2020 Lunker Replicas Awarded at Cypress Bend Resort




The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) awarded 39 lunker bass replicas to anglers at Cypress Bend Resort on July 25, 2020. Dinah Medine, coordinator of the TBLA Lunker Bass Program, and TBLA President Ricky Yeldell presented the replicas to the deserving anglers. The largest fish was caught by Billy Maricle of Pitkin, LA, weighing in at 11.85 pounds.

The goal of the Program is to encourage the return of trophy fish to the lake by rewarding anglers a replica bass for catching and releasing their Toledo Bend Lunker back to the lake. TBLA hopes it will spawn and produce more potential lunkers and continue to grow and be caught again by another angler.

To qualify for a Lunker Bass replica, the fish must be weighed, registered, and released alive by TBLA or its representative. TBLA provides an angler a free fiberglass replica for any bass weighing 10 pounds or more, provided the following rules are met:
• The bass must be caught in Toledo Bend Lake and weigh a minimum of 10.00 lbs.

• Fish must be caught by sporting means, i.e. a fishing pole, rod, reel and line, or other form of sport fishing tackle. 

• Fish must be weighed on an ASGS approved scale at a TBLA Official Weigh Station

• At weigh-in, the angler must present a valid fishing license or approved exemption.

• A designated witness at the weigh station must attest to the weight and sign the registration form.

• Angler must release the live fish to a weigh station employee.

• A weigh station employee or TBLA representative must witness the live release of the fish into Toledo Bend Lake and attest to such by signing the registration form.

TBLA Official Weigh Stations

Louisiana side:

Toledo Town and Tackle, Hwy. 191 and LA 6
(318) 256-5613
Buckeye Landing, 268 Buckeye Lane, Many, La.
24Hr# (318) 586-4757 or (318) 508-2971)

Texas side:

Fin & Feather Resort, South Lake- 245 Fin & Feather Drive., Hemphill, TX. (409) 579-2056
Fairmount General Store, South Lake- 2419 Fairdale Rd., Hemphill, TX.
(409) 579-9080
Keith’s Toledo Bend Tackle, Mid Lake- 6302 State Hwy 21 E, Hemphill, TX. (409) 625-0181
Holly Park Mid-lake, 3000 E Carter’s Ferry Rd, Milam, TX.
(409) 625-4424, 24Hr# (936) 596-5343
Huxley Bay Marina, North Lake, 13200 FM Rd 2694, Shelbyville, TX.
(866) 733-8193

The TBLA Lunker Bass Program is the signature conservation program among many projects sponsored by the Association to meet its mission: “to improve the quality of Toledo Bend Lake and the amenities surrounding it.”

Photo courtesy TBLA




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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Monday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 67

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 45

Tuesday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 71

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 48

Wednesday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 74

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Lo: 51

Thursday

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Hi: 74

Thursday Night

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Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 11/29: 167.68 (-4.32)



Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 24)

GOOD. Water clear; 57-68 degrees; 4.38 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running and a drizzle of rain this week. The weather warmed a little this week and now we are seeing bluegill under the docks again, and bass have moved up to the shallower water. The water is clear in the main lake and feeder creeks. Water temperature in the main lake is running 61-72 degrees and further back up in the creeks is 60. Largemouth bass are good in 4-6 feet of water on small crankbaits, white spinner baits, Carolina rigs, Texas rig worms, lizards, craw worms and senkos. The kayakers have been producing bass casting jerk baits and spinner baits also in shallow water. Flyrodders are using hollow body flies (shad and bluegill colors), and Clouser minnows (chartreuse/white or all black). Good numbers of bass are being caught offshore using electronics casting one-half ounce to one ounce chrome jigging spoons and deep diving crankbaits, or umbrella rigs in 10-16 feet of water off points close to deep water. Crappie are biting around concrete and bridges as the water warms up in the evening. The catfish bite has been good on cut bait, shrimp and punch bait. Cold weather is on its way so the fish bite will change overnight. Important: With freezing temperatures approaching remember to stow your outboard in a down position allowing the water to fully drain so it doesn’t freeze and crack housings. Here’s another hint to save you $$$, keep your batteries fully charged through the winter. Caution: Toledo Bend is very low right now. Be extra careful running the boat lanes as there are many stumps and obstacles. If you don’t know the area, idle in! Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs). Inspect your lanyard (for wear and tear) on your engine kill switch before leaving the boat ramp to make sure they are in good operating conditions. Good luck and tight lines!

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