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There is no better time to beat the banks at Toledo Bend than during the second phase of the spawn. Empty spawning beds not all bad
45 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

One of the banes of bed fishermen is empty beds.


Florida bass stockings conducted over the years by Louisiana and Texas have resulted in the presence of Florida (genetic) influence in 32.7% of the Toledo Bend bass sampled by the LDWF. Why all the big bass now?
85 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Ricky Yeldell pointed to two reasons for the recent rash of trophy bass coming from the waters of Toledo Bend.


Last May, 58 replicas were distributed to the 58 bass anglers with Toledo Bend lunkers at 10 pounds and over and entered into the Toledo Bend Lake Association’s Lunker Bass Program. About the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program
47 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

From January through the end of February there were already 13 bass over 10 pounds taken from Toledo Bend. These lunkers ranged from 10 to 12.86 pounds, according to Toledo Bend Lake Association records and other documented reports.


Kevin Madeley caught this 11.56-pounder near Housen Bay with a red crawfish Rat-L-Trap in 6- to 8-feet of water on March 1. Texan takes 11-plus-pounder near Housen Bay on Toledo Bend
1503 Views - Posted: April 14 at 11:01 am

With only 30 minutes until weigh-in for the Fishers of Men tournament at Toledo Bend on March 1, Texan Kevin Madeley and David Miller of Lake Charles had five fish in the livewell and just a few more minutes of fishing time to spare. 


Darold Gleason caught his third double-digit bass at Toledo Bend since November when he reeled in this 11.71-pounder near the Indian Mounds on Wednesday. Leesville angler catches third Toledo Bend lunker this season
3274 Views - Posted: April 11 at 3:38 pm

Darold Gleason might need more wall space to house all of the giant bass replicas he’ll be receiving soon from the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program.


George Smith with the 11.91-pound bass he caught Wednesday morning in Sandy Creek at Toledo Bend. Smith caught her with a white Zoom fluke in about 2 1/2-feet of water. Texas angler lands 11-pounder at Toledo Bend
2430 Views - Posted: April 11 at 2:39 pm

In about an hour’s time Wednesday morning at Toledo Bend, George Smith had more than 25 pounds of bass in his boat, including a hog that tipped the scales at almost 12 pounds.


Greg Hackney is fishing both the FLW Tour and the Bassmaster Elite Series this year, and has won more than $80,000 in six stops so far in 2014, Hackney hopes to keep tournament hot streak rolling on Beaver Lake
1755 Views - Posted: April 09 at 3:28 pm

On Thursday morning, Greg Hackney will blast off on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark. at the FLW Tour stop and participate in his sixth consecutive bass tournament dating back to March 6.


Derris Wiman with his 11.51-pound lunker, taken at Toledo Bend on March 30. Wiman caught the big female with a 5-inch jerk bait, Strike King's KVD Perfect Plastic Caffeine Shad. Shreveport angler snares 11.51-pound whopper at Toledo Bend
3027 Views - Posted: April 04 at 11:00 am

Shreveport’s Derris Wiman probably won’t hesitate from now on when someone asks him if they should get the net ready. 


Dennis Elmore shows off the 11.81-pound beauty he caught on March 24 near Buck Creek on Toledo Bend. Elmore caught the big female with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver in 4 feet of water. Texas angler catches big bass near Buck Creek on Toledo Bend
3721 Views - Posted: April 03 at 4:57 pm

After 39 years of dutifully fishing the spawn at Toledo Bend, Dennis Elmore finally scored the bass of a lifetime. 


If the second phase of the spawn happens in April as Dennis Tietje expects, the pockets, coves and creeks will be full of bass like this one. Delayed Gratification — Why Toledo Bend bass fishing will turn on this month
272 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

If there has ever been a colder winter at Toledo Bend, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Dennis Tietje cannot remember it.


Sulphur’s Jared Adams caught this impressive 12.86-pounder in Toledo Bend’s Hausen area on Feb. 9. Bend Bonanza — Keys for bass fishing the Toledo Bend spawn
302 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Half-ounce Rat-L-Traps were about as rare from Alexandria west to Toledo Bend last month as a Republican at an Obama rally.


North Louisiana's population of salvinia weevils was drastically affected by this winter's severe temperatures, so scientists are working on developing a cold-tolerant weevil for the northern parishes of the state. LDWF, LSU AgCenter search for cold-tolerant salvinia weevil for North Louisiana
2288 Views - Posted: March 26 at 2:32 pm

Unusually cold temperatures in the northern parishes are expected to have killed 90 percent of the salvinia weevils used to combat the invasive aquatic plant giant salvinia, which is clogging waterways across Louisiana.


Phillip Lee caught this 10-pounder near Pirate's Cove on Toledo Bend on Tuesday, March 18. It is his second double-digit bass eligible for the Toledo Bend Lunker Program. Another wild week of 10-pounders at Toledo Bend
5011 Views - Posted: March 25 at 1:44 pm

At least three more anglers landed big-time bass during the last week at Toledo Bend.

Here’s a recap of how they caught their lunkers. 


Thomas Hymel of Paulina holds up his 10.6-pound Toledo Bend lunker he caught last Friday in the Patroon area on a black-and-blue Delta jig with a blue sapphire Zoom Super Chunk trailer. Paulina angler catches 10-pounder in Patroon area at Toledo Bend
4508 Views - Posted: March 24 at 3:23 pm

What a difference a day makes.


Hunter Gothia, of Bridge City, Texas, used Big Bite's Warmouth swim bream to catch this 10.41-pounder near Housen Bay at Toledo Bend on March 15. Texas angler takes yet another Toledo Bend 10-pounder
3971 Views - Posted: March 20 at 10:41 am

With the fishing tough at Sam Rayburn Lake near his camp, Hunter Gothia of Bridge City, Texas, ventured to Toledo Bend last week to get in on the spectacular bass action that’s taken the reservoir by storm this month.


Missouri's Lance Wakeland caught this 13.3-pounder near Holly Park Marina on Toledo Bend Tuesday. Missouri angler takes Toledo Bend 13.3-pounder
9933 Views - Posted: March 19 at 3:35 pm

After fighting sustained 25-mph southerly winds on Toledo Bend on Tuesday morning, Missouri anglers Lance Wakeland and John Bilgere agreed to get back on the water about 5 p.m.


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