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Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas/Louisiana border has been named the No. 1 bass fishery in the country for the second year in a row by Bassmaster Magazine.

Toledo Bend retains Bassmaster’s No. 1 ranking for 2016

For the first time since Bassmaster started creating a Top 100 Best Bass Lakes ranking, a fishery has managed to claim the honor in back-to-back years. And 2016 also marks the first time the coveted title has been awarded to the same location twice.

June 21 at 10:51am
Doc Waldo and his dad, Winfred, clean fish for the Crappie.com fish fry.

How you can learn crappie-fishing tactics online

Remember when fishing was just for fun? When you loved to hang out with other fishermen and swap baits and stories?

June 15 at 7:00am
The best way to fish the Carolina rig is with a slow drag that keeps the weight in constant contact with the floor of the lake.

Why you should drag a C-rig sideways

Fishing a Carolina rig doesn’t seem all that difficult: Throw it out and pull it back in.

June 15 at 7:00am
Florien's Joe Cooley landed this 12.2-pound Toledo Bend bass, which topped 14 pounds when caught in March.

Toledo Bend 12-pounder caught for second time in four months

Early this year, Florien’s Joe Cooley shared a goal with brother-in-law Martin Mayo that each would catching a Toledo Bend bass weighing at least 10 pounds during the season.

For Mayo, it happened in early April with an 11.21-pound that earned him the big bass award during the Louisiana Oilman’s Bass Invitation. That huge fish anchored a 36.87-pound stringer Mayo and Cooley put together for a ninth-place finish in the tournament.

Since then, Cooley has been busy moving, but he was able to get on the water June 8 — and that trip ended with bass that not only accomplished the goal of catching a double-digit bass but bested his buddy’s lunker by almost a pound.

June 14 at 7:14am
Caleb Sumrall builds hefty stringers of bass by punching grass.

Punching practices

Submerged vegetation is to bass as politics is to lying — you won’t find one without the other.

That means when a nice, thick grass bed forms on pretty much any body of water, bass anglers will be punching soft-plastics through the mats.

June 13 at 6:00am
Wesley Travis, 17, with a nice bass he caught out of Pirates Cove during a Feb. 20 trip to Toledo Bend.

Fish frogs in grass for Toledo Bend bass

Remember this as you plan a bass fishing trip to Toledo Bend in June: It’s postspawn, sure, but those bass that left their love nests in the shallows after the deed was done will return there in late May and through June.

June 09 at 2:25pm
The Toledo Bend Lake Association on May 22 awarded 139 replicas to anglers who participated in the Lunker Bass Program during the 2015-16 season. The biggest bass weighed 14.16 pounds, and was caught by Opelousas angler Kacy Fisher near Housen in March.

139 lunker bass replicas recently awarded at Toledo Bend

The Toledo Bend Lake Association awarded 139 replicas last month to anglers who caught 10-pound-plus bass during the 2015-16 Lunker Bass Program season.

June 02 at 9:35am
Cypress Lake Reservoir and Black Bayou Reservoir near Benton are two of Mark Weldon’s favorite crappie lakes.

Where’s Waldo? — Tips from a crappie expert

Picture this, if you will: About 50 crappie fishermen of all sizes and shapes are all gathered in the same area of the lake in different boats, wearing different-colored clothes and using different baits, all fishing with jig poles.

June 01 at 7:00am
Toledo Bend guide Dave Mansue knows that hunting down a good postspawn bite is well worth the effort.

Post-spawn potential — Learn why you should fish Toledo Bend after lunkers leave the shallows

There’s no time when Toledo Bend guide Dave Mansue isn’t in love with this Sabine River impoundment.

June 01 at 7:00am
Carolina rigging ledges is a great way to catch bass during the summer, but finding the sweet spots on those ledges can lead to incredible catches.

Under wraps — Why you should still fish a Carolina rig

If any publicity is good publicity the Carolina rig is falling way behind. What used to be a mainstay in many tackle boxes seems to have been relegated to also-ran status.

I blame professional fishing tournaments.

Well, maybe not so much the tournaments themselves as the timing of those tournaments.

June 01 at 7:00am
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.

May 31 at 9:33am
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.

May 25 at 1:59pm
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