Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers! We definitely have been blessed.

I love to fish Thanksgiving week and have caught a lot of bass with family members during this week.  

Check out our fishing report and see how I normally fish this week and late November and December.


The lake level midweek is 170.50’ with both generators running 24/7.  At the emergency spillway, all gates are closed. Water temperatures have fallen to the upper 50s and with nighttime lows in the upper 30s to low 40s, the water temp will continue to fall.  

North Toledo is stained, mid-lake is slightly stained and south Toledo is clear with off colored conditions in the back of feeder creeks.  

Generating at the dam is pulling some off colored conditions out of those large feeder creeks.


My favorite pattern to fish in the winter is a jigging spoon. A close second is a drop shot.  I’ve written a column about fishing the jigging spoon and it’s on my website.

If you would like to see how I fish a jigging spoon contact us. In the summer I fish a lighter spoon that in the winter.

Usually, I fish a ½ oz. in the summer and a ¾ in the winter.  Basically, I don’t fish any deeper than 25 feet in the summer because of the thermocline.  

The lake has turned over in the winter so there’s plenty of oxygen at all depths.

Also when you are fishing 30-40 feet in the winter you need a heavier spoon which gets your bait down to the bottom quicker and it also gives you better contact with the bottom and allows you to feel a bite much better.  

I use three colors of spoons:  chrome, gold and black nickel.  I use the black nickel early and late, the gold on cloudy conditions and chrome in the bright times of the day.  

However, if they are hitting chrome I will switch to gold and oftentimes we will start getting bites.  

Like any fishing pattern, the correct tools are very important.  For line I use 17 pound test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon, my rod is any high-quality rod with medium action.

I use a 7’ Fenwick Techna medium action fast tip and my reel is a low profile Revo STX with 7:1 ratio.  

When you spoon fish it is important that when you click your release button you have a smooth action as the spoon falls to the bottom.  

The medium action rod helps to not lose a big fish when it makes its last run close to the boat.  The flex in the medium action rod helps to keep the hook from pulling out.

People ask me how I find deep fish to catch with jigging spoon and drop shot.  Of course, some of it is time on the water as I have been spoon fishing for over 35 years.  However, the new Humminbird Electronics are simply amazing and are easy to use.

On my console, I have a Helix 10 with Mega Side Imaging. On the Bow I have a Helix 10 with Down Imaging. The units are so clear it’s like you are actually looking at the bottom of the lake.  

These units show balls of bait (shad) plus also fish around the bait which is so helpful.

I will pull up to a waypoint and run across it from several directions. If I don’t see bait or fish I will go on to the next waypoint.


White perch guide, George Jeane, says the crappie bite is improving with crappie using the deeper brush piles. Live shiners seem to be best but as the water cools the crappie jig bite is improving.         

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.