For the second straight year, Cedar Lake in far eastern Oklahoma has coughed up a state record largemouth bass.
Dale Miller of Panama caught the 14 pound, 13.7 ounce lunker late Wednesday with a swim bait on an Alabama or umbrella rig. The fish beats the old state record of 14 pounds, 12 ounces which was set last year by Benny Williams Jr. of Poteau, who also caught his state record at Cedar Lake.
Cedar Lake is a 78-acre lake near Heavener in the Ouachita National Forest and a popular destination for camping and horseback riding. It’s also been known as a trophy bass destination.
The state’s largemouth bass record – considered the Holy Grail of Oklahoma fishing records – has now been broken two consecutive years.
Before that, the record had stood for 13 years. William Cross of Broken Bow caught a 14-pound 11-ounce largemouth bass from Broken Bow Lake in 1999.
State wildlife officials currently have Miller’s state record largemouth in a holding tank to keep it alive, and hope to release it back into Cedar Lake, said Micah Holmes of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.