Monday, May 22, 2006

New Black Bass Hybrid State Record


The mystery fish is a mystery fish no more. DNA analysis recently confirmed that Dru Kinslow, of Oklahoma City, caught a state record black bass hybrid last March. Kinslow caught the 8-pound, 5.6-ounce bass from Veteran’s Lake near Sulphur.

When he took the fish to fisheries biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, they immediately recognized it was bigger than either the current smallmouth or the black bass hybrid records. However, the brute had characteristics of both a smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

Fisheries biologists sent a small fin sample to a DNA lab which has now confirmed that fish was a cross of a smallmouth bass and spotted bass. Black bass hybrids occur rarely in nature when the spawning areas of black bass species overlap.

Kinslow was using a jig and salt craw combo when he hooked the big fish in the clear waters of 67-acre Veteran’s Lake. “I was just trying out different lures to see what might be biting when I hooked the fish,” Kinslow said. “It fought pretty hard and went all the way under the boat. I didn’t realize how big it was until I got it in the boat.”

The fish measured 22.75-inches long and was 16.5 inches in girth. The former state record black bass hybrid was just established this February when Sean McAllister pulled a 6-pound, 14-ounce fish from Lake Texoma.

Editor's Note: Courtesy of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

1st Successful Trout Reproduction


For the first time ever documented in Oklahoma, fisheries biologists have documented natural reproduction of rainbow trout. The discovery was made in the Lower Mountain Fork River trout fishery below Broken Bow Lake.

“Clearly, this new information sets the Lower Mountain Fork River apart as one of the premier tail water fisheries in the nation,” said Barry Bolton, assistant chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.


Anglers reported observing trout spawning activity in December and January. A few months later, scattered reports began coming in of very small rainbow trout being caught by anglers.


“All of the trout that we stock are much bigger than a few inches, so we did a small survey with a bag seine,” said Paul Balkenbush, southeast region fisheries supervisor for the Wildlife Department.

In four different locations, biologists caught a total of 17 young rainbow trout.

“Due to the nature of the river – lots of boulders and swift current – there was a very limited number of places we could use our seine effectively. The fact that we were able to catch young trout in every location was very encouraging and leads us to believe that they are abundant and widespread. We are not certain of their age but they were born here,” Balkenbush said. “They may only be two or three-inches long right now, but we can say without a doubt that these are wild fish.”

The Wildlife Department first stocked the Lower Mountain Fork River with trout more than 17 years ago. Since that time the 12-mile designated trout stream has seen many habitat improvements. Additionally, thanks to the efforts of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Congress passed the Water Resources Development Act in 1996 to ensure that cool water from Broken Bow Lake is released throughout the year to sustain the trout fishery.


Editor's Note: Courtesy of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Free fishing days June 3-4

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a resolution to designate June 3-4 as Free Fishing Days in Oklahoma. Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to offer free fishing days 24 years ago and has since been followed by dozens of other states that have established similar free fishing days.

"Free fishing days are a great opportunity to introduce family and friends to fishing," said David Warren, information and education chief for the Wildlife Department.

Resident and non-resident fishing licenses (including trout licenses and fishing and hunting legacy permits) are not required on the free fishing days, although anglers should note that local or municipal permits might be required on those days. Texoma Lake anglers should be aware that the Texas free fishing day is June 3 only. Anglers must also follow all other fishing regulations.

Editor's Note: Courtesy of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Saturday, May 06, 2006

OKFG receives multiple web awards

OklahomaFishingGuides.com is proud to announce the honor of receiving 5 web site awards within the last week! Judges have rated and described OKFG as "World Class" & "Outstanding" in the areas of concept, design, layout, rich content and easy navigation.

It has always been our goal to have an easy-to-use, comprehensive Oklahoma lakes information portal. Each page is dedicated to one lake and is loaded with everything one would need when going to the lake; fishing guides, lodging, marinas, weather, directions, maps & more - just print and go!

We appreciate all the wonderful accolades and will continue to work hard to bring you all the best that the lakes of Oklahoma have to offer.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

New Record, but what kind of fish???



DNA analysis needed determine state record fish identity

Dru Kinslow, of OKC, caught a state record fish Monday, March 27, but he doesn’t know quite where his name will go in the record book – under smallmouth bass or black bass hybrid. Either way it will be a new state record.

Kinslow caught an 8-pound, 5.6-ounce bass from Veteran’s Lake near Sulphur. When he took the fish to fisheries biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, they immediately recognized it was bigger than either the current smallmouth or the black bass hybrid records. However, the brute had characteristics of both a smallmouth bass, spotted bass and largemouth bass.

“I don’t really care whether it is a smallmouth or a hybrid, I am just happy to catch a fish that big. Never in my life did I think I would catch a state record,” Kinslow said.

Fisheries biologists sent a small fin sample to a DNA lab. The lab report will reveal if the fish is a smallmouth or a black bass hybrid. Black bass hybrids occur rarely in nature when the spawning areas of black bass species overlap.

“It’s certainly unusual. I am very curious to see the lab results,” said Kim Erickson, fisheries chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “Unfortunately, this isn’t an episode of ‘CSI’ and it will likely take several weeks for the technicians to perform the DNA analysis.” DNA results from the lab will be posted on wildlifedepartment.com as soon as they are available.

Kinslow was using a jig and salt craw combo when he hooked the big fish in the clear waters of 67-acre Veteran’s Lake. “I was just trying out different lures to see what might be biting when I hooked the fish,” Kinslow said. “It fought pretty hard and went all the way under the boat. I didn’t realize how big it was until I got it in the boat.” The fish measured 22.75-inches long and was 16.5 inches in girth.

If you think you may have hooked a record fish it is important that you weigh the fish on an Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture certified scale and a Wildlife Department employee verifies the weight.

Editor's Note: Courtesy of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

5LB Tenkiller Smallmouth Bass


A fun smallmouth bass story from Darris Smith, Fort Smith, AR:

I caught this smallmouth bass on Lake Tenkiller last summer. I didn't have any scales or couldn't find anyone with a set. Me and a few guys settled on a straight 5 pounder. I caught this one on a crankbait while searching a main lake point for largemouth. It felt like I hooked a buss going 50 mph! It rolled at the top of the water a few times away from the boat, each time it got close to the boat it would take off stripping line from my reel. I just figured I had hooked one of the few stripers that are still in the lake. I about had a heart attack when I finally saw the beautiful bronze color roll past me under the boat. It got real serious real quick! But after finding no set of scales anywhere on the lake, I rolled her back into the lake to catch another day. Darn, I love fishing!

Editor's Note: Way to practice catch-n-release Darris --- now I have a chance at catching your smallie the next time I'm at Lake Tenkiller! Looks like a 5LBer to me too although holding it out towards the camera always adds a few pounds ;-)