Joe Joslin

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level at mid week was 168.85 feet msl with one generator running 2 hrs daily from 7 to 9 p.m. Surface water temperatures are running from 58 to 63 degrees with the north end of the lake having stained conditions with mid lake having slightly stained with some clear areas while south Toledo remains clear to very clear. Major drains and feeder creeks are stained to very stained.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Fishing remains good to excellent with winds being the major factor. Bass are shallow and will bite most days if winds allow you to get to the fish and also allow anglers to make a presentation with the bait which seems natural to the bass.

Some days last week the fish wanted a slow moving plastic but about all you could present in 25 mph winds was a Stanley spinnerbait, lipless crankbaits or medium Texas or Carolina rig. We did catch several bass on spinnerbaits and some on Rat-L-Traps but also on lizards (Berkley Power Lizards and Zoom) in black/blue tail and green pumpkin. When winds allowed, we also caught bass on wacky rigged Berkley Wacky Crawlers and Senkos in watermelon and green pumpkin.

Top water presentations are just beginning to work, especially after 2-3 days of warm-ups. Another very productive pattern has been to rig a weightless TX rigged lizard, Berkley Sinking Minnow, Senko, Power Jerk Shad or similar soft plastic and work it slowly over shallow grass. This pattern can be outstanding but needs little or no wind to be productive.

Fish Species: l.m. bass
Bait Used: Stanley Icon 3/ double wilowleaf, Berkley Wacky Crawler, Norman Baby N, Sinking
Tackle Used: Fenwick Techna spinning rod/7' 0
Method Used: Gulp! Sinking Minnows weightless over grass, Carolina rigged lizard on lutside of grass line, spinnerbaits over and along grass.
Water Depth: 2 to 12
Water Temperature: 58 to 63
Wind Direction: s
Wind Speed: 10 to 25
South Toledo neighbor and brother n law, Coy Walters, with a huge 12.2 pound Toledo Bend trophy that hit  wacky worm in south Toledo's Mill Creek.
South Toledo neighbor and brother n law, Coy Walters, with a huge 12.2 pound Toledo Bend trophy that hit wacky worm 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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