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Toledo Bend Reservoir 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 joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
May 20, 2015


Last weekend Toledo's Cypress Bend Resort hosted the single largest tournament of the year, the McDonald's Big Bass Splash. The tournament started Friday morning May 15 and concluded Sunday afternoon May 17. The tournament had a guaranteed payout of $500,000. Anglers can fish together in the same boat but it is an individual tournament. The format allow for lots of opportunities to win cash with 15 places paid per hour. Numerous Lake Area anglers got in on the hourly cash awards but a very lucky and excited Lake Charles angler, Gil Leger, won it all with a huge 11.48 pound largemouth. First place winnings included a 2015 20 ft. TRX bass boat that came loaded with multiple electronic units, 36 volt trolling motor, power pole and numerous other accessories. To tow the new rig included a loaded-up 2015 extended cab pickup truck plus $7,000 cash. Congratulations to fellow angler Leger on his amazing catch. To catch an eleven (plus) pound bass anytime is a rare feat but to catch it in tournament conditions is a pretty neat deal.

LAKE CONDITIONS: At mid-week the lake level was back up to full pool (172' msl) and with all the rain will, more than likely, continue to rise. Both generators were running 24/7. At the time of this report none of the gates are the spillway were opened but that could change as well.

North Toledo is stained/muddy, mid lake is stained and south Toledo is clear on the main lake with some stained in the main creeks. Bulletin: I just crossed over the spillway and they have opened a few of the gates so water is being released at the floodgates. I'm not sure how much water fell on the south end of The Bend but the amount was significant.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: There were high numbers of anglers on the lake last weekend, to say the least, and they used a variety of patterns and depths. A large number of excellent bass were caught during the Big Splash and I think more than normal for mid-May. Part of the deal is that Toledo is simply loaded with big bass. Wahoo!!!!!! It is unreal! The fact that it was cloudy/rainy/windy a lot of the time during the event didn't hurt either as it helped to keep bass shallow and active. I had clients pretty much everyday last week up until the tournament started and the cloudy/rainy conditions made for excellent fishing as we caught a lots of good fish. I shut it down for the weekend and let the tournament anglers have it.

We caught bass last week on basically the same things we have been throwing for 2-3 weeks since the rainy season started. Its hard to beat Toledo when it is cloudy/light rain. We are working primary and secondary points with top water, crankbaits, wacky worms, Texas rigs and drop shot. We do fish these differently depending on what time of day it is as well as the amount of light penetration and whether or not there is a ripple on the surface or not. I have a tendency to fish these more shallow early/late or if cloud cover is present.

We caught bass this past week from 4 to 30 feet with a lot of bass on drop in 25 ft using a Bottom Hopper Jr (Berkley Havoc) in watermelon when it is bright/sunny and shady watermelon candy when it is cloudy. I'm using 8 lb test Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon and a Revo spinning reel. We also caught a lot of fish on the old standard.....Texas rig....with a Bottom Hopper (6.25 inches) and a Trick Worm. Our Texas rigged bass came from 14 to 20 feet working it very slowly.

We caught some bass also on the points and ridges in Sic Mile/Housen Bay area. I look for areas where the hydrilla is scattered and not thick. We are catching 2-3 X as many out of scattered grass than when the grass is thick. I like a depth of about 15 to 20 feet with grass growing off the bottom about 1-2 feet. Now, that is a good tip.

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