Crappie Fishing Tips for theToledo Bend Lake Area

By: Daniel Eggertsen

When it comes to crappie fishing, Toledo Bend Lake, Crappie fishing requires only a little knowledge and a few tips to maximize your catch! This reservoir is well known for its great crappie fishing.

It is located on the Sabine River, which falls in Sabine, Newton, and Shelby counties, and falls on the Louisiana-Texas line. It does not matter if you are a resident of Texas or Louisiana, as long as you hold a valid fishing license from either state or are exempt because of age, you are allowed to fish legally on either side of the lake.

There are a few state specific regulations for crappie fishing in Lake Toledo Bend, though. In the Texas side of the lake, the daily fishing limit is fifty black or white crappie, or any combination of both. You can have no more than fifty crappie in your possession. There is a minimum length of ten inches each for crappie if you are fishing anywhere from March to November, but the months of December through February, there is no minimum length for crappie and all of them caught must be kept.

If, however, you are fishing for crappie on the lake with a Louisiana license, the regulations will differ. It is important to remember that if you are in possession of fish on the Texas side of the lake, no matter which state license you hold, your catch much conform to Texas regulations no matter on which side the fish were caught.

When fishing for crappie on Lake Toledo Bend, you will find the fishing good year round, but for peak times, are always during the spawn, which occurs during the spring. During this time of year, pay special attention to the shallows where there are plenty of brushy vegetated areas. Jigs and minnows will be great choices for bait during this time.

At other times of the year, before or after spawning, pay close attention to deeper water areas that offer lots of brushy areas in which the crappie can shelter and feed. Look also near creek channels.

As always, the time of year in which you are fishing will determine so much about how and where you fish. The following break down of seasonal differences in where you will be able to locate the prime crappie rich areas on Toledo Bend Lake will help you maximize your catch potential.

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