Thursday, March 27, 2008

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 (& Free) Oklahoma Water Atlas

The New and Free Oklahoma Water Atlas is now available.
Whether your idea of fun is setting up in a duck blind at first light, an afternoon of water-skiing or catching a big bass as the sun sets, you need one thing – water, and lots of it. And thanks to the new Oklahoma Water Atlas, it is now easier than ever to decide where to go next to pursue your favorite hobby on the water.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), with support from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, has produced the most useful water-related publication to come off the presses in years. The new Oklahoma Water Atlas includes 146 detailed lake maps containing comprehensive recreational information, such as boat ramps, water depths, road maps and other important features.

“This free publication is certainly a book that every angler and boater will want to have,” said Barry Bolton, chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “There is really a wealth of information in the book from groundwater maps to historical rainfall statistics to the history of fishing in Oklahoma.” The book’s 190 pages and 11” x 14” size is packed full of color maps and images.

Oklahoma is blessed with so many unique water resources,” said Brian Vance, director of information for the OWRB. “What’s special about the Water Atlas is that it showcases our many lakes and rivers all in one book.”

The book was created by the Water Board, and published in partnership with the Wildlife Department, which provided funds through the Sport Fish Restoration program grant number F-76-O. Fishing tackle as well as boat trolling motors and fishing-related equipment are subject to special federal excise taxes that help fund conservation efforts around the country. Additionally, federal fuel taxes attributed to motorboats are directed toward conservation.

The federal government collects these taxes from manufacturers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses the funds to state fish and wildlife agencies such as the Wildlife Department. Anglers and boaters ultimately pay these taxes through the purchase of products. These same groups benefit from the funds as states must spend the money on fishing and boating-related projects.

“The Oklahoma Water Atlas is a great example of a Sport Fish Restoration Program project,” Bolton said. “I’m confident this book will greatly improve the access to information anglers and boaters need to spend a weekend at the lake with their family.”

Sport Fish Restoration Funds are used by the Wildlife Department for a wide range of other important activities, including the construction of fish hatcheries, research laboratories, managing fish populations and educating young anglers.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board was created in 1957 and now directs staff in many areas, including the administration of permits for the beneficial use of stream and groundwater, studies of the quality and quantity of water resources, oversight of nonfederal dam safety, encouragement of responsible floodplain management, monitoring of stream flows and groundwater levels, administration of loans and grants to communities to assist in the construction of water and wastewater facilities, identification of pollution sources, and restoration of water quality. Late last year, the OWRB also initiated the update of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, which will be completed in 2011.

Individuals can pick up a free Water Atlas at the Wildlife Department headquarters located at 1801 N. Lincoln in Oklahoma City or at the OWRB’s Oklahoma City office, 3800 N. Classen Blvd, 73118. Water Atlases may also be picked up any of the four OWRB branch offices: Lawton, 601 "C" Avenue, Suite 101, (580)248-7762; Tulsa, State Agencies Building, 440 S. Houston, Room 2, (918)581-2924; McAlester, 321 S. 3rd St. Suite 5, (918)426-5435; and Woodward, 2411 Williams Avenue, Suite 116, (580)256-1014

To have a book mailed to your home, send a $6 check or money order (for postage and handling) made payable to “OWRB” to Oklahoma Water Resources Board Main Office 3800 N. Classen Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

For more information about the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, log on to www.owrb.ok.gov. For more information about the fishing in Oklahoma, log on to the Wildlife Department’s Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Broken Bow/Raymond Gary Update

Lake Raymond Gary Oklahoma has trophy largemouth bass.
Broken Bow fishing guide Bryce Archey sends us this report:

Lake Broken Bow has crested at 620.42 - 21 feet above normal. There is one ramp that is open, but it is small and fills up quickly. The Corp of Engineers has opened two gates, and with a little luck, the other ramps will be able to open by this coming weekend or the following week.

Until Broken Bow returns to normal levels, Bryce is guiding for largemouth bass on a smaller lake west of Broken Bow called Lake Raymond Gary (an Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Lake - see picture upper right hand corner).

Editor's Note:
The fish are spawning at Lake Raymond Gary right now and the possibility of trophy largemouth bass (or two) is very good. Bryce has limited dates in late April and can fit a few more trips. For a great bass fishing trip with Bryce Archey, call him at 580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561or visit his web site at www.BrokenBowLakeGuide.com

Friday, March 21, 2008

New Texoma Crappie Record

Lake Texoma record crappieA new record was set for crappie at Lake Texoma on March 8th.

The record crappie was caught on a jig by Michael Roger of Kingston Oklahoma. The fish weighed 2.6 lbs. and had a length of 16.00 inches and a girth of 13.00 inches.

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


New Keystone Crappie Record

Lake Keystone record crappie
A new record was set for crappie at Lake Keystone on March 10th.

The record crappie was caught on a jig by Mark Payne of Jennings Oklahoma. The fish weighed 2.3 lbs. and had a length of 15.50 inches and a girth of 12.00 inches.

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

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

New Kaw Lake Record Catfish

Kaw Lake record flathead catfish.

If Lesley McNeff of Mustang had caught her 78 lb. flathead catfish from Kaw Lake this time last year, she may have been the only one to cherish the sweet memory, but since she caught it March 8 of this year, the big cat will go down in the record books.

McNeff’s catfish goes down as the first lake record flathead catfish and the third lake record caught since the inception of the program. It was caught on a trotline baited with whole shad, and McNeff, 25, and her father braved cold weather to bring home the fish.

“It was really cold,” McNeff said. “It was 19 degrees when we got on the water.” The pair checked her father’s trotline first, coming up with three nice-sized flatheads, then switched to check Lesley’s trotline. There was only one fish on the trotline, but neither of them expected to find a Kaw lake record — weighing an even 75 lbs with a length of 51 inches and a girth of 34.25 inches.

“I was not disappointed that it was the only fish on the line!” McNeff said. McNeff enjoys running trotlines this time of year with her father, who learned the art of successful trotline fishing from his father. “My dad’s the best trotline fisherman I know,” McNeff said. “He knows how and where to set them, how to run them.”

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

Fishing Rules Changes

Recent changes that were approved affect fisherman and several popular fishing spots. The new rule amendments are as follows:

* Paddlefish anglers will be required to attach their paddlefish permit number to their fish, and it will be a requirement for paddlefish viscera to be removed before leaving the state. Additionally, paddlefish anglers will be required to have a free annual paddlefish permit. These paddlefish rules are currently in effect under emergency rules.

* The Illinois River was defined as the area from the confluence of Baron Fork Creek downstream to the Horseshoe Bend boat ramp.

* The boundaries on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System were clarified.

* Spotted bass were exempted from length limits statewide except for certain streams.

* Spotted bass bag limits were removed statewide except for certain streams.

* Alligator gar rules were modified after public hearings to define the closed area, shorten the period of closure and restrict all angling methods.

* The use of non-metallic materials will be allowed where natural materials do not exist for attaching limblines.

For more information, please visit http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/

New Grand Lake Catfish Record

Grand Lake record blue catfish.

A hefty 40.1-lb. blue catfish caught out of Grand Lake, by Illinois resident Denny Halgren, set a new Grand Lake record for blue catfish. Denny caught the fish with natural bait.


The fish was released, but had a length of 43 inches and a girth of 28.5 inches.

For more information about The New Lake Record Fish Program, or for more on catfishing 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

New State Records Program

The Oklahoma Wildlife Department has announced a new State Record program for 13 lakes around the state. While your fish may not have broken a state record, it could very possibly be the biggest fish ever caught out of your favorite lake.

Now thanks to new technology and a network of record keepers at 13 lakes around the state, your next trophy could qualify as a lake record. The program was established as a way to serve anglers and recognize big fish and the lakes they come from.

The 13 pilot lakes of the program are:
The Wildlife Department promises that more will be added later!

The 13 qualifying species (and their minimum weights) are:
  • Largemouth bass (6 lbs)
  • Smallmouth bass (4 lb)
  • Spotted bass (2 lbs.)
  • Crappie (2 lbs.)
  • Channel catfish (15 lbs.)
  • Blue catfish (40 lbs)
  • Flathead catfish (40 lbs.)
  • White bass (3 lbs.)
  • Striped bass (20 lbs.)
  • Hybrid striped bass (8 lbs.)
  • Walleye/Saugeye (5 lbs.)
  • Sunfish (any species) (1 lb.)
  • Paddlefish/Spoonbill (60 lbs.)

To find a record keeper, Click Here

To view current lake records, Click Here

To become a record keeper, Click Here

March Free Lures & Tackle Winner

win free lures and free tackle with OklahomaFishingGuides.comTwice a month, http://www.oklahomafishingguides.com/ awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers.

In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Dustin S. from Altus AFB, Oklahoma.
Dustin will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Alluring Lures & Tackle, Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, and our newest sponsor River Bottom Lures.

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Editor's Note: Congratulations Dustin and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Broken Bow High Water Alert

Lake Broken Bow fishing guide Bryce Archey
Lake Broken Bow fishing guide Bryce Archey sends us this report:

Starting today, all boat ramps will be closed on Lake Broken Bow. Due to all the recent heavy rains, the lake's water level is 18 feet above normal and still rising and all ramps are now under water.

The dam will begin releasing water next week and start getting the lake level back down to fishing levels in the next 7 to 10 days.


Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Bryce. You be careful out there. To book a Lake Broken Bow fishing trip with Bryce, call him at 580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561 or visit his website at www.BrokenBowLakeGuide.com

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Broken Bow Sand Bass Running

Sand bass at Lake Broken Bow with fishing guide Bryce Archey
Lake Broken Bow fishing guide Bryce Archey sends us this report:

The annual sand bass run has begun and we are catching big sandies right now. This run will continue for a couple of more weeks. Here is a picture of how big they can get this time of year.

I only have a couple of days remaining towards the end of the month if anyone is interested in a guided trip.


Editor's Note:
Thanks for the report Bryce. Looks like you guys had a blast catching those sandies! If you want to catch some sandies with Bryce, call him at
580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561 or visit him at his website: www.BrokenBowLakeGuide.com

Friday, March 07, 2008

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March Tackle Box Winner

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On the first Friday of March, June, September and December, a lucky fishing report subscriber will receive an original Readi-Lure Tackle Box! This quarter's winner is Johnathan S. from Canadian, Oklahoma.

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Editor's Note: Congratulations Johnathan and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

March Free Lures & Tackle Winner

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In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Jim A. from Lawton, Oklahoma. Jim
will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Alluring Lures & Tackle, Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, and our newest sponsor River Bottom Lures.

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Editor's Note: Congratulations Jim and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Baby Archey Is Born!

Lake Broken Bow fishing guide Bryce Archey is now a proud papa!
Fishing Guide Bryce Archey of Lake Broken Bow would like to announce the birth of Zane Landon Archey, born on Feb. 23rd at 8:22 a.m. At his weigh-in, Zane tipped the scales at 5lb 13 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long.

In addition, Bryce has already started introducing Zane to the world of fishing. He watched his first Bassmaster Classic weigh-in with his daddy last weekend!


Editor's Note: Congratulations Bryce and welcome Zane! I'm looking forward to meeting the little guy in May. To all of you thinking about hiring Bryce at Lake Broken Bow, now is the time to do it. He has another mouth to feed! Call him at 580-494-6447, 870-582-4561 or email him at brycearchey@hotmail.com.