Lake records continue to pour into the Wildlife Department from anglers around the state.
One of the most interesting is a 4-pound crappie caught Saturday at Lake Wister by Jon Duvall of Wister.
“My cousin Clint and I decided to go fishing and take a few youngsters,” Duvall wrote. “The first throw Clint caught a nice crappie. We thought it would be great fishing, but the wind was blowing and we couldn’t keep the pontoon boat still.
“Finally, the anchor caught on something and kept us from moving. We fished and fished, but caught nothing. Finally, right before it started to rain, I caught the biggest crappie we had ever seen.”
The crappie, caught on a jig, weighed 4.2 pounds and measured 17.75 inches.
The state record crappie is a 4 pound, 15 ounce fish caught in 1991 from a Kingfisher County farm pond.
Another lake record of note is at Fort Cobb, where state wildlife officials believe Charles Coffman of Ardmore is the first angler to land a 10-pound bass from the lake.
Coffman’s largemouth bass was caught Sunday and weighed 10.6 pounds.
The fish was caught in a new shallow brush pile near the new dock. State wildlife officials haven’t stocked Florida bass in Fort Cobb for two decades.
Coffman reported catching several more bass from trees in the north end of the lake and his team won a bass tourney that day with 25 pounds (five-fish limit).
State wildlife officials started adding brush in shallow parts of the lake after results of last year’s bass sampling showed quick returns, said Larry Cofer, southwest fisheries chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
“Adult bass found and used the trees within days and it’s nice to see that it translated to angler success,” he said.
“We’re hopeful that we can sink enough trees in the next couple of years to actually increase numbers of small bass in the coves.”