Bassmaster Magazine ranks Lake Konawa as the 29th best bass fishing lake in the country. It certainly has earned its reputation in January.
The weather may be cold, but the bass fishing has been hot at the OG&E power plant lake.
Last Sunday, Jody Johnson of Konawa and Colt McMahan of Tecumseh caught a five-fish stringer of 35.4 pounds in a tournament on the lake's winter bass trail, a weight unheard of for bass tournaments on the Seminole County reservoir.
“I've fished down there since 1985,” said tournament director Jim Hudson of Maud. “I haven't seen a stringer like that in 35 years. That's the first time I've seen that kind of weight at Konawa.”
The two anglers caught the record sack not in the lake's discharge channel, where warm water from the power plant attracts fish, but in the middle of the lake.
What is even more amazing is that Johnson said he and McMahan had to cull 20 pounds of fish to keep their five-fish stringer.
“That's by far the best day I ever had on Konawa, not even close,” Johnson said.
Johnson said they probably would have headed for the discharge channel to fish had they been one of the first boats to launch in the tournament, but they launched last. So they tried to find someplace on the water away from the crowd.
“It was just a luck deal, really,” he said.
They found a school of black bass chasing bait fish that were boiling up near the surface in the middle of the lake.
“We just started throwing at them and about my fifth cast, I caught one that weighed 7-1. After that, we just sat there and wore them out. We culled a 20-pound sack.
“We threw back one that was over 5 (pounds) and a couple over 4 and six or seven over 3. It was just unbelievable.”