Video chronicles two bass spawning

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  • The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center posted a video yesterday which depicts exactly what happens during a bass spawn. Using underwater footage at their hatchery, they show every step of the process; from the point where a male bass selects a spawning site, to when the eggs hatch.

    If you’re a bass angler that has spent any considerable time fishing in the spring on a clear water reservoir with a pair of polarized glasses on, you’ve seen bits and pieces of the spawning cycle unfold right before your eyes. Good sight fisherman understand the cycle, and particularly how that relates to the chances of getting the larger female to bite. But until now, we haven’t been able to see it all take place in congruent footage.

    Enjoy the video!

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    Posted by Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is a hatchery facility of the Inland Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The TPWD is famous for their “ShareLunker Program”, which is in its 31st season of operation. The ShareLunker Program encourages anglers who catch 13 pound and larger bass to lend the fish to TPWD for a spawning program aimed at improving the Florida strain gene population of largemouth bass in Texas.

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  • If fish that are submitted to the program have adequate genes, they’re entered into the program to breed at the hatchery, where their future offspring of those fish are released into carefully selected reservoirs in Texas to improve the overall size of the bass in those lakes.

    The program has been a resounding success. Just in 2017 alone, two bass of over 13 pounds have been caught which were direct descendants of other ShareLunker fish, and had been produced in the hatchery and released into the lake at which they were caught.

    Specifically, in 2006 a 14.48 pound bass was caught at Lake Conroe outside of Houston (the site of the 2017 Bassmasters Classic last week) and submitted to the program where it was bred and later released back into Lake Conroe. This year, a 13.07 pound bass was caught at Marine Creek Lake in Fort Worth and submitted to the program. Analysis of that fish showed that the fish was the daughter of the fish caught in 2007.

    As they say, “the proof is in the pudding,” and the ShareLunker Program works.

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    Sherry Oliver
    Sherry Oliver

    Great video. And yes Wake California.

    Quinn Granfors
    Quinn Granfors

    Yet California owns 21 of the top 25 LMB of all time & has the WR SPB. Sharelunker is a feel good program that has not proven it produces anything tangible. Keep trying Texas.

    Kellen Ellis
    Kellen Ellis

    Nothing tangible? Two guys this year caught their fish of a lifetime, which wouldn’t even have existed without the program.