Toledo Bend bass stocking to bolster reservoir’s quality fishing

LDWF biologist Jason Brancamp remains optimistic that double-digit trophy largemouths will remain in Toledo Bend’s future for quite a while.

“The trend continues to get better and better, and in December we already had 36 bass over 10 pounds registered in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program,” he said. “The fish are now appearing healthier and stronger, and recruitment is fine with the 14-inch length limit and continuous stocking of Florida bass.”

And the agency is planning to bolster the population this year.

“In the spring of 2016, we’re looking at releasing another batch — 840,000 phase 1 fingerlings in Toledo Bend,” Brancamp said.

The biologist also said he’s pretty confident a lake record and a Louisiana record largemouth are swimming in Toledo Bend.

The fact that numerous 10-pound-plus bass appear on an annual basis is an indicated of strong age classes of bass.

It’s this strong trophy fishery that led to Bassmaster ranking Toledo Bend as the No. 1 bass fishery in the USA in 2015.

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