Oklahoma Fishing Guides

New Oklahoma Record Fish

new Oklahoma record fish, a bighead carp, caught on Grand Lake

A new Oklahoma state record fish was caught at Grand Lake recently. The Oklahoma Wildlife Department has been asking skilled anglers to help capture invasive bighead carp from Grand Lake, and many Oklahoma anglers have answered the call. 

Bryan Baker with Spoonbill Wreckers caught a massive 118 pound 3 ounce bighead carp to set the new Oklahoma state record. 

Bighead carp consume large quantities of zooplankton, aquatic insect larvae and adults. Because of their feeding habits, bighead carp are a direct competitor with our native species like paddlefish, and bigmouth buffalo; as well as all larval and juvenile fishes and native mussels. 

The Oklahoma Wildlife Department asks that if you catch this invasive species DO NOT RETURN IT TO THE WATER. Please report any caught bighead carp to the Porter Office at 918-683-1031 or 918-200-4815.

New World Record Paddlefish snagged at Lake Keystone

 A new world-record paddlefish
has again been pulled from Keystone Lake near Tulsa, less than a month after
the previous world record was snagged in the same lake by a client of the same
fishing guide.

Cody James Watters of Ochelata is the newest owner of the rod-and-reel
world-record title, after snagging a 151-pound, 14.4-ounce giant!

New Lake Hefner Record

A new lake record was set at Lake Hefner for Striped Bass when Clidell Woody caught this 16.1 pounder on March 18th.  The old record was 14.8 pounds set by Glen Burling in 2010.

Clidell caught it on the west side of Hefner near the spillway.  He was fishing for catfish using cut shad.

Hybrids arrive in Lake Hefner via the North Canadian River from Canton Lake.  

Striped bass hybrids are a hatchery-raised cross between stripers and white bass and are favorites with fishermen because they are fierce fighters. 

New Lake Records

Here are the newest lake records around Oklahoma:

Lake Ft. Cobb Crappie, 2.5 lbs. caught by Shanon Pack

Lake Hefner Smallmouth bass, 6.5 lbs. caught by Bryan P. Suchy

Lake Wes Watkins Crappie, 2.7 lbs. caught by Cory Gray

Lake Texoma Spotted bass, 3.8 lbs. caught by Royce Harlan

Lake Robert S. Kerr Spotted bass, 3.4 lbs. caught by Joe Erwin

Lake Shawnee Twins #1 Crappie, 2.1 lbs. caught by Lucas Ellis

Lake Oologah Crappie, 2.5 lbs. caught by Cody McEndree

For more on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s lake record fish program, including a user-friendly record fish search feature, Click Here.

More Lake Records Set!

Oklahoma Record Fish
Anglers are still adding to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Lake Record Fish program’s record books this year, most recently with the landing of a 22.3-lb. striped bass at Lake Kaw September 10th and a 43.2-lb. flathead catfish at Lake Eufaula on August 20th.

The striped bass was caught by Luke Cobb of Ponca City, Oklahoma in the tailwaters below the dam. The fish measured 37.25 inches in length and had a 21.75-inch girth.

The Lake Eufaula record flathead was caught by Mickey L. Stallings of Oklahoma City, from the back of a houseboat at the No. 9 Marina. The fish went 42.75 inches in length and had a 26.5-inch girth.

The Lake Record Fish Program started February 1st to recognize the biggest fish from certain reservoirs and the anglers who catch them. Currently there are 13 major lakes are included in the pilot program; Arbuckle, Broken Bow, Canton, Eufaula, Fort Cobb, Grand, Kaw, Keystone, Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller, Texoma and Thunderbird.

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 are detailed on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.