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Best big bass lake in the state?

by Ed Godfrey Published: January 30, 2009
Rodney Richards Jr. of Ardmore with 11-pound largemouth bass from Arbuckle Lake caught Jan. 25, 2009
Rodney Richards Jr. of Ardmore with 11-pound largemouth bass from Arbuckle Lake caught Jan. 25, 2009

Is Arbuckle Lake now the best big bass lake in the state?

It seems no other lake in the state has consistently produced trophy bass like Arbuckle has the last two years.

Arbuckle always has been considered a good fishing lake, but two years ago it burst on the big bass scene when several anglers started pulling double-digit lunkers from of the lake.

Arbuckle was making the news again last year with more reports of big fish, headlined by Allen Gifford’s 14-pound, 8-ounce largemouth on Feb. 27 that was just three ounces shy of the state record.

It looks to be another great year of bass fishing at Arbuckle. Last Sunday, during the Backyard Bassin’ fall/winter tournament championship, two fish weighing more than 9 pounds and an 11-pounder was caught at the lake near Davis.

Rodney Richards Jr. of Ardmore (above photo) landed the 11-pounder.  Gene Gilliland, fisheries biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said the stocking of Florida-strain bass seems to be coming of age.

No doubt, Arbuckle will be a prime destination in the coming weeks for bass fishermen.  

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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