Greetings to all anglers and outdoor addicts, Behold, I have great news! The hydrilla is coming back on my favorite fishing hole and I’ve found some as deep as 15 feet.

Almost every place we have fished we are finding hydrilla which includes Indian and Buck Creeks, Mill and Clear Creeks, Six Mile and Sandy, Housen and Hurricane.  Some areas have more than others and most of the hydrilla is in 4-8 feet.

My only concern is some of these areas have stained water conditions even around Texas Islands but it is clearing rapidly. Hydrilla is as far north as Blue Lake which is approximately 8-10 miles north of Pendleton Bridge.


At midweek the lake level was 172.74’, with both generators running 24/7.  At the spillway 11 gates are open 2 feet each, Water temperatures are running from 51-53 degrees but they definitely will be falling as the high for south Toledo is in the mid-40s and low in upper 20s. North Toledo is stained, mid-lake is stained with south Toledo stained in the back of feeder creeks and clearing as you get closer to main lake.


Bass fishing on Toledo is picking up but I’m not sure what this next cold front is going to do to the patterns but I don’t think it will be helpful.

My tournament partner, David Brown, and a fishing buddy got into a group of staging bass and Brown said their best five would have easily gone 20 lbs. and he tells it like it is.  

They caught them on Texas rigs, jigs and Carolina rigs while fishing hydrilla from 15 to 12 feet.   We continue to catch bass early from 7:30 to 8:30 with June Bug Bottom Hopper worked slowly in hydrilla with a bullet sinker (3/16) and 3/0 offset Fusion worm hook.  

The Bottom Hopper as a strait tail worm and the light weight bullet shaped sinker eases through the grass without spooking the fish.  

Not only do we slowly ease the BH through the grass but we often ‘dead stick’ it as we cast and let it lie still on the bottom for 30 seconds or longer.  We also are using this rig the last hour to 1.5 hours prior to dark with this time actually better that the early morning time as the water warms up.

For this pattern I’m targeting main lake and main creek points with grass and am fishing from 4 to 12 ft. In the morning if it’s cloudy we will stay shallow until they stop biting.  

We continue to use the drop shot as some days that is our most productive pattern as there are still a lot of bass in 25-30 ft. However as more bass start to ‘stage’ prior to the spawn the drop shot will start to lose some of its effectiveness.  

However, behind a strong cold front for a couple of days you can still catch them on a drop shot as they back off the next ledge (drop off). My favorite drop shot bait is a Bottom Hopper with morning dawn my favorite color.

Remember, the Bottom Hopper now is in the Berkley Power Bait Series moved from the Havoc Series.  

Moving it to the Power Bait Series they made a good bait a great bait as now it has the Power Bait smell that bass love.  

However, don’t leave a pack in your wife’s car…..she will NOT be happy.


Crappie guide, George Jeane, says the bite is tough with most crappie caught in grass in 6-10 ft. with crappie jigs and Road Runners.  

The tough bite will get even tougher according to Jeanes with this current cold front.

However, the females are full of roe (eggs) and wanting to spawn.  Like bass, the male crappie will move up first usually to the back of major creeks.   

Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him at, landline 337-463-3848/Cell 337-401-0264. Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Check out his website at