The Toledo Bend Lake Association awarded 139 replicas last month to anglers who caught 10-pound-plus bass during the 2015-16 Lunker Bass Program season.
It marked the fourth consecutive year at Toledo Bend - which was named the No. 1 bass fishery in the country by Bassmaster last summer - that the record number of 10-pound-plus fish that were caught and released increased from the previous year.
The biggest fish for 2015-16 belonged to Kacy Fisher of Opelousas, who caught a 14.16-pounder near Housen in March.
Of the 139 lunker bass caught, 93 were in the 10-pound class, 31 were in the 11-pound class, 12 landed in the 12-pound class and two were 13-pounders. Only Fisher’s bass exceeded 14 pounds.
Fourteen lunkers moved into the Top 100 all-time at Toledo Bend.
Derek Mong of Many caught and registered three lunkers in the 2015-16 season,while three fishermen —Darold Gleason of Leesville, Dennis Blankenship of Pleasant Hill and Rudy Vaussine of Lake Charles — caught and registered two lunkers each. Ninety-eight anglers from Louisiana caught and registered lunkers, 36 were from Texas and five were from out-of-state.
All fish caught and registered through the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program were tagged and returned to the lake to spawn and be caught again. Fourteen previously tagged fish were caught again this year.
The replicas were awarded by the Toledo Bend Lake Association at the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Cypress Bend Park on May 22.