Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho) Fishing Report 08.17.12
Submitted by Bobby HenselSubmitted on 08/17/2012
Fished East Lake Toho and 4 or 5 different local lakes this week. Fishing, for the most part, remains the same. You can get an early top water bite - caught a couple of big fish on a top water frog. Once the sun comes up and the heat starts coming on, you will need to go deeper with plastic baits. The state opened the flood control structures on one lake in the Alligator chain, and I was able to pick up quite a few fish on a Carolina Rig with a 7 inch U-tailed worm. Even then, it is very difficult to get bites after 9 a.m. Best bet - get up early or stay late and look for moving water if you can find it.
Helpful hint: For more bites, try downsizing your baits. I learned this trick as a little boy, wade fishing on the local lakes. Small bass are very aggressive and alot easier to fool than the lunkers we all love to catch. Use a 7 - 7 1/2 foot spinning rod with 6 to 10 lb. fluorocarbon line and a 1/0-2/0 versus the usual 4/0-5/0 worm hook. Use as little weight as possible to be able to cast the small worms. Even a split shot 12 inches above the worm will work. Use as small a worm as what you can cast - nothing over 7 inches long, and 4 - 5 inches is prefereable. Even a 1 lb. bass on this tackle will give you a fight and put a smile on your face, especially when you're not getting bites from the big ones. In this scenario, color and type of tail do not mean as much as the size of the worm. You're fishing for the smaller bass that will just nip at the 10 inch plus magnum size worms we would normally use. Be prepared in case a big one hits this tackle. Follow her into the nearest grass pile, because that's where she's going. Just keep steady pressure on her and reach down and grab her out of the grass.
Captain Bobby Hensel
Trinity Guide Service