Search Results

Bridges become important targets for bass anglers when the summer heat really cranks up.

Focus on bridges for summer bass

Summer heat sends most bass to the depths, looking for cooler waters and food sources. Bass pile up around deep-water points and ledges, but one of the most-overlooked structures comes in the form of bridge pilings.

July 18 at 5:38pm
Gonzales pro Greg Hackney knows burning crankbaits, topwaters and spinnerbaits can deliver tremendous strikes.

Fast and furious gear

Quick on the handle — yeah, that’s the basic premise of burning baits. But the proper tools greatly facilitate this tactic.

July 15 at 7:00am
Dylan Poche celebrates his 4th place finish — with a 22-pound, 8-ounce bag — in the Cowboy Division of an FLW event on Toledo Bend just weeks before he died in January.

Young angler’s memory lives on through ‘Fishing Around the World’ Program

Dylan Poche’s life may have tragically been cut short at the Sibley Lake boat launch in January, but his memory still lives on — thanks to the power of social media and a simple gesture started by his mom that’s literally now taking the name of a young man who aspired to be a bass pro around the world.

July 11 at 1:25pm
Big bass aren’t the only fish waiting to be caught at Toledo Bend. Crappie also are stacking up.

Heat is on at Toledo Bend

When the national spotlight turned to Toledo Bend in May, the lake really showed off.

And a week later, with even more pressure on this lake ranked No. 1 by Bassmasters Magazine, the reservoir flexed its muscles again in the Sealy Big Bass Splash.

July 06 at 9:36pm
The spinnerbait is probably the most popular

Bassmaster Elite Series pro fishing tips for summer bass

You know the deal: You’re chillaxing by the pool and some goober cannonballs the crowd — not once, but twice.

He’s climbing out to reload and, even though you really don’t feel like moving, you just have to lay down the law.

July 01 at 7:00am
Greg Hackney's Day 1 catch on Cayuga Lake was disqualified after he fished in an off-limits area behind a marina, according to B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon.

B.A.S.S.: Hack’s Day 1 Cayuga Lake catch DQ’d

It looked for a while that Gonzales’ Greg Hackney had maintained his Angler of the Year lead after the Day 1 weigh-in on Cayuga Lake, with a solid 17-pound, 8-ounce bag good for 36th place.

June 24 at 1:28am
Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas/Louisiana border has been named the No. 1 bass fishery in the country for the second year in a row by Bassmaster Magazine.

Toledo Bend retains Bassmaster’s No. 1 ranking for 2016

For the first time since Bassmaster started creating a Top 100 Best Bass Lakes ranking, a fishery has managed to claim the honor in back-to-back years. And 2016 also marks the first time the coveted title has been awarded to the same location twice.

June 21 at 10:51am
Learning to skip a jig is just a matter of practice and the right equipment.

Skipping jigs

If you’ve ever seen an angler that really knows how to skip a jig under a boat dock, you’ll see why they are so good at catching bass around these structures.

June 16 at 6:00am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney pocketed $100,000 and a 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth Sunday (June 12) by winning BASSfest at Lake Texoma.

Hackney wins BASSfest and 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney bagged 17 pounds, 15 ounces of bass today to win the Bassmaster BASSfest Championship at Lake Texoma. His four-day total was 66-2, which bounced him from third to the top spot.

The Gonzales pro, who is leading the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year race, earned $100,000 dor the win — and an automatic berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic to be held at Lake Conroe outside of Houston.

June 12 at 8:17pm
Casey Ashley of Donald, S.C., moved back into the lead after Day 3 of BASSfest on Lake Texoma. Gonzales' Greg Hackney is in third place heading into the final round of competition on Sunday, 4 pounds and 13 ounces out of the lead.

Ashley back on top at BASSfest, Hackney slips to 3rd

On the strength of a 17-pound, 5-ounce bag, Casey Ashley reclaimed the lead after Day 3 of BASSfest on Lake Texoma, with Gonzales’ Greg Hackney in third after a day without a big bite.

June 11 at 4:46am
On the strength of a 20-2 five-fish stringer on Thursday, Gonzales' Greg Hackney moved into the lead after Day 2 at BASSfest on Lake Texoma.

Hack surges into Day 2 lead at BASSfest on Lake Texoma

Sportsman TV host and current Angler of the Year leader Greg Hackney has all of his eggs in one proverbial basket, but so far the risk has paid off at BASSfest on Lake Texoma.

June 09 at 10:43pm
Wesley Travis, 17, with a nice bass he caught out of Pirates Cove during a Feb. 20 trip to Toledo Bend.

Fish frogs in grass for Toledo Bend bass

Remember this as you plan a bass fishing trip to Toledo Bend in June: It’s postspawn, sure, but those bass that left their love nests in the shallows after the deed was done will return there in late May and through June.

June 09 at 2:25pm
South Carolina's Casey Ashley grabbed the lead after Day 1 of BASSfest on Lake Texoma. On Bassmaster Live Thursday morning, Ashley caught a 6-plus pounder, and had an estimated total weight of 34 pounds.

Ashley dominates dirty Texoma on Day 1 of BASSfest

Flooded shorelines and muddy water didn’t stop some Bassmaster Elite Series pros from finding big bass during Day 1 Wednesday at the Bassmaster BASSfest at Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma border.

June 09 at 10:27am
The key to catching bass even when muddy water hits a reservoir is finding color lines between the dirty and clean water.

Muddy-water bass fishing tactics

Summertime rains can really ruin a fishing trip, especially when your lake of choice collects water from a large drainage area.

And it seems that it never rains on Monday, when you are starting off the week with visions of the coming weekend of catching fish.

June 07 at 6:00pm
LiveTarget's hollow-body sunfish moves erratically on the surface, generating lots of awesome topwater strikes.

Lure Review: LiveTarget's sunfish

Apparently startled, certainly rattled, a small, injured bream swam to the surface, zigged and zagged in the scattered grass, jumped a little and landed sideways before continuing to move erratically until it settled back into the water to meet its fate.

June 06 at 9:55pm
The Toledo Bend Lake Association on May 22 awarded 139 replicas to anglers who participated in the Lunker Bass Program during the 2015-16 season. The biggest bass weighed 14.16 pounds, and was caught by Opelousas angler Kacy Fisher near Housen in March.

139 lunker bass replicas recently awarded at Toledo Bend

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.

June 02 at 9:35am