Oklahoma Fishing Guides

New Largemouth Bass Record

A new Oklahoma state record largemouth bass was caught Friday, March 23, at Cedar Lake in southeast Oklahoma. The fish weighed 14 lbs. 12.3 oz. and was caught by Poteau angler Benny Williams, Jr. while on a camping trip at the 78-acre LeFlore Co. lake. 

Williams caught the bass at 11 a.m. on a ¼ oz. Striker King jig. This fish measured 26 inches in length and 22 3/8 inches in girth.

Williams’ fish breaks a state record held since 1999 when William Cross caught a 14-lb. 11.52-oz. bass from Broken Bow Lake.

“Catching the state record largemouth bass in Oklahoma is a big deal and catching a fish this large is a big deal,” said Barry Bolton, chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “It speaks to the quality of fishing we have in Oklahoma and also to the anglers who get out there and fish for them. We congratulate him on his great catch.”

According to Gene Gilliland, assistant chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Department, Cedar Lake has been known to produce big largemouth bass for anglers in recent years – not only because of its southeastern location, but also because it has a history of receiving Florida strain largemouth bass through the state’s stocking program.

“They grow pretty fast down in that part of the state,” Gilliland said. “Cedar Lake has produced several double-digit fish in the last five years.”

Lake Tom Steed Bass Biting

Future Pro and Avid Bass Fisherman Mike Diehl sends us this fishing report from Lake Tom Steed.

Fishing has been really tough this year and the bite has been very slow, but caught a few nice ones this trip. This bass was caught using a Mann1 shallow crank on a Hookhider rod and 16lb test Stren Magnathin mono line.

Mike dedicates this trip and bass to his son:   

In Memory of Michael
Fantastic Father
Loving Son
A true example of a man at 23

New Lake Thunderbird Bass Record

New lake Thunderbird Oklahoma bass fishing record A day that started cold and miserable last Sunday for Oklahoma city police officer Kenny Davis ended fabulously.

Davis landed a 10.8-pound largemouth bass from Lake Thunderbird near Norman that might even change the future of bass fishing at the reservoir.

Read the full story here. Photo & story courtesy of NewsOK.com.

Editor’s Note: As I have always said, the weather only bothers the fishermen and the fish are still hungry.

Tom Steed Fishing Report

Fishing guide Mike Diehl sends us this report from Lake Tom Steed:

Well it was a balmy 37 degrees and the water wasn’t much warmer, but I did manage to catch two bass just before dark. The first weighted 3.5lb and was caught fishing a medium size crank bait in fifteen feet of water and the smaller one was caught on a buzz bait right at dark near the bank.

Crappie fishermen were out as well pulling in a few small ones here and there. Fishing should begin to pick up as the weather warms and after we get rid of this constant rise and fall in temperature.

Editor’s Note: Thanks for picture and report Mike. The fish will bite year round – the weather only bothers the fisherman. If you would like to go fishing with Mike, contact him at 580-639-2065 or email him at futurepromike@gmail.com.

New Broken Bow Record Set

Lake Broken Bow Oklahoma fishing guide Bryce Archey set the new lake record for spotted bass

Lake Broken Bow fishing guide Bryce Archey set the new lake record for spotted bass yesterday with this fish weighing in at 2.4lbs, 17 inches long and 9 3/4 inch in girth.

He also reports that the fishing has been awesome and that on his Sunday trip, he and his client caught 32 fish, mostly spots and blacks.

BTW – the other little fella Bryce is holding is his son Zane, who is fast approaching his first birthday in a few months!

Editor’s Note: Congratulations Bryce on the new lake record! How cool is that?!? I want my name in the record books too. I f you would like to go fishing with Bryce, call him at 580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561 or visit his website at www.brokenbowlakeguide.com.

Lake Elmer Thomas Fishing Report

Lake Elmer Thomas Oklahoma fishing report, WBT co-angler Denese FreemanWomen’s Bassmaster Tour Co-Angler Denese Freeman sends us this report from Lake Elmer Thomas:

In April of this year, I won the Lake Lewisville event and was awarded a $25,000 Skeeter bass boat complete with Lowrance electronics and a MotorGuide trolling motor. This boat has become an excellent tool for me to continue practicing my angling skills.

Over the Labor Day weekend, my husband and I went camping and fishing at Lake Elmer Thomas which borders the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and Fort Sill just North of Lawton, Oklahoma.

Here is a photo of my 6 lb 6 oz bass I caught Sunday evening at about 10:30 p.m using a weightless Zoom fluke – Arkansas Shiner. I just had to make that “one last cast” and this is the result.

Editor’s Note: Thanks for the picture and report Denese and congratulations on your WBT win! Wish I had that boat!!

Tom Steed Bass Fishing Report

Oklahoma bass fishing report from Lake Tom Steed
Aspiring fishing pro Mike Diehl sends us this fishing report:

The bite at Lake Tom Steed is starting to pick up. Hybrids are hitting the surface chasing the new hatch of shad and the bass are coming out of the trees with a drop in the lake level. The cooler temperatures and rain have the bass coming from the depths as well, and although they are still a bit slow to strike, patience and persistence is paying off.

I boated 9 fish today between the rain storms and cloudy sky with these four being the nicest. Two of the bass were caught fishing shallow casting a buzz bait through the remaining twigs and stick ups while the other two came from the bank just off the bluffs and deeper water.

Editor’s Note: Thanks for the pics and report Mike. Looks like you had an absolutely great day! What was the range of weight on those hawgs?

New Lake Thunderbird Fishing Records

Lake Thunderbird Oklahoma bass fishing records
Two new lake record fish were caught recently at Lake Thunderbird, one largemouth bass weighing in at eight pounds, and the other a three-pound white bass.

Randall Farley of Norman Oklahoma, caught a largemouth bass on June 13 while crappie fishing. It measured 23.5 inches in length, 17 inches in girth and weighed 8 pounds.

David Belvin also from Norman Oklahoma, set the white bass record using a soft plastic lure. The bass was 18.25 inches in length, 13 inches in girth and weighed 3 pounds.

Other than Thunderbird, lakes included in the program include Arbuckle, Broken Bow, Canton, Eufaula, Fort Cobb, Grand, Kaw, Keystone, Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller and Texoma.

Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include blue, channel and flathead catfish and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in addition to crappie, paddlefish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids, sunfish (combined) walleye/saugeye and white bass. Minimum weights are set for each species and are listed here.

Anglers who catch a potential record from a participating lake should contact designated businesses around the lake that are enrolled as lake record keepers. A listing of official lake record keepers is available here.