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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
June 16, 2016

June 16, 2016

BULLETIN: NEW GUIDE RATES: Beginning Sept 1st we will have new rates for our guide services. These adjustments will make us in line with other guides for the same services. We have not had a rate increase in 9 years. New rates are $400 for full day(8 hrs) and $300 for half day(4.5 hrs). For those who have already booked for the fall and Spring 2017 you will not be charged the new rates. We appreciate our faithful clients many of whom have fished with us for 10-15 years.

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. July will bring less anglers and more pleasure boaters with family summer vacations on the lake in full swing as folks enjoy beautiful Toledo Bend. Water temps are warming up for swimmers and skiers. Gas prices remain affordable so that makes boating and traveling to the lake easier on budgets which is a good thing for anglers/boaters. This also helps businesses around the lake as vacationers purchase food items, bait/tackle and fuel.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level has been close to full pool which is 172’ (msl) with one generator running 24/7 and at the spillway all gates were closed. Water temps are in the 80s and south Toledo is clear to very clear.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Summer patterns are here but there’s more fish in shallow water than normal. Here are three possible explanations : (1) The lake is full of water (2)South Toledo has much heavy shoreline grass(3)Water temps are slightly cooler than normal. Our shallow patterns have included swimbaits(Havoc Grass Pig), weightless Power Jerkbaits (pearl), Stanley Top Toad frog(pumpkin pearl), Wacky rigged Bottom Hopper and Senko and Texas rigged Bottom Hopper and Trick Worm. Our best Texas rigged colors were Havoc Bottom Hopper in Shady Watermelon Candy, green pumpkin and redbug. We also Texas rigged Trick Worms in watermelon purple glitter, w.m. magic and candy bug.

We use 3/16 and ¼ ounce sinkers and 3/0 Daiichi Offset worm hooks on our Texas rigs.

I like the Bottom Hoppers and Trick Worms which are both slim, straight tailed worms as they ease through the shoreline grass without getting hung up and disturbing the fish. I worm’em slow and ease them through the grass with frequent pauses. On our swimbaits and jerkbaits I use 17 lb test Berkley Fluorocarbon and 17 lb Big Game mono. If I want the bait to stay on top I use Big Game mono but if I want it to sink I use fluorocarbon. With the Top Toad frog I use Spider Braid 50 which is the braid all brands try to emulate. Spider 50 has no stretch, handles good on the reel, long casts are easy and helps with getting a big bass hooked on a frog which all frog users know is a challenge.

Our other patterns include drop shot and Carolina rigs. On our drop shot my set up is 8 lb test Berkley Fluorocarbon or 8 lb. Berkley XL which is made for spinning reels. My hook is a #1 Daiichi wide gap hook and reel a Revo S30 with Fenwick Elite Spinning rod/medium action. We occasionally use a heavier drop shot version of 12-17 lb test, 3/0 hooks,3/16 drop shot sinker and regular Bottom Hopper (6.25 in.) instead of B. H. Jr (4.75 in).

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS: Crappie fishing remains excellent with those having brush piles catching fish on a regular basis using shiners while some are working jigs in 22 to 28 feet. Toledo crappie guide, Jack Adams, says he is limiting out most days with quality fish. July will see some slow down in crappie action. Yellow bass have been slow so far but were picking up at the end of June. Crappie anglers are catching some yellows on shiners.

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, TPWD Licensed guide since 1998, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. 337-463-3848 or joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com and website at http://www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.

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