Toyota ShareLunker

TFFC Hosts First Deaf Day and Picnic Event April 15

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is pleased to announce a brand-new, daylong event on Saturday, April 15. The first-ever Deaf Day and Picnic at the TFFC will run during the center’s regular hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with a variety of family-friendly activities. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic, try their hand at fishing with loaner gear provided by TFFC and enjoy a fun spring day. “The outdoors are for everyone,” said Tom Lang, Texas […]

O.H. Ivie Churns Out 15th Legacy Class Lunker

O.H. Ivie Lake’s historic run of Legacy Class Lunkers charged forward on Saturday with another massive largemouth bass. Kevin Winchester of Ballinger reeled in 13.08-pound ShareLunker 650, giving the lake its 15th Legacy Class fish of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season. Winchester’s catch was also the 18th overall Legacy Lunker that anglers across the nation have landed in Texas this season. Since January 2021, O.H. Ivie has been on an unprecedented run, thanks to a […]

ShareLunker Season Keeps Rolling With Two More Legacy Class Entries

O.H. Ivie reached the double-digit mark for Legacy Class Lunkers in the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season Friday and Sunday with two more massive largemouth bass. The lake boosted its total to 11 Legacy Class fish and increased the overall collection season tally to 13. Angler Nolan Sprengeler of Plymouth, Minnesota, hauled in 13.89-pound ShareLunker 644 Friday, followed by Brandon Vaughan of Jacksboro with 14.5-pound ShareLunker 645 on Sunday. ShareLunker 644 is unique from the other […]

O.H. Ivie Back on the Board with Another ShareLunker

O.H. Ivie Lake chalked up its second Legacy Class largemouth bass of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker season Sunday afternoon. Kyle Hall of Granbury hauled in 13.58-pound ShareLunker 635, registering a Legacy Class bass in consecutive seasons. Hall’s fish is the third submitted by anglers during the 2023 collection season. “O.H. Ivie continues to produce Lunker after Lunker, and this season is no exception,” said Natalie Goldstrohm, Toyota ShareLunker program coordinator.  “Even pro anglers like Kyle are […]

Lake Nacogdoches Notches its First 2023 Legacy ShareLunker

Lake Nacogdoches recorded its first Legacy Class largemouth bass of the 2023 Toyota ShareLunker collection season when angler Jack York of Emory reeled in ShareLunker 634 Monday afternoon. York’s catch was certified at 13.51 pounds and is the second overall Legacy Class fish donated to the program this year. Nacogdoches has now produced a Legacy Class fish in three of the last four collection seasons. “It is great to see Texas reservoirs like Lake Nacogdoches producing […]

Toyota ShareLunker Program Enjoys Landmark Year in 2022

The 2022 Toyota ShareLunker season proved to be monumental, thanks to 350 anglers across the nation who entered 512 Lunker largemouth bass into the program throughout the year. The total included 357 in the Lunker Class (weighing between eight to 9.99 pounds or at least 24 inches), 121 Elite Class (weighing 10 to 12.99 pounds), 24 Legacy Class (weighing 13 pounds or more and caught between Jan. 1 and March 31) and 10 Legend Class Lunkers […]

“Veterans Day at the TFFC” Slated for Nov. 12

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is excited to announce the second annual “Veterans Day at the TFFC” event to honor and support veterans. The event is scheduled for Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with free admission for veterans and their families. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Fisheries Technician and former Marine Nicholas Griffin organized the event and launched this tradition in 2021 to connect with veterans and give them a way to […]

Halloween at the Hatchery Set for Oct. 27 at TFFC

Families are in for a treat Thursday, Oct. 27 at the annual “Halloween at the Hatchery” event hosted by the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC). The annual event provides a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for three local beneficiaries, The Rainbow Room, East Texas Crisis Center and the Athens High School Fishing Team. The outdoor event will feature family-friendly games, photo opportunities and activities from 6 – 8 p.m. Local businesses and organizations will hand […]

Toyota ShareLunker Program Completes Monumental Collection Season

ATHENS – The 2022 Toyota ShareLunker collection season claimed its spot as one of the best in program history. 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. In addition, four new lake records were established, four fish cracked the top 50 all-time list, including the seventh largest in Texas history, […]

ShareLunker Hot Streak Rolls into March

Five new ShareLunkers landed in angler boats during the first two weeks of March, continuing a hot stretch for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) 2022 Toyota ShareLunker collection season. O.H. Ivie Lake’s unprecedented run of Legacy Class Lunkers powered forward with two more, followed by Lake Austin, with its first of 2022. Possum Kingdom racked up its fourth Legacy fish, and Lake Nacogdoches saw its first entry of the 2022 collection season. The March […]