Texas’ Lake Austin produces another ShareLunker largemouth bass

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The fish was 27.28 inches long and 19.84 inches in girth.
Robert Whitehead was fishing in 5 feet of water when the fish took his plastic worm about 1:30 p.m.

Lake Austin has been a lunker largemouth bass hot spot in recent years and it only added to its stellar reputation Feb. 21, producing another 13-pound trophy for the Toyota ShareLunker program.

Robert Whitehead, of Austin, caught the 13.19-pound bass while fishing in 5 feet of water on the upper end of the lake, according to a news release. He caught the fish on a plastic worm about 1:30 p.m.

ShareLunker 555 is the seventh program entry of the current season. Previous entries have come from lakes Fork, Athens and Palestine. Whitehead’s catch moved Lake Austin into a tie for fourth place with Falcon International Reservoir on the list of lakes producing the most ShareLunkers. Fork has produced 256, O.H. Ivie and Alan Henry 25 each and Sam Rayburn 23.

Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between Oct. 1 and April 30 may submit the fish to the ShareLunker program. Fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours.

The number to call to report a ShareLunker catch is 903-681-0550. If poor cellphone service prevents use of the voice number, anglers can leave a phone number, including area code, at 888-784-0600.

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