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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
November 6, 2018
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Fall took it’s on sweet time but it is finally here. Loons, coots, ducks of all kinds are flying over my favorite fishing hole. Before the last front hit there were several groups of teal flying over The Bend. I say one group that had 30-40 teal in it. They were beautiful birds and you have to be a good shot to hit a fast flying teal. I’m encouraged on another front….hydrilla is definitely coming back on Toledo but more about that later.
LAKE CONDITIONS: Toledo’s level midweek was 168.58 being 3.42 ft. below full pool of 172’ mean sea level. One of the two generators has been running 24/7 for at least a week. Water temperature is running from 66 to 68 degrees with north Toledo stained plus mid-lake is slightly stained, south Toledo is clear but some stained conditions in the back of Indian and Buck Creeks and also in the back of Mill and Clear creek.
There are also stained conditions in the back of Six Mile, Sandy Creeks as well in the back of Housen. On blue bird days (bright with no clouds) I often look for stained conditions either that or fish deeper.
BASS REPORT: More and more bass and shad are migrating to the back of creeks, not necessarily the very back of major creeks but at least the back 1/3 or 1/4 of primary creeks. We are fishing for them there with deep diving crankbaits, Texas rigged 10 inch Berkley Power Worm in plum or black with blue fluorescent tail, Carolina rigged Havoc Craw Fatty in green pumpkin plus C rigging a Berkley Boss Dog which is a great soft plastic for quality bass. It resembles a water dog which is basically a water lizard color wise I like which I like green pumpkin and watermelon but the watermelon also has black flake. Of course we continue to use drop shot in 20 to 30 feet depths.
The first hour or two in the mornings I continue to fish shallow from 2 to 8 feet with wacky rigged The General, Texas rigged Bottom Hopper in watermelon party and when it gets bright we go to Baby Bass. In less than 10 feet with minimal winds and grass I fish a 1/16th, 1/8th or 3/16 black bullet sinker and 3/0 off set fusion worm hook. On Carolina rigs I fish from 10 to 30 feet and fish slow with lots of long pauses.
CRAPPIE REPORT: Crappie guide, George Jeane, continues to catch nice crappie with his guests and several of them approaching 2 lbs. I called him today on the lake and he had a half or more ice chest full of crappie. They are hitting live shiners fished vertically in 18 to 30 feet over his man made brush piles.
Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 337-463-3848/409-565-1288. Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Check out his website at www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.
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