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Joslin: Bass head to deeper water when skies are bright

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 9:33 PM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Hello, anglers.

It has been fun to be on The Bend these past weeks and the next few weeks looks to be more of the same and could be even better as cooler days become the norm.

We are starting to see a slight color change with the foliage and when you are out on the main lake the view is not obstructed at all. Beautiful.

Lake conditions

The lake level is 168.17 feet with both generators shut down. This is a change as one unit has been running 24/7 for the past 2-3 weeks.

Water surface temperatures are 73-76 degrees, which is a slight drop and this trend will continue based on future weather forecasts. The entire lake has good water conditions with north Toledo slightly stained, midlake mostly clear and very clear down south.

A word of caution is to keep a heads-up for floaters in the boat lanes as there are more than normal on the main lake and many are large.

Fishing reports

BASS: The manner in which we have been catching bass the past several days has not changed a great deal since last week. However, we may have spent a little more time in deep water recently since we have had a lot of bright skies.

Multiple patterns and depths continue to be the norm, which does keep things interesting. At least half of our bass are coming off submerged grass which we are targeting with Top Water (Pro Pop, Yellow Magic and Chug Bug) as well as buzz baits and Stanley Vibra-Wedge double willowleaf spinnerbaits. In addition, some days we are working Stanley’s Swim-Max jigs in the grass.

We are also attacking the outside edge of the grass from 10-20 feet with

Texas rigs, wacky rigs and crankbaits. Our Texas rigs are getting Trick Worms, Berkley’s Havoc Bottom Hopper and Rocket Craw with best color on Bottom Hopper being shady watermelon candy and Rocket Craw is watermelon purple. On our wacky rigs we like 5-inch Senkos and Bottom Hoppers and work the outside edge of grass lines.

When we go deep we use a 10-inch Power Worm (Berkley)-rigged Texas, deep-diving crankbait (Norman’s DD22) and drop-shot using a Bottom Hopper Jr. (4.75 inch). These multiple patterns have been successful for us for several weeks and still are producing good numbers as well as quality bass for us.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS: Crappie fishermen are still catching enough for fish fries but the fishing has not been outstanding. The best catches are coming from deep piers with brush as well as brush piles built on points and edge of drop-offs. Both shiners and jigs are catching.

One of my neighbors on the south end (Indian Creek) has 20-22 feet of water under his dock and is catching 10-15 nice crappie each day using jigs. Yellow bass are active and are in the main creeks chasing schools of shad. There is so much bait in all major creeks. A spoon, tailspinner (Norman knock-off) and quarter- and half-ounce Rat-L-Trap are all catching a mixture of largemouth, spotted bass, yellow bass and a few whites.

Aba tournament

American Bass Anglers District 45 is back after taking a year off. This year’s schedule will feature seven events — Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 10, March 30, March 31 — on Toledo Bend. Contact local tournament organizer Travis Merritt at 240-3332 or visit for more information.


Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. His column appears Thursdays. Contact him at 463-3848 or or visit

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