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Current Fishing Report for Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing Report
January 19, 2014

WATER CONDITIONS: Lake level is 160.49 and water temps are running from 50 to 53 degrees.

Hello Anglers. Even though it has been cold many days the past couple of weeks we are getting closer to early spring fishing patterns. All it will take is for one good warming trend of about 7 to 10 days and the fish population will start having thoughts of romance and will begin a migration toward slightly shallower water. Bass anglers refer this as the first round of "staging" as some of the bass will move up to structure that is not as deep as where they have been the past cold weeks of winter.

They will not all do this at one time but it will be a start to this year's spawning activity. it is a great time to catch several big bass together if you find one of these staging areas. One place that I scope out is drop offs or 'breaks' that is on the edge of a drop off and leads to a spawning flat. This break line is close to both deep and shallow water. If the weather warms, the bass can move to slightly more shallow water depths while if another cold front hits, the bass can slide back into deeper depths till the weather moderates again.

This is big bass season so make sure your tackle, line and hooks are in top condition. Many monster bass are lost every year because of angler error both in working the big bass too close to the boat plus just as often due to equipment failure mainly because of lack of tackle preparation. Failure to change line, using a poor knot, having an improper drag setting on the reel and using hooks that are not premium standard. As a guide those are the things I try to help my clients prevent before the big bass bites.

Another thing is expectations. There are so many big bass on Toledo and Rayburn that I do truly expect to catch a huge bass every time I launch my boat. Do I? Of course not but we catch our share. If you expect to catch a big bass every time you cast your lure you will work your bait in a more enticing manner and you will be ready when you get a bite in order to make a good hook set.

Attitude is huge!! I have had many guide trips where we caught very few fish the first 80% of the day but then the last part of the trip basically load the boat. A lot of that has to do with attitude, knowing the lake, making adjustments in depth and lure presentation and selection. That is why bass fishing is a life long sport and it never gets boring. Come on Spring 2014, we are pumped and ready.

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 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