Joe Joslin

Hello, Anglers. I think we can say summer 2009 is finially in the rear view mirror though we will have a some warm days along the way. On Rayburn the surface water temps are falling slightly and are running 75 to 77 degrees which is super from my way of thinking. Fishing pressure on Big Sam may be slightly lighter this week as a number of the Rayburn regulars will be at Cedar Creek Lake, southeast of Dallas, fishing the Championship of 2009 Bass Champ while others may be fishing the Professional Anglers Assoc (PAA) Tournament on Toledo (Fin and Feather Resort) next weekend (October 8,9,10).

Rayburn is over 5 feet low and stands at 150.3 feet with full pool being 164.4 feet msl. Cooler water temps have improved the shallow bite with Stanley's WedgePlus Series spinnerbait one of my current favorites in white/chartreuse with double willowleaf blades (one nickle and one copper). Topwater plugs are also getting attacked with Pop Rs, Chug Bugs, Frenzy Poppers and Yellow Magic all excellent topwater tools. We have lost some big bass with them getting back down in the grass before we could turn them. I have moved to 20 Big Game as well as 50 lb braid (Spider Easy Cast) in order to keep the fish's head up and the fish moving.

The frog bite has also been very good at time with a Ribbit in green pumpkin and water melon and red melon top colors. Berkley's Power Worms in 7 and 10 inches are catching bass when worked on the outside edges of grass from 6 to 14 feet. Ditches and drains also are holding bass as the baitfish are moving up these as water temp are falling and bass are moving with them. We are working these at times with 3/4 and 1/2 ounce Jigs as well as pegged Tx rigged Power worms. Watermelon candy and green pumpkin both have been good for us and also plumb under bright conditions.

The Canyon and Black Forest have fish and 12 to 25 feet depths have been producing with DD22s, DLNs as well as Carolina and TX rigged 10 inch Power Worms and Trick Worms. There have been some decent schooling off the river south of the bridge (Highway 147) and will hit Rat-L-Traps, Knock Offs(Tailspinner by Norman) and jigging spoon.

Fish Species: l.m. bass
Bait Used:
Tackle Used: Revo Reels, fenwick and Allstar rods, Stanley spinnerbaits and ribbits, Berkley
Method Used: Spinnerbaits and Ribbit frogs over the grass, mTX rigs on outside edge of grass
Water Depth:
Water Temperature: 77
Wind Direction:
Wind Speed:
a great TX rigged largemouth
a great TX rigged largemouth

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Joe Joslin

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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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