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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake



February 11, 2020 Toledo Bend Fishing Report

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  For the first time in 3 months we didn’t depend on the jigging spoon to catch quality bass.  We depended on shallow patterns 2-12 feet to catch some nice bass.
TOLEDO STATS:  For the second week in a row the lake level is easing upward. On Monday it was 167.65 msl (mean sea level). North Toledo is stained, mid-lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is clear with some stained in the back of major feeder creeks.  Water temperatures are running 56-57 degrees.

In order to replace jigging spoons we went to wacky rigs, crankbaits, swim jigs, Texas rigs and uusquare bill cranks.  On our wacky rigs we wacky rigged ‘The General’ in pumpkin party. I used 10 pound text Big Game/a Abu Cardinal SX spinning reel/ plus a Fenwick HMG medium action spinning rod.  When using this line (10 lb test) make sure your drag is set correctly or you will lose your bass of a life time.
On our crankbait we used a Deep Little N (shad pattern) with 12 pound test Trilene 100% fluorocarbon.  The DLN dives to 10-12 feet. I get it down to close to the bottom and put my rod tip close to the water and pause it for a couple of seconds 2-3 times each cast.  On our swim jigs I like Stanley Swim Max in white/chartreuse in 3/8 ounce.  On our Texas rigs we are using a Berkley Bottom Hopper in June Bug with 17 lb. 100% Trilene fluorocarbon with a black 3/16 oz. sinker. The black sinker may not make a difference but it helps my confidence which is the name of the game.  We also are Texas rigging The General with a 1/8 oz. black sinker.

If you have been following our reports you know I like Berkley’s Squarebull 5.5 in shad patterns. I rig this on 12 lb. fluorocarbon which helps the bait to sink as fluorocarbon sinks. The 5.5 runs 4-6 feet. Again I keep my rod tip close the water and pause it several times each cast for 2-3 seconds.  Most of the time the bass will hit it during the pause or just after the pause.     

I talked to crappie guide Tater Reynolds early this week.  They had a trip last Saturday with 7 clients and they caught a 100 quart ice full of crappie.  Most were caught on jigs suspended over brush piles.  Their brush piles were in 24 feet and crappie were suspended 15 feet above the brush.            




Photo Info: Toledo angler Coy Walters caught this trophy largemouth on a wacky rig.
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