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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
July 19, 2017

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Hello anglers. No doubt summer 2017 has arrived with mornings usually tranquil as far as the weather but by mid- afternoon the pattern has been where a summer storm or two will roll in. The best time to get your fishing in is at first light (5:40 a.m.) till noon and after the sun goes down. We were able to get some fishing in Monday morning and again Monday afternoon from 5 until dark after the storm past. Patterns are definitely summer patterns and boat traffic is fairly heavy for middle of the week. Lots of families, ski rigs, jet skis, pontoons as well as bass boats.

LAKE CONDITIONS: At midweek the lake level was at 171.62 which is basically the same as the past 2-3 weeks. 172’ msl is full pool. No generation is scheduled at the dam but that can change. All gates are closed at the flood gates. Water temps are running 82 (main lake) to 85 (and higher) in coves. North Toledo is slightly stained, mid lake is mostly clear and south Toledo is very clear. Several buoys have been hit by boaters with some seriously damaged making them less visible.

BASS FISHING REPORTS; Our summer patterns call for us to get on the lake at first light (5:45) where we are working top water lures with feathered tails as well as Texas rigged Bottom Hoppers. One very important factor we have found is to fish points with deep water. One of our most productive points in Mill Creek was where my boat was in 22 feet and we were able to cast to the grass on the point. We were catching bass on the outside of the grass as well as catching them where the point dropped off into deeper water with some taking the Bottom Hopper almost under the boat.

I was able to find two other points with similar characteristics which held bass. I also look for points with shade as shade is very important on a lake with clear water like south Toledo.

After the points stop producing we often try the drop shot just out from the points. One of the points had water from 25-28 feet just off the point and we were able to catch several bass there. It seems that after the sun came up the fish on the points moved slightly deeper. We have found that these points also produce the last hour of daylight in the afternoon. We are also finding a few schools with quality bass plus white and yellow bass. Gun Fish, Yellow Magic and Pro Pop are our favorite top water schooling baits. We are also using shallow crankbaits, spoons and tail spinners in the schools when they quit surfacing. We also drop shot under the schools.

Good numbers of anglers are night fishing since the heat in the day is brutal plus fishing has been excellent at night the past 2-3 weeks. We are doing many of our guide trips in the summer using a split schedule when we start at first light and fish until around 10:00 a.m. and take a break until 4:00 p.m. and fish until dark. This takes you off the lake in the hottest times and also gives you both the morning and late afternoon bite.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS;Crappie guide, Jack Adams, says the crappie bite is still very good with excellent numbers as well as quality. Favorite bait is live shiners but jigs also producing in 12-15 feet. Adams says Pendleton Bridge is still good for anglers that do not have brush piles. We’ve been catching some nice yellows in 22 to 28 feet with spoons plus an occasional good bass.

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


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