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Water level on 05/20 at 08:30 AM CST
173.06 ft 1.06
Water level for the last 30 days

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TodayMay 20, 2019
Toledo Bend
Humid and Partly Cloudy

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
May 5, 2019



Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  My favorite fishing hole is becoming more consistent. I have had several excellent trips and none that we bombed out in.  We are fishing both shallow and deep but more and more deep as numerous bass are in the post spawn phase.

LAKE CONDITIONS:   The lake level is 170.5’ which is 1.5 feet below full pool at 172’ msl.   Water temperatures are running from 68-70 degrees.  70 in coves and 68 on main portion of the lake. North Toledo is stained, mid lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is fairly clear on the main lake but not as clear as it normally is this time of the year.  We have had a lot of wind and rain.

BASS REPORT:  We continue to start shallow (2-8ft.) with Berkley Square Bill crankbaits (Squarebull and Wild Thang), Texas rigged Bottom Hoppers in June bug and red bug and drop shot Bottom Hopper in morning dawn and June bug.  When it gets tough I use the Bottom Hopper Jr. which is 4.75 inches.  A regular Bottom Hopper is 6.25 inches.  When I use a conventional drop shot I use an exposed drop shot hook, spinning tackle, 10 lb. line and fish it vertical.  

When I use a ‘heavy duty’ drop shot I use a baitcast reel, medium heavy rod, 17 lb. Trilene fluorocarbon line, 3/0 hook and bury the hook which allows me to cast it and pull it through cover.  We usually catch more bass on the conventional drop shot (described previously) but usually bigger bass on the heavy duty version.   That’s not to say we don’t catch quality bass on the conventional version because we do.   We are also using Carolina rigs on the deep patterns using the Berkley Power Bait’s Crazy Legs Chigger Craw in green pumpkin.  On our deep patterns (drop shot and C.Rigs) we are fishing from 15 to 28’ mostly 18-25’.


I just talked to crappie guide George Jeane and he said the crappie bite is about as good as it gets.  He had two days with over a 100 crappie and there are some slabs in there too.  He is fishing brush from 18-28 feet but mostly 24-26’ using crappie jigs and live shiners.  If you want a trip he is booked about three weeks out.  His phone is 337-208-4509.    




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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