Hello Anglers and outdoor addicts. There’s no doubt that summer is here in southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas.

According to local meteorologists this coming weekend (Friday – Sunday) will be some of the hottest temperatures this year at 98/99 degrees.

We are also making some adjustments in our fishing schedule either doing a split schedule (Daylight until 10:00/take break and go back at 4:30 and fish until dark).

This schedule gets you off the lake during the hottest times plus allows you to fish the early morning bite and the late afternoon bite which usually means more bites.  

Some days we will fish from daylight (5:45 a.m.) until 10:45 a.m. and call it a day after those 5 hours of fishing.  

Sunrise currently is around 6:20 a.m. so I like to start fishing 30-35 minutes prior to sunrise.       

LAKE CONDITIONS

The lake level midweek is 169.3 feet which is 2.7 feet under full pool which is 172 feet.  
North Toledo is slightly stained, mid-lake is mostly clear with some off colored water in the back of major feeder creeks. South Toledo is clear to very clear. Surface water temps are up slightly to 86 to 88 degrees.

BASS REPORT

We are still getting an early morning bite from 4 to 12 feet with top water patterns and light weighted Texas and Carolina rigs.  

Some of my favorite topwater lures include Chug Bug, Yellow Magic and Gun Fish.  

One thing all of these topwater lures have in common is a feathered tail/treble rear hook.  

The Chug Bug and Yellow Magic are lures you pop on the surface. The Gun Fish can be either popped or walked like a Zara Spook.  We are also using a Whopper Flopper in shallow water (2 to 10 feet) which is basically a generic buzzbait.

I have been having good results with a shad pattern WF with the 130 model which has become the one that bass anglers use more than the other sizes. The 130 is 5 inches long.

On early morning shallow water soft plastics I use a 3/0 hook, 3/16 or ¼ ounce sinker with either a June Bug Bottom Hopper or Trick Worm.  

As the sun gets up I go to a red bug Bottom Hopper. An early morning Carolina rig includes a 24 inch leader, 3/0 hook and green pumpkin “The General” and green pumpkin Pit Boss.  

When fishing shallow with C rig I use a 3/16 or ¼ ounce weight.    

Mid-morning without cloud cover I move from 6 -12 feet to 18 to 28 feet and use a 10 inch Berkley Power Worm rigged both Texas and Carolina rigged.  

I also move to a heavier sinker (3/8 or 1/2 ounce) and 4/0 hook on both rigs.  

I go to a slightly longer leader on the Carolina rig from 24 to 30 inch leader.  Top colors include green pumpkin, watermelon candy and redbug. I fish these slowly and the deeper I fish the slower I fish.

If I’m not getting bit on a big worm I go to a drop shot rig with 6 pound test Berkley XL line, a Fusion drop shot hook and Bottom Hopper Jr. and RoBo Worms. I nose hook the small soft plastics and fish them mostly vertical. If the bottom is mostly clean I will cast it in order to cover more area.   

NOE GARCIA      

I lost a good friend and fellow guide last Saturday.

Long time Toledo guide Noe (pronounced No – e) Garcia, 86, passed away this past weekend as he had been in poor health for the past year.   

I’m not sure how many years Garcia served as a guide but I know he guided until he was 84 and he was very helpful to me when I started guiding 20 years ago.

He was also retired military.      

CRAPPIE       

Crappie/white perch guide Jack Adams says the crappie bite is still slow but those you catch are beautiful big crappie.  

My wife and I fished with Adams Thursday of last week and we caught 16 or 17 but the crappie were all slabs.  

We started at 7:30 a.m. and stopped at 10:00.  Not that bad for 2.5 hours of fishing.

I don’t think we caught anything that was less than 1.25 pounders and we caught a couple of 2 pounders.

Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com, 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 www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.