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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake



November 19, 2019 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  On my favorite fishing hole cold weather has moved most bass deep.  I caught a limit of bass Saturday in 28 to 35 feet.

Lake levels are just less than 165’ at 164.94’ (MSL) mean sea level. There’s no scheduled running of the generators but SRA has to release some water for below dam industries. This is normally scheduled in the afternoons from 3 hours a couple of times each week. Water temperatures have cooled to 59-61 degrees resulting from one morning being 23-24 degrees. Most mornings it has been in lower 40s around the lake. 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.

As I mentioned previously I caught a limit of bass in 28-35 feet but did not mention what I was using.   Most of these bass were caught on a drop shot and jigging spoons.  Most of the spoon bites were at the side of my boat so good electronics  are vital.  Drop shot also requires excellent electronics because even though we were casting with the drop shot most bites came fairly close to the boat.  On spoons were using both chrome and gold spoons. Bass were definitely feeding on shad as they would spit out a full shad or parts of a shad which can really mess new boat up. Lol.

On our drop shot we were using a conventional drop shot with spinning tackle with 10 pound test mono Big Game, a #2 Berkley drop shot hook and Ik’s morning dawn 4.75 Bottom Hopper. We nosed hook the Bottom Hopper to the head of the BH.  Most of these bass were fairly easy to feel as they were fairly aggressive.

The shallow bite has not gone away but we have added a jerk bait to our arsenal.  Of course the bass are feeding  on shad so I used a purple/shad colored jerk bait  that ran about 4-5 ft on 12 pound test 100% Trilene Fluorocarbon.  We also continue to use square bill crankbaits using Berkley’s Squarebull that runs 4-6 feet.  Of course it needs to have some shad on it so my favorite Squarebull is silver on top, a chartreuse stripe and the entire belly is shad.

Crappie guide George Jeane says the crappie bite is ON.  Not only is the bite great but also the crappie are getting bigger.  Saturday they had several over 2 pounds.  They are also hitting both jigs and live shiners.   Jeane says they continue to be suspended in 30 feet of water about 14 - 16 feet from the surface.   

Electronics are very important especially when one is fishing deep.
Photo by Joe Joslin Outdoors.


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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