A look at the fishing records set in Oklahoma By Gerry Augustin
Some fishing records may last several years, but eventually they will be broken.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation maintains a list of Oklahoma record fish and the ODWC now is accepting these state records to place in the aquarium in Sands Springs so all Oklahomans can view them.
Last year, four new records were added to the list. This list includes the small mouth buffalo caught in Canton Lake by Rodney Meyer on July 18, 2004. Meyer’s fish measured 40 inches long and weighed 38 pounds, 3.8 ounces. The previous record was held for one year and also came from Canton Lake (May 17, 2003), weighing 37 pounds, 3.2 ounces.
A Blue catfish caught by Billy Nabas made the record books. Nabas’ record was caught in Lake Texoma on November 11, 2004.
This 98-pound lunker measured 54 inches. This was another record that only lasted one year. The previous record also came from Lake Texoma and weighed 87 pounds, 4 ounces.
Another state record caught last year was the flathead catfish. The 72-pound, 8-ounce record was caught by Ronald Cantrell on El Reno Lake on May 20, 2004. The previous record held for six years and six days and weighed 71 pounds.
The final state record broken was for the walleye. Last year’s record came from Robert S Kerr Reservoir and weighed 12 pounds, 13 ounces.
This 303/8 inch monster was caught by Kerry Carter. Carter broke a record that stood since March 26, 1995. The previous record weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces and was caught in Altus-Lugert Lake.
Presently there have been 11 state records set since 2000, 14 during the 1990s, seven from the 1980s, six from the 1970s, one from 1966 and the longest standing record from 1958 — a spotted bass caught in a Pittsburg County pond by O.J. Stone. Stone’s bass weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 23 inches. Some day these records also will be broken with the exception of one.