Hugo Lake tops list of bass tournament lakes
Finding a good bass fishing lake in
Oklahoma can be like finding a
snowflake in a blizzard. Good bass fishing can be found just about
anywhere you look in the state.
But according to a recent survey of bass tournament anglers, Hugo
southeast Oklahoma is one of the best bass fisheries in the state.
With an estimated 1,300 tournaments held each year in the state,
tournament anglers are an important part of the Departmentís
management team. In the course of their pursuits, they provide
with hundreds of thousands of hours of fishing data every year. And
this information is of critical importance to biologists, you can
same data to help plan your next fishing trip.
Cooperating bass clubs submitted data from more than 727 tournaments
49 lakes and 91 organizations in 2003. Biologists analyzed the
and compiled an overall lake ranking based on five fishing quality
factors. Hugo Lake took first place as the stateís best overall
lake, followed by lakes Broken Bow, Okemah, Sardis and Texoma.
Both the average size of bass caught in tournaments and the average
winning weights were up from the previous year. The overall success
which is based on anglers bringing at least one bass to weigh-in,
up five percent from 2002.
A total of 33,368 bass were weighed in 2003. Those fish weighed
pounds, a 16-percent increase from 2002.
The overall ranking isnít the only thing anglers should notice. If
looking for a lake where you can catch a lot of bass, for example,
should compare lakes in terms of numbers of bass caught per day. In
category, Broken Bow was the best last year, followed by Hugo and
Likewise, if you wanted the best chance of catching a bass larger
five pounds, you should compare lakes in terms of how long it took
catch a five-pounder or better. Guthrie Lake was the best lake for
fish, with tournament anglers taking an average of 27 hours of
land a fish five pounds or larger.
Copies of this yearís 14-page Oklahoma Bass Tournaments Annual
will soon be available free of charge via email by e-mailing Gene
Gilliland at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling him at the Wildlife
Departmentís Fisheries Research Lab at (405)325-7288.