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School is in session for black bass on Konawa Lake

by Ed Godfrey Published: February 2, 2014
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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.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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