We are in the heart of hunting season but there are still some good fish being caught around the state.
Richard Holly of Comanche caught an 8.2-pound largemouth bass Nov. 5 on Comanche Lake that has been certified by state wildlife officials as a new lake record.
The latest photo I’ve received is this 6.2-pound smallmouth bass caught by Russ Martin of Owasso on Skiatook Lake.
Martin landed this trophy smallmouth just an hour before dark on Nov. 1.
Martin, 51, has been chasing Skiatook’s smallies for 15 years and this fish is his personal best.
Smallmouth bass are considered by many to be the best fighting fish pound for pound in fresh water.
They thrive in lakes with rocky and gravel shorelines and prefer clear water.
Smallmouth bass anglers normally target rocky points and shallow shelves that drop off to deep water.
Spinnerbaits, Rogues, jigs and pigs and crankbaits in crawdad colors are effective smallmouth lures.
Skiatook Lake is one of the best smallmouth bass lakes in the state.
Other Oklahoma lakes that are also good smallmouth waters are Texoma with its numerous rocky banks and points, Lawtonka, Eufaula and Murray. Smallmouth bass in Oklahoma seem to bite better on blustery days.
The state record came from Lake Eufaula. The 8.3 pound bronzeback was caught on a suspending Super Rouge jerkbait by a Broken Arrow angler in a Fishers of Men Legend bass tournament in March 2006.