Kevin Ledoux caught his first bass on Lake Konawa. He fished in his first bass tournament on Lake Konawa.
As a Bassmaster Elite Series pro, Ledoux has fished the best bass lakes in the country. He says his hometown lake is deserving of its top-30 ranking in the country by Bassmaster Magazine.
“Thirty-five pounds is a huge five-fish stringer,” Ledoux said of the 35-pound sack caught in a bass tournament last Sunday on Lake Konawa. “I don't care where you are in the country.
“It's done a bunch at Falcon (Lake in Texas), but anywhere you catch a 35-pound sack, that's impressive. You've probably had a day of a lifetime, especially in central Oklahoma.”
Bassmaster Magazine ranks three Oklahoma lakes in its top 100 bass fishing lakes in the country: Grand at No. 17, Konawa at No. 29 and Arbuckle at No. 56.
Ledoux, 34, said he knew Konawa had the potential to produce such a big sack because twice last year anglers caught almost 30 pounds in tournaments.
“One guy caught 28 pounds fishing by himself,” Ledoux said.
Winter is a great time to catch big bass at Konawa since the lake is usually warmer than other lakes because of the OG&E power plant.
“It's a different animal,” Ledoux said of Konawa. “It's a power plant lake, full of grass. It's kind of in a category of its own. Winter time is really when you catch the big ones.”
In the summer, Lake Konawa is known for schooling black bass, but Jim Hudson, director of the Konawa winter tournaments, said bass were schooling on the lake in January.
“Why, I really don't know,” Hudson said. “They have been generating quite a bit at the lake. I think when they start generating, it gets those shad to moving and those bass get after 'em.”
Ledoux, who is recovering from back surgery and will miss this year's Elite Series, said it's odd for bass at Konawa to be schooling in January, “but the fish do strange things there.”
Ledoux still thinks Arbuckle is the lake to fish in Oklahoma for true giants, but if you want the best chance of catching numerous quality bass, he would pick Konawa.
One day in late summer, Ledoux and two other anglers got into some schooling bass on Konawa and caught more than 150 in a five- to six-hour period.
“They were schooling everywhere,” he said. “The whole lake was lit up with schooling fish. It was the best day I ever had on the water as far as sheer numbers.”