About 5 p.m. April 25, 2015, angler Allen Bynum of Ardmore was bowfishing in Lake Texoma in Love County when he shot a new state-record bigmouth buffalo. The fish was 43 inches in length and 33 3/4 inches in girth.
The fish was weighed on certified scales at the Durant State Fish Hatchery. It was kept by the angler.
The previous state-record bigmouth buffalo weighed 59 pounds 15 ounces, caught in November 1988 at Greenleaf Lake.
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Anglers who believe they may have hooked a record fish must weigh the fish on an Oklahoma Department of Agriculture-certified scale, and a Wildlife Department employee must verify the weight. For a complete list of record fish and the procedures for certifying a state record, check the “Oklahoma Fishing” guide or go online to wildlifedepartment.com.