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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake



January 13, 2020 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the Boat, Sport and RV Show starting Friday at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Friday the hours are noon until 7 p.m. Saturday the hours are 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. Sunday hours are 11:00 a.m. until 5 p.m.  I will be in the Lake Charles Tackle booth. Please drop by and we can trade fishing stories. 

 I have more great news.  First the lake level is 165.7’ (msl) mean sea level which is the highest it’s been in several months.   The other super news is I am seeing hydrilla on my Humminbird Helix 12 sonar and down imaging.  It is not very long yet but no doubt it is hydrilla. I was on the west side of Texas Islands in 5-6 feet when I found it. We didn’t fish that area very long because the shallow bite stopped so we went to the drop shot and jigging spoon.

LAKE STATS: The surface water temperature is from 55-56 degrees. North Toledo is slightly stained, mid lake is mostly clear with some stained conditions in the back of major feeder creeks.  South Toledo is clear to very clear. 

The shallow bite continues decent but the deep bite is amazing. Early morning we continue to catch several nice bass on Berkley Squarebull (formally Pit Bull).  We also catch some nice bass wacky rigging a 5 inch ‘The General” in pumpkin party and green pumpkin.  For these I wacky rig a 2/0 Berkley Aberdeen wacky hook  and I rig it on 10 pound test Big Game.   For this rig the angler needs a high quality spinning reel like a Mitchell 300 Pro Series. The angler needs a great drag system and this reel has a great one.  I have caught several bass over 10 pounds using this rig and if you don’t and your drag freezes you will lose that bass.  Actually any bass over 5 you will need the drag.

The deep bite has been amazing.  Last week we caught 91……yes 91. About 60 % were white bass and the rest were yellow bass (bar fish), spotted bass, largemouth bass and hybrid striper. We caught lots of white bass last summer while they schooled with largemouth bass in Six Mile.  Mostly we cast spoons in the school and let them fall on a slack line. However, this winter we are catching them on the bottom in 28-32 feet.  We are using a chrome/silver and gold spoons.  Our spoons are ¾ oz. hammered spoons.  We drop our spoons to the bottom and lift it up 12-18 inches and let it fall. Most hits of course will come on the drop.

Crappie guide George Jeane says the crappie are slowly leaving his brush piles. However, he has several brush piles that hold some nice crappie.  Those that they are catching are slabs from 1 to 2 pounds and most are hitting 1/16 oz. crappie jigs.  




Joslin with a 8.4 ft. Hybrid Striper that hit a jigging spoon. This awesome creature was released.
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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Joe Joslin Outdoors
Licensed Guide on Toledo Bend & Sam Rayburn
Tournament Angler & Outdoor Media
Member: Louisiana Outdoor Writers Assoc.& Southeastern Outdoor Press Assoc
160 Country Lane, DeRidder, LA 70634

Phone: (337) 463-3848