Joslin: Keep your fishing license current

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

Hello, anglers.

Many of you reading this will are making plans for several days on the water as numerous folks gets both Thursday and Friday

off this week.

One reminder to Louisiana anglers is to

make sure you renew your fishing license as they expired on Sunday. You

can get them

at local outlets, online or you can do what I do often for family

and customers, which is to have them call 1-888-765-2602

and order over the phone. You will be assigned a number you can

use immediately as long as you have a valid driver’s license.

Also, when you call you will need a credit card. A processing fee

of $3.50 for each license will be charged to your card.

Lake Conditions

The lake stands at 169.8 feet at midweek with both generators running from 2-7 p.m. weekdays.

Water temperatures have held steady

with the awesome cool front and are running from 82-85 degrees. I

normally check water

temps early morning as conditions are more stable and constant

then and you can get a more realistic idea about water temp

trends. If you check them in midafternoon, one afternoon could be

cloudy while next day is sunny, which makes a big difference,

especially in sun-drenched coves where surface temps can reach 90.

The entire lake is in good shape with stained conditions on north Toledo, midlake is slightly stained in some areas, but mostly

clear while south Toledo is very clear.

Fishing Report

BASS: Summer

patterns are here as we are spending more of our time in depths greater

than 18 feet. Bass are also in groups we are

finding out so if you catch a fish on deep structure slow down and

fish it thoroughly. It is not uncommon to catch 3-6 fish

in one area.

However, we continue to fish shallow

the first 30 minutes to an hour each morning and the same late

afternoons. With the weather

so hot we have been doing several split schedules when we fish

from dawn till about 10 a.m. and then get off the lake until

4:30 p.m. and fish until dark. This gives you the early and late

bite and you don’t have to cook in the midday sun.

We are catching a few fish on topwater early as well as with small crankbaits. If we don’t get action the first 10-15 minutes

we go to a Texas rig and work points with grass. We start shallow with the Texas rigs (6-12 feet) and then move out deeper

as the sun gets high working the Texas rigs as deep as 20-25 feet. If the Texas rig slows we move to the drop-shot rig and

work 18-28 feet.

The drop-shot has been good for us the past 2-3 weeks.

We are rigging it with 8- to 10-pound

test Berkley 100 percent Trilene Pro Grade Fluorocarbon on both spinning

and baitcast

rigs. With that light of line, I choose a medium-action 7-foot,

3-inch Veritas rod (Abu Garcia) where I can set the hook hard

and the line will not break as the medium action has enough

cushion to absorb the strong hook-set.

The drop-shot setup I am describing is when I bury the hook in the worm. If you choose to nose-hook the worm, leaving the

hook exposed, then a strong hook-set is not needed. Because I am using the drop-shot in mostly bright conditions, my worm

choices are those that are translucent which allows light to penetrate the worm such as watermelon, cherry seed and smoke


We are also using large worms with Texas rigs as well as Carolina rigs in deep water. In addition, we are also catching bass

on deep-diving crankbaits. We’ll go more into those next week since we spent a lot of time this week with the drop-shot. I

get a lot of questions about drop-shot rigs plus many of my clients want to learn this technique.

CRAPPIE AND YELLOW BASS: Noe Garcia and Ernie Cole, both crappie guides, continue to catch good crappie in baited brush piles in 18-28 feet. Live shiners

and 1/16-ounce crappie jigs are the baits of choice with shiners being first choice in most cases.

Yellow bass are more numerous under schools of bass with spoons, medium crankbaits and tailspinners all good choices with


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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