Hello, angers and outdoor addicts.

Hello, angers and outdoor addicts. As I write this, many of you are in your back yard, on your favorite lake, river or in your favorite park grilling burgers, steak or rack of ribs. Some of the best outdoor cooks in the country are in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. One for sure was Lindsey Heard from Beauregard Parish. Lindsey got promoted to a Heavenly Chef a while back but he shared his food and recipes with many of us before God called him home. His smoked barbeque venison was easily the best I have ever eaten. He shared that recipe with me and I’ve made it several times for my family and friends and mine is o.k. but it’s not as good as Lindsey’s. We miss you my friend.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level midweek was 171.62’ with both generators running two hours weekdays from 2 to 4 p.m. with no gates open at the emergency spillway. Water temps are running from 80-84 degrees and north Toledo is slightly stained, mid-lake is mostly clear and south Toledo is clear to very clear. Water levels have been mostly stable the past two months.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Fish continue to be caught in depths of 2 to 8 ft. early and during cloudy conditions but after the morning feed the deeper patterns are definitely where it’s at. Top water patterns are definitely improving and I suggest having a feathered tail on the back of any topwater bait I throw. My favorite topwater the past year has been a Gunfish. It has great hooks, a tough feathered tail that will last several weeks and the way it is designed it will cast for great distances even though it is not very heavy. The way the bait is shaped it has minimal wind resistance so it works great in the wind.

My guide partner, Jason Courville, along with his guests caught a good limit last Friday using Carolina and drop shot rigs fishing main lake drops and humps. They caught these in some of our deep summer holes so this means that traditional summer patterns are finally paying off. They are about 2-3 weeks late but they have arrived.

These deep patterns are usually better on bright days with winds from 8-12 mph. In addition to drop shot and Carolina rigs, a football jig in ¾ oz. with a medium size trailer is also catching fish. I use 17-20 lb. Berkley Trilene Fluorocarbon on these. Basically, one of my rule of thumbs is the deeper I fish, the slower I fish.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW/WHITE BASS: Crappie Guide, Jack Adams, continues to whack the crappie using shines in 22-28 feet over brush piles using live shiners. The yellow bass are also showing up with schools of largemouth and we are catching a few whites as well using tail spinners, mid diving crankbaits and jigging spoons.

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.