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Joslin: Spring turns cold shoulder to anglers

Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:51 AM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Hello, anglers.

Wow! Spring got set back a bit, huh? This was a very strong mid-spring cold front, but not all together uncommon. However, it did impact fishing for several days making some days basically unfishable with wind gusts to 40 mph Sunday and 25 mph on Monday. However, by Wednesday morning, conditions will have moderated and returned to mostly pre-frontal conditions.

Tradition has it that there is always a cold front close to Easter Sunday. The tradition continues.

Lake Conditions

The lake level is 169.6 feet at midweek with both generators shut down. Water temperatures have retreated with the severe front from mid-60s to 58-60. They will rebound later this week as daytime highs will return to upper 60s and low 70s by the weekend.

It is always a safe policy to be cautious and make sure you are on the lookout for floating logs and debris after a strong storm with high winds. It is quite common for large objects to be moved around in those conditions with some ending up in boating lanes.At least the rain and strong winds got rid of some of the pine pollen. Some days it was so bad there were actually clouds of the stuff.

Fishing Report

Last week the fishing was good all week and outstanding at times as we caught good catches everyday with multiple doubles. Now that’s fun to get two in the net at a time.

Action has slowed this week with the front as we continue to catch them, but not the numbers of the latter part of last week and also having to adapt with presentations. However, by midweek things will improve.

Our most productive approach all spring has been soft plastics fished at a snail’s pace. Weightless-to-light-weighted Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers, Rocket Craws, Power Lizards, Senkos and Trick Worms have been occupying most of our worming rods. We are fishing them weightless-Texas, lightly weighted, wacky as well as Carolina rigged depending on the weather and water conditions and time of day.

Our top colors have been the normal watermelon-and-green pumpkin family of colors. We also continue to catch bass on Stanley’s Vibrashaft spinnerbait in double willow blades with shad and white-and-chartreuse colored skirts. In addition, Bill Lewis’ Cherry Bomb Rat-L-Trap is still connecting on wind-blown points and ridges with scattered grass.

There are bass on main points as well as in the very back of creeks and drains and all in between. Because we do not practice sight fishing we fish a lot of primary and secondary points and anywhere there is a slight change of structure along any shoreline.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS: Crappie fishing before the front was decent in shallow water (2-10 feet) with shiners, Road Runners (by Blakemore) as well as Wedgetails (Stanley) on 1/16 ounce jig heads.

However, while a spring cold front slows down the bass fishing, it knocks the crappie bite down to its knees and takes a while to recover. By the weekend, returning moderate weather should make it possible to catch a mess of these sweet-tasting water creatures.

The yellow bass are spawning on deep sandy banks off main creeks and the river bed. Spoons and tail spinners are the tools you need. Depth can range from 25-45 feet.

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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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