Oklahoma Fishing Guides

New Canton Lake Record Walleye

Lake Canton record walleye

With prime fishing season underway across the state, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s New Lake Record Fish Program is exploding with action. Nearly a dozen lake records have been caught and certified since the program’s Feb. 1 kick-off, and some records have been broken twice in just a matter of days.

Canton Lake, for example, produced an 8.8-lb. walleye for Oklahoma City angler Flynn King March 9, and on March 14 produced a 9.2-lb. walleye for Jim Sweetwood of Norman. And though it was not a lake record, an 8.1-lb. walleye also was caught at Canton March 14 by Terry Duncan of Higgins, Texas.

“New lake records just keep coming in,” said Greg Summers, fisheries research lab supervisor for the Wildlife Department. And though the Lake Record Fish program is brand new, Summers said it is no coincidence that this time of year is yielding so many records at lakes across the state.

“If there is any time of year for the fishing to be good, it’s now through the next several weeks,” Summers said. “The Lake Records program is proving it. If people want in on some of the best fishing of the year, they better get out there.”

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

Tom Steed Walleyes

Aspiring Pro Mike Diehl sends us this report from Lake Tom Steed:

The fishing on Tom Steed has been tough lately for both Bass and Crappie, but it looks like my luck has changed just a little. I caught my first Walleye today, 6lbs. 24″, while fishing a 1/8 oz spinner bait on a micro light rod and reel with 6 lb test.

The Walleye are starting to spawn and are making their beds close to the bank. I was really shocked when it came to the top and I started to lip it like a bass – good thing I didn’t because this thing has got some teeth!

Editor’s Note: Thanks for the report Mike. Glad you didn’t lose any fingers!