Toledo Bend by the numbers

The Bassmaster Elite Series on Toledo Bend presented by Econo Lodge, April 6-9, will be the fifth Elite Series event on Toledo Bend in the past seven years. Situated on the Louisiana-Texas border, Toledo Bend Reservoir is the fifth largest man-made body of water in the United States. Let’s take a statistical look from the previous two tournaments.  <p> <em>All captions: Gettys Brannon</em>
The Bassmaster Elite Series on Toledo Bend presented by Econo Lodge, April 6-9, will be the fifth Elite Series event on Toledo Bend in the past seven years. Situated on the Louisiana-Texas border, Toledo Bend Reservoir is the fifth largest man-made body of water in the United States. Let’s take a statistical look from the previous two tournaments. All captions: Gettys Brannon
Ranked the No. 1 fishery by Bassmaster Magazine for the past two years, the Elite Series pros look to take a similar approach from the 2014 and 2016 events held in early to mid-May, only a week into April, due to a warm winter.
Photo: Dave Mercer - Ranked the No. 1 fishery by Bassmaster Magazine for the past two years, the Elite Series pros look to take a similar approach from the 2014 and 2016 events held in early to mid-May, only a week into April, due to a warm winter.
The last time the Elites here Kevin VanDam broke the longest winless streak in his career, adding his 21st B.A.S.S. win, nearly breaking the century mark with 96 pounds, 2 ounces. Only to add two more Elite Series victories before the end of the 2016 season.
Photo: James Overstreet - The last time the Elites here Kevin VanDam broke the longest winless streak in his career, adding his 21st B.A.S.S. win, nearly breaking the century mark with 96 pounds, 2 ounces. Only to add two more Elite Series victories before the end of the 2016 season.
Before the “Brent Ehrler rule,” Elite Series rookie Jacob Powroznik, would win his first Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Toledo Bend in 2014, with 79-12.
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Before the “Brent Ehrler rule,” Elite Series rookie Jacob Powroznik, would win his first Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Toledo Bend in 2014, with 79-12.
7 pounds, 11 ounces — would be the deficit between Chris Lane and KVD in 2016.
Photo: Seigo Saito - 7 pounds, 11 ounces — would be the deficit between Chris Lane and KVD in 2016.
While Chad Morgenthaler would lose by just 2-6 in 2014.
Photo: Seigo Saito - While Chad Morgenthaler would lose by just 2-6 in 2014.
The largest bass weighed in 2016 was a 9-5 largemouth, hooked by Stephen Browning within a few cast of the second day of competition.
Photo: The largest bass weighed in 2016 was a 9-5 largemouth, hooked by Stephen Browning within a few cast of the second day of competition. - The largest bass weighed in 2016 was a 9-5 largemouth, hooked by Stephen Browning within a few cast of the second day of competition.
In 2014, Chris Zaldain held the largest fish that weighed 8-12.
Photo: In 2014, Chris Zaldain held the largest fish that weighed 8-12. - In 2014, Chris Zaldain held the largest fish that weighed 8-12.
Remarkably, the Top 12 cut in each tournament was a three-day total of 54-7…
Photo: Seigo Saito - Remarkably, the Top 12 cut in each tournament was a three-day total of 54-7…
 Casey Ashley in 2014…
Photo: Chris Mitchell - Casey Ashley in 2014…
and Morizo Shimizu in 2016.
Photo: James Overstreet - and Morizo Shimizu in 2016.
Though the cumulative total weight for the Top 12 after Championship Sunday was 84-pounds heavier in 2016.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Though the cumulative total weight for the Top 12 after Championship Sunday was 84-pounds heavier in 2016.
According to BASSTrakk, in the final two days of competition in 2016, there were 6, 7-plus-pound fish recorded. <br> 15: 6 to 7-pound fish<br> 15: 5 to 6-pound fish  <br> 37: 4 to 5-pound fish <br> 560: total caught
Photo: Ronnie Moore - According to BASSTrakk, in the final two days of competition in 2016, there were 6, 7-plus-pound fish recorded. 15: 6 to 7-pound fish 15: 5 to 6-pound fish 37: 4 to 5-pound fish 560: total caught
In 2014, the numbers were as follows:<br> 2: 7 to 8-pound fish<br> 3: 6 to 7-pound fish<br> 19: 5 to 6-pound fish <br> 32: 4 to 5-pound fish <br> 480: total caught
Photo: James Overstreet - In 2014, the numbers were as follows: 2: 7 to 8-pound fish 3: 6 to 7-pound fish 19: 5 to 6-pound fish 32: 4 to 5-pound fish 480: total caught
In both tournaments, approximately 70 percent of the fish logged in the two final days of competition were registered before noon.
Photo: Seigo Saito - In both tournaments, approximately 70 percent of the fish logged in the two final days of competition were registered before noon.
80 percent of the 392 fish caught before noon in 2016, were logged between the hours of 7 to 9 a.m.
Photo: James Overstreet - 80 percent of the 392 fish caught before noon in 2016, were logged between the hours of 7 to 9 a.m.
70 percent of the 383 fish caught before noon in 2014, were logged between the hours of 8 to 10 a.m.
Photo: Seigo Saito - 70 percent of the 383 fish caught before noon in 2014, were logged between the hours of 8 to 10 a.m.
Only three anglers finished within the top 20 in both years…
Photo: Seigo Saito - Only three anglers finished within the top 20 in both years…
Kevin VanDam (19th, first) …
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Kevin VanDam (19th, first) …
Keith Combs (20th, fourth) …
Photo: Steve Bowman - Keith Combs (20th, fourth) …
and Hank Cherry (16th, sixth)
Photo: James Overstreet - and Hank Cherry (16th, sixth)
With water conditions different and fish in all stages of the spawn, will stats play out in the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series presented by Econo Lodge?
Photo: Seigo Saito - With water conditions different and fish in all stages of the spawn, will stats play out in the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series presented by Econo Lodge?