Friday, September 19, 2008

More Lake Records Set!

Oklahoma Record Fish
Anglers are still adding to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Lake Record Fish program’s record books this year, most recently with the landing of a 22.3-lb. striped bass at Lake Kaw September 10th and a 43.2-lb. flathead catfish at Lake Eufaula on August 20th.

The striped bass was caught by Luke Cobb of Ponca City, Oklahoma in the tailwaters below the dam. The fish measured 37.25 inches in length and had a 21.75-inch girth.

The Lake Eufaula record flathead was caught by Mickey L. Stallings of Oklahoma City, from the back of a houseboat at the No. 9 Marina. The fish went 42.75 inches in length and had a 26.5-inch girth.

The Lake Record Fish Program started February 1st to recognize the biggest fish from certain reservoirs and the anglers who catch them. Currently there are 13 major lakes are included in the pilot program; Arbuckle, Broken Bow, Canton, Eufaula, Fort Cobb, Grand, Kaw, Keystone, Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller, Texoma and Thunderbird.

Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include blue, channel and flathead catfish and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in addition to crappie, paddlefish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids, sunfish (combined) walleye/saugeye and white bass.

Minimum weights are set for each species are detailed on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

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