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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
November 17, 2014

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Hello, Anglers. Those of us who enjoy fall fishing are enjoying some beautiful days on the lake. We are having to adjust our patterns because of the numerous fronts that keep rolling through and this week will be no different as we will have at least two cold fronts to deal with by the end if the week.

We also could be looking at the coldest temperatures so far this fall as the Toledo area is expected to fall into the 30s. Check out our fishing reports to see how we have been dealing with these changes.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The water level is continuing to fall slightly as the level early this week was 168.20 feet with one generator running 8 hours on week days. Surface water temps are from 68 to 72 degrees but these will fall several more degrees before this column is published. By Friday water temps will be down to mid- 60s and even lower. North Toledo is slightly stained, mid lake is mostly clear with some lightly stained in major creeks, south Toledo is clear to very clear.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Bass fishing was fair to good last week as we caught around 20 fish per day. We did have a full moon, lots of blue skies with much high barometric pressure which usually means I'm going to fish slower and deeper. That was the case last week for sure and will be the same this week. Stanley's Bugeye football jigs have been added to our repertoire of baits/patterns while working these on deep points and ridges from 18 to 30 feet. Green pumpkin and black/blue are our choice of jig colors plus we are using Berkley's Chigger Craw and Zoom's super chunks as trailers.

I have experimented with colors on jig trailers and have done well with green pumpkin, black/blue and watermelon red. We are fishing these on 17 lb test Berkley Trilene 100% Pro Grade Fluorocarbon on a Revo SX baitcast (Abu Garcia) with Fenwick's new Elite Tech (7' 2") worm rod. Our presentation of the jig has been slow with pauses and have been catching some solid bass on this and spotted bass up to 2.7 pounds.

Our other fish producers last week included spinnerbaits, Texas rigs, drop shot and spoons. Spinnerbaits were Stanley's Vibrashaft double willow blades in the 1/4 and 3/8 oz sizes with shad colored skirts. Our best results with spinnerbaits have been in low light conditions and on windy points and banks Last week with the full moon the early bite was slow but late afternoon was a little better. This week should see an improvement in the spinnerbait bite plus there will be some cloud cover which will help.

The Texas rig continues to be one of our most consistent tools with 12 to 24 feet our targeted depths with the sweet spot being from 14 to 22 feet. I look for scattered submerged hydrilla but have also caught them in pepper grass. Those bass in pepper grass are more shallow from 8 to 14 feet. Our best Texas rigged soft plastics have included Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers, Chigger Craws, Trick Worms and Speed Craws and basic watermelon colors have been successful for us. Work'em slowly.

There's lots of baits and patterns to use this time of year and the drop shot and spoons are two more methods that will catch bass. For drop shot we like the Havoc Bottom Hopper Jr (4.75 inches) in Shady Watermelon Candy and watermelon. For spoons we like 1/2, 3/4 and 1 oz. sizes in the hammered pattern. Our depth for drop-shotting and spoons covers a wide range from 18 to 40 (plus) feet. We did find a surprising number of schooling bass last week and use the 1/2 ounce version of spoon to catch some of those. Most of the schoolies were small but fun. We did manage to catch some bigger bass fishing around the schooling bass.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS: We are catching a few crappie in the mix while fishing a jigging spoon.

Catching some yellow bass too but having trouble getting on quality yellows as it may be a little early. Crappie guides say it is all in the brush piles and some of their deeper brush piles are paying off in the 28 to 35 feet range. Also a few crappie are being caught near the Sabine River on the northern part of the lake. This will improve as long as we don't get heavy rain to muddy the upper 50% of the lake. To my fellow anglers I'm wishing you good fishing and God's blessings.

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn., and 337-463-3848.


Joe Joslin Outdoors
Licensed Guide on Toledo Bend & Sam Rayburn
Tournament Angler & Outdoor Media
Member: Louisiana Outdoor Writers Assoc.& Southeastern Outdoor Press Assoc
160 Country Lane, DeRidder, LA 70634

Phone: (337) 463-3848