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TodayJul 22, 2019
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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

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
July 16, 2019


Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  The wet weather definitely impacted boating and fishing the past few days. My heart goes out to those families who scheduled their vacation this week. It is supposed to start clearing up today (Wednesday July 17) and be decent thru Saturday with moderate winds.


SRA reports the lake level is 170.65 feet which is 1.45 feet below full pool which is 172 feet.   Surface water temps are holding at 85-88 degrees.  At the dam both generators are running 24/7 to compensate from the heavy rains and at the spillway all gates are closed.  North Toledo is stained mid lake is mostly clear with some stained conditions in back of major feeder creeks with  south Toledo mostly clear.

BASS REPORT:   Summer conditions are still in place as we start shallow (4-8 ft.) with wacky rigs, top water and square bill crankbait. Our wacky rigs we are using The General in pumpkin party and baby bass also using senkos in watermelon blue flake and green pumpkin.  In our square bill baits we are using Square Bull (formally Pit Bull) and our top water our favorites are Berkley’s Choppo in bone and black chrome.  Also we love Gun Fish.  We stay shallow until they stop biting which is usually 8 – 9 a.m.

On our deep patterns we go to our drop shot holes and fish drop shot, Carolina rigs and deep diving crankbait.  I usually start with a deep diving crank usually a DD22 to catch the aggressive bass. I change angles with the crank bait to make sure I give them a good look at it.  Sometimes they won’t hit it one direction but they will hit it if you change angles.  I’m not sure why unless its current or maybe how the bass are positioned.  I do know I fish the deep crankbait from several positions.

After we finish with the crankbait we go to the drop shot and fish it one of two ways.  Either conventional drop shot when we use 10 lb test Big Game mono, a #2 Fusion drop shot hook and a 3/16 oz drop shot sinker. On conventional drop shot we nose hook the Bottom Hopper morning dawn and fish it vertical. The other way we fish it is what I call heavy duty drop shot where we use 17 lb. test trilene 100% fluorocarbon, a 3/0 Fusion Off Set hook and rig it like a Texas rig.  This allows you to cast the bait and cover more area.

We also fish a Carolina rig on the drop shot holes using 17 lb. test fluorocarbon on both leader and main line and use a leader 18 to 24 inches long. For our baits on the Carolina rigs we are using Berkley’s Powerbait Jester Craw in green pumpkin and The General with pumpkin party.  


Crappie guides George Jeane and Tater Reynolds have had to cancel several days due the weather.  Last Friday was the last day they fished catching 40-50 crappie using same patterns.  Either just off from the baited brush piles or on top of the piles. Some of the slabs were suspending in 30-35 feet water about 20-25’ from the surface.  They continue to use live shiners and 1/16 oz. crappie 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 Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Check out his website at


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