Friday, April 16, 2010

New Lake Records

Here are the newest lake records around Oklahoma:

Lake Ft. Cobb Crappie, 2.5 lbs. caught by Shanon Pack

Lake Hefner Smallmouth bass, 6.5 lbs. caught by Bryan P. Suchy

Lake Wes Watkins Crappie, 2.7 lbs. caught by Cory Gray

Lake Texoma Spotted bass, 3.8 lbs. caught by Royce Harlan

Lake Robert S. Kerr Spotted bass, 3.4 lbs. caught by Joe Erwin

Lake Shawnee Twins #1 Crappie, 2.1 lbs. caught by Lucas Ellis

Lake Oologah Crappie, 2.5 lbs. caught by Cody McEndree

For more on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s lake record fish program, including a user-friendly record fish search feature, Click Here.

April Free Lures Winner


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In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win an IM6 Hookhider Fishing Rod.


This month's free lures winner is Larry Y. from Norman, Oklahoma. Larry will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, SnapTail Lures, Alluring's Swimmer Babies, Maniac Custom Lures, Krappie Killer Jigs and our newest sponsor Haggerty Lures.


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Country Music Star Blake Shelton Lands Lake Record Paddlefish

Lake Hudson Oklahoma Record Paddlefish caught by Blake Shelton

Country music star and avid outdoorsman Blake Shelton of Tishomingo landed a lake record paddlefish April 13 when he reeled in a 40 lb. fish from below the Lake Hudson dam.


The fish measured 41 inches in length and was caught by way of snagging — the most common approach to catching “spoonbills.” Paddlefish do not strike lures or live bait but instead feed on tiny organisms called plankton.


“I have been an outdoorsman my whole life and I love to hunt and fish,” Shelton, 33, said. “I have been fishing as long as I can remember, and catching a paddlefish is the most exciting kind of fishing I have ever experienced.”


Shelton’s lake record comes just as the paddlefish angling in northeast Oklahoma is peaking. The best time to fish for paddlefish is during the spring (usually late March to mid-April) when the fish move up from reservoirs into rivers for their annual spawning run. The fish travel upstream and become concentrated, making it easier for anglers to locate good fishing spots.


The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s lake record fish program was initiated in 2008 to recognize big fish from certain lakes and the anglers who catch them.


The program has grown from about a dozen lakes at its inception to more than 40 lakes today. So anglers all over the state can go fishing just for leisure, but they can also go with a sense of competitive drive in hopes of putting their name in a record book.


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 and are detailed on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/.


Anglers who catch a potential record from a participating lake should contact designated business locations around the lake that are enrolled as lake record keepers. A listing of official lake record keepers is available on http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/.


Once it has been determined that an angler has landed a record fish, the media is notified and the public will be able to view information about the catch on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/.


An easily-operated search feature is available on the Web site that allows those interested to view a wealth of lake record fish information, ranging from the size of record fish caught to what kind of bait or rod and reel was used to catch them.


All past and current state record fish are registered in the lake record fish program as records for their respective lakes.


For more information about the lake record fish program, or for more on bass fishing in Oklahoma, log on to http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/.


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April Tackle Box Winner

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Every January, April, July and October, a lucky fishing report subscriber will receive an Original Readi-Lure Tackle Box!


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April Free Lures Winner


Twice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers.


In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win an IM6 Hookhider Fishing Rod.


This month's free lures winner is Joe C. from Skiatook, Oklahoma. Joe will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, SnapTail Lures, Alluring's Swimmer Babies, Maniac Custom Lures and our newest sponsor, Krappie Killer Jigs.


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