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March 02, 2021 Toledo Bend Fishing Report
Hello anglers and outdoors addicts. We finally are on the big thawing out as the day time temps are now in the
low 70s. SRA (Sabine River Authority) says the lake level was 169.26 MSL (mean sea level) and one of the 2
units are running 24/7. At the emergency spillway all gates are closed with the surface temps to lower than 53
degrees Fahrenheit. However, we misread the spawning periods. Normally we have a spawn starting late
February but not this year. It could be early or late March. However, we are back to our Texas rigs, Jigging
spoons, drop shot and Carolina rigs.
The lake level is murky on the north end, mid lake has some stained issues and on the south end very clear.
That’s why stained/murky issues heat up prior to very clear issues. The stained issues have more to heat up.
That’s why the North end of Toledo Bend heats up quicker than the south end. The spawn normally starts on
the north end and work’s south. I normally start in Housen Bay and work south to 6- Mile, Mill Creek, plus
Indian Creek and Buck Creek, weather permitting. Some of the worst north winds are coming out around
Texas Islands headed to Mill Creek.
On our drop-shot rigs I like a 2-foot tag with an attached Ike’s Morning Dawn. Ike’s Morning Dawn is a very
special color…the bass can’t seem to let it alone. I’m not sure they make the bait now but I have enough for a
couple of seasons. It’s a Berkley Bottom Hopper in 6.25 inchs and I would describe it as pink.
On our Texas rigs we use 17-pound test, 100% Berkley Fluorocarbon with a 3/16 ounce black sinker and a wide
gap 3/0 hook. We fish this in 8 to 14 feet with a Bottom Hopper and June Bug Trick worm in Candy Bug. We
continue to catch bass on a wacky rig either a Senko wacky rig in watermelon blue flake or mad melon. Also,
The General in green pumpkin or green pumpkin party. The only thing we are using for weight on the wacky is
a 3/0 Aberdeen worm hook. We fish these over rocks along the right side of the dam in 6 to 8 feet.
On our drop shot and spoons we fish the same depth with 25 to 40 feet. However, we have caught bass as
deep as 55 feet on a spoon. We have found a new spoon, the War Eagle, weighing in at 7/8 ounce which we
work on tops/drops from 28-35 feet.
CRAPPIE REPORT I talked to crappie guide Tater Reynold over the weekend. They are catching crappie in
very shallow water (4-6) feet with most hitting a Road Runner. Once they find them they can rig them on with
a cork and a small soft plastic.
Joe Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him at [email protected], landline 337-463-3848/Cell 337-401-0264. Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Check out his website at www.joejoslinoutdoors.com