Springtime fishing on Caddo usually involves soft plastics on the trees
for spawning bass such as texas rigged weightless flukes, senkos, and
lizards up shallow 3 ft. or less. I like colors such as wat/red, junebug,
black/blue, black/red. This is also the best time of the year for the chance
at a trophy. I also like to throw big worms on the trees in 3-6 ft. of
water. A 8.5 or 10 inch V&M Wild Thang texas rigged using a 1/4 to 1/2 oz
weight using the same colors as mentioned above is a good way to pick off
those trophies in the Spring.
Other good ways of catching Springtime bass are dark colored swim jigs,
chatterbaits, and swim baits around the base of the trees and clumps of
grass or pads.
Summer (June - Sept)
Summertime fishing on Caddo Lake usually involves fishing more soft
plastics like 6-8 inch straight tailed texas rigged worms with a 1/16 to 1/8
oz. weight and texas rigged weightless flukes and senkos. Fish these soft
plastics along the creek and bayou vegetation edges. Colors of most any
watermelon shade, junebug, and sprayed grass colors work well here. Frog
fishing over and through the grass and pads on the main lake work well in
the Summer months also. You can fish either a swimming frog like a V&M Bayou
Bullfrog texas rigged or a hollow body type frog worked slower in the
vegetation or trees that sit in vegetation. I like to use a dark colored
frog early or late and on cloudy days and a lighter color on bright days.
This is the time of year that bass are ganging up and feeding heavy on
shad for the upcoming winter. Many of the fish caught this time of the year
are of quality size. A large variety of lures work here. A-rigs, flukes,
spinnerbaits, topwaters, and lipless crankbaits can all catch some nice
stringers of bass in the fall. I usually stick with lighter colors like
white, shad patterns, and houdini. Both the main lake and creeks can hold
these schools of bass in the fall. Many times after the weather has become
very cold and the water temps are dropping fast is when you can really catch
some nice bass on Caddo. Once a group of bass has been located they will
usually stay put or somewhere close throughout the fall. This is my favorite
time of the year to catch crappie also.
Winter fishing can produce trophy sized bass but is usually not good for
numbers. I continue using the same tackle and fish the same areas as in the
fall until that bite stops. I then usually begin throwing a 1/2 oz jig to
the base of the cypress trees in colors of bl/blue, bl/brown/amber, or
black/chart. Fish the trees that still have hydrilla or coontail grass
around them which may or may not be visible. Many times the black coot birds
staying in an area will indicate grassy areas.
Remember: These are general guidelines and not always a
definite. Rainy seasons, cold fronts, and unseasonal weather patterns can
all change the fishing from season to season.
6-12-14...5 largest today
went 41.34 lb. The 2 largest went over 10 1/2 lb each.
Fishing Guide in a Box
Picture of the Caddo Lake
Record Bass being released back into the lake on 4-14-10.
thumbnail to enlarge.
Here we are getting one last
look at the lake record bass(16.17 lb.) before being released back into
to see the V&M and Cyclone line of baits.