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Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report for June 16, 2014 - Deridder, LA 70634

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Jun. 16, 2014 8:56 PM
(YouPostTheNews) – Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report for June 16, 2014

Hello, Anglers. Triple T (Texas Tournament Trail) Championship was held on Toledo last weekend and some impressive bass were caught. Texas duo Phil Marks and Tim Reneau teamed up to catch over 63 pounds of bass in the two day event catching 10 bass that averaged over 6.3 pounds per bass. Those are awesome statistics and these guys are to be commended big time. Also, I want to take this opportunity to brag on my favorite fishing hole, Toledo Bend. What an awesome lake. I have not heard officially what these guys were using but they do have reputations of using a lot of heavy jigs and deep crank baits. I also imagine that deep, submerged grass also was a part of the picture.

LAKE CONDITIONS: The lake level on Tuesday stood at 170.5 feet with . The water temperature is ranging from 79 to 83 degrees with the lake in good shape with North Toledo stained, mid-lake is slightly stained-to-clear and south Toledo is clear-to-very clear. There is plenty of grass on all shorelines throughout the lake and there are reports that many areas of the mid-lake and even north of the bridge has submerged grass in places that has been void of grass for years. The higher lake level all spring plus clearer water conditions has helped the grass situation, no doubt.

FISHING REPORTS/BASS: Our patterns continue to trend deeper but there are still bass to be caught in less than 10 feet, especially early morning and late afternoons. I fish the southern 1/3 of Toledo most of the time and usually from Housen Bay south to the dam. The SRA has been generating a good bit the past couple of weeks and I have more confidence when they are pulling water. The current does become a factor that I feel makes a difference in how the bait fish as well as the bass position themselves. The current is a factor for sure on the south end and after it has been on a while, impacts areas further up the lake as well.

If they are using both generators at full capacity, I can visibly see the current around points near Texas and Louisiana islands, Indian creek and Mill Creek. However, most of the time there is no visible evidence but you can bet the bait fish and bass can sense the current. Schooling activity during warm water months (May -November) is also increased during periods where current is present. I definitely have noticed an increase in the numbers and size of schooling bass the past couple of weeks. Still a lot of small bass but there are also some bigger fish getting into the mix. The schooling fish have also been fairly aggressive.

Worming, whether Texas rig, Carolina Rig or drop shot are all trending deeper. A lot of the grass I am fishing is from 12 to 22' with much of that from 16 to 20' being what I call the "sweet spot." Some of my favorite areas to "worm" are submerged ridges and humps that everyone does not fish. I call these 'structure on structure' and some of these are submerged ridges that run off of a point. The point may be obvious but the ridge that runs off of it is not and many anglers fish the main point but miss the more subtle structure. These less obvious fish-holding areas can often hold a really big bass since it receives less fishing pressure. My biggest bass last week, an 8.2 pounder, came off of one of these type structures.

We fished more deep diving crankbaits last week as well and had decent luck with Norman's DD22 (Silent Series) in shad/purple and green/shad. We even caught several schooling bass with this bait.

CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS: Just about all the consistent crappie action is coming from those who have several baited crappie holes. These anglers are reaping the rewards of all the hard work of building and maintaining crappie brush holes. Many are catching limits each day with most brush piles in 25 to 30 feet and anglers are using live shiners and jigs fished above the brush about 15-18 feet down. The action has been excellent the past two weeks and should continue for a few more weeks. Yellow bass can be found in water from 20 to 35 feet with jigging spoons. Try to find an area where largemouth are schooling and work that with spoons and tailspinners. When you find this situation, it is common to catch 3-4 species of fish. Good fishing, God Bless.


AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com and website at //www.joejoslinoutdoors.com/

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