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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
August 18, 2018

With school starting back soon it made a big difference on the boat traffic last Saturday as I saw very few boats and the boat ramp on the Texas side of the dam had plenty places to park. I only saw a couple of families skiing and knee boarding.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level early this week was 168.5’ msl (mean sea level) with one generator operating three hours daily from 2 to 5 p.m. The lake surface temperatures are running from 86-87 degrees.

North Toledo is stained; mid-lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is clear to very clear. On the south end there are some off colored water conditions in the back of major feeder creeks like Six Mile, Mill Creek and Housen Bay but for the most part water conditions are clear. On bright sunny days however, I often look for some stained water conditions.

BASS REPORT: We been getting a decent top water bite the first hour of daylight. We are only catching about half of what hits as we were rushing it plus the bass sometimes were just slapping the bait and not eating it. Our favorite topwater lures included Chug Bug, Yellow Magic and Gun Fish rigging them on 17 lb. test original Stren mono and rods were 7’ medium action Lightning Rods and 7’ medium action Abu Veritas.

Our other prodcuctive pattern is Texas rigged Havoc Bottom Hoppers and Trick Worms in June Bug and Red Bug using 17 lb. test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon, medium heavy action 7’ Fenwick Techna rod series and Abu STX Revo low profile reels. On cloudy mornings the fish stay shallow a couple of hours so bass stay shallow longer. When it’s cloudy I look for points with scattered grass 4 to 10 ft. mostly in Mill Creek and Six Mile. The bass in Toledo and Rayburn have a lot of Florida bass in their genes as Texas, Louisiana game officials and Toledo Bend Lake Assoc. have been stocking millions of Florida fingerlings for nearly 20 years.

Hence these Florida bass love shallow water.

As it gets brighter I move out to main lake humps and ridges where it drops from 10 to 25 ft. In addition to Texas rigs on tough days we fish the drop shot using 8-10 lb. test, a Fusion #1 drop shot hook with Bottom Hopper Jrs. and Robo worms. We nose hook the worms and basically fish vertical right by the boat.

CRAPPIE REPORT: Crappie guide Jack Adams reports that the jig bite has improved so much so that on some days it is doing better than live shiners. Most crappie anglers use crappie jigs in 1/16 oz. and occasionally 1/32 oz. My personal favorites are a 1/16 oz. in red body and chartreuse tail and pink body and white tail.

Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him at, 337-463-3848/409-565-1288. Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Check out his website at


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