red rattletrap. As many anglers know, red is a great early spring time color on toledo and rayburn. The first afternoon we caught 12 fish with 8 of the 12 being keepers.

After our next morning ended with a limit on the coop, we returned to this flat and tried our luck again. And a minor change to our presentation had dramatic results. After throwing the rattletrap and a 5-8' H2O academy bream colored crankbait, which yeilded the laregest bass; a while I changed to a red baby 1- crankbait on 12# berkley florocarbon line. The first two casts landed two quality fish. And the day ended with 21 bass with 13 of the 21 being keepers.

Although, we released all of them, putting the pattern together by making minor changes was very satisfying. The shallow diving crankbait kept the bait slightly above the grass. The warmer water temps had the bass roaming the flat to feed.

The moral of the story is water temperature dictates much in fishing this time of year. And bass love grass for several reasons.

Good Luck fishing and next time your on the water try these techniques. It worked for us.

Acadian Outdoor Charters, LLC
www.acadiancharters.com
337-519-2049

January 29, 2013 at 10:40am

Anglers,

Chicken Coop was good this past week (1/22/13 - 1/27/13). Our group caught consistent in 35-40 feet on shiners exclusively. While not everyone fishing the coop acheived limits, the fish are there in good numbers. The key is to find structure on the drop offs. If you can find that, in the right depth range, youre more likely to catch quantity and quality fish.

The heavy rains usually make deep water pattern fishing difficult, and like previous years at the chicken coop heavy rains stain the water and raise the surface temperature; but that hasn't been the case this year.

Surface temperature was 51 on Tuesday and rose to 53 on Sunday. Females were full of eggs and shows the spawn is 3-4 weeks away depending on cold fronts. Typically, surface temperature of 58 on the main lake will begin the spawning migration to areas of warmer temperature of 60-65 degrees.

The lake is 169.61 which, if the authority doesnt pull too much water from the lake, will make for a great spawning season for all species of fish on Toledo Bend.

If you're planning a trip to the Chicken Coop during the winter or to Toledo during the spawning season and want advice, please feel free to contact us.

Good Luck for the 2013 fishing season.

Acadian Outdoor Charters, LLC
acadiancharters@yahoo.com
337-519-2049

January 29, 2013 at 9:21am
A comment titled: rather be fishing...but in response to a report titled: Atchafalaya Basin

Thanks for the positive feedback. I will be doing a regular report on the Basin from now on.

Any readers that have suggestions on how to make these reports better, please comment here or send me an email.

August 28, 2013 at 5:15pm
A comment titled: summer slabs in response to a report titled: Greetings from Toledo Bend

viscious,

thanks for the comment!

yes we will. the good bite is just getting started. June, July and August are the better months. And of course moon phase plays a part. the week of the new and full moon is always the best.

June 04, 2013 at 2:58pm
A comment titled: cleaning station in response to a report titled: Fish cleaning station

viscous,

thats a great idea on the 30 gal. they also have handles for two people to carry off to the creek to dump that remains.

thanks for the tip.

February 27, 2013 at 2:03pm
A comment titled: cleaning station in response to a report titled: Fish cleaning station

cutting board,

i used it a few times now and the material i used to cover the plywood is made of fiberglass. i bought it from lowes. think its used for shower surrounds. its hard materail, easy to clean and cheap to replace but i have an extra piece of that material i use to cut on so if it gets damaged i can jus toss it out and cut out a new one. thanks for the tip.

February 27, 2013 at 1:50pm
A comment titled: cleaning station in response to a report titled: Fish cleaning station

agreed. I plan on using a 35 gal drum instead of the 5 gal bucket. but i gotta locate one first.

appreciate the comment.

February 27, 2013 at 11:51am
A comment titled: winter fishing in response to a report titled: Sac-au-lait pond fishing

Dont be discouraged by the winter months. Find the deepest spot in the pond and focus your efforts there. All fish seek deeper water in the winter months because its warmer. As the surface water cools, it forces all species of fish deeper in search of warmer water. And they typically feed on baitfish so shiners are your best option.

Good Luck.

Acadian Outdoor Charters, LLC.

January 31, 2013 at 11:44am
A comment titled: tchefunte river in response to a report titled: new to the area

Several years ago i had a friend that lived in mandeville. We fished this river for sac-a-lait and did well one afternoon. I found a spot off the river. It was an inlet canal to an area with homes. It was south of the hwy 22 bridge crossing if my memory serves me correct. It was summer and we caught near laydowns off the bank on jigs. Aside from the fishing, this is a beautiful place to fish.

Good Luck.

Acadian Outdoor Charters,LLC

January 29, 2013 at 11:06am
A comment titled: sac-a-lait for johnwayne in response to a report titled: freshwater fishing

John Wayne,

Before the rains early this month teche lake canal was beginning to pick up. Since then the locks were opened, but im sure there closed now. I always do well this time of year fishing deep (5-8') up against the locks with jigs.

I made a trip to sandy cove earlier this week and with the water being high we did well fishing around the grass beds on the North side. But be careful this shallow body of water is known for stranding boaters, as its easy to get into but difficult to leave unless you have a surface drive.

If your up for a road trip, see my report for the chicken coop on toledo bend reservoir.

Good Luck. Hope to see you on the water.

Acadian Outdoor Charters, LLC

January 29, 2013 at 9:56am
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