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Largemouth bass weighing 13 or more pounds are eligible for the Toyota Sharelunker program, which runs October 1 through April 30.
It has to be legally caught in Texas waters.
And weighed on a certified scale. Kyle Brookshear coordinates the program, and taught me something new about ShareLunkers.
The males typically don’t get that large. So, they’re normally all female.
Something new this year is only the 13+ pound largemouth caught during the “spawning window of January 1st through March 31st are eligible to participate in the selective breeding program.
So, if an angler catches a fish outside of that window. We’ll come to them with a certified weight, and enter them into the program, and then release that fish back into the lake.
Brookshear says they anticipate improved efficiencies and outcomes as a result of the change.
Through our analysis of our spawning results over the past 30 seasons, and 30 years of the program, we’ve determined January through March provides us with the greatest opportunity to attain good candidates for spawning…meaning that most of those fish that come in are healthy and capable and ready to spawn.
Find information about the Toyota Sharelunker program on the TPW website. The Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series and helps fund the operation of the TFFC in Athens.
For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.