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Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Joe Joslin has been fishing Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn for 25+ years and has been a full time pro guide on Toledo Bend/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 26, 2017

HELLO FELLOW ANGLERS I have ordered new rig so my 2016 Skeeter 21Fx(The FX is Skeeter's flagship boat) is for sale. It is in perfect condition and has been garage kept when not on the water. To see photo and get info go to www, We have had one offer. Most similar rigs are in upper 50s/low 60s. There is no gamble as everything is under warranty. Only non Ethanol gas.

I own title, the boat is under full warranty, as are electronics, (Humminbird Helix 12SI and 9DI) trolling motor (36 Minn Kota Fortrex) plus Yamaha 250 SHO is under factory warranty until 2021. Priced to sell at $52,800 with loan value $65,000 so if you have good credit you will have no problem borrowing the money. Louisiana residents pay no sales tax a savings of $4500-$5000. Call cell 337-401-0264.

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. Can you believe it is almost time for our high schools and grade schools to resume classes? I guess if you have several young children in your household the summer might not have passed so quickly, huh? Speaking of children, we just had a family wedding and had several grandchildren here and they kept asking me to take them fishing.

When they come I often take them fishing but I had to explain that we best not go fishing on this visit because we would all get in big trouble if we were late getting to the wedding. I promised them a fishing trip on the next visit. As a grandfather, spending time with your grandchildren on the lake is about as good as it gets and a huge blessing.

LAKE CONDITIONS: At midweek the lake level was at 171.25’ with both generators running two hours per weekday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. All gates at the emergency spillway were closed. Water temperatures are running from 82 to 86 degrees and even warmer in protected coves in the afternoon. North Toledo is stained, mid lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is clear.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Cloudy days and rain showers are keeping some bass shallow this week but deep patterns are also catching bass and have become the best producers. My guide partner, Jason Courville, is also catching bass on both shallow and deep patterns but is targeting mainly deep structure with Carolina rigs, drop shot and spoons. He also found some schooling bass in the back part of Six Mile in 9-11 feet of water. He caught’em on crankbaits, top water poppers (Gun Fish and Pro Pop) and spoons.

Shallow morning patterns remain similar to what they have been since mid May with wacky Senkos in 4-8 feet, top water on outside grass line and Texas rigged Bottom Hoppers in 4 to 10 feet. The only thing different is we don’t stay on these patterns for more than 30 minutes unless they are producing. In late spring we would stay on similar patterns for an hour or so when water temps were cooler.

However, currently if shallow patterns don’t produce we move rather quickly to 15 to 25 feet and fish Carolina rigged lizards and creature baits and drop shot with Bottom Hoppers. June Bug and green pumpkin on Carolina rigs and June Bug and red bug on drop shot.

CRAPPIE AND YELLOW BASS: Crappie guide, Jack Adams, and neighbors Jerry and Pat Masters are catching crappie out of brush piles using mainly live shiners in 14-18 feet. Yellow bass are schooling with largemouth along major creeks and will hit small shad colored crankbaits and spoons. Yellow bass will seldom hit a topwater offering.

Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines plus is a pro guide on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact at, 337-463-3848/409-565-1288 and website

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