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Joe Joslin has been fishing Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn for 25+ years and has been a full time pro guide on Toledo Bend and 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

June 02, 2020 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. There are lots of anglers fishing my favorite fishing hole. In addition, now that the water has warmed, there are lots of boats skiing and just enjoying the lake.  Water temperatures are running 78-80 degrees. Sabine River Authority (SRA) says the lake level is close to being full. SRA says the lake is 171.93’ with full pool at 172’ (MSL) mean sea level.  North Toledo remains stained, mid-lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is slightly stained in back of feeder creeks (Mill Creek/Six Mile) and clearer are it gets closer the to main lake.

Bass are finally getting on summer patterns with a good bite early/late and deeper after the sun comes out. However, if it remains cloudy, they will bite to mid-morning and longer as I have had days where they bite all day.  My favorite top water baits are Berkley Choppo in shad colors and a 5 inch Cane Walker.   I also love wacky rigging a “The General” in green pumpkin and also pumpkin party.  I like wacky rigging a 5 inch Senko in watermelon blue flake, mad melon and greenie winnie.  In addition, I love wacky rigging a 3/0 Aberdeen and I have caught 5-6 bass over 10 pounds without this hook bending.  Before we leave shallow water patterns I love Berkley’s square bill crankbait called Square Bull also in shad patterns which I use on 12 lb.100%  fluorocarbon.  The fluorocarbon allows the bait to run 4-5 inches deeper.

Now let’s look at deep patterns which I love.  The Berkley Digger which runs over 15 feet when rigged with 100% Trilene 12 lb. test fluorocarbon. I like shad patterns since most bass are feeding on shad and crawfish. Bass will suspend this time of year so I will have several crankbaits on board.

My favorite Carolina Rig is Powerbait 4 inch in California plus Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin and watermelon red.  I like a 4 ft. leader and a half oz, sinker. I make a long cast and drag it slowly on the bottom with several 5-6 second pauses. With the 4 ft. leader you need to give the leader time to do its thing.   

I talked to Tater Reynolds early this week and they had 202 on 1 trip and 162 on another trip. He figured the month of May and they caught over 3,000 crappie in the month of May. There were 2 barges but still…unreal. Reynolds said they caught most on shiners.     

Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him at, landline 337-463-3848/Cell 337-401-0264. Joe




Peggy Crowder catches nice bass on a wacky rig.    


Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him at, 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