Texas Parks and Wildlife

Sam Rayburn Reservoir Produces Yet Another 13-Pound Texas Bass

Texas' Toyota ShareLunker program ends with a 13-pounder.

The bass fishing in Texas has been nothing short of awesome so far in 2018. If you need further proof of that, another monster just came out of the Lone Star State on March 31, this time from Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

The lucky angler brought in a 27-inch, 13.06-pound largemouth while fishing in 8 feet of water.

Stacy Spriggs didn't realize how big of a fish she'd hooked with her Carolina rig.

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"When I set the hook I knew it was a big fish—but I didn't know how big," Sprigg said in a Texas Parks and Wildlife Press release.

The fish a new personal best for Spriggs, as it shattered her old best of 9.71 pounds, and it also fulfilled a personal goal.

"We have a lakehouse on Sam Rayburn and fish the lake 90 percent of the time," Spriggs said. "Neither my boyfriend or I had ever caught a double-digit on Sam Rayburn. I did it by 3 pounds—it was pretty crazy."

Spriggs' fish just barely squeaked past the March 31 deadline for Texas' Toyota ShareLunker fish breeding program. It was also the last Legacy Class (over 13 pounds) fish for the year.

The few anglers who catch a fish that qualifies for Legacy Class get a free replica mount and are entered into a chance for a $5,000 shopping spree.

Some other places that produced Legacy Class fish this year included Twin Buttes Reservoir and Lake Fork, which produced more than one of these lunkers this year. One of those fish was a monstrous, 15.48-pound lunker.

While the Toyota ShareLunker program is over for 2018, there are probably still some chances to catch monster bass this spring if you hit the lakes now!