Joe Joslin

Rayburn's water level has been holding pretty steady and stands at 161.30' msl with one unit running at the dam five hours per day with a release of 4990 cfs (cubic ft per second) while in operation. Up until a couple of days ago, we were enjoying slightly cooler temps and a lot of clouds and thunder showers which helped to lower surface water temperatures several degrees. The water temps were down from near 90 to the lower 80s over the weekend but have rebounded somewhat Monday/Tuesday to 85-86 degrees.

Cooler temperatures did improve the fishing activity as the fish seem to be more active, especially along the edge of the main grassline in 4 to 12 feet.

Stanley Ribbit frog action improved slightly, especially with the 2-3 pound bass. We have been doing well on pumpkin red pearl with feet dyed chartreuse but also caught fish on solid white. I am fishing the Ribbit on 50 lb Spider Easy Cast. We also continue to catch bass on Stanley's Wedge Plus double willow spinnerbaits and also on their Stanley Titanium buzz baits in white, black and chartreuse skirts.

Most of the time I am also running Spider Braid on my spinnerbaits as most quality bass get the spinnerbait and try to bury in the grass. I do use a soft tip on spinnerbait rod with braid just to slow down the hook-set a fraction of a second which seems to help me get more solid hook-ups. This is especially true with buzz baits.

We are also catching bass on the outside edge of the grass which runs from 7 to 12 feet with a few of the grass lines extending out to 14-16 feet but here the grass is scattered but will hold some nice fish which have been hitting a TX rigged Berkley Power Worm (7 and 10 inch) as well as a football jig with Stanley Bug Eye, Odam and Berkley Gripper series jigs all good choices. I like a black and blue as well as a green pumpkin colored jig. I also like George Jeane Lure's grass jig in half ounce.

Crankbaits are still catching bass on Rayburn from 8 to 25 feet with a Bumble Bee, Fire Tiger/w flakes and Sexy Shad patterns are all proven colors in Norman's Deep Little N (8 to 12 feet) as well as DD22s (in 12 to 25 feet) in same colors. Abu Garcia's Revo Winch new crank bait reel sure takes most of the work out of working those big DD22s. Ratio is 5.4 :1 and action is very smooth allowing for long cast and is almost impossible to back-lash. Have a great week fishing!

Fish Species: l.m. bass
Bait Used: Berkley Power Worms, Stanley Wedge Worms, Stanley spinnerbaits
Tackle Used: Abu Garcia Revos, Fenwick and All Star rods
Method Used: Waking, slow-rolling spinnerbaits, TX rigging points
Water Depth: 6 to 28
Water Temperature: 86
Wind Direction: var
Wind Speed: 0 to 15
big bass on deep crankbaits
big bass on deep crankbaits

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Joe Joslin

About The Author: Captain 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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