For 35 years now, Texas anglers have been donating lunker bass to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help make bigger, better bass for us all. The year-round Toyota ShareLunker program offers four levels of participation for catching bass over 8 pounds or 24 inches in Texas.
“We are excited to kick off another ShareLunker season,” said Toyota ShareLunker Program Coordinator Kyle Brookshear. “Not only for the selective spawning and stocking of these world-class offspring, but also to help gather vital catch and genetic data to help our fisheries biologists better manage trophy bass populations throughout the great fisheries of Texas."
During the first three months of the season (Jan. 1 through March 31), anglers who reel in a 13+ pound bass can loan it to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the ShareLunker selective breeding and stocking program. These anglers can call the ShareLunker hotline at 903-681-0550 to report their catch 24/7 until April 1, 2021.
The Toyota ShareLunker program is based at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC), a combination fish hatchery, aquarium and education center in Athens, Texas. TFFC was created in 1996 through a public/private partnership, the very first partnership project between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Today, TPWF is raising funds once again to update the exhibits and enhance the home of the Toyota ShareLunker program.