Hello, Anglers. I have had a blast the past few days on The Bend. The weather has been beautiful and the fish have been hungry. I have had no problems navgating the lake but have had to use extreme caution 100% of the time. Numerous marker bouys were blown out of position during the storm and most have not been corrected. In addition, the storm broke up large numbers of logs/trees and many are floating all over the lake and some of these are in boat runs. On calm days, most are visible and boaters can avoid them but on windy days with waves breaking up the surface, they become very hard to see. A few more anglers are showing up on the lake but fishing pressure remains light. I have been seeing 12-15 boats per day which is almost nothing when you consider that I have been fishing both sides of Toledo from the dam north to Toro and Six Mile/Housen which is approximately 30,000 to 40,000 of Toledo's 180,000 surface acres. Mathmaticlly, every boat would have over 2K acres each....not exactually crowded, huh? Sure makes it easier on a guide. Fishing has been excellent! Check out
the FISHING REPORTS section of our column.
LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level stands at 163.14' with generators running only a few hours weekly. Water temperatures have fallen and range from 69-73 degrees which is just about perfect. Most all of the lake has clear water conditions with the extreme north end having some slightly stained conditions.
AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo Bend/Sam Rayburn. His sponsors include Yamaha/Skeeter Boats and Motors, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Fenwick, G.T. Industries, ReAction Lures, Stanley Jigs Inc., Jay's Carpet One and TTI Industries. He can be reached at 337-463-3848, 409-565-1288 and firstname.lastname@example.org.