Best Bass Lakes of 2013: Toledo Bend Reservoir

Not unlike its sister lake to the west (Sam Rayburn), Toledo Bend is currently experiencing a “new lake” effect because of recent rains that brought the lake level up, submerging new vegetation that creates bass nirvana. Catch rates are spiking upward, and giant fish continue to pour out of this 185,000-acre reservoir. Two Texas ShareLunkers (bass topping 13 pounds) were caught here in the past two years, and Louisiana recognized one weighing more than 14 pounds last year.