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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
July 13, 2018

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts, I’m seeing lots of families taking their vacation on Toledo this summer. Back when our buys were young and before I started guiding we used to take a couple weeks of our vacation on beautiful Toledo Bend. During that time relatives often would join us so it was a very special event for our families. When you have a lake house you get lots of family visits but we enjoyed it. One day during the week I would always fry fish for the group and make hush puppies from scratch. In my opinion, you have to use buttermilk for the best hush puppies.


With area rains the lake level is up slightly at 169.39’ with no generating scheduled by Sabine River Authority (SRA). Water surface temperatures are running from 83 to 85 degrees, North Toledo is slightly stained, mid-lake is mostly clear and south Toledo is clear to very clear.


Another reminder to my fellow anglers/boaters; “Please use a zero trash/litter policy in your boat and vehicles leaving no trash on the roadway or in our beautiful lakes and rivers. Also, teach your children/grand children to do the same. Our children and grand-children emulate what we do. Let’s set the right example! It’s heartbreaking to see the litter around our boat ramps. That trash is put there either by fellow anglers or boaters and we can do much better.


Probably the best way to catch some quality bass this summer is to start around 7:00 p.m. and fish till midnight or to start at first light (5:30 a.m.) and fish until 8:30-9:00) and leave the lake and come back and fish until 5:00 p.m. and fish until dark (8:15). Both of these gets you off the lake during the extreme heat of the day and fish seem to bite better during these times too. I’m not saying you can’t catch in the middle of the day during the summer as I have done it many times. However, it’s definitely cooler to fish early/late/night.

For night patterns if it’s windy I will use a spinnerbait with a black or purple skirt and a ¾ or 1 oz. spinnerbait with a large single Colorado blade and fish it on 15 or 17 lb. test Trilene Fluorocarbon. I fish this rig on main lake, wind-blown points with deep water close by. I’ll let the spinnerbait fall to the bottom and fish a ‘yo yo’ presentation all the way to the boat. By yo yo pattern I mean I lift the bait and let it fall on a controlled slack line because 90% of bites will come when the bait is falling. Another favorite night pattern is a Texas rigged 10 Inch Berkley Power Worm. If it a dark night I like a black worm with a blue tail. I drag this bait on the bottom slowly. If it’s a bright night (big moon) I use either a red bug or plum color.

Early daytime patterns include topwater (Chug Bug/Gunfish/Yellow Magic/Whopper Flooper) plus a Texas rigged Bottom Hopper in Junebug color fished slowly on the bottom from 4 to 12 ft. When sun comes up I move deeper with a Carolina Rig and drop shot in 15 to 28’ on main lake points, humps and ridges.

CRAPPIE REPORT: Crappie guide, Jack Adams, says the crappie fishing has slowed down and fresh brush seems not to be helping. Numbers are definitely way down but those caught are mostly quality slabs.

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


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