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Bass 47 lbs 8 oz.
Parker Jr. Lower Illinois June 1996
Bass Hybrid Record
Paul Hollister 23 lbs 4 oz. Altus-Lugert
Oklahoma Distribution – . The first Oklahoma stocking of hybrids occurred in 1977 at Sooner
Lake, and they've been stocked at many lakes large and small in
the quarter-century since. Subsequent stockings have been made in lakes statewide including Konawa, Optima, Ft. Supply, Tom Steed, Altus-Lugert, Overholser,
Grand, Heyburn, Atoka, Ft. Cobb, Salt Plains, Waurika and Ellsworth.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation virtually quit stocking striped bass in state waters
several years ago, with rare exceptions, but stockings of hybrids
In 2002, hybrids were stocked in Birch, Canton, Carl Blackwell,
Ellsworth, Fort Cobb, Foss, Konawa, Oologah, Overholser, Ponca
City, Sahoma, Skiatook, Sooner, Tom Steed and Waurika lakes. Those
fish should be showing up on angler's lines this year.
The 2002 population samples, done by netting, showed four
lakes with "excellent" ratings - based on both numbers and sizes of fish
captured - and several other lakes with "above-average" populations.
Lakes rated as excellent included Birch, Foss, Konawa and Skiatook.
In the population samples, biologists and technicians estimate
the percentage of the hybrid population made up of individuals
greater than 15 inches in length.
At Birch, 63 percent of the hybrids exceed that number. At Konawa,
a whopping 69 percent exceed 15 inches. At Skiatook, 56 percent
surpass that mark. But the real leader is Foss Reservoir where
an almost unbelievable 91 percent of the hybrid bass population
tops 15 inches!
Hybrids are open-water roamers. In the spring, they run up rivers
and creeks like both of their parents do during the spawning season,
but by the summer time, most of the hybrids are back in the reservoir
basins and are traveling in schools, chasing shad and hunting in
is probably the best time to fish for them in Oklahoma. Shore
fishermen can catch hybrids at this time of year, schools roam
the shorelines along dams and roadbeds, and chase shad onto
of Wildlife Conservation
1801 North Lincoln, PO Box 53465 Oklahoma
City, OK 7315 (405) 521-3851
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Limits. Currently it is 15 striped
bass a day and 5 may be 20 inches or longer. Check to see if these
Eufaula Lake is located in eastern Oklahoma
and is the state's largest with over 105,000 acres and 600 miles
of shoreline. To put that in perspective, if one were to drive
Interstate 40 AND Interstate 35 border-to-border,
the combined mileage would still be less than that of the lake's
The lake is fed primarily by the North
Canadian River and the Canadian
River from the west and supports Lake
Eufala State Park in the northern section and Arrowhead
State Park just south of the halfway point.The lake is noted for fine largemouth, striped and white bass,
catfish, crappie, sunfish and walleye fishing.
Eufala Dam Tailrace Below Lake Eufaula
dam, the discharge channel flows into the Canadian River and
at times offers some fine striper fishing. When the turbines
are running, big stripers congregate to forage on huge schools
of shad drawn to the highly oxygenated water.
If you're fortunate enough to be there when the water is flowing,
the fishing can be fast and furious. When the floodgates are closed,
the flow stops, but sand bass and hybrid bass can generally be
caught there year 'round, with an occasional striper added to the
public-use areas have gradual shorelines. Many private marinas
and resorts have commercial docks with walkways and ramps.
one lure on Texoma, is the Prunepicker slab.
Lake Texoma is located in southern Oklahoma
and is shared by Bryan County , Johnston County and Marshall
County . The 88,000-acre lake with 580 miles of shoreline
is situated such that it is actually an extension of the Red
River . This recreational paradise offers some of the best
fishing in the nation and is particularly famous for striped
This 50 year old reservoir continues to sustain an excellent fishery that attracts
anglers from all over. Nineteen out of 23 lake record fish have been caught since
1990. Stripers dominate here and get most of the attention. 89,000 acres.
Texoma, situated on the Oklahoma-Texas
border, is a two-and-a-half-hour drive southeast of Oklahoma City.
The massive lake is home to a huge striped bass population, and
annually yields an estimated 800,000 of these fish to anglers.
Run by the U.S. Army corps of engineers called "the striper
capital of the world" it is the 12th largest capacity lake
in the United States.
Lake Texoma Denison Dam Current conditions
lake reports by Six
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Buchanan and Texoma Striper Guide Texas
Keystone is near Sand Springs, a suburb west of Tulsa. Keystone,
a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake that spans nearly 24,000 acres.
The bait of choice for most striper anglers is live shad, but
stripers can be caught by jigging spoons and large jigs, and by
trolling large deep-diving crankbaits.
Lower Illinois River
Mike Lambeth Oklahoma Game and Fish Magazine
Diehard striper enthusiasts have known for
a long time that the Lower Illinois holds the largest stripers
found in Oklahoma waters.
Lower Illinois River Below Lake Tenkiller,
near Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
This river is 7 miles long From the Dam and Powerplant to where
it dumps into the Arkansas river. The Last 1 1/2 miles up from
the mouth of the Arkansas being the best areas to fish for these
The Illinois River is also
home to the current Oklahoma state-record striper - a 47-pound, 8-ounce
fish caught by Louis Parker on June 10, 1996. Professional angler
Jimmy Houston of Cookson came close to the mark when he caught
a 45-pounder shortly thereafter. (Locals tend to avoid spreading
the news of any large stripers caught, so that the place can keep
a low profile.)
Stripers were originally introduced to
Oklahoma reservoirs like Texoma, Keystone, Eufaula and Tenkiller
in the early 1960s, but most have gone over the dams and through
the floodgates since. Those fish now populate Eastern Oklahoma
rivers like the Arkansas, the Canadian, and the Lower Illinois.
The hearty species tends to populate rapidly and has adapted well
to Oklahoma waters. As a result, stripers can be caught virtually
anywhere in these river systems.
The lower Illinois River is a tailwater stream issuing from Tenkiller
Lake Dam. The stream winds out of the edge of the Cookson hills
from the dam site for approximately 10 miles to it's confluence
with the Arkansas River. Nearly 8 miles of the stream is designated
trout water by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Department. The
stream is a year-around fishery with stockings of rainbows every
other week during the winter months and weekly stocking occurring
Labor day through Memorial Day. The stream has been stocked recently
with German Brown's in addition to Rainbows.
During the Spring of the year, large stripers
invade the stream from the Arkansas River in search of trout.
Many striper fisherman are aware of this favored food of the
stripers and will often use live Rainbows as bait on the lower
part of the stream. Stripers in excess of thirty pounds are caught
by this method toward the lower end of the river.
E 's Konawa Reservoir is located near Konawa, between Ada and
Seminole, in south-central Oklahoma. It is accessible from Highways
39 and 3/99.
is three-fourths of a mile long and of earthen construction. A
total of 925,000 cubic yards of earth fill was required to build
the dam. Most of the water in the
reservoir comes from the South Canadian River via an OG&E pump
station. Natural runoff from Jumper Creek also helps keep the reservoir
full. The reservoir has been stocked
with several species of game fish from the State Fish Hatchery.
Because of the vegetation on the lake bed, ample shelter and food
for the fish are provided. It was constructed to provide cooling
water for OG and E's
Seminole Power Plant. While the primary purpose of the facility is the production
of electricity, two additional important and much needed resources are provided.
The reservoir and surrounding area furnish a place for public recreation
and habitat for numerous species of wildlife
covers approximately 1,350 acres. It contains 23,000 acre feet
of water. Depth
of water at the dam is 50 feet. The average depth for the entire
reservoir is approximately 17 feet.
Lake Overholser is located in central Oklahoma
about 75% of which is in Canadian County with the remainder
in Oklahoma County. The 1,500-acre
has seven miles of shoreline.
Fishing is done for catfish and hybrid and striped bass.
Hugo Lake is located in southeastern Oklahoma
in Choctaw County about 10 miles north of the Red
River . The 13,250-acre lake has 110 miles of wooded shoreline
and provides excellent habitat for game fish such as largemouth,
spotted and white bass, bluegill, buffalo fish, carp, channel
and flathead catfish, crappie, drum, and perch, with striped
bass available below the spillway.
Lake Oologah is located in northeast Oklahoma
about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa with the larger portion
in Rogers County and the remainder
in Nowata County . It is fed by the Verdigris
River and a few smaller streams from the north and northeast.
The 29,500-acre lake and 180 miles of shoreline offer outdoor enthusiasts
a multitude of recreational opportunities including fishing for
catfish, crappie, large mouth bass, sand bass, striped bass and
Kaw Lake is located in northern Oklahoma most
of which is in Kay County with the remainder in Osage
County and is east of Ponca
City .The 17,000-acre lake and 170 miles of shoreline
provides a backdrop for 12 developed recreational areas.Game fish include black bass, channel and flathead catfish, crappie,
walleye and white bass with striped bass being taken below the
Tom Steed Lake
Tom Steed Lake is located in southwestern Oklahoma
in Kiowa County north of U.S. Highway 62 and west of U.S. Highway
183.The 6,500-acre lake has
over 30 miles of shoreline and is the focal point for Great Plains
State Park on the lake's southern shores. In addition, the Wichita
Mountains Nat'l Wildlife Refuge is situated about 10 miles
to the east.Anglers enjoy the challenge of catfish, crappie, sand bass, saugeye,
stripers and walleye.
Hybrids or "wipers"
Pawnee Lake is located
in northeastern Oklahoma in Pawnee County about a mile north
of the town of Pawnee.
The 250-acre lake has about
5 miles of shoreline.
The lake is purported to have some of the best hybrid bass fishing
in the Midwest.
Skiatook Lake is located
in northeastern Oklahoma in Osage County about 5 miles west of
the town of Skiatook .
The 10,200-acre lake with over 150 miles
of shoreline has 7 boat ramps.Skiatook is known for its black bass, hybrid bass, walleye and
crappie fishing.20 miles northwest of Tulsa, is
a 10,000-acre lake comprising some heavily timbered areas. Find
the shad and you will find the hybrids.
There is a 25 inch restriction on this lake
and this keeps it a trophy lake. Consequently, most fish caught
are in the 4- to 6-pound range, with occasional fish weighing
10 to 12 pounds. The trophy potential of this lake will should
be very high in the future.
69,919 sq. miles. The 5,400-acre lake with over 40 miles of shoreline is 12 miles east of Interstate 35 and about 15 miles south of Ponca City northeast of the intersection of U.S. Highways 412 and 177.
Sooner Lake, also known as Sooner Reservoir, is
located in north central Oklahoma and is shared nearly equally
by Noble County and Pawnee County and
is fed by Greasy Creek and other small tributaries. Greasy Creek
then exits the lake to the northeast before emptying into the Arkansas
River . A warmwater lake owned and operated
by Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company, Sooner lies in the northern
part of the state, 20 miles northeast of Perry. The 5,400-acre lake with over 40 miles of shoreline
is 12 miles east of Interstate 35 and about 15 miles south of Ponca
City northeast of the intersection of U.S. Highways 412 and 177.
Two main recreational areas have been developed, one on the southwest
arm of the lake and one on the southeast arm.
At 5,000 acres, it's is smaller than most hybrid lakes Sooner
was the original stocking point for hybrids, and has produced several
state records in the past. The northeast corner of the lake can
be very productive when the generators are pumping water. The lake
has numerous points and islands that also can produce good fishing.
Bank-fishermen fish the warmwater
discharge area located at the northwest end of the lake.It is a
mile and a quater walk from an area where you can park off of highway
177. There is a path leading to the discharge area.
The daily limit is five hybrids with no length restrictions.
Great Salt Plains Lake
The Great Salt Plains Lake, located in northwestern
Oklahoma in Alfalfa County about 10 miles east of Cherokee ,
has 9,300 acres and 41 miles of shoreline. It is the focal point
of the Great Salt Plains Nat'l Wildlife
The lake is known as one of the best channel catfish lakes in
the country, with much success on trotlines. Also available are
striped bass, walleye, and blue catfish.
Waurika Lake is 20 miles south of Duncan
in south-central Oklahoma.
Waurika Lake is located in southwestern Oklahoma divided between Jefferson
County , Stephens County and Cotton
County . The 10,000-acre has about 80 miles of shoreline and supports 6
developed or semi-developed recreational areas. Opened in the late 1970s as
a water-supply lake for the city of Duncan, the lake covers 10,100 acres containing
both open-water areas and heavy timber.
Waurika has a combination
limit of 20 hybrids and white bass daily, of which only five
can be over 20 inches.
The lake is noted for its good crappie and hybrid striper fishing and has a
solid food base of both threadfin and gizzard shad.
Lake Altus - Lugert
Lake Altus-Lugert is located in southwestern
Oklahoma and stradles the county line between Kiowa County and
Greer County . The 6,300-acre lake is fed by the north fork of
the Red River from the north and has 49 miles of shoreline.
Excellent fishing can be found below the dam where black bass,
catfish, crappie, hybrid bass, sand bass, walleye and white bass
can be taken.
War Eagle River
are 27 Army Corp Lakes in Oklahoma
LAKE / BIRCH LAKE /BROKEN BOW LAKE /CANTON LAKE /CHOUTEAU LOCK
AND DAM 17
COPAN LAKE /EUFAULA LAKE /FORT GIBSON LAKE / FORT SUPPLY LAKE /GREAT
SALT PLAINS LAKE
HEYBURN LAKE / HUGO LAKE /HULAH LAKE /KAW LAKE /KEYSTONE LAKE /NEWT
GRAHAM POOL (ARK. RIVER)
OOLOGAH LAKE /OPTIMA LAKE PINE CREEK LAKE /ROBERT S. KERR POOL
SARDIS LAKE /SKIATOOK LAKE /TENKILLER FERRY LAKE /WAURIKA LAKE
WD MAYO POOL (ARK. RIVER) /WEBBERS FALLS POOL (ARK. RIVER) /WISTER
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