Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. We finally are getting a break from the super hot weather as daytime highs this week are in upper 80s low 90s and nighttime lows are in upper 60s. That will certainly make my job easier.

Tonight’s (Wednesday) projected low on Toledo is 65 and fall is not far away as squirrels are cutting (eating) pine cones. Each small section of a pine cone has pine cone nuts which is the portion of the cone that squirrels eat. They will also store pine cones in their den for the winter.  Go to Google and watch how squirrels eat pine nuts from the cone as they are an amazing part of God’s creation.

Squirrel season opens Saturday October 6 in Louisiana and remains open until Feb 26, 2019.  For many families in Louisiana and southwest Texas opening day of squirrel season is almost like a holiday.

LAKE CONDITIONS

The Sabine River Authority reports midweek the lake level is 168.79 with one unit generating from 4 to 7 p.m.  North Toledo is slightly stained, mid-lake is mostly clear and south Toledo is clear to very clear. Water temperature on the surface cooled slightly due to clouds and rain to 84-86 degrees.

BASS REPORT

This week with clouds/rain/cool temps I will fish mostly shallow from 4 to 12 feet targeting main lake points and main feeder creek points with grass.  

I am finding more grass on feeder creek points than main lake points.  I’m finding decent grass in Mill Creek and Six Mile Housen too but there are so many boats.  

I’m using wacky rigs, light Texas rigs and drop shot.  On wacky rigs I am using The General (five inch cigar shape) and Bottom Hopper. I am fishing The General weightless and the Bottom Hopper we are inserting a 1 inch paneling nail in the head of the BH.

On the General we like Green Pumpkin Party color and with the BH I like June Bug, green pumpkin and red bug.  

I prefer to use 10 and 12 pound Berkley XL with spinning tackle.  If it gets tough I switch to 8 pound Berkley Trilene 100 percent Fluorocarbon still sticking with spinning tackle.   

On the Texas rig we use 15 and 17 pound fluorocarbon, med-heavy action Fenwick Techna 7’0 rod, 3/0 off set Fusion hook and 3/16 or ¼ ounce black sinker. With the Texas rigged Bottom Hopper we like the same colors as wacky.  

I have used Fenwick Techna rods for over 20 years.  

On our drop shot approach I use two methods with the first being what I call conventional drop shot where I take a spinning rig with 6-8 pound test fluorocarbon and nose hook (number 1 drop shot Fusion hook) the drop shot worm and fish it totally vertical.

The other approach is to use heavier line (12-14) and bury the hook in the drop shot worm. For this I use a 2 or 3/0 offset hook. When you bury the hook this allows you to cast and cover more area and I also can fish this rig vertically.  

If it is a bright day I will move out on a main lake point with the drop shot and fish from 20-30 feet.          

CRAPPIE      

White perch/crappie/sacalia guide Jack Adams says crappie fishing is still slow but improving.  Night fishing under lights has been good with fair numbers and no daytime heat.

Adams says that shad numbers have exploded which could explain why crappie numbers are down.   

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.