Hello, anglers and outdoor addicts.

Hello, anglers and outdoor addicts. With all of recent rains the foliage is green and healthy all around the lake and there are numerous different colors of green depending on the kind of tree or bush. On the wildlife report, there are plenty of deer, eagles, coyotes and waterfowl but the greatest increase in sightings has been wild hogs which is no surprise since that is occurring all over southwest Louisiana and east Texas. Another noticeable increase is wild turkey that I’m seeing on Texas Highway 255 in route from Toledo to Lake Sam Rayburn. It’s amazing what we can see as we observe God’s creation. There’s so much to see and experience when you look inside the forest. I suppose that’s where we get the saying “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” L

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level is 171.6 at midweek with both generators running one hour each on week days. They did generate some weekend before last (June 3-4) too but not sure about June 10-11. Water temperatures on the main lake are running from 79 to 81 degrees with mid 80s in coves and protected areas. North Toledo is stained to heavily stained, mid lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is mostly clear with some stained conditions in back portion of major feeder creeks. Some of the stained conditions is being caused by wind erosion since we are having 20 (plus) winds almost daily. Ya gotta keep your hat band tight unless you want to lose your favorite cap.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: We continue to have multiple patterns to catch bass on my favorite fishing hole. Fishing is slightly improving as more fish move to summer patterns but you still have to work for a decent catch. Getting on the lake early (6:00 a.m.) is very important as some days we catch half of our fish during the first two hours plus most of the larger fish are hitting early. The shallow bite continues strong as we are catching most fish in depths of 2 - 10 feet. Water temperatures remain lower than normal for mid-June and cloudy conditions improve the catch a bunch.

Some days clouds bump up the catch as much as 50% on south Toledo which has a lot of clear water conditions. A fun and productive pattern has been throwing a weightless pearl/white Jerk Shad (Berkley Power Bait) with a 4/0 hook buried in the bait. With the lake almost at full pool there is an abundance of shoreline grass and you can work the Jerk Shad over and through the grass. It’s amazing how easy it is to throw for distance this rig as it is heavier than the Fluke. I’m using 20 lb. Big Game mono and Stren original 17 lb. test mono on this rig. If you fish it on top you can get by with braid.

Other fish catching patterns is a Texas rigged Havoc Bottom Hopper using light sinkers if winds allow from 1/8 to ¼ oz. Our favorite colors of BH include shady watermelon candy, green pumpkin, w.m.red, June bug and red bug. Other patterns include square bill crankbaits (Berkley Pit Bull), mid diving crankbaits (Deep Little Ns & NXS) and deep diving DD22s. We also are using Carolina rigs and drop shot. I went into detail the past few weeks about how we rig our drop shot and C. rigs. Schooling bass are more numerous as they are schooling out in deeper water which tend to be bigger fish.

CRAPPIE: Crappie guides Jack Adams and Butch Covington continues to put their guests on big slabs. They are fishing their brush piles with live shiners fishing vertical in 20-28 feet. The only issue has been the wind. If these guides can get to their brush piles their guests can get ready for action. They are catching lots of crappie with good numbers weighing 1.5 pounds and a few 2 pounders. Some of our Toledo neighbors are also catching nice crappie over their brush piles.

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 joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com, 337-463-3848/409-565-1288 and website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.