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TodayJan 27, 2020
Toledo Bend

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

January 20, 2020 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  I had a blast over the past weekend at the Boat, RV and Sports Show.  I met some new friends and renewed old friends and we definitely swapped some fish stories and shared photos of our lunker bass.  Speaking of….go to my website and look in ‘Trophy Room’ and you will see some beautiful bass that clients have caught and I’ve caught a few.

Also more good news…..more and more anglers are finding grass/hydrilla. Awesome news!!

LAKE STATS:  For the first time in 3-4 months the lake is finally filling up with much needed rain.  Tuesday (yesterday) the lake level was 166.41 msl (mean sea level) and the surface water temps fell to 55 and before the cold front it was 60 degrees. With all of the rain north Toledo is stained, mid lake is slightly stained with some stained conditions in major feeder creeks. On the south end Six Mile has some stained conditions with everything south of Six Mile mostly clear.

We have had a great shallow bite (4-6 feet) with Berkley’square bill crankbait (Square Bull 5.5) in shad patterns.  We also are getting some nice bass wacky rigging ‘The General’ with colors in green pumpkin and baby bass.  I use a 2/0 Aberdeen hook and rig it wacky with exposed hook.  This is how I taught my wife and grandchildren how to bass fish as bass mostly hook themselves.

The deep bite continues to be good as the cold weather pushed more bait and fish deeper.  We continue to catch lots of bass with a jigging spoon and drop shot in 28-35 feet.  Last week we were fishing mostly 28-32 feet but we are catching some 33-35 feet.  Most are on the bottom but some are suspended about 4 feet off the bottom.  I discovered that accidently as bass were hitting the spoon before it reached bottom.   On days with very little wind we can also drop shot with the Ultrex with spot lock.  Amazing technology!
My guide partner, Jason Courville, is also catching bass on drop shot and jigging spoon. He found some a little more shallow from 15 to 30 feet mostly drop shot in the 15 feet vicinity. On his jigging spoon he is catching mostly 25-30 feet. We are using the same spoons a ¾ oz. jigging spoon in chrome/silver and gold.  There are days when the gold will catch fish when they ignore the chrome/silver but most days they hit both. Courville is fishing in the back of major creeks and I focus on main lake points/humps.   

I just talked to Tater Renolds an associate of George Jeane who said that normally they leave the 20-30 brush piles and go look for 40-60 feet range. However, this year they have moved to shallow in 3-8 feet and are catching them on Road Runners and shiners under a cork. He was fishing a bass tournament last week and found water at 64 degrees.  The cold front could them down some but Reynolds says that the next warming trend they will come back to spawn.  



Photo Info:  Angler John Blackmon with a trophy bass that hit a Texas rigged Bottom Hopper in June Bug.
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