A record-setting stocking of 2.2 million largemouth bass into 44 Oklahoma lakes will increase the potential for trophy bass production for many years, according to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Florida-strain largemouth bass used in the stocking effort are typically held in high esteem by anglers for the fish’s tendency to reach larger sizes than the Northern species of largemouth bass typically found in lakes nationwide.

Cliff Sager, a senior biologist with the Wildlife Department, said this year’s exceptional FLMB production at three of the state’s fish hatcheries doubled what would be expected in an average year.

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Oklahoma is really right on the line of where you can expect Florida bass to be successful. Lakes in the southern half of Oklahoma have shown much greater success in sustaining Florida-strain bass. There’s a reason Cedar Lake (in southeastern Oklahoma) has broken the state record the past two years.

Sager said growing trophy bass in a particular lake “is an eight- to 10-year investment.” Therefore, the Wildlife Department concentrates on the waters that hold the most promise for producing trophy bass.

Photo by: Alabama Deparment of Conservation and Natural Resources

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Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.