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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
May 22, 2017

Hello, anglers and outdoor addicts. The weather has been beautiful the past few days if you like blue skies and lots of sun. As a fisherman I would have preferred a little cloud cover but it has been pleasant with mornings in low 60s and 80s during the day. Lots of boat traffic this week with The Big Bass Splash this weekend with two thousand anglers expected on the water. The lake is beautiful with wildlife in abundance as long as you take time to observe.


A reminder to all of us is to secure our trash. Throwing an empty can or empty plastic water bottle over in the bed of the truck or the bottom of the boat doesn’t get it done. As soon as you head down the lake/road these items will fly out of the boat/truck and on to the lake or roadside. I see so much trash on our beautiful lake and roadsides because some are not taking the effort to secure our trash. Have a 100% trash rule in your boat or vehicle……all of my trash is going into a trash can. Our children/youth will also see our efforts and they too will grow up to take care of their trash.

LAKE CONDITIONS: At midweek the lake level is 171.2’ with two generators running one hour during the week from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Water temperatures are running from 70-73 with north Toledo slightly stained, mid lake mostly clear and south Toledo is clear to very clear.

HYDRILLA UPDATE: I am finding more and more hydrilla which leads me to be encouraged that we may get our hydrilla back. I found a new area of hydrilla which was maybe 1/3 of an acre that was loaded with it with some as deep as 14 feet. We also caught two bass there.

FISHING REPORT/BASS There remains a lot of bass in shallow areas so these shallow patterns continue to catch fish but not as many as a few weeks ago. Also, deep patterns are starting to improve but the bass are in transition from shallow to deep so most of the bass are scattered. We do catch a couple out of one place but seldom more than that. Our biggest bass the past few days came on a wacky rig but we are catching more and more on drop shot and crankbaits.

We continue to throw on a Texas rigged Bottom Hopper which we are fishing it from 4 to 15 feet using a sinker from 1/8 to ¼ oz. depending on conditions. Top water patterns are slow coming but they are beginning to improve.

One of my favorite top water baits is a Gunfish which is a slender bait with a feathered tail. The bait has great action and with the slender design you can easily make long casts to a feeding bass. I seldom throw a topwater lure that doesn’t have a feathered tail. The best feathered tail is a real feather and not a synthetic one. If your bait has a fake tail feather you can purchase the real deal usually in a package of two for about $6 which comes with a top quality treble hook.

We also are using more frogs with Stanley’s Ribbit and Top Dog my favorites. The extra foot of water on the lake has helped the frog bite as well as other floating weightless Texas rigs. Top weightless Texas rigs include Senkos, Berkley Power Jerk Shad and Flukes.

CRAPPIE: Crappie guide, Jack Adams, says fishing remains excellent on his brush piles with limits every day. Also, anglers are catching lots of crappie under Pendleton bridge both during the day as well as night. Live shiners and 1/16 crappie jigs are top baits.


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