Friday, March 21, 2008

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

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