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.”

New Eufaula Bass Record

Lake Eufaula record largemouth bass.A new record was set for largemouth bass at Lake Eufaula on March 8th.

The record bass was caught on a jig by Harold Fry of Kiowa, Oklahoma. The fish weighed 10.5 lbs. and had a length of 23.50 inches and a girth of 19.00 inches.

For more information about The New Lake Record Fish Program, or for more on bass fishing in Oklahoma, log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com

New Arbuckles Bass Record

Lake Arbuckles record largemouth bassYou don’t have to convince Allen Gifford, that now is the time to be bass fishing in Oklahoma. He already knows, and the 14 lb., 8 oz., largemouth bass he caught Feb. 27 out of Arbuckle Lake proves it.

Gifford landed his bass in the afternoon using a Terminator spinnerbait. “As soon as I set the hook, I knew it was big,” Gifford said. “But I didn’t know how big.” The bass has a girth of nearly 23 inches, is over 25 inches long and falls just over three ounces shy of the state record that was landed from Broken Bow Lake in 1999.

It is not a coincidence that he caught the giant bass this time of year. According to fisheries biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, right now through the next month is among the best time all year for catching big bass.

An avid, lifelong fisherman, Gifford agrees this is the time to be fishing, as well as into the spring. “I’ve been catching fish all winter to be honest with you,” Gifford said. “The fish have got to eat all year long.”

Coming out of colder weather means bass are actively feeding and putting on weight for spawning, which in turn means they will be found in shallower waters and may bite more often.

Bass are likely the most sought after game fish in Oklahoma. “This is such a great time to go bass fishing,” said Jeff Boxrucker, assistant chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Department. “You can find them all over Oklahoma, and any angler, whether experienced in bass fishing or not, can catch plenty of them. But you have to be out there to catch them. Now through the next few months will be some outstanding fishing.”

For more information about the new Lake Record Fish Program, or for more on bass fishing in Oklahoma, log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com