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Sharelunker Season Begins in Wake of Record-Setting 2022 


The 2022 Toyota Share­Lunker collection season claimed its spot as one of the best in the history of the big-bass program. Anglers contributed 24 ShareLunkers from nine different lakes across the state, surpassing 2021’s impressive total of 23 Legacy fish. This season nearly matched 1995’s program record of 27 during a January through March collection timespan. 

The 2023 season gets underway Jan. 1, and during the first three months (January through March 31), anglers who reel in a bass 13 pounds or larger can loan it to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the ShareLunker selective breeding and stocking program.

In other highlights from 2022, four new lake records were established, four fish cracked the top 50 all-time list (including the seventh-largest in Texas history), and O.H. Ivie Lake continued its impressive ShareLunker run with 12 Legacy entries. O.H. Ivie boasts 24 combined Legacy Lunkers during the past two collection seasons. See texassharelunker.com for more information.

“This Toyota ShareLunker collection season was simply historic in so many ways — we live for seasons like this,” says Tom Lang, director of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. “We’re grateful that so many anglers caught their ‘fish of a lifetime’ this season and then decided to share their Lunker with us so we can make more of these bigger, better bass for future generations of anglers.”

Anglers can call the ShareLunker hotline at (903) 681-0550 to report their catch 24/7 until April 1, 2023.

Key highlights from the 2022 Toyota ShareLunker collection season include:

• Anglers contributed 24 Legacy-class ShareLunkers, the most during January through March since 1995 (27).

• Nine different water bodies produced ShareLunkers in 2022.

• Lake Daniel became the 75th public water body to contribute a Legacy-class ShareLunker.

• Four ShareLunkers set new lake records: two at Lake Daniel, one at Eagle Mountain Lake and one at O.H. Ivie Lake.

• The record-setting bass from O.H. Ivie weighed 17.06 pounds — the biggest in 30 years and the seventh-largest largemouth bass ever verified in Texas.

• Four fish made the list of the top 50 biggest largemouth bass caught in Texas.

• For the third season in a row, an angler submitted two entries (2022 and 2021 from O.H. Ivie Lake, and 2020 from Alan Henry Reservoir).

• Two anglers submitted a catch in back-to-back seasons.

• Three times this season, two Share­Lunkers were submitted in the same day.

• One angler, Josh Jones, became the first to contribute a fourth ShareLunker.

• Five entries were greater than 15 pounds, including three over 16 pounds. 

 TPWD staff  Courtesy of Josh Jones


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