Toledo Bend Remains Strong in Bassmaster’s Top 100 List

Many, LA- Toledo Bend Lake remains strong in the 2017 listing for Bassmaster Magazine’s Top 100 Bass Lakes in the Nation. The lists were arranged differently for 2017. The United States is divided into four regions for purposes of the recognition, Central Division, Northeastern Division, Southeastern Division, and Western Division. Each region has 25 lakes listed in order of deserved acknowledgment as determined by wildlife biologists, outdoor writers, pro anglers and representatives from across the U.S. that serve on a thirty member final selection committee. A Top 12 Best Bass Lakes list was also presented for the Nation. The entire list can be viewed in the July/August 2017 edition of Bassmaster Magazine. The No. 1 lake in the Top 12 Best Bass Lakes in the Nation is Millie Lac Lake in Minnesota, No. 2 is Sam Rayburn in Texas, No. 3 is Clear Lake in California, No. 4 is Shearon Harris Lake in North Carolina, No. 5 is Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California, No. 6 is Lake Berryessa in California, No. 7 is Lake Erie in New York, No. 8 is Santee Cooper Lakes, Marion and Moultrie in South Carolina, No. 9 is Lake St. Clair in Michigan, No. 10 is Falcon Lake in Texas, No. 11 is Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River) in New York and No. 12 is Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee. Three of the top twelve lakes; Mille Lacs Lake, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Falcon Lake, were also the top three lakes in the Central Division. Toledo Bend Lake was ranked number 4. The recognition sets the local lake in a strong position for continued interest nationwide. With Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend both scoring high, many out of state anglers will take advantage and fish both lakes while in the area. According to the tournament list on www.ToledoBendLakeCountry.com, there are thirty-nine scheduled fishing tournaments remaining for 2017 and many are already rescheduling for events in 2018. The occupancy of rentable units charted by the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission on overnight room night sales are up 13% for the first four months of 2017 over 2016. Room night sales in April 2017 were up 25% over April 2016. Bookings for July appear strong plus the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT), working with the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission, has several promotions scheduled that will impact the local area. A “Staycation” promotion in the fall will market Sabine Parish on digital billboards in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Shreveport/Bossier. Full page ads will be published in three state magazines, and one thousand radio spots will air across the state. LOT recently launched the Louisiana Bass Trail for northern lakes and state parks. This promotion will also help bring visitors to the area. The economic return from these visitors should provide a healthy economic impact, not only to area accommodations, but also to restaurants, fuel providers and retailers. Many fishermen will continue to seek a double digit bass as promoted by the Toledo Bend Lake Association’s Lunker Bass Program. The program produced seventy-two lunker entries in the 2016-17 period and now has over 873 lunkers entered into the program to date.