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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
for
August 14, 2014

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Aug 12 at 8:43 AM

Memo: Lake Charles angler, Mike Collins, caught a 10.31 pound Toledo Bend trophy a couple of weeks ago.

Hello, Anglers. Summer is still here, huh? It is suppose to be in the lower 90s from mid-week on to the weekend before it moves back up to upper 90s. Boat traffic has slowed some as school is starting in several school systems and families are wrapping up vacations. The full moon phase this past week had more anglers switching from the hot, daylight hours to the cooler, night-time fishing patterns. I normally use the Texas Public Boat Ramp just above the dam on the Texas and just up Highway 255 about a half mile. On a night with a big moon the boat ramp can be almost deserted until just before sundown but then boats will start rolling in as night fishermen start showing up.

Speaking of a big moon, The Super-moon of 2014 was Sunday night August 10 which was the biggest moon of the year.

The full moon Sunday coincided with the moon's closest approach to the Earth during the month or perigee. When a full moon and perigee occur at the same time, moon watchers such as writer Joe DeBurro call it a super-moon and sometimes a super full moon, which is what we had Sunday night. That may be more than you wanted to know about a super moon but it sure was bright and beautiful.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level at mid week was 171.3 with both generators running from 1 to 6 p.m. That's the most generating that has been done in the past several weeks. North Toledo is stained, mid lake is mostly clear while south Toledo is clear to very clear. Some areas on south Toledo has visibility from 6 to 10 feet with lots of hydrilla growing in depths of 18 to 24 feet. Water temperatures are running from 88 to 91 degrees.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Night fishermen's trucks/boat trailers took up more room at my home boat launch than daylight anglers the past 5-7 days. Daytime temps did come back up closer to normal with mid 90s fairly common. However, weather forecasts are saying we will have a few night time temps in the upper 60s this week. Hopefully these cooler trends will keep us from seeing triple digits this summer.

The topwater bite continues to be strong and has been decent the past month as schooling bass have been better than the past few years. I don't know why other than we do have a full lake of water and there are tons (literally) of shad. The places I am finding the schooling bass are also packed with shad. I have even seen hand sized bream schooling and caught some on a topwater bait with feathered tail.

I am using shad patterns on my topwater baits and they also need to be heavy enough to throw them along way. Schooling bass are notorious about coming up just a few feet further than you can show. I basically have three schooling bass rods rigged up. I have a stick/walking bait, a popper (Norman Pro Pop and Yellow Magic) and a medium-sized jigging spoon. I have my stick bait rigged on a Revo SX baitcast and 7'3" medium action Veritas(Abu Garcia) rod with 12 lb Trilene Big Game or 30 pound Spiderwire line. I can throw this rig a very long way.

The poppers I throw on a Revo SX Spinning reel, 7' medium action Veritas rod and 10 lb Big Game. I have this rig for schooling bass that come up closer to the boat. My last rig is the jigging spoon which I usually also throw on a spinning rig (Abu Garcia Ora series) and 7' medium action Fenwick HMG spinning rod. I can throw this rig further than any of the others and catch a lot of schooling bass on it simply because I can get it in the school from great distances.

Other than schooling patterns the Carolina rig is catching bass in the 18 to 28 feet depths with our two best soft plastics being Berkley Chigger Craws and Speed Craws. Right now the watermelon colors are working. Our drop shot rigs are also catching bass. I love a drop shot! I am using 8 lb 100% Berkley Trilene Pro Grade Fluorocarbon, #1 XPoint wide-gape high carbon hook. Our sinkers are running from 1/8 oz to 1/4 oz depending on how much wind and how deep.

Our bait is a 4.75 and 6.25 inch Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper. We have been fishing these from 18 to 30 feet.

Deep Diving crank baits are also catching suspending bass with both the new NXS and the standard, the DD22. Shad patterns are working as bass are mostly feeding on shad all over the lake.

CRAPPEI/YELLOW BASS: There's a decent number of yellow bass all along major creeks and can be found in water depths of 25 to 35 feet. Jigging spoons and tailspinners are working on yellow bass. Some are on the bottom as well as suspended over deeper water. The crappie are still pretty tough to catch but some are being caught early morning, late afternoon and at night over brush in 20 to 28 feet with live shiners.

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