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TodayApr 02, 2020
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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

March 31, 2020 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts..  My favorite fishing hole (Toledo) was crowded last weekend but that could change. Greg Abbot, Texas Governor issued an Executive Order saying from noon March 30 (Monday) Every person who enters the State of Texas from Louisiana  or from any other state  shall be subject as may be proclaimed hereafter, shall be subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry in Texas, whichever is shorter. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shall inforce this executive order along the Texas-Louisiana border. There’s a lot more to the Executive Order but this is basically how it will impact anglers from Louisiana wanting to fish anywhere in Texas.

I talked to crappie guide George Jeanes Tuesday morning and he said he was canceling trips. I also had to cancel several trips and will also have to cancel more. These are very unusual times that takes a lot of praying to get through. 

Now back to fishing………..The lake level yesterday (Tuesday March 31) the lake level was 172.39’ mean sea level.  Both generators were running 24/7 and at the emergency spillway all gates were closed.  Water temperatures were 68-70 degrees in protected coves as well a water temperatures on main were 66-67. 

We were able to get in several hours of productive fishing before Governor Abbot’s Ex Order kicked in. They continued to be shallow in 4-6 feet and we caught them on wacky rigs and so squarebill crankbaits.   My favorite square bill is Berkley’s Square Bull (formally Pit Bull)  5.5 in shad patterns. This bait runs about 4-5 feet which makes it perfect with the bass located in 4-6 feet.  Sometimes bass want it with a pause so I stop it several times each cast. However, most of the time I run it back to the boat with a medium retrieve.
I also use Berkley’s ‘The General’ in green pumpkin party  that we rigged Texas rigged (weightless) that we works in the vast amount of flooded hay grass. If I threw the wacky in there, of course, it would get tangled in the hay grass so rigging it Texas/ weightless solved that problem.

In talking to crappie guide George Jeane he said there were still lots of fish shallow but said there also were crappie were going to his summer brush piles in 25-28 feet. However, he did say they caught a lot of crappie in the back of Mill Creek fishing 6-8 feet using jigs.      

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




Photo Info: My wife Sherry catches a trophy bass on a wacky rig..
Photo by Joe Joslin Outdoors


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