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50 Top Bass in Sharelunker Program

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tbehrcomm@gmail.com




Spring is tradtionaly the best time of the year to catch a trophy bass in Texas. The following is the top 50 bass caught in Texas and shared with Texas Parks & Wild Life ShareLunker Program.

Rank-Water Body-Weight (lb.)-Length (in.)-Date-Angler

1 Lake Fork, 18.18, 25.5, 1992-01-24, Barry StClair 
2 Lake Fork, 17.67, 27.5, 1986-11-26, Mark Stevenson
3 Lake Fork, 17.64, 28, 1989-04-01, Stan Moss
4 Lake Fork, 17.63, 26.25, 1990-08-29, Jerry L. New
5 Lake Fork, 17.29, 1988-02-14, Larry Barnes
6 Lake Fork, 17.08, 25.5, 1991-02-26, Troy Coates
7 Pinkston, 16.9, 27.66, 1986-02-16, Earl Crawford 
8 Lake Fork, 16.89, 25.5, 1993-02-08, Bryan Turner
9 Sam Rayburn, 16.8, 28.75, 1997-05-31, Tommy Shelton
10 Mill Creek Lake, 16.77, 1990-03-01, Herchel Brickey 
11 Lake Fork, 16.75, 25.5, 1990-03-08, Stephen R. Trepkus
12 Lake Fork, 16.63, 27, 1999-02-28, Flo O'Brain
13 Lake Fork, 16.59, 26, 1987-05-15, Guy Weatherspoon
14 Lake Fork, 16.54, 25, 1991-02-27, Bill Reed
15 Lake Fork, 16.44, 26.5, 1996-03-10, Chris Adams
16 Caddo, 16.17, 26.5, 2010-03-20, Keith Burns
17 Gibbons Creek Reservoir, 16.13, 26, 1988-01-15, Troy Johnson 
18 Lake Fork, 16.12, 27.25, 2002-03-22, Jim Harrell
19 O. H. Ivie, 16.08, 28, 2010-04-30, Jerry Bales 
20 Caddo, 16.07, 27, 2011-03-18, Sean Swank
21 Lake Fork, 16.06, 25.5, 1988-03-09, Tom Hallum
22 Lake Fork, 16.04, 25.75, 2013-02-02, Richard Scibek
22 Lake Fork, 16.04, 25.75, 1992-02-29, Gasper J. Cardinale
24 Austin, 16.03, 28.25, 2011-01-27, T.J. Nissen 
25 Possum Kingdom, 16.02, 26.75, 1989-10-13, Scott Tongate 
26 Caddo, 16.01, 25.5, 1992-04-13, Bobby Shaver
27 Lake Fork, 16, 27.5, 1989-07-03, John Stanley
28 Lake Fork, 15.95, 25.5, 1991-03-27, Wendall R. Atkinson
29 Conroe, 15.93, 27, 2009-01-30, Ricky Bearden 
30 Lake Fork, 15.88, 25.5, 1990-02-17, Jim Taylor
31 Private Lake, 15.74, 26.5, 1995-01-14, Kenneth Morris 
32 Caddo, 15.7, 25.75, 2017-03-10, Ronnie Arnold
33 O. C. Fisher, 15.69, 27, 1996-09-23, Charles Simmons
34 Amistad, 15.68, 28.3, 2005-12-28, Tom Sutherland
35 Lake Fork, 15.65, 27.5, 1991-05-28, Rex Thompson
35 Lake Fork, 15.65, 25.25, 2002-03-22, Johnny Six
37 Lake Fork, 15.64, 27, 1999-05-25, Charles Emich
38 Falcon, 15.63, 28 2011-01-07, Tommy Law 
39 Lake Fork, 15.61, 25.25, 2010-03-22, James Quisenberry
39 Lake Fork, 15.61, 26.13, 1991-05-08, Jim Gore
41 Lake Fork, 15.6, 24.75, 1993-03-04, Walt Dosher
42 Amistad, 15.58, 27, 1989-03-11, Jay Hiler
43 Private Lake, 15.54, 27.12, 2007-03-09, Jesse Roberson
44 Lake Fork, 15.53, 27, 1987-04-19, Dennis Ray Canada
45 Lake Fork, 15.51, 25, 1991-09-23, Boyd Walker
46 Lake Fork, 15.5, 25.25, 2006-02-21, Billy Pfeil
46 Private Lake, 15.5, 25.75, 1981-02-07, John Alexander Jr.
48 Lake Fork, 15.48, 26.5, 2018-03-02, John LaBove
49 Lake Fork, 15.46, 25, 1992-02-27, Bob Lancaster
50 Choke Canyon Reservoir, 15.45, 26.25, 2009-01-21, Brad Bookmyer

Remember this list is only bass caught and entered in Sharelunker Program. There could be several more that were caught and not entered.

Photos courtesy TPWD ShareLunker




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Toledo Bend Lake Weather Forecast

Thursday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 80

Thursday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 66

Friday

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 82

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 67

Saturday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 82

Saturday Night

Clear

Lo: 64

Sunday

Partly Sunny

Hi: 83

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 66


Toledo Bend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 5/28: 172.06 (+0.06)



Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (May 27)

FAIR. Water slightly stained; 74 degrees; 0.01’ high. Boat traffic has increased with pent up demand, so please use caution in boat lanes. Largemouth bass are good in the spring pattern with Carolina rigs, topwater, and jigs. There are hot spots just off of texas island drops. Striped bass remain fair in deep water. White bass are fair on deep points fishing Alabama rigs when you can and spoons when you can’t. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.