Eric Fusilier, of DeRidder, caught a 10.77 lb. fish on March 3. This is fish number 026 for the May 2017 to May 2018.
The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) sponsors, funds, and administers the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program, our signature “catch and release alive” conservation program. Anglers are awarded a mounted fiberglass bass replica for each live largemouth bass weighing 10 lbs. or heavier, weighed, registered, and released alive back into the Lake by a TBLA approved weigh station. Our goal is to encourage anglers to release their live fish to us. We will tag and return the lunker to the Lake, hoping it will live, spawn, reproduce, grow bigger and be caught again. The Lunker Bass Program season runs from mid-May of one year to mid-May of the next year. Annually, the replicas are presented at the Toledo Bend Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash where all recipients are assembled for an award ceremony at Cypress Bend Park.
Lance Turpin, of Franklin, Kansas, caught a 10.21 lb. fish on March 3. Keith Carmouche, of Marksville, caught a 10.61 lb fish on March 2.
The Lunker Bass Replica Program was initiated by the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana in 1992, transferred to Toledo Town and Tackle in 1998, and assumed by the Toledo Bend Lake Association in 2005. Since its inception, over 670 lunkers have been caught and released in Toledo Bend Lake through the Program. TBLA has awarded 456 free replicas to anglers from 2006 to 2015, setting a record of 81 replicas awarded in the 2014-2015 season.