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TodayNov 14, 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

November 12, 2019 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  This present cold front is a strong one so make sure your engine (outboard or inward) is tilted down to drain all of the water will be removed from the lower unit. If not it will freeze and expand and cause major damage to the lower unit.  Depending on what kind of motor: between $1800 and $4500 or higher.  Insurance will not pay for this as it is the boat owner’s neglect that caused it.

With the severe cold fronts most of the best bite for largemouth has been from 15 – 40 feet with Caroling rigs, drop shot and jigging spoons.  Not necessarily in that order as there are days when the jigging spoon will out fish a Carolina rig and drop shot.  This cold weather is pushing more bait (shad) down and bass are there too.  By a jigging spoon I am talking about a ¾ oz. slab (hammered) spoon in chrome, gold or black nickel.  The chrome and gold are available but a black nickel is hard to find.  I think I have 3.  Most days they will hit a chrome or gold but there are days (overcast) that they want a black nickel.

90% of the time I am fishing the spoon vertical around the boleyat in 25-40 feet.  There are times when you can cast it and work it back to the boat near the bottom but that doesn’t happen often since the spoon has an exposed treble hook, .  

A majority of the time (70%) they will hit a Carolina rig or drop shot.  For my Caroling rigs we are using a Berkley Craw Fatty and ‘The General’ both in green pumpkin using a 3 ft. leader.  For our drop shot rigs we are using drop shot conventional rig and a heavy duty drop shot.  For conventional we are using spinning tackle, a 4.75 inch Bottom Hopper in Ik’s morning Dawn, 10 lb. test Big Game line and a #2 drop hook that we nose hook the 4.75 inch BH.

On our heavy duty drop shot I use 17 lb. test trilene 100% fluorocarbon, 6.25 Bottom Hopper in morning dawn and rig the Bottom Hopper like a Texas rig.  This allows us to be able to cast the rig and work it back to the boat on the bottom. I fish this rig slower than the Carolina Rig in 15 to 30 ft. .       

I talked to white perch George Jeane early this week and he said the crappie bite is ON!!  Of course the strong cold front Tuesday/Wednesday will slow the bite down. They are catching lots of quality white perch on 1/16 hair jigs suspended on brush piles in 12 to 22 feet.  The brush piles are in 15-28 feet. 

 Fall on my favorite fishing hole near Texas Islands.
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


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