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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
April 17, 2015

Hello, Anglers. We have had some interesting weather and it has impacted fishing, for sure. Multiple patterns continue to catch fish and we are catching a good many fish but we have had some days where we have had to be creative and adapt to catch some bass. We continue to get heavy rains so the lake is almost different every day. High winds and run-off from heavy rains are both contributing to lake conditions. Even on the south end, which normally is clear 98% of the time, is being impacted. I had a couple of areas that were very productive for several days straight but a day of hard rain and high winds muddied the area and made it unfishable. Fortunately we had other areas that were clear but we did lose those productive fishing spots until it cleared up which took a couple days.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level is 172 and both generators are running 24 hours. It looks like the lake will continue to get rain as it is forecast through Saturday with at least 50% each day up to 100%. Water temps are running 63 to 68 degrees with north Toledo heavily stained to muddy, mid lake is slightly to heavily stained and south Toledo is mostly clear to clear. Boat traffic continues to be above average as it has been for the past 5-6 weeks. The past three weeks have been super crowded.


We are catching bass on lots of patterns and lures but 75% are still on soft plastics. Other than soft plastics we are using Stanley Spinnerbaits, Sebile squarebill crankbait and Bill Norman's Pro Pop topwater. Our soft plastics include Texas rigs with weight, Texas rigs weightless, wacky rigs weightless, wacky rigs slighted weighted and drop shot. Our soft plastics on Texas rigs (weighted) include Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers and Trick Worms. Texas rigged weightless include Havoc Flat Dawgs and Senkos. We are wacky rigging several soft plastics including Havoc Flat Dawgs, 5 inch Senkos, Havoc Bottom Hoppers and Trick Worms. We use darker colors in the early part of the day and then move to more translucent colors (more light penetration) as conditions get lighter.

These color changes make a lot of difference, especially in the very clear water where I work. Some of the darker colors include candy bug and June bug. Some of the lighter colors include watermelon purple and watermelon seed. Then there are also colors that seem to work in both conditions which include Havoc's Bottom Hopper's shady watermelon candy and Yamamoto's watermelon blue flake.

I am using the lightest weight possible from 1/16 to 3/16 oz. and we are fishing all baits slow with lots of pauses.

We are continuing to fish slightly deeper as more and more bass join the post spawn crowd. We are also fishing a lot of both primary and secondary points. I am often ask about the difference between the two. A primary point is an obvious point where the land sticks out in the lake on a main creek or the main lake. A secondary point can be anything from an obvious point on a bank inside a cove or just a slight point of visible grass that comes off a bank. Sometime the secondary points can be the most productive as they are not fished as much as the obvious primary points.


The white bass have finished spawning because we are catching them on the south end as when they finish spawning they scatter and some of them make their way back to the south end. We caught several last week on spinnerbaits in Buck Creek and the Texas Island area. On the crappie/white perch scene, one great way to catch them currently is to stroll(using electric trolling motor) a crappie jig or Road Runner on the outside edge of the grass line which is from 8 to 16 feet. You want enough speed to keep the jig just above the submerged grass. The best times have been the first couple of hours in the morning and during cloudy conditions.

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


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