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A record paddlefish was caught for third time this year at Keystone Lake

Cory Watters and his 9-year-old son, Stetson, hold the new world record paddlefish caught Thursday at Keystone Lake. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Cory Watters and his 9-year-old son, Stetson, hold the new world record paddlefish caught Thursday at Keystone Lake. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

For the third time this year, a state record paddlefish was snagged at Keystone Lake. And it is the second world record to be broken in the span of a month.

Fishing guide Jeremiah Mefford, who caught the year's first state record then guided an Edmond resident to a state and world record last month, helped another client snag an even bigger paddlefish on Thursday.

Cory Watters of Ochelata, just south of Bartlesville, snagged a paddlefish that weighed 151.9 pounds and was just shy of 6 feet in total length, state wildlife officials said.

The fish had a band on its lower jaw, and state wildlife officials learned the fish was banded by Oklahoma State University researchers on Jan. 4, 1997, in the Salt Creek area of Keystone Lake.

Back when it was banded, the fish was about 2 years old, weighed about 7 pounds and was just over 2 feet long. The new world record paddlefish was released and observed afterward using Garmin Livescope sonar, which Mefford uses to locate the spoonbills.

Mefford is from Kiefer and operates Reel Time Guide Service. In February, he guided a client to a 157-pound paddlefish on Keystone, but it could not be counted as a record because it was snagged on a catch and release day only, thus it could not legally be kept to officially measure as a record.

Ed Godfrey

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