Joe Joslin

Hello, Anglers. No doubt, the drought is history with area lakes and rivers filled to the brim, and in some cases, over the brim. We had a fun week last week on Toledo, even with the wind. Check out the fishing reports to see our patterns and baits. Skeeter Performance Boat's Bass Champ team tournament returns to The Bend on Saturday. I will have to sit this one out due to the new, no guide/30 day rule that was implemented for this season. My tournament partner, Tom Barrett of Sulphur, will represent us in the event. Good luck to Tom and all other area anglers who will fish the tournament.

Tournament anglers, and anglers in general, will have plenty of options as the fish are on several patterns with plenty of water to move into. Bass Champs is one of the most successful team circuits on Rayburn and Toledo for the past 8-10 years averaging close to 250 teams per event. Chad Potts, tournament director, and crew run a super event with Saturday's headquarters at Toledo's Cypress Bend Resort.

LAKE CONDITIONS: At mid-week the lake level was just over 172 feet and could go higher with 5 inches of rain having fell over most of the watershed. 172' msl is considered full pool on Toledo. Water temperatures are in the lower 70s with stained/muddy conditions on the northern part off the lake. Mid lake is slightly stained-to-stained and south Toledo is mostly clear. All major feeder creeks are stained-to-muddy in the back portions with clearer conditions as you get closer to main lake.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: We had some more great trips this week with lots of action on multiple patterns with others showing promise. On windy days, and we had several, our go-to pattern was to go back to basics with a Texas rig. The Texas rig accounted for over half of our bass this week. Our successful soft plastics included Berkley's 5 and 7 inch Wacky Crawlers as well inch Power Shaky Worms and 7 inch Trick Worms. On cloudy days we had success on watermelon red, green pumpkin and w.m.candy. W.m. candy worked also on bright days as did watermelon and w.m. seed. We also used these mentioned as well as Berkley Jerk Shad, Flukes and Baby Brush Hogs on Carolina rigs.

We targeted points with Texas and Carolina rigs from 8 to 25 feet as well as humps and ridges. Some of the deeper ridges on the south end have a little hydrilla on them and many of the shallow ridges do. We have had good luck catching a few quality bass on this structure 'rigging' as well as throwing a DD22 crankbait. Another quality bass pattern is the new water on top of grass has improved top water and plastic frog (Stanley Ribbit and Berkley Batwing) patterns. "Walking the Dog" topwater baits are also starting to draw a few bug bass.

Also, deeper points are holding some bass, both largemouth and spotted bass (Kentucky) and we have been catching these on both TX as well as drop shot. 22-28 feet have been the most consistent depths.

CRAPPIE: Charles (Butch) Perrodin, the new crappie guide I listed last week, is still on the fish. He reports "The fishing has been pretty good when the wind will cooperate with trips from 54 to 70 fish". Perrodin is fishing from 12-18 feet over branches and made-made brush piles with live shiners. A few still have roe (eggs) but most now do not and they seem to be moving slightly to more shallow water. He also says that the time of day does not seem to matter but wind conditions can make it real difficult to see/feel the bite as some are light strikes. Other crappie anglers are starting to catch them with jigs on the outside grass lines from 10-15 feet.

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or and WEBSITE

Fish Species: l.m. bass
Bait Used: Berkley Wacky Crawler and Shaky Worm, Trick Worm, Stanley Ribbit Frog
Tackle Used: Revo Reels, Fenwick and allStar Rods, Berkley 100% Flourocarbon line
Method Used: Texas rigging on main lake points, working Ribbits on shoreline grass
Water Depth: 5 to 20
Water Temperature: 73
Wind Direction: s
Wind Speed: 25
Brandy and Ken Patterson with 40 of 40 crappie taken from their dock on south Toledo Bend
Brandy and Ken Patterson with 40 of 40 crappie taken from their dock on south Toledo Bend

Mike Hamilton, Lafayette, LA angler, with a huge lunker caught in south Toledo's Mill Creek
Mike Hamilton, Lafayette, LA angler, with a huge lunker caught in south Toledo's Mill Creek

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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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