Toledo Bend praised by anglers at Fish Fest

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Brantley Brevelle of Converse was smiling as he weighed in his bream with Chris Pearce.

There’s nothing like a weekend at Cypress Bend Park to get away from it all. Whether you’re an accomplished fisherman or just looking to spend some time with your rod-and-reel Toledo Bend Lake is the place to travel. The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) and the Sabine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) joined forces and offered the tenth annual Fish Fest on Saturday, June 1, 2019 to youth fishermen. Lots of folks were available to provide moral support as the youth fishermen competed to catch the largest bass, bream, catfish, white perch (crappie), turtle, and any other freshwater fish off the banks of Cypress Bend Park. TBLA is a non-profit organization formed by volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of Toledo Bend by sponsoring many events such as the youth Fish Fest.

Fishermen enjoyed the high level of Toledo Bend to snag a record number of fish caught from the bank. One hundred and fifty pre-registered fishermen were treated to a free day of fishing at Cypress Bend Park. The Fest is always open to school age children in kindergarten through 12th grade for the previous school year. Youth from Louisiana and Texas were eligible to fish. Fishermen who catch one of the largest three fish in the categories of bass, bream, catfish, white perch (crappie), turtle, and other win a rod-nreel combo and a medal. Fishermen provide their own fishing equipment and bait.



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