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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake



May 19, 2020 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  There’s a lot more boats on the lake now that the virus has diminished. SRA (Sabine River Authority) says lake level is 171.75’ msl (mean sea level) and reports they are running 2 units  from 2-9 p.m. At the spillway all gates are closed. Surface water temperatures are running 71-73 degrees. North Toledo the lake remains stained, mid lake is clearing but still somewhat stained and south Toledo is clear close to the main lake with some stained in the back of Buck Creek/Six Mile.

We continue to catch post spawn bass on Carolina rigs and crank baits. We continue to use a DLN (Deep Little N) in shad colors which runs 10-12 feet on 12 lb. test Fluorocarbon. The fluorocarbon sinks and helps the crankbait to run up to a foot deeper.  Sometimes those few inches can be the difference in catching 1 or 2 or catching several out of the same area.

The Carolina rig continues to be our best approach to catching post spawn bass.  We are using 17 pound fluorocarbon for our main line plus our 4 feet leader. This is 100% fluorocarbon which has very little stretch and makes it much easier to feel a bite. On our C rigs we are using ½ oz. sinkers with a Berkley 3/0 offset hook. With our bait selection we are using a Baby Brush Hog in watermelon red.  We drag the bait along the bottom with a couple of 4-6 seconds pauses each cast.

We continue to have a decent topwater and wacky rig bite.  I have found another topwater that I love. A Berkley Choppo which comes in 3 sizes 90/105/120.  Most of the time I use the 90 but there are times when they want the bigger the 105/120.  The Choppo could be called a buzz bait that floats as the angler can leave it in the area where the bass are holding. I also catch bass on the Gun Fish which also has a featured tail like I mentioned last week.  We continue to catch bass on a wacky rig, especially if its overcast plus that also goes for topwater.

On our wacky rigs we are using ‘The General’ in green pumpkin and pumpkin party. We are fishing ‘The General’ weightlless/wacky rigged with 10 pound test Big Game with a high quality spinning reel and spinning rod.  We are fishing our wacky rigs and topwater from 2-6 feet.

I talked to Tater Reynolds early this week who is a crappie guide on Toledo. They are having a tough time finding shiners as shiner farmers said sales are up 300% and within a month, they will have no shiners. Who knows what the cause is but probably the virus as more people are off work or got laid off their job. While I was talking to Mr. Reynolds on Toledo 2 of his clients had on a slab.  Behind this front numbers have slowed but still catching 40-50 each day.       




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 337-401-0264. Joe




Crappie guide Tater Reynolds with a couple of slab crappie.  
Photo By Joe Joslin Outdoors



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 337-401-0264. Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Check out his website at

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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