The paddlefish runs are nearing an end in northeastern Oklahoma, but the biggest spoonbill snagged this year came from the Kaw Lake tailwaters.
Chas Patterson of Yukon snagged this monster spoonbill on April 16 that weighed 104 pounds.
Big spoonbills are not unsual for the Kaw Lake tailwaters. The state record spoonbill, 121 pounds, was snagged there six years ago.
Spoonbills, also known as paddlefish or spoonbill catfish, from Lake Keystone run up the Arkansas River to spawn in the spring. They end up congregating below the dam at Kaw Lake because that is far as they can go and it is a popular fishing hole.
On the same day that Patterson snagged the 104-pounder, he also snagged a 60-pound spoonbill. He said the smaller one actually fought harder because it could make a run into deeper water.
Patterson snagged the 104-pound giant in only three feet of water, but it still took about 15 minutes to reel the fish in, which he then released.