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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
October 8, 2018

Hello anglers and outdoor addicts. Somewhat cooler weather has helped for those of us who love being outside. In long term weather forecasts I don’t see any day time highs in the 90s. The highest I saw was 88 degrees with some highs in the mid to upper 70s. Fall is arriving but it is taking its own sweet time. We have some night time lows on south Toledo in mid to upper 60s.

LAKE CONDITIONS: At mid-week the lake level was 168.22’ mean sea level. One generator was scheduled to run from 12 noon to 8 p.m. At the emergency spillway all gates are closed. Water temperatures have fallen to 81-82 degrees which has helped the fishing. Another 5 degrees less would really help and put a lot more fish in shallow grass. We are finally getting more grass on the south end of The Bend. Some of it is hydrilla but most is pepper grass and coon tail. There are places where there’s lots of grass in Housen, Six Mile, Indian Creek and Mill/Clear Creeks. These grassy areas are on protected points and protected banks where they are blocked from strong winds/waves out of the south and north.

BASS REPORT: With all the cloud cover a rain the shallow bite improved somewhat. The wacky rig on the outside of the grass line worked as about 1/3 of our bass came off the wacky. On the wacky rig we are using 10 lb. test Big Game mono and a 2/0 Fusion Aberdeen hooks with spinning and spin cast rigs, mostly spinning. My all-time favorite spinning reel is a Revo Rocket with a 7.0:1 gear ratio which is super-fast for a spinning reel. Many times the bass will hit the wacky rig on the fall and will run either straight at you or to the left or right which leaves a lot of slack line to pick up. The fast RR helps to solve that issue.

If you have been following our reports you know that we continue to use a lot of Texas rigs. The first rig is for shallow bass with a 3/0 off set Fusion worm hook, a 3/16 oz. sinker and a Bottom Hopper or Trick worm. This rig eases through the shallow grass and it looks natural with the straight tail 6.25 inch worm, small bullet sinker and 17 lb. 100% Trilene Fluorocarbon line. My other Texas rig for deeper water (12 to 25 ft.) is a 10 inch Berkley Power Worm in black/blue and plum. For this rig I use a 4/0 offset Fusion hook, 17 lb. fluorocarbon line, Revo STX reel, 7’0 medium heavy Fenwick Techna rod.

Since I am fishing deeper I need a heavier sinker so move up to a 3/8 or ½ oz. bullet shaped sinker so it will come through brush tops, stumps and other structure.

On shallow flats/ridges we are having success on a square bill crankbait by Berkley called SquareBull (formally Pit Bull). As far as color we are using perch and shad patterns. Our best success is coming from one that runs from 4-6 ft. We are also having some success on top water with a Chug Bug and Yellow Magic in shad patterns. We are finding some schooling bass in the back of large coves using Chug Bugs, Yellow Magic and half ounce spoons.

CRAPPIE: Crappie guide, Jack Adams, says the crappie bite has improved. He and guests are using black/chartreuse crappie jigs as well as live shiners in shallow brush from 12 to 18 feet.

Joslin is a pro guide on both Toledo and Sam Rayburn and a TPWD licensed guide since 1998. Contact him at, 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


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