It's getting close to that special time again for us Texans...
TFFC is headquarters for the Budweiser ShareLunker program. Anglers who catch largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more are encouraged to lend or donate the fish to TPWD for spawning purposes. Participating anglers receive statewide recognition and prizes to commemorate their catch.
Since the program began in 1986, more than 400 lunkers have been donated. Superior genetics from ShareLunker bass and their offspring are used to improve the quality of fish stocked in Texas waters. Ultimately, TPWD hopes to produce the next world record largemouth bass.
If your fish meets the requirements listed below, call our toll-free, 24-hour pager at 1-888-784-0600 (October 1-April 30 only) or (903) 681-0550.
The program is limited to largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more.
Entries are accepted October 1 through April 30.
The fish must be legally caught in Texas waters.
Fish must be weighed on certified or legal-for-trade scales. Click here for assistance in finding scales. Certified scales are scales that have been certified as accurate by the Texas Department of Agriculture, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) or a commercial scales calibration company.
Possession of the fish must be transferred to a designated Texas Parks and Wildlife Department representative within 12 hours after capture. Call TPWD as soon as possible with your name, where the fish is located, a telephone number where you can be reached and when and where you caught the fish. Be sure to include your area code when leaving a message on the pager.
A TPWD employee will be solely responsible for accepting a fish into the program based on the expectation that the fish will be able to survive and spawn.
The angler must sign a release absolving all sponsors, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees of any liability resulting from the loss or death of the fish.
Benefits of Participation
At the end of spawning season, the ShareLunker will be returned to the angler for live release, or the angler may donate it permanently to the program. Either way, the angler receives a fiberglass replica of the catch made by Lake Fork Taxidermy, Budweiser ShareLunker clothing, and recognition at an annual awards banquet held at TFFC. In addition, the Texas resident catching the largest entry of the season is awarded a lifetime fishing license.