Sean McAllister, and his 6 pound 14 oz,
Black Bass Hybrid from Lake Texoma
March 2, 2006
What do you get when you cross a smallmouth bass with a spotted
bass? You get a black bass hybrid – and Sean McAllister got a new
state record, and pending world record, fish.
McAllister, who lives in Stilwell, pulled a 6-pound, 14-ounce oddity
from Lake Texoma, Feb. 5.
“At first I just thought it was just a weird looking smallmouth,
until someone mentioned it looked like a spotted bass,” McAllister
Fisheries biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation suspected it was a black bass hybrid and DNA analysis
confirmed it was a cross between smallmouth and spotted bass. The
Wildlife Department established a new category, black bass hybrid,
for the unique fish.
“It is certainly rare, but it is not totally unheard of. I have seen
two others in my 35 years of experience, but both were much smaller
than this one,” said Paul Mauck, south central fisheries supervisor
for the Wildlife Department.
According to Mauck, the black bass hybrids occur naturally when the
spawning areas of the two species overlap.
While hybridization occurs occasionally throughout the two fishes
range, only Missouri currently recognizes a black bass hybrid
record. Since that record stands at 5-pounds, 10-ounces,
McAllister’s fish will set a new world record, pending approval from
the International Game Fish Association.
McAllister caught the record fish while fishing a Carolina-rigged
Zoom lizard. The fish measured 20.8-inches long and was 16.5 inches
Mauck offered a few tips on identifying spotted and smallmouth bass.
Spotted bass typically have a sandpaper-like tooth patch on the
tongue that can be felt with a finger, according to Mauck. The most
recognizable characteristics of a smallmouth is its brown color,
additionally smallmouth often have vertical bars on their sides
rather than the dark spots of the spotted bass.
For a complete list of record fish and the procedures regarding
certifying state record fish, consult the “2006 Oklahoma Fishing
Guide.” If you think you may have hooked a record fish it is
important that you weigh the fish on an Oklahoma State Department of
Agriculture certified scale and the weight is verified by a Wildlife
Check out the other
Oklahoma State Fishing Records