Archive for January 10th, 2008

ShareLunker Program: How to Participate

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish Restoration Program

October through April, anglers who reel in a largemouth bass weighing 13-pounds or more are encouraged to donate their catch to the ShareLunker program. Fish accepted into the program spawn the next generation of big bass.

To donate a fish, handle it as little as possible, then…

Get a weight on it. If you have a set of scales that you feel like are close enough that you can actually say it’s a good enough weight to call us, weigh it and let us know.

David Campbell coordinates the ShareLunker program, and explains what to do if you think you have a lunker, and want to donate it to the program.

We would like to have these fish in our possession in less than 12 hours. I realize sometimes if you’re on the other side of the state of Texas is may take me a few hours to get there. If you have to go somewhere and have that fish weighed, leave it in the water in aerated live well or whatever it is, try not to dry the fish off. If that fish weighs 13-pounds on a set of certified scales—whether it’s for business or whatever it is—give us a call as quick as possible. And we dispatch a vehicle; and take care of it until we get there. That’s the main thing.

Visit to find the phone numbers to call to donate your lunker.

That’s our show…with support from the Sport Fish Restoration Program…providing funding for the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti

If your fish meets the requirements listed above, call our toll-free, 24-hour pager at 1-888-784-0600 (October 1-April 30 only) or (903) 681-0550.