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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake



July 14, 2020 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Summer patterns are working as we fish shallow the first hour or so then we go deep. More about that later in this report. The SRA (Sabine River Authority) said lake levels is 171.72 (msl) mean sea level with 1 generator running 24 hours. At the emergency spillway, all gates are closed. The water temperature is heating up at 83-84 degrees Fahrenheit with daytime highs in the mid to upper 90’s with lows at night in the upper 70’s.

Our shallow water patterns include a Berkley Choppo which comes in 3 sizes 90/105/120 but the way the 90 throws I can get by with the smaller version as I can cast it easily over 30 yards. There are times with strong winds that I will need to move to the bigger versions. We also are catching bass on a Berkley Cane Walker/Popper that I normally use it to “Walk The Dog” in Perfect Ghost color. Everything now needs to be in
shad colors as my Choppo colors include Ghost White and Bone.

We continue to catch bass on wacky rigging/weightless with a 5 inch Senkos in mad melon and watermelon
blue flake. We continue to catch bass wacky rigging the ‘The General’ in green pumpkin and pumpkin party.
We are also Texas rigging those same baits (The General) with a 3/16 oz. sinker on 15 pound test fluorocarbon
We are fishing these a little deeper in 8 – 12 feet and finding some groups of bass in that deeper water
especially around 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. We have found these bass on main lake points.

On our deep patterns with Carolina rigs and deep diving crankbaits on our Carolina rigs we are using a ¾ oz
sinker and a 4 foot leader. My favorite baits for Carolina rigs I like a Pit Boss in Bama red and Baby Brush Hogs
in green pumpkin and watermelon red. We are casting our C rigs in 25 feet and getting most bites at 18-20

My Guide partner Jason Courville is catching bass in 12 to 15 feet (from 7 – 10 a.m) on Carolina rigs with Baby
Brush Hogs in green pumpkin. He also uses a 4 ft. leader and a 1 oz. sinker. In the afternoon (3 p.m – 7 p.m)
they are moving deeper to 20-22 feet.

I talked to Crappie guide Tater Reynolds early this week and he said the crappie should pick back up with in
the next week. They continue to catch 25-30 slabs last Monday mostly on shiners but a few on crappie jigs.
Reynolds expects it to double that within the next week as they caught over 100 crappie before the Mayfly
hatch. He is expecting those numbers to get that good again.

Joe 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 337-401-264. Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Check out his website at 



Photo Info: Crappie angler Mary Low shows part of her slab crappie she caught recently.
Photo By: George Jeane Guide Service



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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