Fishing & Boating News

Lakes Fork and Conroe Contribute Budweiser ShareLunkers

by: Larry D. Hodge,

Jeff Bassinger’s Lake Fork lunker tipped the scales at 13.125 pounds and was 25.5 inches long and 21.5 inches around.
Photo by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept
Toby McDonald caught this 13.2-pound largemouth bass from Lake Conroe March 16
Photo by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept
(Mar. 18, 2004 - Athens, TX) Budweiser ShareLunkers number 8 and 9 have taken up their new residences, tanks in the Lunker Bunker at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Both were caught Tuesday, March 16. Jeff Bassinger of Alvarado caught number 8 from Lake Fork. Toby McDonald of Porter landed his lunker from Lake Conroe. Bassinger’s Lake Fork lunker took a black/blue Lake Fork Top Dog Lizard in six feet of water. The 13.125-pound fish was 25.5 inches long and 21.5 inches in girth and was the fifth entry from Lake Fork this season. Other entries have come from Lake Casa Blanca near Laredo and Quantum Lakes, a private fishing resort north of Houston. McDonald’s 13.2-pound Lake Conroe fish appears to have already spawned, according to ShareLunker program manager David Campbell. “However, she looks like she could spawn now,” Campbell added. McDonald caught the fish on a 1/2-ounce chrome Rat-L-Trap. The fish was 24.75 inches long and 21 inches around. The big females are moving into shallow water to spawn, making them more accessible to anglers. March is historically the peak month for ShareLunker catches.