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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 24, 2016

Hello Anglers and outdoor fanatics. I hear from numerous of our readers who seldom fish but love Toledo Bend and enjoy info about what is happening on around the lake. We love nature and try to always be alert to spot Mother Nature at her best as there are so much game and waterfowl around the lake. One awesome species that is here is the golden eagle. The golden is slightly larger than the bald eagle and there are very few of them here. However, sightings are becoming more numerous and I spot at least one golden eagle each week and the only place I have spotted a golden is in south Toledo’s Mill Creek which is the second major feeder creek on the Texas side. I know there is at least one pair as I saw two together a few weeks ago. They have a massive wing span.

LAKE CONDITIONS: At midweek the lake level was 172.32 feet with 172 msl considered full pool. One generator is running 24/7 and at the spillway 7 gates are open 1 foot and 2 gates are open 2 feet. Water temps are running 75-77 degrees with north Toledo stained; mid-lake stained but clearing and south Toledo clear with slightly stained in back of feeder creeks.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: We continue to catch fish in shallow water but deep patterns are becoming more widely used as well. We have had a lot of fairly cool days with cloudy conditions which has helped to keep the water temps down and thus keep fish more shallow. Our shallow water patterns include Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, wacky, topwater and mid-diving crankbaits. Our deep patterns include drop shot, Carolina rigs, Texas rigged 10 inch Berkley Power Worms and deep diving crankbaits.

Our Texas rigs include fairly light sinkers (1/8, 3/16,1/4 oz.) with Berkley Bottom Hoppers and Trick Worms. Our most productive colors of BH are Shady W.M. candy, Green Pumpkin and Redbug. TW top colors include W.M.purple glitter, redbug, candy bug and W.M. Magic. I’m using 15 and 17 lb Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon with a STX Revo low profile reel and 7’2” Fenwick Elite MH Fast action rod. We are also using Carolina rigs in fairly shallow water but using lighter sinkers and smaller soft plastics and hooks.

Our topwater patterns include a new topwater called Flatbelly Walker which comes in two sizes a 4 ¼ inch size and a 3 ½. I alter them by removing the rear treble and replacing it with a feathered tail treble. On Toledo’s south end the water is very clear and the feathered tail makes a lot of difference. We also use a Chug Bug and Yellow Magic both with feathered tails. Work’em slow with long pauses.

Our wacky rigs include 8 and 10 lb fluorocarbon with a Havoc Flat Dawg and a 5 inch Senko. I opt for a spinning rig with a Revo S30 and Fenwicks Elite Series 7’4” medium extra fast spinning rod. Top water includes 15 lb test Big Game mono with Revo SX and Veritas 7’ medium action. Crankbait tackle includes 12 lb Fluorocarbon and a Revo Winch and Veritas 7’2” medium action. Our medium crankbaits includes Norman’s DLN and Berkley’s new Digger.

Our deep patterns include Norman’s DD22 with 10 and 12 lb test Fluorocarbon with blue/chartreuse, sexy shad and fire tiger. Our drop shot includes Bottom Hoppers (both Bottom Hopper and B.H. jrs) with hooks from #1 to 3/0 and line from 8 lb to 17 lb depending on approach we are using and how aggressive the bass are feeding. Our deep Carolina rigs include 4/0 Daiichi Offset and with soft plastics including lizards and 10 inch Power Worms.

We have continued to catch good numbers of bass (20-30 daily) and a few big fish but not as many as we caught a month ago which is the norm in the post spawn. We did have several fives, a couple of 7s and an 8.2 recently. The 8.2 actually came from about 8 feet. Boat traffic has slowed this week since the Big Bass Splash is over with mostly locals back fishing as they didn’t fish much last week with heavy tournament traffic.

CRAPPIE/BREAM: The crappie are hot with most crappie guides booked for the next few weeks as brush piles are loaded with nice crappie. Live shiners are the bait of choice but some are being caught on light line and 1/16 oz. crappie jigs and Road Runners. Bream are bedding in 2 o 4 feet depths and families are having a fun time catching bream using earth worms and crickets.

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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