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Sooner, Hefner lake records

by Ed Godfrey Published: March 1, 2011
Jason Blackburn of Oklahoma City tied his own channel catfish record for Hefner Lake
Jason Blackburn of Oklahoma City tied his own channel catfish record for Hefner Lake

J.R. McIlwain of Moore with a lake record striper from Sooner
J.R. McIlwain of Moore with a lake record striper from Sooner

Sunday was a good day to be fishing.
Two Oklahoma City area anglers set records on different lakes.
First, J.R. McIlwain of Moore caught a striper from Sooner Lake that weighed 23.6 pounds, beating the old record of 21.1 pounds set last year by Enid’s Dean Nickel.
Predictably, both of those fish were caught in the warm water discharge area on the power plant lake.
Then later that day, Jason Blackburn of Oklahoma City tied his own lake record on Hefner when he caught an 18.4-pound channel catfish while night fishing at the dam.
Last year on March 21, Blackburn set the Hefner Lake record with an 18.4-pound channel cat.
Blackburn’s channel catfish has been taken to the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo, where it is quarantined and will be later returned to Bass Pro Shops in Bricktown for display in the store’s aquarium, according to the Lucky Lure Tackle Store in Oklahoma City, which serves as the lake record keeper for Hefner.
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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