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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake





October 16, 2019 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  On Monday I was able to speak with Gene Guidry who is an engineer with Sabine River Authority of Louisiana. I ask him about the competition of the project below the emergency spillway and he said ‘early to mid-November.’ He also said that with some good rainfall they (SRA) should be able to start filling the lake again.

I did notice the lake level was slightly below 165’ Monday afternoon at 164.84’ msl. They were generating one unit 3 hours from 3 to 6 p.m.  At the spillway, all gates are closed.  Water surface temperatures are running in the mid-70s.  North Toledo is slightly stained, mid lake is slightly stained to clear and south Toledo is clear to very clear.

With the surface water temperatures falling to the mid-70s it seems to help the bite both shallow and deep. My tournament partner, David Brown, had a decent trip Saturday morning using top-water and buzz baits.  They were fishing these around boat houses in the Indian Creek part of Toledo Bend which is the first main feeder creek on the Texas side of The Bend.

We continue to have success on Texas rigged Bottom Hoppers in black or June Bug worked in 4 to 12 feet.  We are working some of these (8-12 ft.) in standing timber and these bass want it presented very slowly. I make a cast and let it sit on the bottom for 10-12 seconds before I move it at all.  We continue to catch bass on a Berkley Square Bull crankbait running it in 4-8 feet with pauses of 1 or 2 seconds.  90 % of our bites are during the pause.

We (guide partner Jason Courville) continue to catch bass on Carolina rigs using in green pumpkin using Berkley Max Scent/Baby Brush Hogs.  We are not in the same boat but we are fishing similar areas using a Carolina rigs and working main lake ridges/points in 12 to 28 feet. As the water has cooled down we are starting to catch some bass on a jigging spoon.  If it’s cloudy or low light conditions I like black nickel and gold.  If it’s bright I like chrome/silver and am fishing these 25-40 feet since the thermocline is basically no longer.  I am fishing these vertically underneath the boat.  The electronics are extremely important with this pattern as I keep my head in my electronics a Helix 12 Humminbird on both bow and console.

The shallow bite has gotten much better since the temps have fallen.  However, we continue to have a good bite on Caroling rigs and jigging spoons are coming quickly  A couple of cold fronts with the night lows in the 40s will improve the jigging spoon bite.

Crappie guide George Jeane says the crappie bite is steadily improving with more fish in their brush piles.  He says that they are starting to hit live shiners and the numbers are getting better every day. They are catching a few on jigs but a majority on shiners.    




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