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Jordan Babcock shows off the big 11.12-pound bass he caught Saturday night with a swimbait near Six Mile at Toledo Bend.

Texas angler catches 11.12-pound bass during nighttime bite at Toledo Bend

Jordan Babcock lived one of those rare experiences on Toledo Bend that most bass anglers only dream about.

4 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
Clint Ward of Lake Charles, owner of CW Custom Lures, caught these bass, a 7.2-pounder and an 8-pounder, on his own custom CW artificial lure while fishing with Johnny Watkins on April 6 at the Lacassine Pool in southwest Louisiana.

Lacassine Pool lights up

A Lake Charles outdoorsman who started fishing for bass in the Lacassine Pool of the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge when he was in the eighth grade knows where some of the best bass fishing can be had in southwest Louisiana in May.

May 19 at 2:44pm
Capt. Nick Poe, with Big Lake Guide Service, caught this 27-inch, 7 ½<br />
-pound speckled trout last month. Fresh water from record March flooding hasn't adversely affected the speck bite, he said.

Big Lake in May: Guide says to head south to catch more specks

When Capt. Nick Poe contemplates catching Calcasieu Lake speckled trout during the month of May, factoring in the typical prevailing wind this time of year plays a big part in his daily plan of attack. 

May 16 at 4:52pm
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
Crappie fishing under Pendleton Bridge can get fast and furious with numbers coming quickly into the boat.

Where and how to nail Toledo Bend crappie

In early May, Johnson spends much of his time beneath Pendleton Bridge over public artificial reefs.

May 15 at 7:00am
Veteran Toledo Bend guide Jerry “JT” Thompson predicts larger crappie sizes for the summer of 2016 based on the crappie taken this spring.

2016 Toledo Bend summer crappie forecast

Before this spring’s historic flooding on Toledo Bend, longtime guide Jerry Thompson of Living the Dream Guide Service (318-256-8991) was finding some hefty slab crappie.

And he doesn’t see that changing any time soon.

May 15 at 7:00am
Johnson said Toledo Bend crappie can often average a pound during catches is May through July with at least a couple of 2-pounders taken weekly.

Toledo Bend public reefs are crappie magnets

Fishing guide Shane Johnson said May and June are the best months to catch numbers of crappie off the artificial reefs under Pendleton Bridge.

May 15 at 7:00am
The substantial profile of a dark colored jig is something bass can find in muddy water.

Bait choices for muddy-water bass

Fishing guide Darold Gleason follows a simple yet effective plan of covering water with reaction baits to locate active areas.

Once he finds a promising spot, he’ll slow down and pick it apart.

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
The Matrix Mini allows anglers to scratch the angling itch when trout are lethargic.

The Matrix Mini

Chas Champagne wishes it would have been as simple as pointing a futuristic-looking device at one of the most-popular speckled trout soft plastics on the market and reducing the size significantly, like in the 1989 movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

May 13 at 10:47am
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
Lane Martin, of Paulina, shows off the 10.24-pound largemouth bass he caught last Friday, May 6, in the Housen area at Toledo Bend. He and his son Hunter's five best fish weighed-in at a whopping 42.97 pounds.

Father and son team up for 42.97 pound Toledo Bend five-fish stringer

When you’re totally and completely obsessed with catching your first double-digit bass, apparently — in some weird, twisted way — hooking up with a big 9-pounder can somehow be seen as a crushing disappointment. 

May 10 at 4:32pm