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Toyota ShareLunker Season Begins October 1

Toyota ShareLunker Season Begins October 1

ATHENS—The 30th season of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker program will begin October 1. 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 the Toyota ShareLunker program. Fish will…


Toyota ShareLunker 559 from a private lake in Zapata County February 19. The fish weighed 14.30 pounds.

Private Lake Produces Toyota ShareLunker #559

Blair Schwarz of McAllen caught Toyota ShareLunker 559 from a private lake in Zapata County on February 19. The fish weighed 14.30 pounds and was caught on a Jackall ASKA squarebill crankbait in about six feet of water. Length and girth were unavailable at the time of writing. The fish…


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…


Lake Palestine Joins Ranks of ShareLunker Lakes

Lake Palestine Joins Ranks of ShareLunker Lakes

Lake Palestine produced its first Toyota ShareLunker March 2, becoming the sixty-fourth public reservoir in Texas to allow an angler to land a 13-pound or larger largemouth bass. Lindell Booth, Jr., of Chandler was fishing Kickapoo Creek on the upper end of the East Texas reservoir when the 13.14-pound bass…


Richard Scibek of Granbury caught Toyota ShareLunker 540 from Lake Fork February 2. The fish weighed 16.04 pounds and was 25.75 inches long and 23 inches in girth.

Toyota ShareLunker 540 Comes from Lake Fork

ATHENS—Richard Scibek of Granbury went to Lake Fork Saturday to enjoy a day of fishing with his friend James Quisenberry. Larry Hodge Using a black salty (a type of goldfish), Scibek caught a 16.04-pound largemouth bass that ties with another Lake Fork fish as the twenty-second largest bass ever caught…


Toyota ShareLunker 516: Falcon

ATHENS—Falcon International Reservoir produced its third Toyota ShareLunker of the season, its fourteenth overall and the twelfth entry into the ShareLunker program for the current season March 6. The fish was caught at 3:30 p.m. by Gene Patrin of Zapata in nine feet of 68-degree water. He was using a…


Choke Canyon ShareLunker Breaks Drought

ATHENS, Texas — The dry spell is over. Three weeks passed during the height of the big bass season without a single entry into the ShareLunker program, but that ended April 9 when Dennis Segner of Fredericksburg caught a 13.17-pound largemouth from Choke Canyon Reservoir. Segner’s fish became the 16th…


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…


Texas’ Lake Conroe ShareLunker Makes Top 50 List

15.93-pound bass is also new lake record ATHENS, Texas-Ricky Bearden of Conroe set a new water body record for largemouth bass January 30 when he pulled a 15.93-pound fish from two feet of water in Lake Conroe. The big bass now holds the number 24 spot on the list of…


Choke Canyon Gives Up Seventh ShareLunker

15.45-pound bass is also new lake record ATHENS, Texas—Brad Bookmyer of Leander had his fishing trip cut short January 21, but he was happy about it. After hooking two fish so big he could not turn them and keep them from getting off the hook, he landed a 15.45-pound largemouth…