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4. Toledo Bend Reservoir, Texas/Louisiana
[185,000 acres] This has been the place to be for trophy fishing the past several years, pumping out double-digit bass like no other lake in the country. But the 185,000-acre reservoir along the Texas/Louisiana border wasn’t able to keep up the pace in the past 12 months. As of March 22, the number of bass entered into the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program fell to 73 — about half the number entered in 2016. And while John Murray won the Elite Series stop there in April with a 19-pound daily average, it required just a 13-pound average to finish in 12th in that event. All that said, there are still studs swimming in the lake, as evidenced by the Texas Team Trail event in February, during which the Top 12 teams weighed in 20-plus-pound stringers — topped by a 30.09-pound five-fish limit. And, to be fair, 73 double-digit bass (and those are just the ones we know about) is very stout.
Photo: Seigo Saito