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Fishing on Toledo Bend Lake

Joe Joslin has been fishing Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn for 25+ years and 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. Visit Joe's website at Joe Joslin Outdoors E-Mail Joe at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
January 22, 2017


BOAT FOR SELL IN JUNE: I have had several inquires about my SKEETER 21 FX(2016). It will be sold in June. The boat was purchased Mid March 2016 and is under warranty and 250 SHO YAMAHA has factory warranty until 2021. A 10% deposit will hold till June. Sticker $88K.....Price $57,800.

Hello, fellow anglers and outdoor lovers. It was great seeing many of you at the boat show last weekend at the Lake Charles Civic Center. It’s always a time of meeting new people, making new friends and renewing friendships who love the outdoors just like I do so we have so much in common. I’ve never been ripped off by anglers. I’ve said this before in this column but it bears repeating……I’ve taken checks from anglers for 20 years and I’ve never had one to not clear the bank. Let’s hear it for fishermen!!

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake has been stable for the past several weeks and at midweek stood at 168.1 with minimal generating at the dam and all spillway gates have been closed. North Toledo is stained, mid lake is slightly stained-to-clear and south Toledo is clear. We are finding some grass and even some hydrilla so we are hopeful. I found some as deep as 12 feet. I’m hoping by mid- April we will have meaningful amounts of grass, milfoil and hydrilla.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Since we have had numerous warm days in a row the bass are definitely trending shallow. Its going to be interesting as far as the spawn unless we get a break in the weather. There is a cool front coming the next 7-10 days to get night-time lows back down in the 40s. Two weeks ago we were catching fish as deep as 35 feet and water temps were in low 50s but they have climbed up to 60-62 degrees in coves and 58-59 on main lake.

We are catching a lot of fish shallow but I don’t yet see a large migration of male bass to backs of creeks/ditches. With present weather that could happen any day. I am finding bass that are moving back in the drains and creeks but they are not all the way back. Look for secondary points on banks of ditches/drains/creeks as well as use electronics to locate creeks/ditches and fish outside bends as well as when creek/ditches come close to shoreline. Fish these with Stanley Bug Eye football jigs in ½ oz. with a Berkley Chigger Craw or Havoc Boss Dog (lizard) as trailer. I am biting off an inch or so off the Boss Dog. We are using natural colors in the clear water such as watermelon, green pumpkin and w.m. red.

Wacky rigs and Texas weightless/weedless are also producing lots of action. I use spinning tackle for wacky patterns using a Revo S30 spinning reel(sweet) and a 7’ Fenwick Techna medium action spinning rod. This rod is over 10 years old and for me that is old. It’s my favorite wacky rod. There’s no telling how many “wacky” bass I have caught on that rod. On the Texas weightless pattern we are using Havoc Flat Dawgs, Berkley Jerk Shad and Senkos and using 12-15 lb. test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line with a baitcast reel and medium heavy action Abu Garcia Veritas 7’6” rod.

This allows me to be able to make long casts which is helpful using this pattern. On this pattern(Texas Weightless) you bury the hook in the soft plasic while on the wacky you hook the bait horizontally in the middle of the bait leaving the hook exposed. That’s why you can use a medium action for the wacky as hook is exposed and medium heavy for Texas weightless since the hook is buried and you have to pull the hook through the plastic and into the fish’s mouth.

CRAPPIE/WHITE BASS/YELLOW BASS: Crappie guide, Jack Adams, said Monday night that nothing was happening on the crappie scene. The warm weather completely shut the Chicken Coop down just as it was showing a little promise last week. White bass are migrating north and will be in massive numbers as they begin their spawn in the next few weeks. I would contact Greg Craft if you wanted a white bass trip. He can be contacted at Huxley Bay Marina. Yellow bass are spawning on areas with deep hard bottom from 25 to 35 feet and can be caught with tailspinners such as little George and Road Runners in shad patterns as well as spoons.

Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines plus is a pro guide on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com, 337-463-3848/409-565-1288 and website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.

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