Toledo Bend in top-five bass fishing lakes in central U.S.

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Toledo Bend Reservoir earned a top five spot when ranked against other bass fishing lakes throughout the Central United States. This is the third time Toledo Bend has been among the best lakes to bass fish in the entire country in recent years.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser expressed his excitement for another year of top five rankings for Toledo Bend, “Toledo Bend is a first-class fishing experience located right here in Louisiana. With the record bass being caught in our reservoir, fishermen would not want to go anywhere else in the country to catch bass. We are the Sportsman’s Paradise after all!”

Located in Sabine Parish along the Texas and Louisiana border, Toledo Bend has been the number one spot for bass fishing in the country the past two years and has been producing large, double digit pound bass all year long—gaining it this prominent recognition.

Assistant Secretary of the Office of State Parks Robert Barham added, “Toledo Bend Reservoir is a tremendous asset to state of Louisiana. It offers citizens of Louisiana and all its visitors a world class experience that is hardly found elsewhere.”

In addition, Toledo Bend is also part of the recently launched Louisiana Bass Trail. Established in April 2017, the Louisiana Bass Trail brings fisherman to other parts of the state with one of the premier stops being Toledo Bend due to its national rankings and its record bass. The Bass Trail showcases the State Park system and the great fishing that can be done in North Louisiana. Participants can sign-up for a Bassport and as they fish the seven lakes that are participating, they can earn a t-shirt and #OnlyLouisiana swag.

Toledo Bend also has a Lunker Bass Program. This program was established to keep the lake restocked naturally. When a fish is caught, the fish can be tagged and thrown back for others to catch. It’s the best natural conservation effort in the country, and many of the fish have been caught time and again.

Sabine Parish CVB Director Linda Curtis Sparks explained what an exciting time it is on Toledo Bend, “It is an extremely positive time on Toledo Bend. Bookings are stronger from January 2017 to the present than when we were the number one lake in the country the last two years. The Toledo Bend Lake Association Lunker Bass program remains the only one in the nation and those fish are coming in at a real healthy rate. In fact, we had three right after 4th of July.”

Toledo Bend is located along the Louisiana-Texas border in Sabine Parish. It was named the top bass fishing lake in the country in 2015 and 2016, a record breaking two times by Bassmaster Magazine. It is also part of the State Park system and a part of the Louisiana Bass Trail.

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