“Arbuckle has a very good survival rate of young bass and it's also a lake where fish can live deep most of the year, avoiding encounters with anglers and growing older and bigger. Catching those fish gets pretty tough later in the year, so the bass have a chance to grow up.”
February and March are normally the big bass months in Oklahoma. However, warmer than usual days in January and the fact that bass tournaments are starting earlier than in the past are reasons why Arbuckle is coughing up double digit size largemouth bass right now, he said.
Still, Grand Lake would be on the top of many bass anglers list of best fishing lakes simply because of numbers. Grand Lake is not stocked with Florida largemouth because it is too far north for those fish to survive, but Grand will produce more bites than Arbuckle, Gilliland said.
Grand will produce 20-pound bags for bass anglers almost year-round, while the fishing at Arbuckle gets tougher in the summer, Gilliland said.
“There is big fish in Arbuckle but it doesn't have gobs of 2 to 5 pounders (like Grand),” he said.