Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Oklahoma
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Long, J.M. and A. Nealis. 2011. Age estimation of a large bighead carp from Grand Lake, Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 91, 15-18.


On April 23, 2011, a 1356-mm total length (TL), 39.8 kg bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) was brought to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. This specimen is the largest bighead carp recorded from Oklahoma and it is near the maximum size reported from the United States. This specimen was estimated to be nine years old based on estimates from three different structures (pectoral fin ray, branchiostegal ray, and otolith). The age, together with past Oklahoma records of the species, indicates that there has been multiple introductions or undocumented reproduction of bighead carp in the Grand Lake basin.