TBLA’s Lunker Bass Program Sets New Record

TBLA’s Lunker Bass Program Sets New Record for The Number One B.A.S.S. Fishing Lake in the Nation
by Pamela R. Toliver

An all-time record number of lunker bass weighing 10 pounds or greater has already been set on the Nation’s Number One B.A.S.S. fishing lake during the 2015-2016 Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program . . . and it isn’t over yet!  The 2015-2016 Program year runs from Sunday, May 15, 2015, through Thursday May 19, 2016, but on Sunday, March 6, 2016, the number of lunkers caught and registered reached 87—an all-time high—and 6 lunkers higher than last year’s record of 81 lunkers!  This number is expected to go even higher by the end of this lunker year as it is 56 lunkers more than it was at this time in 2015. The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) sponsors this conservation catch-and-release program by awarding a free replica to anglers who register their live bass at one of the approved weigh stations so that the fish can be released live back into Toledo Bend Lake.

Dinah Medine, Coordinator of the Lake Association’s Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program, will award replicas to anglers at the Sealy Big Bass Splash at Cypress Bend Park on Sunday May 22, 2016.  Among the fish caught so far, 57 were in the 10-lb. class (weighing between 10.00 and 10.99 lbs.)—3 of which were tagged fish; 19 were in the 11-lb. class—4 of which were tagged fish; 8 meet the 12-lb. class—1 of which was a tagged fish; 1 was in the 13-lb. class; and the largest fish weighed in at 14.16 lbs. One fisherman has caught and registered two lunkers this year while another has caught and registered three lunkers. You can see photos of the big fish by going to the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Toledo-Bend-Lunker-Bass-Program) or see a complete list on the Toledo Bend Lake Association’s Website at www.toledobendlakeassociation.com.

All fish are returned alive to the Lake to produce more little lunkers for the future. TBLA, through their annual Bass Unlimited Banquet fundraiser coming up on April 15, 2016, at the Cypress Bend Park Pavilion, is committed to funding projects of this nature to help conserve and maintain a healthy fisheries on Toledo Bend. In addition to promoting the return of lunkers to the lake to live and spawn again, TBLA also cooperates with the Louisiana Division of Wildlife and Fisheries to support release of Florida bass fingerlings in the lake.

For more information on TBLA and the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program go to www.toledobendlakeassociation.com.