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The records keep rolling in for O.H. Ivie Lake.

The lake, east of San Angelo, last year produced a record 15 Legacy Class ShareLunker — largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more caught between January 1 and March 31 and donated to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for spawning. It led all Texas lakes with 75 approved entries across all categories during the 2023 season.

In this issue, TPWD fisheries writer Kirk McDonnell explains what factors came together to make O.H. Ivie the nation's best bass lake. Kirk also wanted to see if he could catch a big bass without a big boat and takes us on that journey.

Not only do we talk about big bass, we show you one too. The magazine's art team conceived of a way to put a life-size bass on the cover so that everyone with a print copy can hold a ShareLunker in their hands. We took the 14.83-pound ShareLunker No. 602, caught in 2021 on Lake Coleman City, and artist Nick Mayer re-created it so it would spread across the cover, back cover, inside back cover and inside-the-inside back cover! Can you imagine catching a fish that big? Now you can. A limited number of this special edition issue are available for purchase! To take advantage of this offer, send $10 per copy (which includes cover price, tax and all shipping and handling) to:

Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine
The Big Bass Issue
4200 Smith School Rd.
Austin, TX 78744

Checks or money orders can be made payable to TPWD.

O.H. Ivie

This Texas lake produced a record number of big bass in 2023.

It's no secret that O.H. Ivie Lake has produced an unprecedented run of largemouth bass fishing success over the last three years. It's garnered the attention of anglers far and wide; people are flocking to Texas from across the nation and the world hoping to land the catch of a lifetime.

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Big Bass Without a Boat

Texas anglers can find success fishing for largemouths from the bank or a kayak.

I love o fish, but will I admit to being a novice when it comes to angling for largemouth bass. At Texas' busy bass lakes, I often watch anglers speed off in big boats to their favorite spots to go trolling near the bank or in a cove.

I began to ask myself: How can I fish for largemouth bass without one of those fancy boats?

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Fungi Forage

Foraging for Texas mushrooms yields a delicious reward.

It's a crisp November day when I arrive at a grassy clearing at the edge of the Cado National Grasslands to go foraging for mushrooms. Actually, I'm worried it may be too crisp. Besides the bite in the air, there's a distinctive crunch beneath our feet as we head into the woods.

"If the leaves crunch, it might be too dry for mushrooms," says Sebastian Tabibi, president of the newly formed North Texas Mycological Association and our guide for the day.

But within less than half an hour, we've already discovered several fungi growing in drifts of decomposing leaves, clinging to dead trees or poking out of mossy embankments. Some are edible, some are not; each feels like finding a natural treasure.

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