Friday, July 21, 2006

Lake Konawa #1 - 8 years in a row!

For the eighth year in a row Lake Konawa ranked number one in the number of bass caught per hour in reservoirs over 1,000 acres according to the 2006 spring electrofishing data recently released by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Covering 1,300 acres in Seminole County, Konawa produced 132 bass per hour of electrofishing during this year's surveys.

"It’s really no surprise Konawa is number one again – it is simply a great bass lake. Not only does Konawa have good numbers of bass, the population is also well balanced – it ranked first in the number of larger bass (over 14 inches) among lakes over 1,000 acres in the survey,” said Kim Erickson, fisheries chief for the Wildlife Department.

Coming in second was Lake Ft. Gibson, which produced 114 bass per hour during this year's electrofishing bass surveys. Lake Sooner, north of Stillwater, ranked third with 101 bass per hour. Ranking fourth was Lake McGee Creek (86 bass per hour), with Lake Tenkiller (69 bass per hour) rounding out the top five.

In lakes under 1,000 acres, Lake Okmulgee came in first place with an impressive 149 bass per hour. Coon Creek Lake, near Wilburton, came in a very close second with 148 bass per hour. American Horse Lake, a Wildlife Department lake near Geary, took third place with 133 bass per hour. Located south of Lawton near the Wichita Mountains, Lake Elmer Thomas claimed fourth place with 119 bass per hour. Carlton Lake, located in Robbers Cave State Park in southeast Oklahoma took fifth place with 107 bass per hour.

Editor's Note: Read the entire 2006 spring electrofishing story at: www.wildlifedepartment.com/storyofweek2.htm

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