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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

Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing Report
August 18, 2017

As we go into the last of summer Big Sam’s lake level is about normal for this time of the year which is around 163.39'. Full pool is generally considered to be 164.4’ msl (mean sea level). If you like to fish shallow water it’s mostly about the grass because there is plenty of it, especially on the south half of the lake. Stanley Top Toad frogs are my favorite way to fish the shallow grass…..even in the middle of the day. I use 50 lb. Spider Braid when frogging.

I also am having super luck fishing a Texas rigged Havoc Bottom Hopper.

The slower you work the frog and Texas rig the more fish you will catch. I like a straight tailed worm like the Bottom Hopper as I can ease it through the grass without making a big disturbance so it looks more natural. I also like to use a 1/8 or 3/16 oz, bullet sinker which also eases through the grass. A buzz bait also is excellent in mid summer. I have caught 3-4 pound bass on a buzz bait in the middle of the day in less than two feet of water. My buzzbait skirt colors are simple…if it’s bright/sunny I use a white skirt and if it’s cloudy I go with black.

I like Norman’s Triple Wing buzzbait as it stays on top with a very slow retrieve. However, something magical happens with a buzzbait following the first cold front as bass start just hammering the bait. Always use a good trailer hook with a buzz bait.

I also like fishing the outside grass line which is from 6 to 10 feet depending on the bank I am fishing. I fish two rigs on the outside grass line with one being a wacky rigged Bottom Hopper or Senko and the other is a Texas rigged Bottom Hopper. Of course the top water patterns work well too especially at sunup and during cloudy conditions. Sam Rayburn has been an awesome place to fish the past several months as I don’t recall a trip that we didn’t catch bass.

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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