Everything is bigger in Texas.
Look no further than to O.H. Ivie Lake where records have been falling faster than temperatures during the Arctic blast that slammed the Lone Star State last month.
Six largemouth bass weighing more than 13 pounds were caught on Ivie in the 10-day stretch of Feb. 19-28, qualifying them as Legacy Class catches in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker program. Legacy lunkers are fish that weigh at least 13 pounds and are caught during the spawning period from Jan. 1 to March 31. Biologists with TPWD use the massive bass in the agency’s selective breeding program which has helped produce record outputs at lakes around Texas though the past few decades.
Among the giants being pulled from Ivie recently – a 16.40-pound monster by Iowa’s Joe McKay [Read more about the huge catch], which was a lake record, breaking the old mark of 16.08 set in 2010. McKay’s mule was the 16th biggest largemouth in Texas history and the biggest bass caught statewide in 22 years. He hooked the bass on Feb. 19, part of a dream day when McKay and fishing partner Ben Milliken estimated their five heaviest bass weighed a total of 60 pounds.