WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA & WATERBODY SPOTLIGHT
Richard K. Yancey
Wildlife Management area
Acreage: 69,806 acres
Location: Approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Hwy. 15 in lower Concordia Parish. It lies between the Mississippi and Red rivers beginning north of Lower Old River.
Owner: LDWF and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Habitat Types: Bottomland hardwood, cypress Tupelo swamp.
Popular Game Species: Deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, woodcock, dove and snipe.
Popular Fishing Species: Bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Crawfishing and frogging are also very popular on this area.
You may see: The Louisiana black bear and bald eagle occur on the WMA, as do a multitude of neotropical migrant songbirds and migratory shorebirds.
Size: 181,600 acres (including Texas; Louisiana side: 98,318 acres)
Maximum Depth: 110 feet
Public Piers available: 3
Public Access Boat Launches Available: 28
# of Artificial Reefs: 31
Common Fishing Species: Largemouth bass, crappie (black and white), bream, catfish and white bass. As a once popular striped bass destination, it has since diminished in popularity over the last 10 years with lunker largemouth bass and crappie the most sought after gamefish.
Stocking: As of 2016, LDWF has stocked 30,874,977 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Activities Available: Fishing, boating, waterfowl hunting, photography, pier fishing and golf at the Cypress Bend Golf Course.
Toledo Bend Reservoir was named best bass lake two years in a row by Bassmaster Magazine.
Toledo Bend Lake Association
Lunker Bass Program
From May 2015 to May 2016, 139 lunker bass, 10 pounds and over were caught, weighed, tagged and released at one of the official weigh sites and anglers were awarded fiberglass replicas of their trophy catch. A total of 792 anglers have been awarded replicas for this program since 1992. The current timeframe for this year’s lunker bass program is May 20, 2016 - May 18, 2017.
Richard K. Yancey WMA
For more information on wildlife management area contact the LDWF Opelousas Region Office at 337-948-0255 or go to
Toledo Bend Reservoir
For more information contact the district office:
615 South Drive
Natchitoches, LA 71457
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