As of October 4, 2010 the lake level at Toledo Bend is 164.6 which places the lake approximately seven feet and 4 inches below full pool. The lake is at the current level due to scheduled maintenance and repair work on the dam face. Please be very cautious in navigating around the lake, even in some of the boat lanes. However, the fish are biting exceptionally well with many different patterns and techniques working. You can literally catch them anywhere from the bank to about twenty feet deep. I have been starting each morning by throwing either a crank bait or a spinner bait down the outside grass edge. Some places the outer edge is eight or nine feet deep while in others it is three or four feet deep. I have been throwing either a Strike King series three or five in sexy shad and a DD 14 in one of the shad variations on a PGC-170-7’0” with twelve pound line. The spinner bait bite is really starting to pick up with the cooler temperatures we have experienced in the past couple of days. I generally use a ½ oz. double willow with either a solid white or a chartreuse and white skirt with a PG-104-7’6”. If the moving baits do not work for you, try a Texas Rigged worm in the same places. Generally I use a PG-144-7’0” with fifteen pound line and a ¼ oz. weight for the Texas Rig. Multiple worms and colors seem to be equally effective at this time so just pick your favorite worm in some kind of green or red color and go fishing. There is also a pretty good flipping bite and a frog bite seems to be developing. Try concentrating on the deeper grass edges for the flipping bite. I have been having quite a bit of success flipping Power Tackle’s new Lateral Perch 3/4 oz and 1 oz in the seven to nine foot grass edges. Jigs such as Strike King’s one ounce Hack Attack are also effective. I always use at least fifty pound braid on either a PG-104.5-7'6" or a PG-105-7'6" when flipping and pitching in the grass.
Good luck on the lake,