Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. Boat traffic has really slowed down on my favorite fishing hole due to tough weather and Christmas activities.
Also, a lot of folks are hunting.

Also, a lot of folks are hunting.  

Also, Toledo has been tough the past few months. However, it seems to be improving slightly especially the deep bite with drop shot and spoons.  Check out our bass report.


For hard to gift anglers we sell a Gift Fishing Certificate that can be used any time in 2019.  

I can email the certificate to you and you can print it out and give it to the recipient or I can mail it to you.  

Send us an email at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or call me on my cell at 337-401-0264 for any questions.


The lake level midweek is 172.06 which is the first time it has been full since last spring.  172 msl is considered full pool. MSL is mean sea level.

Both generators are running 24/7 with no gates open at the Emergency Spill Way. Water temperatures are running from 51-52.  

North Toledo is stained, mid-lake is slightly stained especially in the back of major feeder creeks.  

South Toledo is mostly clear but some stained conditions are in the very back of creeks like Mill Creek, Six Mile and Housen.


We continue to catch some bass (3-4) the first hour or so in the mornings with a Texas rigged June Bug Bottom Hopper in 4 to 8 feet.

With the lake up a foot or two there’s always fish shallow. Most of our bites are coming working the bait very slowly.  

Sometimes I just cast it and let it sit for 20 seconds or so (dead sticking). The neat thing about a Bottom Hopper is that it floats so if you dead stick it the tail will slowly rise which is a very natural look to the bass.  

There have been days when this is the only way I could get bit.

However, we are spending most of our days fishing deep from 15 to 30 feet using spoons, drop shot and Carolina rigs.  

On the drop shot we are using two rigs with one being traditional drop shot where we nose hook the worm with a small drop shot hook using spinning tackle and 8-10 pound test line.  

We fish this rig vertical and do not cast it.  The other is what I call a heavy duty drop shot rig.  Several weeks ago I ran a photo of a trophy bass I caught on this rig.

On this I use a bait cast reel, 17 pound fluorocarbon, medium heavy action rod, 3/0 off set hook and bury the hook in the worm similar to a Texas rig and attach a drop shot sinker to the rig.  

This allows you to cast the rig and it is a different look to the bass than a Texas or Carolina rig.  We catch more fish on the traditional drop shot but normally bigger fish on the heavy drop shot rig.

I’m starting to catch a few bass on the spoon even a few yellows.  Normally by mid-December we would be catching 30-40 fish per day and a normal spoon day would include 4-5 species including Kentucky bass (spot), large mouth, crappie, yellow bass, bream, flat head catfish and drum. For some reason we are catching lots of drum on the spoon.


White perch/crappie guide, George Jeane, says the crappie are starting to bunch up a little tighter and are hitting the jig better, The fish they are catching are still running from 1 to 2 pounds using live shiners and jigs fishing vertical near the boat/pontoon.          

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.