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State and Lake Records

Oklahoma Lake Record Program

State Record Fish

There are two divisions of state record fish. The Rod and Line Record Fish Division is for fish caught on rod and line and must be hooked and played by only one person and the fish must weigh more than the current record. The second division, the Unrestricted Record Fish Division, is for fish caught other than rod and line or played by more than one person.

Rules

1. Fish MUST be caught on rod and line and MUST be hooked and played by only one person. (Except for unrestricted division).

2. Fish MUST be caught in accordance with Oklahoma Fishing Regulations.

3. No fish caught from any hatchery or commercial put-and-take lake is eligible.

4. Accredited or certified weight scales MUST be used to weigh the fish. Accredited steel measuring tapes MUST be used to measure the fish. The fish should be measured over the side from tip of nose to tip of tail (tail lobes pressed together) giving length of fish in inches. Measure the girth of the fish in inches around its widest point. Three witnesses, one of which must be an employee of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, must witness the weighing and measuring of the fish and sign the affidavit.

5. The fish MUST be preserved in a live-weight condition until approved by an Oklahoma Wildlife Fisheries biologist or technician, and an official letter of verification from the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has been received by the angler.

6. A clear photograph showing a close-up side view of the fish MUST accompany the completed fish affidavit form. All photographs become the property of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

7. The Department reserves the right to collect fish scale, tissue or spine samples to check fish identification and to refuse any questionable fish affidavit submitted. The affidavit must be submitted within 30 days of the date the fish is caught.

In addition to rod and line records, an Unrestricted Division includes the heaviest of those species taken by other legal means (bow and arrow, gig, spear, trotline, jugline, bankline, etc.) TYING or EXCEEDING the weight of existing rod and line records.

Official Oklahoma Rod & Line Record Fish
To view a picture of the record fish please click on the common name of the fish.

COMMON NAME LBS
OZS
LENGTH GIRTH WHERE WHEN ANGLER
Bass, Hybrid Black 8-5.6 22 3/4 16 1/2 Veterans Lake 3-27-06 Dru Kinslow
Bass, Hybrid Striped  23-3.68 33 1/2 27 Altus-Lugert Lake 4-1-97 Paul Hollister
Bass, Hybrid Yellow  2-5 15 3/4 12 5/8 Kiamichi River 3-26-91 George R. Edwards
Bass, Largemouth 14-13.7 26 1/8 23 Cedar Lake 3-13-2013 Dale Miller
Bass, Smallmouth    8-7 23 1/8 18 Lake Lawtonka 3-31-2012 Ryan Wasser
Bass, Spotted      8-2 23 1/2 17 1/2 Pittsburg Co. Pond 6-27-58 O. J. Stone
Bass, Striped      47-8 48 30 Lower Illinois River 6-10-96 Louis Parker
Bass, White     5-1 18 1/2 16 1/2 Verdigris River 4-1-1976 R.R. Karch
Bowfin 11-2 29 17 Hugo 2-27-1983 Thomas Joner
Buffalo, Bigmouth     59-15 43 3/4 33 1/2 Greenleaf 11-12-88 Leroy Broaddrick
Buffalo, Black 42-8 42 1/4 29 W.R. Holway 11-17-13 Jeff D. Olinger
Buffalo, Smallmouth  66-3 39 15/16 38 11/32 Broken Bow 5-3-19 Hugh M. Newman
Bullhead, Black      6-13 18 5/8 17 3/4 Jackson Co. Pond 5-24-84 Gary Cole
Bullhead, Yellow 2-5 16 10 5/8 Okfuskee Co. Pond 5-3-2014 Nathan Williams
Carp, Common 39-10.4 39 1/4 30 3/4 Grady Co. Pond 4-23-2002 Brandon Hughes
Carp, Grass     68-15.2 49 34 Chelsea City Lake 4-5-2008 Jereme Budgick
Carpsucker, River 7-11 24 17 Canadian Co. Pond 4-18-90 W.C. "Bill" Kenyon
Catfish, Blue 98 54 1/2 39 1/2 Texoma 11-11-2004 Billy Nabors
Catfish, Channel 35-15 39 1/4 26 1/4 Taft Lake 9-11-2005 Gary Doak Jr.
Catfish, Flathead 78-8 51 36 1/2 Lake El Reno 5-11-2010 Richard Williams
Crappie, Black     4-10 20 1/4 17 3/4 Ottawa Co. Pond 6-16-74 Rollie Williams
Crappie, White 4-15 19 16 1/4 Kingfisher Co. Pond 5-4-91 Frank Robinson
Drum, Freshwater 38 41 3/4 28 3/4 Tenkiller Lake 5-23-76 Harold Phillips
Eel, American 5-7 39 1/2 9 7/8 Lower Illinois River 6-3-95 Dolores Munsell
Gar, Alligator 254-12 97 3/4 44 Texoma 4-23-2015 Paul Easley
Gar, Longnose 43-8 64 1/2 23 1/2 Eufaula 8-28-2012 Howard Zummer
Gar, Shortnose 7 33 1/2 11 1/2 Atoka 7-1-2017 Mark D. Benson
Gar, Spotted 7-4.8 35 3/4 11 3/4 Double Creek 7-15-2016 Ryan Fryar
Goldeye 2-8 18 5/8 10 3/4 Arkansas River 4-27-96 James R. Smith
Herring, Skipjack 3-6 19 11/64 13 3/8 Canadian River 4-3-92 Bobby Moore
Paddlefish 151-14.4 71 1/2 44 1/4 Keystone Lake 7/23/2020 Cory Watters
Pickerel, Chain 2-10 22 1/2 9 1/2 Mt. Fork River 4-22-82 Eric Lowe
Pickerel, Grass 0-7 13 5 1/8 Beaver Creek 3-17-95 Barry Bryant
Pike, Northern 36-8 44      -- Lake Carl Etling 6-13-76 Raymond Fernandez
Redhorse, River 8-5.5 28 1/8 17 7/8 Illinois River 2-11-77 Willis Pippin
Sauger 5-5 23 14 Rober S. Kerr 1-18-81 Chet Munds
Saugeye 10 28 1/4 19 Ft. Cobb Lake 2-24-2006 Curt Wilkerson
Sturgeon, Shovelnose 1-10 24 3/8 8 Arkansas River 5-7-96 Tommy Jenkins
Sunfish, Bluegill 2-6.4 12 3/4 14 1/2 Kay Co. Pond 5-8-87 Tom Shorter
Sunfish, Green 2-7 13 14 1/4 Pontotoc Co. Pond 10-16-72 Eddie Shulanberger
Sunfish, Hybrid 1-14 12 3/8 13 7/8 Bryan Co. Pond 5-24-97 Hal Smith
Sunfish, Redear 2-1.25 12 3/4 13 Logan Co. Pond 11-15-73 Ruby Lee Farmer
Trout, Brown 17-4.64 32 3/4 20 Mountain Fork River 4-10-2005 Jason Archie
Trout, Rainbow 11-4.32 29 3/16 16 9/16 Lower Illinois River 4-4-2015 Paul Glover
Walleye 12-13 30 3/8 19 1/2 Robert S Kerr 5-8-2004 Kerry Carter

Official Oklahoma Unrestricted Record Fish Division
To view a picture of the record fish please click on the common name of the fish.

COMMON NAME LBS
OZS
LENGTH GIRTH WHERE WHEN ANGLER METHOD OF TAKE
Buffalo, Bigmouth   66-4 46 1/2 33 Greenleaf Lake 4-15-2020 Boe Daniel Meehan Bow & Arrow
Buffalo, Black  57-12 43 1/2 31 Tenkiller Lake 6-30-84 Chester Penn Trotline
Buffalo, Smallmouth  50-4 39 1/2 33 1/2 Broken Bow 5-20-2010 Rickey Wayne Smith Trotline
Bullhead, Black 4-1.5 18 1/2 13 1/4 Noble Co. Pond 5-22-1983 Don Starkey Trotline
Carp, Common 48-13 40 32 Broken Bow Lake 5-16-2010 Scotty Littles Bow & Arrow
Carp, Grass 77 53 36 1/4 Arbuckle Lake 7-30-2002 Brandon Taber Bow & Arrow
Carpsucker, River 9-6.4 25 3/4 17 3/4 Canton Lake 5-10-2015 Josh A. Brooks Bow & Arrow
Catfish, Blue   118-8 57 41 3/4 Lake Texoma 5-4-88 Dan Grider Jugline
Catfish, Flathead 106 60 39 1/2 Wister Lake 4-5-77 C. Clubb Trotline
Drum, Freshwater 47 41 33 Neosho River 5-20-1966 John Starks Trotline
Eel, American 5-8.7 40 9 3/4 Webbers Falls 8-15-2002 Billy Davison Trotline
Gar, Alligator 182 92 37 Kiamichi River 2-15-91 Donnie Trapp Net
Gar, Longnose 41 62 21 1/2 Red River 1-3-88 Dean Pittman Snagging
Gar, Shortnose 9-11.5 43 1/4 13 3/8 Kaw Dam Tailwater 9-2-2007 Dwayne Carter Bow & Arrow
Gar, Spotted 11-10.5 40 1/16 13 3/4 Arbuckle Lake 3-27-2020 Tylor Lampkin Bow & Arrow
Gizzard Shad 2-11 17 7/8 13 1/4 Cache Creek 4-18-2020 Andrew Roberts Bow & Arrow
Hogsucker, Northern 2-.01 15 5/8 9 1/4 Illinois River 3-15-2010 Clint Williams Gigging
Paddlefish 134 55 44 Grand Lake 8-13-92 Charles Ham Trotline
Redhorse, Black 5-11 25 3/4 12 3/4 Illinois River 12-6-2009 Brandon Taber Bow & Arrow
Redhorse, Golden 8-12 29 16 1/4 Illinois River 3-16-2008 Everett Noblin Gigging
Redhorse, River 10-9 28 1/2 15 Illinois River 3-17-2010 Carl Williams Gigging
Sturgeon, Shovelnose  2-15.5 29 8 1/2 Arkansas River 10-12-97 Paul R. Foreman Throwline
Sunfish, Redear 2 12 1/4 13 1/2 Choctaw Co. Pond 7-4-73 Billy Angelly Trotline

No official state records exist for the following fish. Minimum weight to be considered is listed for each species:
Sunfish, Rockbass 1 lbs.
Bullhead, Brown 2lbs. 14 oz.
Gizzard Shad 2 lbs. 3 oz.
Spotted Sucker 2 lbs.
Sunfish, Warmouth 1 lbs.
Sunfish, Longear 1/2 lbs.

Oklahoma State Record Fish Archive Rod & Reel Division (PDF) - Unrestricted Division (PDF)