Joe Joslin


The Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers are both giving up some fish but local fisherman are having to work a little harder. Recent rains have put a small rise in the rivers but they should be slowly dropping with no additional heavy rains, according to river angler, Travis Merritt. Merritt suggest anglers back off the banks a little using deep diving crankbaits to cover water and locate fish. Look for clearer water on both the Calcasieu and Sabine with the west fork of the Calcasieu and the Louisiana side of the Sabine recommended starting areas.

Soft plastics are good follow-up baits to the crankbait once anglers have caught a few in one area. The next river tournament is scheduled for February 9 on the Calcasieu River at Ward 8 Park. Tournament organizer, Travis Merritt, says anglers may pre-register at Lake Charles Tackle or Gulf Coast Tackle. For more info contact Merritt at

Fish Species: bass
Bait Used: three eighths ounce Stanley Spinnerbait, Carolina Rigged Berkley Wack Crawler, m
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Water Depth: 2 to 10
Water Temperature: 55
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Joe Joslin

About The Author: Captain Joe Joslin

Company: joe joslin outdoors

Area Reporting: South Toledo Bend

Bio: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor writer and writes for several Louisiana newspapers and numerous magazines including Texas Game and Fish, Louisiana Game and Fish, CenLa Sportsman, Louisiana Sportsman and LakeCaster. Joe has been fishing Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn for 25+ years and is a frequent tournament angler. Joe has been a full time pro guide on Toledo Bend/Sam Rayburn since 1998.Joe Joslin Outdoors Fishing Guide Service Wholesome atmosphere * Safety minded * Latest equipment, featuring 21i Class Skeeter with 300 hp Yamaha HPDI * Tackle supplied upon request * References available upon request * Available Year-Round. E-Mail Joe at

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