Fish & Game
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:
TPWD staff Courtesy of Josh Jones
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