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

Wednesday

Sunny

Hi: 56

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 38

Thursday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 59

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 44

Friday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 74

Friday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 62

Saturday

Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 75

Saturday Night

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Lo: 53


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 11/30: 167.97 (-4.03)



Toledo Bend Lake

Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 30)

GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 4.25 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 59 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy with lots of Fall leaves floating on the surface, and the main lake remains clear. We were blessed with some rain this week 2-3 inches. Not much has changed on the pattern this week. Chatter baits are still producing in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. To cover a lot of water, use a square bill crank bait or a flat side crank bait and smaller rattle traps from 0-8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper Bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on 1/2 to 3/4 ounce (silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crank bait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors). The jig and pig bite has been strong. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water, the best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a chunk style trailer. The Crappie bite is still good in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16- and 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Now that the lake is at a Winter drawdown, it's prime time to go out scouting for new areas for Springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Reminder: Keep and extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orv

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