Toledo Bend Fishing and Water Level

The Big Fish at Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Louisiana side of the Pendleton Bridge

While largemouth black bass fishing remains the most popular on Toledo Bend, many other species are regularly caught, including crappie, bream, white bass, striper bass and catfish.

Fishing Tournaments

Toledo Bend Reservoir attracts numerous large fishing tournaments year-round because of the excellent fishing and the facilities available for such angling events.

In 2015, Bassmaster Magazine selected Toledo Bend Reservoir as the top fishery in the United States. Toledo Bend ranked above 230 potential lakes after the magazine conducted research and personal interviews with anglers from around the U.S.

Fishing Guides

A large number and variety of experienced fishing guides and guide services are available in all parts of Toledo Bend Lake.


Many marinas offer fishing piers and launching ramps; in addition, public launching ramps are available on both the Texas and the Louisiana sides of the reservoir.

Fishing Regulatons

Residents of Texas or Louisiana who are licensed in their state (or are exempt because of age), or persons who hold valid non-resident fishing licenses issued by either state may fish in any portion of the lakes and rivers forming a common boundary between Louisiana and Texas inland from a line across Sabine Pass between Texas Point and Louisiana Point.

Louisiana fishing regulations

Texas fishing regulations

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Habitats and Fishing Reports

It's a great day on Toledo Bend ... welcome!

Habitat in Toledo Bend Reservoir consists of aquatic vegetation, standing timber, and flooded terrestrial vegetation. Hydrilla is the predominant plant species, although many native plants (coontail, eelgrass, pondweed, lily pads) are also present.

In the lower part of the reservoir the water is typically clear; gamefish are usually found around vegetation edges, flats, humps, and creek channels. In the upper third of the reservoir, the abundance of vegetation typically declines.

Timber, brush, laydowns, and creek channels provide upper-lake gamefish habitat. At periods of high water, terrestrial bushes and trees provide excellent habitat reservoir-wide.

Current fishing report for Toledo Bend from Texas Parks & Wildlife

Read more about fishing in Toledo Bend courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife


Toledo Bend Water Levels ... Conservation Pool Elevation is 172.00'

USGS Identifier 08025350
Chart and Data Courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

chart of Lake Tyler Water Levels in feet above sea level

Family fishing on Toledo Bend ... that's what it's all about!

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