Record trout caught at Lake Watonga

by Ed Godfrey Published: November 24, 2013
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Mark Reed certainly wasn't expecting to break a nearly 50-year-old state record when he decided to go trout fishing last Sunday at Lake Watonga.

“Never in my wildest dreams I thought I would catch a fish that big,” Reed said of the 10-pound, 10-ounce rainbow trout that he hooked on his favorite trout lure, a copper and redheaded Super Duper. “That's the last thing you are thinking about.”

Reed's rainbow trout is the new state record, breaking the old record of 10 pounds, 4 ounces set in 1966 on the Lower Illinois River by Billy Payne.

Reed kept the big fish on ice overnight then had it weighed on a certified scale at William's grocery store in Tuttle on Monday.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation announced Thursday that Reed was the new state record-holder.

“I wouldn't want to catch one of those every day. There is too much excitement involved in it,” said the 61-year-old Reed, an asphalt foreman for Rudy Construction.

Reed's record likely hadn't been swimming in Lake Watonga for very long. The lake in Roman Nose State Park is stocked with hatchery-raised trout each winter, one of the Wildlife Department's six winter trout areas that opened Nov. 1.

Trout in Lake Watonga normally don't survive Oklahoma summers. Or the big bass in the lake. Reed's fish was likely a brooder, a trout the hatchery used in reproduction.


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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