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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
April 4, 2018

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. We certainly had a late spring cold front over the weekend with temperatures Monday morning in the upper 30s on my favorite fishing hole. In addition, my cell phone alarm went off early Saturday morning that we were under a tornado warning which is a scary way to be awakened in the middle of the night. However, we were glad we received the alarm.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level early this week stood at 172.4’ with both generators running24/7 and at the emergency spillway 11 gates were open 1 foot each. Water temperatures had fallen some with the cold nights and were running from 62-64 degrees. North Toledo is heavily stained, mid lake is stained in back of feeder creeks but clearer closer to the main lake. South Toledo has some area that’s clear but there are other areas that are off colored like Six Mile/Sandy, Mill Creek and Housen Bay.

FISHING REPORT/BASS: With the lake rising two (plus) feet early last week and then falling a foot this week the bass are definitely scattered. I did notice a pattern last week prior to the last front that when someone in the boat would catch a bass there was usually another bass or two close by. So every time someone in the boat would catch a fish I would hit the “spot lock/anchor” button on my Ultrex and we would fish that area thoroughly. Often we would catch another bass.

We continue to fish the basics these days using a Stanley Wedge 3/8 oz. double willow spinnerbait working wind-blown points. We also continue to use Berkley’s Havoc Bottom Hopper in green pumpkin, shady watermelon candy and June Bug. In addition, we continue to fish them super slowly with 2-3 pauses per cast. There have been several days that the bass would only hit the Bottom Hopper during the pause or when it was sitting still. The pros call this technique ‘Dead Sticking.’ This would explain why we anglers catch so many bass while pulling out a back lash as the bait had been sitting on the bottom for as long as 15-20 seconds.

I think this is one reason that ladies oftentimes are better worm anglers than guys as they fish a worm much more slowly than we males. Another thing we were doing differently this past week was we were fishing more behind the hay grass as well as in front of it. Since I was in the front of the boat I would fish on the outside of the hay grass and clients would fish behind it.

Another thing I had clients doing was to cast behind the hay grass and then work the Texas rig up to the inside edge of the hay grass and lift the Texas rig and let it fall back and doing that several times before making another cast. Most of the bass we caught came from inside edge of grass by lifting the worm and letting it fall back. We would do that 4-5 times before moving on.

We continue to use wacky rigs both the Bottom Hooper (inserting a 1 inch paneling nail to head of BH) as well as using Senkos weightless. We also use Senkos weightless but Texas rig it with no weight and burying the hook in the Senko which allows the angler to throw the bait into shoreline grass without getting hung up like a wacky rig. I use a 3/0 wide gap Berkley Fusion hook when fishing Senkos Texas weightless.

CRAPPIE: Crappie guide, Jack Adams, says if the wind would calm down a couple of days the crappie would ‘light it up’ on his brush piles. The wind has been so bad the last 10 days it has been impossible to get a large pontoon rig out on the lake. However, we are just a few weeks from some of the best white perch fishing of the year. May and June are awesome months to catch crappie on brush.

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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