Bass Fishing

Flooded cypress trees are one of Toledo Bend’s top spawning habitats.

‘March’-ing on at Toledo Bend

What will this winter’s unseasonably cold temperatures mean for spawning action this month at Louisiana’s premier big-bass location?
March 01 at 7:00am
Representing protein-rich meals, topwater frogs can be deadly throughout the spawn season.

Top 5 tips to connect during the spawn

Largemouth bass know they’re vulnerable when they move shallow. Employ these tactics this spring, and you just might land the lunker of a lifetime.
March 01 at 7:00am
Keith Poche invented his KP Power Spinner while he was still a teenager.

Cane River tailspin

Elite Series pro Keith Poche created a versatile lure when he was a teenager that he still uses on tour today. Find out how the inventor of the KP Power Spinner rigs up — and then mops up the bass.
March 01 at 7:00am
The waters in South Louisiana are often more stained than in other regions, so catching spawning bass requires other tactics than sight-fishing.

Spawn down south

The stained waters of South Louisiana are packed with bass, but catching them is rarely a sight-fishing deal. So use these tips from Elite Series pros who grew up down south to catch more lunkers this spring.
March 01 at 7:00am
Moss Bluff angler Ryan Melancon caught this 10-pounder while fishing Toledo Bend out of a 15-foot aluminum boat.

10-pound Toledo Bend lunker makes 'worst best trip'

Behemoth bass caught out of 15-foot aluminum boat
February 28 at 9:10am
Missouri angler Mike Plank was just trying to catch a few crappie when this 8 1/2-pound bass sucked up his lure. Amazingly, the 6-pound-test line held until Plank's buddy netted the huge bass.

Crappie angler lands Toledo Bend lunker bass on 6-pound-test line

Big bass has measurements of 10-pounder, taxidermist says
February 27 at 5:36pm
Chris Clement, of Bastrop, caught this giant largemouth bass on Sunday, Feb. 18, during a Media Bass tournament on Lake Claiborne. After weighing-in the 12.79-pounder, Clement released the fish back into the lake.

Lake Claiborne gives up 12-pound-plus hawg

Clement catches, releases potential lake record largemouth
February 22 at 6:01pm
Phillip Durio of Elton was just trying to catch one more keeper fish to eat when he hooked this 11.67-pound lunker bass from a dock at the end of a Toledo Bend trip.

Lenten dinner trip results in 11-pound bass

Elton angler was just trying to catch enough to eat when Toledo Bend toad struck
February 21 at 10:25am
Lafayette's Eric Arnold caught this 10.65-pound bass Feb. 17 while fishing the Patroon branch of Toledo Bend.

Toledo Bend 10-pounders stacking up

Arnold’s 10.65-pound bass leads the latest crop of Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program entries
February 20 at 4:43pm
New Iberia Bassmaster Elite Series pro Caleb Sumrall (left) and Kajun Boss Outdoors' Marcus Curry put together a nice stringer of bass this week by targeting post-spawn fish.

Basin bass already moving to post-spawn pattern

Another wave of spawners waiting to move up, Sumrall says
February 20 at 2:50pm
The existing slot limit for bass on Caney Creek Reservoir is being removed effective Feb. 20, and is being replaced with normal statewide regulations calling for a 10-fish daily creel limit and no length restrictions.

LDWF removing slot limit for bass on Caney Creek Reservoir

Ten-fish daily creel with no length restrictions effective Feb. 20
February 16 at 3:04pm
Rickey Lee never buries the hook tip into the body of his creature baits, instead allowing it to ride in the groove on the lure’s body.

Tip of the day

February 15 at 7:00am
Salvinia will quickly clog a motor’s water intake port, so Rickey Lee often checks his motor’s tattletail.

Salvinia is tough on motors

February 15 at 7:00am
Salvinia can completely close off parts of the lake to fishing when winds blow the massive mats into an area.

Salvinia, salvinia and more salvinia

February 15 at 7:00am