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Elite Series pro Stephen Browning will be defending his 2013 Bassmaster Central Open title on the Red River this Thursday through Saturday. Last year, he earned the Opens trophy and a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Shreveport hosts Bassmaster Central Open this week
515 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 2:46 pm

The Bassmaster Central Open returns to the Red River this week as 180 anglers compete for almost $50,000 in cash and merchandise, as well as the opportunity to qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

Nick Doucet displays the 11.22-pound lunker he caught April 12 at Toledo Bend while fishing with John Dean of Many. Doucet was using a Carolina-rigged watermelon grub when the big bass bit about noon. Lafayette angler lands 11-pounder at Toledo Bend
1565 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 10:07 am

After watching his Toledo Bend fishing guide catch a big 9.7-pounder, Nick Doucet never dreamed he’d catch an even bigger bass less than two hours later.  

Courtney Keller of Lutcher shows off the 11.02-pounder she caught at Toledo Bend near Palo Gaucho Creek on March 24. Keller set the hook on the big fish using a Zoom wacky worm in watermelon candy. Used rod lands bass-of-a-lifetime at Toledo Bend
7588 Views - Posted: April 21 at 12:01 pm

With very little experience under her belt, Courtney Keller accomplished the improbable at Toledo Bend last month.

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney reels in a bass during the filming of tonight's episode, 'Grosse Basse,' which was filmed at Grosse Savanne Waterfowl and Wildlife Lodge in Cameron Parish. Hackney travels to Cameron Parish in pursuit of largemouth bass
1163 Views - Posted: April 16 at 5:07 pm

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney picked a great spot to test out some of Strike King’s new bass lures — Miller’s Lake at Grosse Savanne Waterfowl and Wildlife Lodge in Cameron Parish. 

The lips on the Scatter line of Rapala crankbaits give the lures action that drives bass to bite. Two new standout crankbaits
1362 Views - Posted: April 16 at 9:00 am

A proven Rapala crankbait moved to the forefront of bass fishing on the biggest stage when it helped produce the 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion three months ago in Alabama.

Shawn Savant shows off the two largemouth bass he caught simultaneously Saturday afternoon on Oden Lake in Rapides Parish. Both bass were hooked on Strike King's KVD jerkbait in sexy ghost minnow. Woodworth angler gets 'two-for-one special' on Oden Lake
3249 Views - Posted: April 15 at 5:10 pm

When Shawn Savant set the hook on his jerkbait Saturday afternoon on Oden Lake in Woodworth, he thought he was about to land a nice 5- to 6-pound bass as the very first fish on his brand new rod. 

Todd Faircloth, a Bassmaster Elite pro with vast sight-fishing experience, uses the hood on his jersey to help isolate his face and further reduce glare. Light and lenses
58 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Shielding your eyes is essential for optimal visibility, and some of the newer technologies offer notable developments.

Anchoring devices like Power-Poles can prove invaluable for strategic positioning during the spawn. Quiet approach, sudden stops
70 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Bassmaster Elite pro Mark Davis said one of the most important aspects of controlled bed fishing is being able to anchor his boat quickly and quietly.

Green mirror lenses are great for fishing inshore, on the flats, rivers and streams. We’ve come a long way
56 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

My favorite sunglasses of all time were a pair of glass-lensed Costa del Mars (that’s what the company name was back in those days). The amber lenses literally opened up a new world to me every time I hit the water.

Last May, 58 replicas were distributed to the 58 bass anglers with Toledo Bend lunkers at 10 pounds and over and entered into the Toledo Bend Lake Association’s Lunker Bass Program. About the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program
73 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

From January through the end of February there were already 13 bass over 10 pounds taken from Toledo Bend. These lunkers ranged from 10 to 12.86 pounds, according to Toledo Bend Lake Association records and other documented reports.

Florida bass stockings conducted over the years by Louisiana and Texas have resulted in the presence of Florida (genetic) influence in 32.7% of the Toledo Bend bass sampled by the LDWF. Why all the big bass now?
131 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Ricky Yeldell pointed to two reasons for the recent rash of trophy bass coming from the waters of Toledo Bend.

Tietje works a jerkbait around the inside grass line at Toledo Bend to catch fish spawning in three to five feet of water. Bass also spawn on main-lake ridges
58 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

It’s not hard to tell where most bass anglers like to fish during the spawn. The armada of boats beating the banks kind of gives it away.

There is no better time to beat the banks at Toledo Bend than during the second phase of the spawn. Empty spawning beds not all bad
63 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

One of the banes of bed fishermen is empty beds.

Kevin Madeley caught this 11.56-pounder near Housen Bay with a red crawfish Rat-L-Trap in 6- to 8-feet of water on March 1. Texan takes 11-plus-pounder near Housen Bay on Toledo Bend
1658 Views - Posted: April 14 at 11:01 am

With only 30 minutes until weigh-in for the Fishers of Men tournament at Toledo Bend on March 1, Texan Kevin Madeley and David Miller of Lake Charles had five fish in the livewell and just a few more minutes of fishing time to spare. 

ULM's Dustin Perkins and Trapper Munn won the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River Saturday. ULM team wins College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River
1403 Views - Posted: April 14 at 9:32 am

After a slow opening day on Friday, Trapper Munn and Dustin Perkins picked up the pace Saturday with five fish weighing 11-3, enough to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River with a two-day total of 19 pounds, 6 ounces. 

Darold Gleason caught his third double-digit bass at Toledo Bend since November when he reeled in this 11.71-pounder near the Indian Mounds on Wednesday. Leesville angler catches third Toledo Bend lunker this season
3385 Views - Posted: April 11 at 3:38 pm

Darold Gleason might need more wall space to house all of the giant bass replicas he’ll be receiving soon from the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program.