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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake




July 3, 2019 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. Lots of families are enjoying beautiful Toledo this summer.  There are numerous jet skis, boats pulling skiers and lots of boats fishing.  If you want to fish the best time is two hours after first light from 5:30 until 7:30 a.m. The fish seem to bite better plus there’s not as many jet skis and ski boats. 

ONE MORE REMINDER:  Don’t forget Louisiana anglers that you’re licensed expired Sunday June 30 and there will be numerous Louisiana Department of Game and Fish (LDWF) in the lake making sure we are safe over the 4th.  Don’t forget that our freedom isn’t free as numerous men and women have given their lives so we can have this freedom. If you see a person that is in the military I encourage you to go to them and express your appreciation or even purchase the families meal.

LAKE CONDITIONS:   According to SRA (Sabine River Authority) the lake level is 170.8 ft. which is 1.2 feet ‘under’ full pool which is 172‘ MSL (mean sea level). The lake cooled down a little with all the rain over the weekend as the surface temp was 84-85.  With looking at the weather for the next 3-4 days it looks like the water temp will increase back up to upper 80s.  

BASS REPORT:   I continue to catch bass shallow early and late. By early I’m talking 5:30 -- 7:30 a.m. and late I’m referring to 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. However, normally the first hour…5:30 – 6:30 a.m. is most productive and last hour….7:30 – 8:30 p.m. is most beneficial.  I’ve had late afternoons when I didn’t have a bass until 8 p.m. and end up with 20 lbs. especially when I am targeting main lake points.  My favorite late/early bait is a Berkley Power Bait Bottom Hopper in June Bug.  I rig this with 17 lb. 100% Trilene Fluorocarbon, a 3/16 oz. black bullet sinker and a 3/0 offset Fusion worm hook. I didn’t go into it but in the shallow water bite I also use a square bill crankbait and wacky rig, 

After the shallow bite stops (4-6 ft.) I will start to run my waypoints and look for drop shot fish in 16 to 30 feet.  I will also throw a DD22 which runs about 16 ft. on 12 lb test fluorocarbon and 18 ft. when using 10 lb. test so these also catch nice bass on drop shot way points. I also like to use a Carolina rig when targeting drop shot waypoints. You can catch a lot of bass off of drop shot areas so make sure you work these thoroughly. 


I talked to crappie guide Tater Reynolds early this week and the peak crappie season is slowing down some.  Instead of catching 100 each day they are down to 50 a day which is still a bunch of beautiful crappie and I would be glad when I cleaned that last # 50 white perch.  Everything is still the same biting live shiners and 1/16 crappie jigs.  However, instead of catching 20-30 per brush pile they are down to 3-4 each.  Reynolds said you could see lots of crappie on the electronics you just couldn’t get them to bite like they did 3-4 weeks ago.            



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