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Michael Garcie caught his personal best — this 8.33-pound beast — at Toledo Bend. He used a Zoom craw topped with a punch skirt made by his best friend, Aaron Pousson with Pousson’s Punch Skirts and Custom Tackle.

Toledo Bend tactics for the dog days of summer

As of the next‐to‐last week of June, Toledo Bend still was a little over full pool stage, water was getting hotter and, as you might imagine, the daytime bite for bass was decreasing dramatically. 

August 26 at 5:33am
Mike McNerlin hangs a nice crappie after trolling over the edge of a creek channel.

Follow the bait

Cranking is productive on any lake that has a healthy crappie population. Cypress Bayou/Black Bayou Reservoirs, Toledo Bend, Caddo Lake, Lake D’Arbonne, Bayou D’Arbonne, Caney Lake, Poverty Point Reservoir, and Larto are just a few of the good spots.

And cranking veteran Clark LaBorde said there is no great secret to finding crappie on these lakes. 

August 15 at 7:00am
Mike McNerlin (left) and Greg Hammett with some of the 37 crappie they caught in one morning of cranking.

Crank it up — How to catch crappie trolling crankbaits

Trolling crankbaits has exploded onto the crappie fishing scene in the last few years. And, while there is bit of a learning curve, the tactic can be highly productive in terms of filling the freezer with fillets.

August 01 at 7:00am
A fat Toledo Bend bass taken deep by Kyle Guidry using a swim jig.

Heat advisory — How to catch Toledo Bend’s summer bass

Bass fishing in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees is not for the faint of heart.

But those willing to brave the sultry temperatures know August can deliver sizzling bass action — especially on America’s No. 1 bass fishery.

August 01 at 7:00am
Dylan Poche celebrates his 4th place finish — with a 22-pound, 8-ounce bag — in the Cowboy Division of an FLW event on Toledo Bend just weeks before he died in January.

Young angler’s memory lives on through ‘Fishing Around the World’ Program

Dylan Poche’s life may have tragically been cut short at the Sibley Lake boat launch in January, but his memory still lives on — thanks to the power of social media and a simple gesture started by his mom that’s literally now taking the name of a young man who aspired to be a bass pro around the world.

July 11 at 1:25pm
Big bass aren’t the only fish waiting to be caught at Toledo Bend. Crappie also are stacking up.

Heat is on at Toledo Bend

When the national spotlight turned to Toledo Bend in May, the lake really showed off.

And a week later, with even more pressure on this lake ranked No. 1 by Bassmasters Magazine, the reservoir flexed its muscles again in the Sealy Big Bass Splash.

July 06 at 9:36pm
The spinnerbait is probably the most popular

Bassmaster Elite Series pro fishing tips for summer bass

You know the deal: You’re chillaxing by the pool and some goober cannonballs the crowd — not once, but twice.

He’s climbing out to reload and, even though you really don’t feel like moving, you just have to lay down the law.

July 01 at 7:00am
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