Sometimes staying up late has its advantages.
Lake Fork produced its third bass weighing more than 13 pounds this season on the evening of Jan. 13.
Randall E. Claybourne of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was fishing by himself in 15 feet of water in the east arm of the lake when the 13.86-pound bass took his jig-and-craw lure about 11:20 p.m.
The fish was 25 inches long and 21 inches in girth. It was held for pickup at Lake Fork Marina.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between October 1 and April 30 may submit the fish to TPWD’s breeding program. The fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours.