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Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn make Bassmaster's Top 100

Both Toledo Bend Reservoir and Sam Rayburn Reservoir have made “Bassmaster” magazine’s Top 100 bass lakes list. Toledo Bend comes in at number 15, down from the No. 10 spot a year ago; while Sam Rayburn drops from No. 2 to No. 26. The magazine says Toledo Bend is starting off hot this year, with several local tournaments taking more than 27 pounds to win. It added, you’d better have a double-digit bass if you want to win big-bass honors (a 12.86 was landed here in February). For fun fishing, this lake can’t be beat (as long as you stay in the boat lanes to avoid hitting one of the 13 million stumps that litter this bass haven). As for Rayburn, the publication says “This lake was on fire last year, leading to its No. 2 ranking. Although it is still a crazy productive bass fishery, the new-lake effect anglers experience in 2013 had worn off a bit. Still, expect to catch plenty of fish in the 5-pound range plus a kicker in a day's fishing." The list was the magazine's third annual ranking of America's best bass fisheries. Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay earned the No. 1 spot on the list, and Texas and California tied for the states with the most entries on the list. Both states had eight lakes on the Best Bass Lakes of 2014 list.

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