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TodaySep 21, 2019
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

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
September 9, 2019

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.   Normally by this time we should have had a cold front but not this year. The last part of this week, Thursday-Sunday….it is forecast to be in the lower 100s   which will be some of the hottest days so far this summer.  Next week it shows a slight cooling but still in lower 90s. 


The lake level early this week was 165.41’ msl (mean sea level) with no generation scheduled. At the spillway all gates are closed.  The SRA seems to be working hard to finish the project as I drove by at dusk and they were just wrapping up the day.  North Toledo is slightly stained but clearing, mid lake is clear and south Toledo is clear to very clear. Water temperatures are running from 87-89 degrees.

 CAUTION      With the lake down almost 7 feet boaters are cautioned to be extremely careful as there are lots more stumps exposed and some not exposed which is the main problem.  There’s also a rock ledge on the right in front of the buoys at the generators which are only under the surface 2-3 feet.


There is a decent shallow water bite at first light using square bill crankbaits (my favorite is Berkley’s SquareBull (formally Pit Bull) in shad colors.  Also we caught some nice bass out of a  school but they only stayed up about a minute.  The school came up in the back of Toledo’s Indian Creek. We were using a Chug Bug with feathered tail. 

My guide partner, Jason Courville, is on a good deep bite using drop shot and Carolina rig.  On his drop shot he is using a Berkley Bottom Hopper in morning dawn.  On his Caroling rig he is using a creature bait in green pumpkin. They are caching their bass on main lake ridges in 15 to 25 feet.


Crappie guide George Jeane says the white perch bite is picking up.  Most of their catch is coming from tall trees in 25-30 feet where crappie are suspended about 12-14 feet from surface.  These crappie are hitting a jig.  They are catching a few on shiners but mostly over man-made brush piles.  The catch has improved from the 30s to the 40’s and all of these crappie are from 1 to 2.5 lbs. with 90% coming from 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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