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Joe Joslin Sam Rayburn & Toledo Bend Guide Service Report
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Current Fishing Report for Toledo Bend Lake
Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
2012Hello fellow anglers. We are
I Hope you are having a great Christmas season and spending some of
it outdoors. The weather has been good for fishing most days this past week if
you don't mind cold weather. We started several days last week with daylight
temps from 30 to 35 degrees but when the sun came up it warmed quickly with most
afternoons seeing 60 degree temperatures. Almost perfect weather as far as I am
concerned when you slip into some Gortex before you head up the lake to your
first fishing hole and take it off at 9 a.m. Sure beats the hot sultry days of
July and August.
This has increased the demand for quality spinning tackle and has
resulted in a major increase in the manufacturing of these units. One of those
reel manufacturers that has significantly increased its spinning tackle product
line is Abu Garcia. Currently they have three series with multiple reels in each
series with a total of over 50 different spinning reel models which meets the
needs of almost all fresh water situations and many salt water. These reels
range in price from $29.95 to $249.95. The Cardinal Series is the most
affordable followed by the Orra series and then the Revo Series which is the
flag ship models.
I have used some of the reels in each family but for years we used
the Cardinal Series as those were the only ones offered. These reels(Cardinal)
all work great, affordable and stand up to on the water challenges as have
caught lots of fish on them and multiple bass over 10 pounds on them.
The Cardinal Series($29 to $49) has also been newly re-designed and
up-graded. Then 3 years ago Abu offered the Orra Series ($69 to $119) and wow
have we enjoyed those. Then last year Abu Garcia came out with the first Revo
spinning reel (Revo Premier-four models) and now for 2013 they have added the
Revo Inshore(2 models), Revo SX( 4 models) and Revo S (4 models).
For the first time this past week I used a Revo SX30 on a Fenwick
HMG 7' medium action while drop shotting. After catching numerous fish and using
it several days, I feel it is the finest spinning combo I have ever fished with
in my fishing career. The SX Series has 4 models including SX10,20,30 and 40
with the smaller the number the smaller the reel and the smaller the line
The Revo SX30 I am using weighs about 8 ozs and holds 175 yds of 8 lb test. Like all the top selling baitcasting Abu Garcia Revos, the Revo spinning reels show excellent workmanship and the latest design. The Revo SX Series all retail for $159.95.
LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level is 167.6 feet with generating 2 or
3 days per week one unit from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The surface water temperature
ranges from 58-60 degrees. North Toledo is stained but clearing, mid lake is
mostly clear and south Toledo is very clear. All major creeks have stained
conditions in the upper portions.
FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Last week with cold nights and very cold
mornings most all patterns have involved a slow presentation. We caught a lot of
bass last week but had to slow down, use electronics and thoroughly work the
structure. Winter schools of bass often bunch up tight and it is easy to miss
them when you are out on main lake and major feeder creeks structure. This is
really true when working a creek channel on large ridge or hump.
There are few things that I enjoy more when it comes to bass
fishing than to search, locate and catch bass off of deep structure. What makes
it even more challenging is that bass currently are anywhere from 2 to 40(plus)
feet depending the weather conditions. However, a huge majority of our efforts
the past month have been targeting depths of 18 feet and deeper with 30
feet(plus) the norm.
When weather moderates(3-5 days of south winds) we have been using
a large spinnerbait(Stanley 3/4 oz and Jeane Tackle 1 oz) fished slowly on
outside edge of submerged grass. We also have been working TX rigged Havoc
Bottom Hoppers and Trick Worms on outside edge of grass as well as slow-cranking
a DD22 on ridges of 15 to 30 feet.
On tough, high pressure days we are working jigging spoons and drop
shot rigs. On jigging spoons we are using both 1/2 and 3/4 oz spoons in depths
of 25 to 40(plus) feet. On our drop shot patterns we are working 20 to 40 ft
depths with Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper Jr in watermelon, w.m. red and shady
watermelon candy. For spoons we use 17 lb test Berkley Trilene Big Game (clear
and lo-vis greens) and drop shot we use 8 lb test Berkley Trilene 100%
Fluorocarbon line on a Revo SX spinning reel with Fenwick HMG Spinning medium
The crappie fishing is fair but hasn't 'gone nuts' like it was this
time last year. The main factor is that we have not had enough cold weather to
pile the bait (shad) and the crappie in the deep holes along the Sabine River
channel especially The Chicken Coop. I have heard reports of fair-to-decent
catches along the river but nothing to warrant a long drive to The Coop. Crappie
guide, Noe Garcia, has been catching 25-30 good crappie out of his brush piles.
The yellow bass are in good numbers along main feeder creeks and river channel
and can be caught on spoons and tailspinners such as Norman's Knock Off and
Mann's Little George. Wishing you a Happy New Year and God's Blessings.
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 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or website
There are two basic patterns productive currently with those being
a shallow pattern in 2 to 12 feet plus a deeper pattern that is running about 15
to 22 ft. We've been catching some of the larger bass in the deeper ridges but
more numbers in the shallows. That is not to say we have been catching only
small bass in the shallows because we have been catching good numbers of bass
from 2-4 pounds in the mid-to-shallow areas. Some of our best numbers of decent
bass have been coming on buzzbaits( Norman Triple Tail) as well as Stanley's
Vibra-Wedge double willow spinnerbaits (3/8 oz) which we have been using over
submerged grass both along the shoreline as well as on
We also are having great success working a TX rig with Berkley
Havoc Bottom Hopper and Trick Worm with 17 lb Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon
and 2/0 and 3/0 Daiichi and XPoint offset worm hooks. Best color for Bottom
Hopper has been Shady Watermelon Candy and Green Pumpkin. We are working Tx rigs
in 6 to 14 feet extremely slow.
Also, in 10-14 ft we have had good success on Berkley Flicker Shad
and DLNs by Norman. In water
15 to 22 ft we are working 10 inch Power Worms, Carolina Rigged Havoc Rocket
Craw plus a 3/4 oz Stanley Bug Eye Football Jig with small Chigger Craw trailer.
Also caught nice fish "long Lining' a DD22 with 10 and 12 lb test Berkley
Trilene 100% Flo on main points and flats near drops. A drop shot with a Bottom
Hopper Jr (4.75 inch) is also catching a bunch of bass in 16 to 24
Sam Rayburn Reservoir Fishing Report for October 15, 2012
Water temps are running in low-to-mid 70s this week with the lake
level at 161. 3 with one unit running at the dam 10 hours per day releasing
about 4000 cubit ft per second. 164.4 is considered by most to be official full
pool so the lake is about 3 ft below full pool but basically about normal for
October. Actually, I love the level in the fall to be 3-4 feet below full pool.
We have spend several days on the lake the past few weeks and have caught a lot
of fish with customers.