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Video Recounts History of First ShareLunker, a Fish Called Ethel

Video Recounts History of First ShareLunker, a Fish Called Ethel

ATHENS—A seven-minute video about the most famous largemouth bass ever caught in Texas is now available for viewing on YouTube. “The Legend of Ethel” tells the story of how a 17.67-pound bass caught in November 1986 became the first fish entered into Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ShareLunker Program and…


ShareLunker No. 459 from Lake Fork February 12. The fish was 25.75 inches long and 20.5 inches in girth.

13 Steps to Catching a 13-pound Texas Bass

ATHENS—Every year Toyota ShareLunker program coordinator Juan Martinez talks to anglers still excited and shaking from the experience of landing a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass, and every year almost all the stories are the same: The person never expected to catch a bass that size and was unprepared to…


Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival on April 6, 2013

LDWF and New Orleans City Park Present 66th Annual Big Bass Rodeo on April 6

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is once again teaming with New Orleans City Park for their 66th annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival. Spring is just around the corner, which means water temperatures are rising and largemouth bass activity is picking up.  In addition, the Department will be…


Falcon, Lake Fork Produce Toyota ShareLunkers in Texas

ATHENS—Perennial big-bass lakes Falcon and Fork each produced a Toyota ShareLunker over the weekend. Falcon started the ball rolling March 16 with a 14.39-pounder, the biggest fish entered into the program so far this season. Gary Wingate of Amarillo caught the fish in 12 feet of water using a plastic…


Catfish in Lake Fork? Who Knew?

ATHENS—Stan Kuhn knew. So did Kenneth Jones. Both Lake Fork fishing guides have been putting clients on Lake Fork’s plentiful blue, channel and flathead catfish for years. Most people think of big bass when they think of Lake Fork, and for good reason. The lake has produced 246 of the…


Toyota ShareLunker #486 Comes from Lake Fork of Texas

ATHENS — Randy Williams of Staunton, Illinois, finally broke the ice: He caught Lake Fork’s first Toyota ShareLunker of the season on Tuesday, March 16. The fish weighed 13.0 pounds and was caught in three feet of water on a Senko. The good news for Lake Fork anglers was that…


This Big One Didn’t Get Away

Latest ShareLunker is one of a kind, and a heart-warming story too ATHENS, Texas—ShareLunker program manager David Campbell often says anglers who donate big bass to the program are the best conservationists in Texas, and that statement is backed up by what happened at Lake Fork Saturday. Guide James Caldemeyer…


Babying Big Bass – How You Handle a Lunker Impacts Its Chances of Survival

ATHENS, Texas—One of the biggest factors that influences the survival of fish entered into the ShareLunker program is how those fish are handled and cared for prior to being picked up by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) employees. ShareLunker handling and care tips on the TPWD web site emphasize…


Dodge #4 State Park Hosting ‘Last Chance Fishing Tournament’ on Cass Lake Michigan, Oct. 26

The Department of Natural Resources announced today that Dodge #4 State Park will host the “Last Chance Fishing Tournament” on Cass Lake on Sunday, Oct. 26. “This is the 20th annual Last Chance Fishing Tournament,” explained Doug Ratliff, organizer of the event. “We decided a few years ago to also…


Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Rescheduled

LITTLE ROCK – Anglers after the big one on the Arkansas River will have to wait. High water and current on the river have forced the Arkansas Hospitality Association to reschedule the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza to August 1-3. Originally scheduled for June 27-29, the tournament is the largest amateur…