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Lake Travis earns 10,000 well-bred bass thanks to record-breaking 15-year-old fisherman

Trace Jansen broke a 30-year-record on the largest fish caught in Lake Travis and helped bring over 10,000 selectively-bred fish to the lake. (Toyota ShareLunker Program/Facebook)

Lake Travis is getting a shipment of 10,000 selectively-bred bass fingerlings thanks to a 15-year-old who's 15.32-lb largemouth bass catch in March broke a nearly 30-year record.


The record-breaking fish was one of 23 "Legacy Class" fish caught in the state of Texas in 2021. Lucky anglers who catch a 13-pound or larger fish can loan the live fish to TPWD hatcheries through the Toyota ShareLunker program. In turn, their lakes are filled with thousands of selectively-bred young fish in hopes of bringing higher quality lunkers to Texas' public waters.

Despite a winter storm that devastated the state, this has been a banner season for the 35-year-old program. The program's 23 entries were the most on record for January through March since 1995 and produced over 271,000 selectively-bred fingerlings in TPWD hatcheries.

Back in March, 15-year-old angler Trace Jansen knew he reeled in a big one when he fought to bring the 15.32-lb behemoth up to the water.


"It was crazy," Jansen said. "It's almost unreal. I never thought I would catch a fish that big in my life."

The Buda native helped Lake Travis become one of 10 Texas lakes, including Lake Austin, to receive over 10,000 ShareLunker fingerlings this summer.

In turn, Lake Travis and other ShareLunker hosts become more likely to produce more prize-worthy fish in the future.

Many of the ShareLunker entries this year boast a complicated family history—one fish caught this season was thought to be the granddaughter of a ShareLunker fish caught in a different lake in 2006, while two other 2021 entries are related to each other. O.H. Ivie, which produced 12 Legacy class fish this season, was granted over 70,000 well-bred fish.

Anglers who submitted an entry received more than Legacy Catch status. The winners also earned a catch kit, a decal, VIP access to the Toyota ShareLunker Annual Awards event and a trophy for their spoils in the form of a replica fish to put on their wall.

The Legacy Class just runs from January-March, but those looking for prizes of their own can enter data on any catch greater than 8 lbs or 24 inches and receive a catch kit and decal of their own.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway