McGee Creek, an Oklahoma big bass factory in southeastern Oklahoma near Atoka, coughed a 10-pounder Saturday for an Arkansas angler.
Tim Pryor of Greenwood, Ark., caught his lunker on a drop shot rig while fishing with McGee Creek guide Chuck Justice. The fish measured 25 inches in length and an 18-inch girth.
It is the second 10-pound plus fish to come from McGee Creek this month. Justice caught a 10 pound, 7 ounce largemouth on a 5-inch Gene Larew Salt Head Shaky Worm two weeks ago.
“Winter time fishing is always really good down here,” Justice said. “That’s when I catch my most fish.”
During the winter, Justice said the fish go deeper but group in tighter schools. The trick is not so much catching them, but finding them.
Pryor’s big bass was caught at a depth of 50 feet, Justice said. The other 10-pounder was hooked at a depth of 45 feet.
Justice, who owns the McGee Creek lake record largemouth (12 pounds, 7 ounces) said he catches more, but “skinnier” fish during the winter.
“But that will totally change in February,” he said.
Justice said 90 percent of the bass he catches in January are males, but that flip-flops in February.
“In February, the females start making up for lost time,” he said.
“They are getting ready for the spawn and they start feeding up and I starting catching a lot more healthier, fatter fish.”
For more information on McGee Creek bass fishing, call Justice at (580) 889-6742 or visit www.chuckjustice.com.