This week, two largemouth bass weighing over 13 pounds were caught in O.H. Ivie Lake in Texas, which will be used in a selective breeding program to enhance the state's fisheries.
These bass, pictured left-to-right atop this post, weighed 14.76 pounds for Dalton Smith and 13.31 pounds for Caden Cowan.
“Do not adjust your screens, you are seeing double double-digits bass!” the Toyota ShareLunker Program announced via social media on Thursday.
Legacy Lunkers are being used as spawners for stocking programs presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as part of the state's ShareLunker hatchery program.
There is a minimum weight requirement of 13 pounds for legacy bass. Since the 37th season of the Legacy bass program began on Jan. 1, Smith's catch is the largest of five.
On the Colorado and Concho rivers, O.H. Ivie produced four of the five catches; Jack York caught one at Lake Nacogdoches, weighing 13.51 pounds.
During a trip to Lake Nacogdoches, Jack York caught a ShareLunker Legacy bass weighing 13.51 pounds!
During the month of March, the ShareLunker Program is off to an impressive start.
The Legacy bass were collected from nine water bodies last year and spawned in hatcheries. There were 27 catches in 1995, which was a record.
Legacy bass have been caught in 75 Texas water bodies since the program began.