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Norman angler lands 14-pound bass at Arbuckle Lake

Austin Cranford of Norman caught this 14-pound largemouth bass at Arbuckle Lake last Sunday. The fish will be tied for the 12th biggest largemouth bass ever caught in the state, according to the Wildlife Department's top 20 list. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Austin Cranford of Norman caught this 14-pound largemouth bass at Arbuckle Lake last Sunday. The fish will be tied for the 12th biggest largemouth bass ever caught in the state, according to the Wildlife Department's top 20 list. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

At first glance, Norman angler Austin Cranford thought the bass was a carp.

While pre-fishing for a bass tournament last Sunday at Arbuckle Lake, Cranford landed a 14-pound largemouth bass off a spawning bed.

Cranford was sight fishing, scouting areas for Saturday's bass tournament on Arbuckle Lake when he spied the fish.

“I would have like to have waited a week (and caught the fish in the tournament), but she would have spawned out and would have went deep again by then,” Cranford said.

Cranford said he first caught a 5-pound male largemouth bass off the spawning bed, then the 14-pound female pulled up on it.

“I thought she was a carp at first,” he said. “It's a freaking giant.”

Cranford released the fish but not before weighing it on four different scales. At 14 pounds, the fish will tie for 12th on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's top 20 list of largemouth bass caught in the state.

The state record largemouth bass weighed 14 pounds and 13.7 ounces. It was caught in 2013 by Dale Miller at Cedar Lake.

The Arbuckle Lake record is 14 pounds, 8 ounces. That fish was caught in 2008 by Allen Gifford and is the fifth-largest largemouth bass on the top 20 list.

Cranford's bass is the second 14-pounder this season. Kevin Claypool of Ardmore caught a largemouth bass weighing 14 pounds, 2 ounces on March 3 at Lake Murray.

Canton Lake's Walleye Rodeo nears

The 51st annual Walleye Rodeo will be May 17-20 on Canton Lake.

The oldest fishing tournament in the state, the weekend activities in Canton include a carnival, art show, fun run, parade, bull riding and a craft show.

In the tournament, prizes are awarded to the five largest walleye, largest stringer for all four days of fishing and the largest fish of different species: striped bass, drum, buffalo, carp, sunfish, flathead catfish, channel catfish, white bass, crappie, black bass and hybrid bass.

For more information, check out the Canton Lake Walleye Rodeo Facebook page.

Duncan Fishing and Tackle Show set June 1-2

The Duncan Fishing and Tackle show will be June 1 and 2 at the Stephens County fairgrounds.

Antique and new fishing tackle will be on display for sale or trade. Admission is free.

Guests may bring tackle to sale or trade and anyone may rent a table to sell tackle. Free appraisals will be provided.

Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. on June 1 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 2.

For more information or to rent a table, contact Jerry Jolly at 580-656-6181 or rodsnlures@yahoo.com.

Ed Godfrey

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