The ShareLunker program is a multifaceted angler recognition program that encourages anglers to donate largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) ≥5.9 kg to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). These fish and their offspring have been used to enhance trophy bass fishing in Texas. Data from the program have been used to evaluate Florida largemouth bass stocking success and restrictive harvest regulations, and to identify reservoir characteristics which produce trophy fisheries. In addition, the program has emphasized the importance of catch and release fishing. The mission of the program is to involve the public in the conservation and enhancement of trophy bass fishing in Texas. TPWD provides significant incentives for anglers to participate, and cooperation from anglers has been excellent. Since the program's inception in 1986, a total of 418 fish from 54 reservoirs and 13 private lakes have been donated to the program. With the continuing demands on our freshwater resources, careful management of our trophy bass fisheries has become even more important in Texas. Improved methods of transporting, holding, and treating these fish for stress and injuries has resulted in improved survival and spawning. This presentation gives an overview of the history and success of this program, and the methods of holding and propagating ShareLunkers and their offspring.

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