The latest lake record, although it was caught in July, is an 8.3-pound largemouth bass from Sardis Lake near McAlester.
Rodney Faulkenberry of Talihina caught the lunker on soft plastics in the Anderson Creek Areas.
The lake record was certified Monday by state wildlife officials.
“My wife Marcy and I were on Sardis Lake camping. I had a tournament coming up so we were out pre-fishing a little just having a good time,” Faulkenberry said.
“ It was the first time this summer time that we caught several fish from 4 to 6 pounds. I just could not believe it. I told her I had one more place to go check so we went over to it and, yes, it was a grass bed and I threw into it.
“She said something to me and I looked back at her and when I turned back around my line was leaving so I set the hook and it was on. I fought the fish and I kept telling her, ‘I think this is a good one.’
“When she came up, oh man, she was nice. My wife got up and dug out the net and we got her in and weighed her. I said ‘Let’ss take her to Clayton and see if she will make a new lake record.
“Well, didn’t do very good in the tournament, but I wouldn’t trade that day for anything and my wife and I had a great time.”