Toledo Bend, Louisiana/Texas

Toledo Bend, Louisiana/Texas

Bassmaster Elite pro and 2012 Angler of the Year Brent Chapman is a Kansas City native, I was a little surprised when he picked Toledo Bend. I had to ask why? "If you want to catch big bass, go where big bass live. Toledo Bend is producing more 10-pound-plus bass than any lake in the country right now," responded the successful pro. "Summer on 'The Bend' is only tough on anglers. The bass' metabolic engine is running wide open, and they need fuel. They are bunched up, and when you find them you can catch a fish every cast." Chapman shared four simple steps to turn the dog days into hog days.

Step 1: Find the thermocline. Any LCD depth finder will show you the thermocline. Just crank up the sensitivity until you see a faint horizontal line on the screen. Bass will be at or slightly above the thermocline. It will probably somewhere around 25 feet plus or minus a few feet.

Step 2: Find likely bass-holding structure that intersects the thermocline. Use your map to locate good structure—sharp drops, underwater islands, road beds, creek channels that intersect the depth of the thermocline or rise several feet above it. Use your eyes, maps, and side scan to locate timber rising from the bottom several feet above the thermocline. You have just identified the areas where bass are likely to be.Toledo Bend, Louisiana/Texas; July-August

Step 3: Find the bass. Use your side scan/down scan to idle the prime real estate to find bunches of bass. "If you mark fish, they're there. If you don't see fish, don't stop," advised Chapman. " Cover water!"


Step 4: Catch them. Chapman starts with a deep-diving crankbait. It will catch fish, it will catch big fish, and it will often fire up a school. If the crankbait doesn't draw bass, Chapman tries a 5 inch flutter spoon. When he gets a school fired up, he cleans up with a football jig or 10 inch worm. Green pumpkin and plumb are good worm colors, but Chapman considers action much more important than color.


[navionics zoom="7" long="-93.7" lat="31.6"]


Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

These secrets will put more and bigger bass in your boat! Bass

Topwater Lure Secrets for Bass

Jim Edlund - April 26, 2018

These secrets will put more and bigger bass in your boat!

Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, the Costa Baffin's are a must-have for any serious angler. Accessories

Costa Baffin Sunglasses Review

Chris Schneider - April 26, 2019

Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, the Costa Baffin's are a must-have for any serious...

Across the Walleye Belt, early spring is prime time to tap some of the year's best bites. Walleye

Spring is Prime Time for River Walleyes

Dan Johnson - February 22, 2018

Across the Walleye Belt, early spring is prime time to tap some of the year's best bites.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

New Abu Garcia Baitcasting Reels

New Abu Garcia Baitcasting Reels

In the booth of one of fishing's all-time great reel makers, Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead and Andrew Wheeler of Pure Fishing discuss one of the brand new baitcasting reels from Abu Garcia being released at ICAST 2019.

Trailer Bass

Trailer Bass

Doug Stange introduces us to some terrific jig trailer lures for largemouth bass.

Mustad

Mustad's Saltwater Jig Lineup

Russ Whisler shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the innovative features and great color schemes in Mustad's voluminous lineup of saltwater jigs introduced at ICAST 2019.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Now more than ever, understanding each category's strong suits is critical to choosing a powerplant that best fits your personal needs and preferences. Boats & Motors

2- Vs. 4-Cycle Outboard Motors

Dan Johnson - April 16, 2018

Now more than ever, understanding each category's strong suits is critical to choosing a...

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and other Catfish

Catfish Pole Rigs

Richard Peterson with In-Fisherman - April 28, 2016

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and...

Catfish are among the most popular groups of fish with over 7 million catfish anglers nationwide. Catfish

All About Catfish

Rob Neumann

Catfish are among the most popular groups of fish with over 7 million catfish anglers...

See More Stories

More Bass

Steve Quinn talks new softbaits for bass from Berkley. Bass

Sensational New Softbaits for Bass

Steve Quinn - April 22, 2019

Steve Quinn talks new softbaits for bass from Berkley.

This technique can be magical under the right conditions. Bass

Rippin' Raps for Smallmouths in Cold Water

Doug Stange

This technique can be magical under the right conditions.

The bass' large mouth is ideal for feeding on preyfish and other aquatic creatures that live throughout the water column. Bass

The Critter Connection to Largemouth Bass

Steve Quinn - August 28, 2019

The bass' large mouth is ideal for feeding on preyfish and other aquatic creatures that live...

See More Bass

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×