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When to throw a spoon

During the shad spawn in April and May, Johnston fishes spoons around Styrofoam docks or muddy banks where the baitfish do their thing.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Scaled-down Matrix Shad a super crappie-fishing bait

Until the big trout start showing up in Lake Pontchartrain, just about all Ty Hibbs — who will fish for anything that is biting — fishes for is sac-a-lait.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Three more lunkers landed at Toledo Bend

As the 2014-15 lunker season draws to a close next month, three more anglers recently scored 10-pound-plus bass at Toledo Bend.

It’s anybody’s guess as to what this year’s record-breaking final tally will be, but action has shown little sign of slowing down so far. 

Read about the locations, lures and tactics these three fishermen used to land the largemouth of a lifetime. 

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April 14 at 2:13 pm
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Impromptu bow-fishing trip yields potential Toledo Bend record longnose gar

As evidenced this spring, Toledo Bend’s 185,000 acres are home to an untold number of lunker largemouth bass that roam throughout the reservoir.

Of course, lots of other species call the Bend home, like bream, crappie, catfish, carp and striped bass, among others.

And even though you don’t hear much about longnose gar, an unplanned bow-fishing trip late last month might have resulted in a new lake record — if the fish would have been officially verified and submitted. 

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April 13 at 10:07 pm
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Sulphur angler scores on Toledo Bend 11.14-pounder Saturday

As much as she wanted to, Pat Schexnider just couldn’t escape her date with destiny and ended up catching the bass of a lifetime Saturday on Toledo Bend.

“I almost didn’t go,” the 60-year-old Sulphur angler said.

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April 13 at 9:22 am
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High school senior scores on Toledo Bend 11.73-pounder

Like many other high school seniors across the state, 18-year-old Connor Fontenot of Ville Platte was enjoying spring break Monday.

But instead of spending his time away from school at the beach, he decided to join his hometown friend Landon Fontenot and Landon’s father, Todd, for some bass fishing on Toledo Bend.

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April 09 at 5:25 pm
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Leesville angler scores 12.50-pounder on Toledo Bend Easter Sunday

Charles Johnson Jr. had no depth finder, no trolling motor and no net on Easter Sunday at Toledo Bend, but that didn’t stop him from landing the lunker bass of a lifetime.

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April 09 at 8:52 am
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Ville Platte angler lands two 11-pound Toledo Bend lunkers on consecutive days

In addition to the normal array of hooks, weights, line, crankbaits, Traps, soft plastics and the usual assortment of “stuff” crammed into a typical tacklebox, David Vidrine apparently still had enough room for a horseshoe and a lucky rabbit’s foot on his Easter weekend trip to Toledo Bend.

While mere mortal anglers only dream of catching one double-digit bass in their entire lifetimes, the 49-year-old Ville Platte physical therapist landed two 11-pound-plus fish near the Indian Mounds - on consecutive days.

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April 09 at 8:33 am
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Schexnayder catches biggest Toledo Bend lunker of the season with 12.81-pounder

If you’re Daniel Schexnayder, what’s even better than catching a Toledo Bend 10.95-pounder last December?

Following it up this month with a monster bass almost 2 pounds heavier that is currently the largest fish entered so far in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program for the 2014-15 season that ends in mid-May.

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April 08 at 6:46 am
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Toledo Bend lunkers show no signs of slowing down

With about 40 days still left in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program’s 2014-15 season, we know last year’s record total of 61 fish will be smashed - we just don’t know by how much.

The huge reservoir is continuing to deliver double-digit bass, with no real let-up so far.

Here are the stories of three more anglers lucky enough to catch the bass of a lifetime.

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April 07 at 8:50 am
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Slidell redfish angler takes 11.82-pound Toledo Bend monster

Jacob Leininger, a competitive redfish angler, made the transition to freshwater look easy late last month when he landed an 11-pound-plus largemouth bass during the Louisiana Oilman’s Bass Invitational on Toledo Bend.

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April 06 at 11:33 am
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Toledo Bend lunker total surpasses 2013-14 numbers

No one can deny it’s been an incredible lunker bass spring at Toledo Bend.

Here are three more stories by anglers who had what it took to catch and land a double-digit bass — and there’s still 1 ˝ months to go before the 2014-15  Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program season ends.

If you’ve ever dreamed of landing the trophy bass of a lifetime, there’s no better time than the present to make your way to Toledo Bend.

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April 01 at 7:00 pm
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Stacking up the state fish — Sac-a-lait fishing tips for Chicot Lake

In 1993, the Louisiana Legislature designated the “white perch” as the state’s official freshwater fish. 

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Bass by the spoonful — How and when to fish with a spoon

There lurks in every bass angler’s subconscious this question: If you could have only one lure, what would it be?

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Finding the fuzz — A little-known crappie-fishing tactic

It didn’t take long for Ty Hibbs to stop paying attention to me. Our conversation came to an abrupt stop as soon as we left the ramp.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Three Toledo Bend 10-pounders added to list

Three more Toledo Bend giants have been weighed in at Toledo Town and Tackle Superstore, continuing an unprecedented run of huge bass from the lake.

Each of the bass, which ranged from a tad more than 10 pounds to just more than 10 1/2 pounds, were released back into the lake after being registered as part of the Toledo Bend Lake Association’s Lunker Program.

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March 31 at 4:49 pm
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