Joe Joslin Outdoors - Guide Service

Current Fishing Report for Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing Report
May 7, 2018

Hello anglers. For the first time in 20 years of guiding I have been fishing Sam Rayburn as much as I have fished Toledo. The main factor is the amount of submerged hydrilla on Rayburn and the lack of it on Toledo. However, hydrilla is making a comeback on South Toledo the past 4-5 months, especially the last two months. However, last week I fished 5 trips on Rayburn and none on The Bend but I did have a weather cancellation on Toledo. As of Saturday on Rayburn we are fishing mostly shallow from 4 to 8 ft.

However, we are starting to fish more and more drop shot and Carolina Rigs on major points, humps and ridges from 12 to 25’.

One reason we continue to fish shallow is the quality of bass we are catching. Last week we had numerous 3s and 5s plus we had a 6.8 lb. , 7.4 lb. and a client lost a 9 (plus).

Most of the big fish are coming off a Texas rigged Havoc Bottom Hopper and trick worm. Best colors were June Bug, red bug and candy bug. We have been using 17 lb. test Berkley Trilene 100% fluorocarbon and Revo reels. We are using 3/0 Fusion wide gap worm hooks and a sinker from 1/8, 3/16 or ¼ oz., depending on the amount of wind.

How we are fishing it: We have been making a very slow presentation basically dragging the worm instead of hopping it. Also, pausing the worm for 8-10 seconds each cast. In addition, the wacky rig continues to catch bass especially on days with clouds. My wacky worm consists of Berkley Power Baits (The General) as well as Senkos. The wacky rig is rigged on spinning tackle with 10 lb. test Berkley Big Game and Berkley 12 lb. XL on a Orra SX which is a low profile baitcast reel made by Abu Garcia.

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