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Kevin  VanDam used a variety of crankbaits in his wire-to-wire victory earlier this month at the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Toledo Bend.

KVD details winning crankbait strategy on Toledo Bend

I’m getting a lot of questions about the crankbait strategy I used to win at Toledo Bend.

3 hours ago
Ty Humphries shows off the 11.74-pound Toledo Bend largemouth he caught Sunday to win the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash, including $10,000 cash, a brand new Triton boat and a 2016 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

11.74-pounder wins Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Toledo Bend

Long before Bassmaster Elite Pro Kevin VanDam’s win at Toledo Bend on May 15, Stonewall’s Ty Humphries had been fishing a Strike King Series 10XD crankbait bite for some great bass leading up to this weekend’s Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash.

May 23 at 1:52pm
Bassmaster Elite Series anglers pick up oxygenated bags of Florida largemouth bass fingerlings that they later distributed across the Toledo Bend reservoir this weekend.

Elite Series pros help restocking efforts on Toledo Bend

Everyone knows Bassmaster Elite Series pros can catch lots of bass at Toledo Bend — but as it turns out, they’re pretty good at stocking the reservoir with fingerlings, too.

May 16 at 9:57am
Kevin VanDam won the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Toledo Bend with a four-day total of 96 pounds, 2 ounces, almost 8 pounds ahead of second-place finisher Chris Lane.

KVD goes wire-to-wire at Toledo Bend

Kevin VanDam capped off a perfect week with another solid day on the water, bringing in 21 pounds, 6 ounces on Sunday to win the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Toledo Bend.

The Kalamazoo, Mich. pro’s total for the four-day tournament was an impressive 96 pounds, 2 ounces, almost 8 pounds heavier than second-place finisher Chris Lane.

May 15 at 6:10pm
Learn the best, most-comfortable way to strip and respool line and stick with it to make it less of a chore.

When it’s time to change your fishing line

Changing line needn’t be a hassle; you simply have to control the situation. Line-stripping tools facilitate removal, but if you use the hand-wrapping method, keep your wrapped fingers spread, as relaxing them allows you to easily remove all that old line you’ve bundled.

May 15 at 7:00am
Kevin VanDam caught five fish weighing  24 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to increase his lead over Chris Lane heading into the final day of the Bassmaster Elite stop at Toledo Bend.

KVD maintains lead after Day 3 on Toledo Bend

Despite a tougher day of fishing Saturday, Kevin VanDam positioned himself for a wire-to-wire victory heading into the final day of the Bassmaster Elite Series event at Toledo Bend, picking up a solid five-fish bag weighing  24 pounds, 12 ounces.

May 14 at 6:25pm
Kevin VanDam maintained his lead at the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Toledo Bend after another solid day on Friday, catching five fish for 20 pounds, 11 ounces and a 2-pound plus advantage over Chris Lane.

VanDam maintains lead after Elite Series Day 2 on Toledo Bend

The biggest thing Kevin VanDam hooked Friday was himself — but that didn’t stop him from putting together a 20-pound, 11-ounce bag to maintain his lead at the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Toledo Bend. 

May 13 at 6:25pm
Mike Nolen shows off the 12.11-pound lunker bass he caught near the Toledo Bend Dam on a Carolina-rigged 6-inch watermelon red lizard.

Put your money on plastic frogs

When I go bass fishing in May on Toledo Bend, my go-to lure will be — without a doubt — a soft-plastic that should wreak havoc on bass up and down the lake wherever peppergrass, milfoil and coontail is prevalent.

May 13 at 11:27am
Kevin VanDam leads after Day 1 of the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Toledo Bend with a 5-fish bag weighing-in at 29-05.

KVD leads after Elite Series Day 1 at Toledo Bend

Kevin VanDam decided to go deep Thursday, and the move paid off with a 29-pound-plus bag good enough for the Day 1 lead at the Bassmaster Elite Series top on Toledo Bend. 

May 12 at 6:26pm
A full field of 108 Elite Series anglers will be fishing the Bassmaster stop at Toledo Bend May 12-15.

Elite Series anglers expecting high, muddy water at Toledo Bend

Most of the 108 professional anglers on the Bassmaster Elite Series have had at least some experience on Toledo Bend — but probably not in the conditions they’ll face next week.

May 06 at 11:30am
At almost the halfway point of the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series season, Greg Hackney of Gonzales already has two Top 10 finishes, and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Angler of the Year standings.

Hackney off to fast start in 2016

Tenth place at the 2016 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa. Two Top 10s already, including a second place finish to kick off the season on the St. Johns River that would have likely been a victory — except for an improbable weekend run by Rick Clunn. Currently first place in Angler of the Year standings…

May 04 at 5:56am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney, right, and Tony Taylor, the publisher of Louisiana Sportsman, took a trip to the marshes around Lake Cataouatche earlier this spring and found lots of grass, and plentiful bass. Watch the episode for more details.

Hackney catches plenty of bass at Cataouatche

Shortly after Lake Cataouache vaulted Kevin VanDam to his fourth Bassmaster Classic title in 2011 with more than 69 pounds of fish, hydrilla that made the area great started vanishing — and the area’s bass population seemed to disappear right along with it.

May 02 at 3:20pm
Fishing line tells a lot of stories, and none of them are lies.

Line doesn’t lie - Top bass pros know when and where to use mono, braid and fluoro

Monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided line — options are numerous, and while certain fundamentals definitely guide the decisions; there’s plenty of room for creativity and situation-specific uses. Maybe you’re trying to make a lure do something or not do something; perhaps, the habitat you’re fishing presents a concentrated set of considerations. In any case, understand that line choice can greatly impact your productivity.

May 01 at 7:00am

Maybe Cataouatche is Coming Back

Lake Cataouatche was made famous in 2011 when Kevin Van Dam won the Bassmaster Classic by fishing the body of water.

April 28 at 6:00pm
Jerry Thompson, with Living the Dream Guide Service at Toledo Bend, said the bulk of spring spawn is now complete, and bass are beginning to head to deeper water.

Target shad spawn to find Toledo Bend bass

Although there might be a smaller, secondary spawn on the horizon with this Friday’s full moon, for the most part the spring spawn is over and bass are starting to head back to deeper water at Toledo Bend, according to a local fishing guide.

April 19 at 7:42pm
With numerous launch sites on both sides of the lake, Toledo Bend anglers can always find a protected pocket in which to seek spawners.

Don’t get blown around

Toledo Bend’s a big lake, and even though it’s a lot longer than it is wide, you really don’t want to get caught in the middle during a big spring wind.

April 15 at 7:00am