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Jeff Broussard displays his 10.77-pound Toledo Bend lunker taken Jan. 11 near Housen. The big bass bit a Carolina-rigged Zoom 10-inch California 420 worm.<br />

Ragley angler takes Toledo Bend 10.77-pounder

Ragley’s Jeff Broussard couldn’t sleep in the early-morning hours of Jan. 11, so he ventured into his workshop and started piddling with his boat around 2 a.m.

January 19 at 9:20am
Frank Canizaro Jr. shows off the first lunker bass of 2017 — a 10.55-pounder he caught on Jan. 11 in the Huxley Bay area pitching a black-neon V&M Flatline jig.

Mansfield angler scores on Toledo Bend 10.55-pounder

Mansfield’s Frank Canizaro Jr. and his fishing buddy Andrew Pilcher initially set out on Toledo Bend’s waters near Huxley Bay on Jan. 11 in search of crappie.

January 16 at 9:40am
Data collected by the Toledo Bend Lake Association clearly shows February and March are the best months of the year to catch a double-digit bass at Toledo Bend.

When is the best time to catch a Toledo Bend lunker?

It’s the $1 million question: When should you make the haul to Toledo Bend for the greatest chance to catch one of the double-digit bass that teem in the huge reservoir?

Well, while monster bass are caught at the nations’ No. 1 bass fishery throughout the year, the best opportunity to get in on the big-fish action begins this month.

But odds tip farthest in your favor in March.

January 09 at 11:05am
The temperatures may be low, but bass know it’s time to start moving toward prespawn staging areas, so expect periods of aggressive feeding.

Throwdown in the slowdown — How to catch cold-water bass

“Cold water” and “lethargic” seem generally accepted as conjoined thoughts when dealing with winter bass.

However, savvy anglers know that, despite the chill, there remains real potential for some stellar bites during the early goings of a new year.

January 01 at 7:00am
The Arashi Spinbait is a finesse lure that drives suspended bass to eat.

Storm’s Arashi Spinbait

What looks like a topwater prop bait but isn’t because it does its work underwater to entice suspending bass?

The answer is Storm’s Arashi Spinbait, which made its grand appearance at this year’s ICAST show.

December 15, 2016 at 9:00am
Bassmaster Elite pro Greg Hackney suggests that anglers learn to fish in gloves for cold season comfort.

Cold concerns — How pro bass anglers overcome bitter cold

Diehard anglers will brave some pretty uncomfortable conditions for that chance of bending a rod. But understanding how cold weather can affect your equipment and your performance stands essential to your winter pursuits. 

December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
A fishing trip will put a smile on your face and make the cares of life disappear. So make time to enjoy the outdoors as we move into a new year.

Get out and relax

A chaotic year is coming to a close. Spring flooding swamped North and Central Louisiana, and Toledo Bend reached historic levels. Then the Great Louisiana Flood in August destroyed homes and businesses down south.

December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
The concave nose, paddle feet and tough double hook of the Poppn’ Toad make a deadly combination.

Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad

Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad, a hollow body soft-plastic frog with a pronounced cup in the nose, is going places.

November 15, 2016 at 9:00am
Youngsville's Chayson Richard shows off the 11.29-pound largemouth bass he caught near Hurricane Creek at Toledo Bend. The big bass inhaled a Yellow Magic topwater lure last Friday, Oct. 21.

Youngsville angler lands 11.29-pound largemouth on Toledo Bend

Chayson Richard knew deer season was right around the corner, so the avid bass angler wanted to get in one more Toledo Bend trip before committing to his deer stand this fall. 

October 27, 2016 at 9:55am
Tim Bye shows off a couple of the slab sac-a-lait he caught earlier this week at Toledo Bend. Bye said fish were biting in about 20 feet of water over brush piles, and along pilings at the Pendleteon and Lanan Bridges before Thursday's cool front arrived.

Crappie bite solid at Toledo Bend

The crappie were biting consistently at Toledo Bend this week — at least before yesterday’s cool snap came through with the coolest air of the fall so far.

October 21, 2016 at 4:36pm
Elizabeth Ward holds the first bass she caught on her own. It hit one of her father’s CW Custom Lures spinnerbaits.

Handmade small-profile spinnerbait moves smoothly through grass

A small profile makes a big difference in Southwest Louisiana, where Clint Ward of Lake Charles makes a spinnerbait from scratch to satisfy the needs of both anglers and bass.

October 13, 2016 at 5:00pm
Bassmaster Elite pro Kevin Van Dam knows that jerkbaits can play a big role in the fall feeding frenzy.

Transitional jerks - Jerkbait fishing tactics

Word association games show us our true perceptions by drawing forth gut responses.

Say the word “jerkbait,” and many anglers would likely say “cold” — and they would not be entirely wrong.

However, they’d also not be entirely right.

October 01, 2016 at 7:00am
The Southern gray squirrel is the most commonly found subspecies of gray squirrels in Louisiana’s forests. This prolific subspecies sports a grayish-brown body with a white underside. The central portion of its bushy tail matches the body coloration with

Bayou boogie — Best WMAs and squirrel-hunting tips

On opening day last year, conditions were favorable for squirrel hunting at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area and the adjacent Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge.

Winds were calm, temperatures were tolerable and the forest floor was moist as hunters made their way into the 44,000-acre wetlands complex.

Well before sunrise, Joe Speyrer and his three sons boated south along Big Alabama Bayou, making their way through the area locally called the “narrows” and traveling past the Bayou Des Glaises junction.

October 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Dwayne Hyatt, left, shows off the 10.37-pound bass he caught on Sept. 15 in the 6 Mile area. Jay Romero caught his 8.4-pounder on the same night-fishing trip.

Sulphur angler reels in Toledo Bend 10-pounder

With a full moon and dead calm conditions, the stage was set at for a good night-fishing trip on  Thursday, Sept. 15 — and Toledo Bend didn’t disappoint. 

September 27, 2016 at 3:21pm