Oklahoma electrofishing survey turns up massive striper

Fisheries personnel with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation have repeatedly surveyed a number of large fish during
their annual electrofishing surveys being conducted this spring,
emphasizing to anglers that now is a great time to be fishing.

The newest big fish to add to the list of those sampled this
year is a 41.5-inch striped bass estimated to weigh 51.5 lbs. based
on measurements taken during the survey.

The big striper was sampled during electrofishing surveys below
Lake Eufaula, and if an angler were to catch the fish, it would
beat the current state record by an estimated four pounds. The
current rod-and-line state record striper tipped the scales at 47
lbs., 8 oz. when Louis Parker caught it from the Lower Illinois
River in 1996.

According to this week’s fishing report from the Wildlife
Department, fisheries personnel who are conducting electrofishing
surveys are not the only people who should be out on the water this
week looking for Oklahoma’s big fish. Striper and striped bass
hybrid fishing is reportedly good at Overholser, Sooner, Canton,
Texoma, Foss, and Ft. Cobb Lakes, and catfish are biting at lakes
all over the state as well.

In fact, this week’s fishing report shows most species of fish are
biting at lakes all over the state this week, such as at Hefner
Lake in Oklahoma City, where white bass fishing is reportedly good
on small spinnerbaits, crappie fishing is good on minnows and jigs
at eight to 15 feet along the dam, catfish are biting good on cut
bait, and bluegill fishing is excellent on worms and small jigs all
around the lake.

Every week the Wildlife Department’s fishing report provides a
listing of lakes and the current fishing conditions at that
location.

“This time of year is magical for fishing in Oklahoma,” said Nels
Rodefeld, information and education chief for the Wildlife
Department. “The fishing report shows ‘good fishing’ at least 80
times for a number of species at lakes across the state this week,
and ‘excellent’ fishing is reported in a number of places as
well.”

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