YES, "Ocklawahaman" was a proud "Okie" with an Oklahoma resident fishing license for a couple of years "back then" (even though I had a Florida driver license) all thanks to the "Be All That You Can Be" U.S. Army. There were some scenic, productive Oklahoma waters that ranked with some of the finest bass or cold-water trout streams that I have ever experienced in Florida or the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Excerpted from my copy of "Outdoor Oklahoma" (MARCH/APRIL 1993 edition) official magazine of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation:
"...In an effort to learn more about smallmouth bass, angler use, and economic importance, the Department is funding a study through the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Oklahoma State University. One study being conducted will survey populations in Ozark streams to determine if a pure population of Neosho strain smallmouth still exists. Biologists suspect this strain occurs in the northeast due to the fact that Ozark smallmouth populations often consist of small, slower growing fish, which is characteristic of the Neosho strain. Ouachita stream smallmouth tend to be fewer in number than northeastern populations, but are larger-growing. If a pure population of the Neosho smallmouth does exist, fisheries biologists want to avoid contaminating the gene pool. No one is quite sure of its importance yet, however, introducing a new subspecies in the northeast could disrupt the food web in this delicate ecosystem. Biologists hope the study will shed some light on this subspecies as well as help them determine suitable management techniques. Yet another subspecies of smallmouth--a reservoir strain originating from the Cumberland River system in Tennessee--is being stocked into Oklahoma lakes and creeks without existing smallmouth populations... "
I haven't had a chance to read if the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has updated the preceding smallmouth bass data since 1993--so I am quite willing to believe that ODWC may have issued some newer information about the status of the Neosho, Ouachita, Northern?, and whatever? other forms of smallmouth bass there are that reside inside the State of Oklahoma.