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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:
LUNKER REPLICAS AWARDED AT 2019 SEALY OUTDOORS BIG BASS SPLASH
The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) awarded 42 lunker bass replicas to anglers at the Toledo Bend Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Cypress Bend Park on Sunday, May 19. Dinah Medine, coordinator of the TBLA Lunker Bass Program, and TBLA President Ricky Yeldell presented the replicas to anglers from Louisiana, Texas and Missouri. The largest fish was caught by Sean Kennon, of DeQuincy, LA, weighing in at 14.0 pounds, qualifying in the “Top 100” largest reported largemouth bass caught on Toledo Bend. Four of the fish caught and released were previously tagged fish in the TBLA Lunker Bass Replica program.
The Toledo Bend Lake Association awarded 139 lunker bass replicas to anglers at the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Cypress Bend Park on Sunday, May 22, 2016. This was the fourth year in a row that the record number of lunkers has been broken. During this lunker year, the fish were caught in Toledo Bend from May 15, 2015, to May 19, 2016. Mrs. Dinah Medine, Coordinator of the TBLA Lunker Bass Program, presented the replicas after the final weigh-in of the 2016 Sealy Outdoors tournament.
Among the 139 fish caught: 93 were in the 10-lb. class; 31 were in the 11-lb. class; 12 meet the 12-lb. class; 2 were in the 13-lb. class; and the largest fish weighed in at 14.16 lbs. Fourteen lunkers moved into the Top 100 largest reported bass caught on the Bend, and the anglers were awarded a Top 100 hat and certificate by Mrs. Linda Curtis-Sparks, Director of The Sabine Parish Tourist Commission.
Derek Mong of Many, LA, caught and registered three lunkers in 2016 year--while three fishermen—Darold Gleason of Leesville, LA, Dennis Blankenship of Pleasant Hill, LA, and Rudy Vaussine of Lake Charles, LA, caught and registered two lunkers during 2015-2016 lunker year. Ninety-eight anglers from LA caught and registered lunkers, while 36 lunker anglers were from TX, and 5 from out of state. All fish caught and registered through the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program were tagged and returned to the lake to spawn and be caught again. Fourteen previously tagged fish were caught in 2016.
You can see photos of the anglers and their lunkers by going to the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program on Facebook. A list of the lunkers is posted under the program year at the top of this page.
The TBLA Lunker Bass Program is the signature conservation program among many projects sponsored by the Toledo Bend Lake Association that meet its mission: “to improve the quality of Toledo Bend Lake and the amenities surrounding it.”
Congratulations to all 963 anglers (as of December 2019) who have earned lunker replicas since the program began in 1992 . . . let’s keep the Nation’s #1 bass fishing lake, as designated by Bassmaster’s Magazine, booming with lunkers for next year’s awards!
2015-2016 Lunkers Presented on May 22, 2016, to 139 Anglers
The Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program was initiated by the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana in 1992 and continued by Toledo Town & Tackle in 1998. Sponsorship was transferred to the Toledo Bend Lake Association in 2005. From 1992 through the 2019 season, 963 Lunkers have been caught and released through the Program.
OUR WEIGH STATIONS INCLUDE:
RECORD NUMBER 139 TOLEDO BEND LUNKER BASS REPLICAS AWARD AT 2016 SEALY OUTDOOR BIG BASS SPLASH
Toledo Bend Lake Association
A big thank you to P.D. Vinson of #BassCashBash for donating $4,000 to TBLA for the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program. Pictured is Ned Goodeaux & Ricky Yeldell.