Toledo Bend Lake Association
Update: May 25, 2016 Florida Largemouth Bass Fingerling Public Release – Will be By Boat Only
Recent communications with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) reveal that Louisiana state regulations require a permit for individuals to release fish into public waters. The importance of such regulations has increased in recent years as many state agencies battle the spread of exotic fishes and plants as well as fish diseases and parasites. The permit for fish releases requires that the fish be released on the specified date and only in the specified waters, in this case Toledo Bend Reservoir.
LDWF has issued a permit for the May 25, 2016 fingerling event. To address the concerns above, the permit stipulates that fingerlings distributed to the public be transported by boat only. Therefore, no fingerlings will be distributed to individuals arriving at the site by motor vehicle. This is a significant change that all TBLA members should be aware of prior to the event. Membership is invited to participate if possible given that you will need to arrive and depart the site by boat only. If you are able to participate, know that you will be asked to provide your name and boat registration number prior to receiving bags of fingerlings. You should have sufficient livewell space and/or clean ice chests onboard your boat in which the bagged fingerlings may be placed. Also know that the permit issued for this event will exempt you from the possession limit regulation for largemouth bass provided that you follow all of the stipulations of the permit.
As you may already know, a similar event was held in conjunction with the recent Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament and was a great success. Our lake has gotten immeasurable positive exposure on television, radio, print media and many social media sites. Hopefully, this event will yield similar results.
As a reminder, the event details are given below.
LDWF has invited the public to assist in the distribution of a portion of the Florida largemouth bass fingerlings that it has raised and designated for Toledo Bend Reservoir.
The fingerlings will be distributed to permitted individuals who will immediately distribute them by boat and release them into the waters of Toledo Bend Reservoir.
The fingerlings will be available at Cypress Bend Park boat ramp between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Please inform anyone you know who may be planning to participate.
Thanks in advance for your support of this activity.
TBLA Stocking Coordinator
Check out this Shreveport Times article. Toledo Bend Reservoir is about to get catapulted into the stratosphere when “Bassmaster” Magazine announces on Thursday, June 18, 2015, that the fishery has been selected the No. 1 bass fishing lake in the country. TBLA’s awarding of 81 lunker replicas this year, through our Toledo Bend Lunker Bass program, most likely played an important part in the decision. Toledo Bend's Rise to #1 Status Shreveport Times Article 2ndShreveport Times Article
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of Toledo Bend Lake and the amenities surrounding it. TBLA provides financial and/or volunteer assistance to promote stewarding the environment and aquatic integrity of the Lake to perpetuate it as a world class fishery and recreational resource area. Our membership includes individuals, families and businesses from many places and with varying back-grounds, education, and occupations. We are not a political organization nor do we have any affiliation with local, state, or federal agencies.