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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
March 15, 2018

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. Toledo’s spring fishing patterns are in full bloom as are the plants and foliage all around the lake. There’s so much pine pollen that on a windy day there is actually a cloud of pollen coming out of the forest. It’s not a fun time for those with allergies. Since I am exposed to this several days each week I am fortunate to not be bothered by all the pollen. I have friends and clients who really struggle this time of year. We will get a hard rain and that gives temporary relief as it washes the pollen out of the trees for a day or so.

LAKE CONDITIONS: Early this week the lake level was 172.1’ with both generators operating 24/7 and 6 floodgates open one foot each. Water temps were 60-61 degrees but that will change and trend downward with night time temperatures in the mid-40s three nights in a row. It will warm up considerably midweek into the weekend. North Toledo remains heavily stained, mid lake is stained but clearing on the main lake and south Toledo is clear with some slightly stained conditions in Mill Creek, Six Mile, Housen Bay and Indian Mounds.

BASS REPORT: Shallow is ‘where it’s at’ currently as most of the patterns are in less than 10 feet of water. An angler can catch bass on several patterns depending on what one prefers to do. If you like to work shallow crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, jerkbaits or spinnerbaits you can catch fish doing that.

If you prefer to work soft plastics with wacky rigs, Texas rigs or Carolina rigs that also will produce bass. I am throwing a few square bill crankbaits (Berkley’s Squarebull), Traps and Stanley Wedge spinnerbaits. With the extra water in the lake the spinnerbait is working better.

However, I spend most of my fishing time using soft plastics (approximately 75%) using Texas rigs, Wacky and Carolina rigs. I have found it much more productive to fish all techniques slowly including wacky, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs. I have caught several bass ‘Dead Sticking’ which is making a cast, taking up slack line and letting it sit for 10-20 seconds. There were several mornings where that was the only way they would hit it.

This especially works great on the Bottom Hopper as it floats so when you make a cast and ‘dead stick it’ the tail on the Bottom Hopper will slowly rise which looks very natural to the bass. With as many lures that bass are seeing these days, you have got to throw them something that looks natural/real.

CRAPPIE REPORT: Crappie guide. Jack Adams, says the shallow bite for crappie has slowed down but they are still catching some with Road Runners and crappie jigs (1/16th oz) fished under a cork and sometimes adding a live shiner. He also said he is catching a few on his brush piles and this pattern will continue to get better as the crappie finish spawning. By mid April the brush bite will be strong.

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