A teenager from Buda recently broke the record for the largest bass ever caught in Lake Travis. Trace Jansen caught a 15.32-pound, 28-inch bass that broke the record set in 1993, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. As part of the Toyota ShareLunker Program, the fish also was named the first Legacy Lunker entry for Lake Travis.
“I saw a big one and called my grandpa to tell him we were going to try and get her,” said Jansen. “I thought she was a seven at first, but when I stuck her, I knew I was wrong. The spot we caught her happened to be the last spot of the day, and man am I glad that we didn’t decide to put the boat on the trailer.”
Jansen said it took about an hour to catch the record-breaking bass. “She was so big; she didn’t even fit in the net, but we got her in and couldn’t believe it. I never could have dreamed that I would ever be in the ShareLunker program.”
TPWD Inland Fisheries biologists conduct genetic analyses of Legacy Lunkers to try to spawn them for “bigger, better bass that will enhance fishing in Texas lakes for years to come.” Learn more about the program at TexasSharelunker.com.