Joslin: May shows signs of late spring

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

Hello, anglers.

May is here but you would not know it

from night and early morning air temperatures. For five days in a row we

had morning

temps in the 40s with one in the upper 30s. The only reason there

was no frost was because of high winds. Even so, the foliage

around the lake and surrounding area is plush green and just


The high winds really slowed down the boat traffic last week, but this week is beautiful and the fish are biting.

Lake Conditions

The lake level was 170 .4 feet at midweek with both generators shut down and surface water temperatures 67-70.

The lake is in great shape with north Toledo having stained conditions, midlake is slightly stained-to-clear while south Toledo

is clear-to-very clear.

The winds the past week have been highly unusual for late April and early May with four days in a row with winds from 15-40

mph. Thank God for a strong trolling motor and secure fishing rig. The winds have moved some stuff around (logs/floaters)

so remain alert even if you are in a familiar boat lane.

Fishing Reports

BASS: There’s

still a lot of bass shallow so anglers have a lot of options. For us

recently, catching bass is not too much of a

problem, but hooking up with quality is a challenge which it often

is in the post-spawn. We did have a 7.5-pounder earlier

this week that hit in about 8 feet of water along with several

other quality fish. Our most productive patterns have been

Stanley Spinnerbaits on windy banks, Texas rigs in shallow and

mid-depth hydrilla, wacky rigs in 6- to 14 foot-plus topwater

poppers and walkers.

The top colors and choices in soft

plastics include Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers, Havoc Rocket Craws, Trick

Worms. Kandi Stik

and Speed Craw. Top colors are Shady Watermelon Candy and Smoke

Purple (Bottom Hopper), watermelon candy and watermelon purple

glitter in Trick worm and similar colors on the other soft


Drop-shot patterns are increasing in success with the 4.75 Bottom Hopper rigged on 6- and 8-pound test Berkley 100 percent

fluorocarbon and No. 1 and 1/0 XPoint widge-gap hook. My drop-shot reel is a Revo SX Spinning reel and 7-foot medium-light

Veritas rod (Abu Garcia).

CRAPPIE: It has been good for crappie anglers the past week when winds have allowed them to get on the lake. Crappie guide Jack Adams

said, “The crappie are biting well on the brush piles and we are limiting out almost every day that the wind will allow.”

Adams is using live shiners and jigs over baited brush piles in 20-28 feet depths. Other crappie anglers are catching them

strolling crappie jigs on the outside edge of grass lines from 10-18 feet. Some of the best areas on the south end of the

lake includes Louisiana Islands, Red’s Point and Pirates Cove.

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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