OK: Arbuckle Lake meeting to offer insight to anglers

Lake of the Arbuckles has been making a name for itself as a
premier bass fishery in recent years, producing three largemouth
bass weighing over 12 lbs. each since 2008 alone. One of those
tipped the scales at 14-lb. 8-oz. The lake is also providing
anglers with quality crappie and white bass fishing opportunities.
In short, the lake is serving as an important fishing destination
for anglers, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
is keeping the public informed by providing an opportunity Dec. 6
to learn about a range of Lake Arbuckle fishing information.

A public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Chickasaw
National Recreation Area’s Travertine Nature Center Auditorium.
Guests will receive informative updates from Department fisheries
biologists on the status of the fishery and related issues.
Biologists will address the biological and social aspects of
fisheries management and regulations at the lake, and they will
present the new Lake of the Arbuckle Five-Year Management Plan
developed by the Wildlife Department. Visitors will have a chance
to provide feedback on the plan as well as visit with biologists
about fishing at the lake.

“Angler opinions are important when developing management plans,”
said Matt Mauck, south central region fisheries supervisor for the
Wildlife Department. “We encourage the angling public to join us
for an evening of informative discussions and input
opportunities.”

Lake of the Arbuckles was impounded in 1967 as a Bureau of
Reclamation reservoir. At close to 2,350 acres, the Murray Co. lake
offers fishing for all types of anglers and has been an active lake
in the Department’s lake record fish program. Current lake records
include a largemouth bass over 14 lbs., flathead and blue catfish
weighing over 50 lbs., channel catfish weighing nearly 20 lbs. and
smallmouth bass tipping the scales at over 4 lbs.

Anglers can learn more about fishing at Lake of the Arbuckles by
attending the public meeting and can find regulations and harvest
limits in the current “Oklahoma Fishing Guide,” available online at
wildlifedepartment.com. The site will also offer a draft copy of
the lake’s new management plan prior to the Dec. 6 meeting.

A map to the Travertine Nature Center is available online at
http://www.nps.gov/chic/planyourvisit/upload/CHICmap1_2010.pdf
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