13.97 Pound Largemouth Bass Sets Record at Belton Lake!

On April 1, angler Kurt Luker of Cleveland set a water body record for a largemouth bass at Belton Lake with a 13.97 pound fish caught during the Texas Team Trail tournament.

Not only is this the largest largemouth bass ever submitted for a record from the lake, it’s also the first ever entry from the lake in the Toyota ShareLunker Program, which encourages anglers who have caught 13-pound-plus largemouth bass between Oct. 1 and April 30 to lend the fish to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for data collection and spawning purposes.

Belton Lake now joins the list of 68 other Texas public water bodies that have produced a ShareLunker. Having worked in Waco for 18 years, TPWD inland fisheries district supervisor John Tibbs may know the area fisheries better than anyone – and even he is impressed with this catch.