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Toledo Bend update

Joe Joslin
Joe Joslin Outdoors

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts.  You know is VERY hot on my favorite fishing hole.  The SRA (Sabine River Authority) said they lake level is 171.31 msl (mean sea level) with both units running 24 hours each day. At the emergency spillway all gates are closed.  Water temperatures are 85-87 degrees Fahrenheit.  

We are fishing early from first light 5:45 until 9ish and then returning to the lake at 5 p.m. and fishing until dark. Summer patterns are definitely in vogue with the closest an angler gets to sunup and sundown the better the bite will be.  On our shallow patterns we are using a favorite topwater bait top water called a Berkley Chopper 90 in shad patterns. We continue to take some nice bass wacky rigging The General in green pumpkin and pumpkin party.   We also are using a wacky rig  Senko in mad melon and watermelon blue flake.

The biggest change this week is the bass are wanting the Carolina Rig.  We are using the same rig we have always used with a medium heavy rod like a Fenwick E lite 7’ and a Revo STX reel. I like a 4 foot leader made out of the same line I use on my main line which is 17 pound test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon.  I like to have a 4 foot leader with at least a ½ inch sinker and prefer a ¾. This rig helps to make long cast which you need in fishing Carolina rigs in deep water like 15 to 25 feet.  On our C rigs Berkley’s Pit Boss in Bama red also Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin and watermelon red.   

We also use a Texas rig with a heavy sinker from ½ or ¾ oz. and fish those with the same baits we did on the Carolina rigs with Berkley’s Pit Boss and Baby Brush Hogs. However, we also use a lighter sinker 3/16 when fishing from 4 to 12 feet when targeting bass in that depth of water.  My normal bait in that depth I like to use is a Bottom Hopper in June Bug also red bug.    

Crappie Report

I talked to Crappie guide Tater Reynolds before writing this column and he said the numbers of crappie are increasing as well as the size. They normally are using live shiners but occasionally a group of crappie will prefer a crappie jig.  They continue to fish around their brush piles in 26-27 feet with crappie suspending 13-14 feet in the water column.    

Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him via email, landline 337-463-3848/Cell 337-401-264. Joe Joslin is a syndicated writer and is published by numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Check out his website.