A pair of Toyota ShareLunkers caught Tuesday, including the seventh all-time from Toledo Bend Reservoir, breaks an 0-for-March streak for the program.
Typical the best month of the season for ShareLunker bass, this year there had been one since Feb. 21 when a 13.19-pound fish was caught on Lake Austin.
Lance Wakeland of Fenton, Mo., caught the Toledo Bend bass, a 13.3-pound fish caught on a spinner bait. The fish is the fifth largest donated to the program from the lake.
Earlier Tuesday Ken Leonard of New Braunfels was fishing Austin’s Lady Bird Lake when he caugh a 13-pound bass on a swim bait. The fish is the first from Lady Bird Lake and has been certified as a new lake record. The old was 12.13 pounds.
While March entries into the program have come in like a lamb, most believe it is because winter went out like a lion with unusually cold weather and ice storms.
Even though March is considered the hot month for big bass, this isn’t the first time entries have been slow in coming. Through 28 seasons of the program in eight years the first catch has come March 5 or later. The latest first March fish was March 19, 2000.
Last year February was actually a better month for big fish with five entries compared to four for March.
The program continues through April 30.