FISHING REPORT FOR JANUARY 17, 2007
Hefner: Elevation below normal and clear. Crappie
being caught on jigs off the dam. Report submitted by Kelly Roberson, game
warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Overholser: Crappie are being caught on jigs around
docks. Report submitted by Kelly Roberson, game warden stationed in Oklahoma
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 46
and clear. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad. Crappie good on
jigs and minnows around docks and brush structure at 20-25 ft. Report
submitted Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner and Muskogee
Tenkiller: Elevation 7 1/2 ft. above normal and
rising, water 48. Catfish good on flip-flops with cut shad at 30-40 ft.
Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
Canton: Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie
fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Report submitted by Mark Walker,
game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Arbuckle: Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 48 and
stained. Crappie being caught in the creek channel drop-offs. White bass
good in creek channel drop offs and on spoons. Bass good on crankbaits.
Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 40 and clear.
Bass slow on minnows and flies. Catfish fair on liver and worms. Trout good
on power bait, super dupers, rooster tails and, mill worms. Report submitted
by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: Elevation 6 ft. above normal and rising.
Largemouth bass good on the edge of the dirty water on salt craws, deep
running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair
on juglines baited with cut bait or sunfish. Report submitted by Dru Polk,
game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Hugo: Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water 51 and
murky. Crappie fair on live minnows. Blue catfish fair on liver. Report
submitted by Wendell Smalling, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
Lower Mountain Fork River: Zone 1 good but zone 2 is
flooded and zone 3 was completely out of the question due to high water. The
water temperature has dropped into the upper 40s. Good flies have been San
Juan worms, glow bugs, various midge patterns, griffiths gnat, caddis
imitations and wooly bugger. Report submitted by Sid Ingram, Beavers Bend
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal and rising. Water
murky. Bass and crappie fishing have slowed way down. Catfishing will
improve as the winter storm moves out and lake levels stabilize. Anglers are
still having fair sucess below the spillway but overall fishing is tough due
to rainfall. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in
Sardis Lake: Elevation 3 ft. below normal. Largemouth
bass slow to fair off points and around islands on crankbaits and crawdads.
White bass good around islands trolling rattle traps and below the dam on
grubs. Catfish fair on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad in deep
flats and channels. Crappie good on minnows around bridges and tower.
Walleye fair on jigs and grubs below the dam. Report submitted by Allen
Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 54
and clear. Striped bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 10-20
ft. in the coves. Boaters should use caution due to recent ice storm and
predicted high winds. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed
in Bryan County.
Wister: Elevation 10 ½ ft. above normal and murky.
Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Channel catfish fair to good
on cut shad below the dam. Largemouth bass fair on shallow running
spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in
Ellsworth: Elevation 14 ft. below normal and murky.
Crappie fair at Ralph's Resort at 12-15 ft. Report submitted by Mike
Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water in the 40's
and clear. Crappie good around fish house with small jigs. Striped bass
hybrids fair at 40-50 ft. on slabs and on live bait on bottom. Report
submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 2 ft. below normal. Crappie slow
to fair around marina and boat docks. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr.,
game warden station in Caddo County.
WATERFOWL REPORT FOR JANUARY 17, 2007
For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting
regulations, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.
Due to the recent ice storm, some waterfowl reports
are missing. The next waterfowl report will be January 22, 2007.
Canton: Lake level is 5.49 ft. below normal. Habitat
condition is poor. Water level has dropped below all vegetation along the
shoreline due to water release. Winter wheat plantings are still in fair
condition and improving with recent rains. Duck numbers are low. Goose
numbers are moderate, with mostly Canadas, but several snow geese remain in
the area. Hunting activity is low. Hunter success is fair to good on geese
and good in isolated areas on duck. A significant movement of ducks and
geese out of the area occurred during the snow/ice event last weekend. The
boat ramp west of Canton WMA headquarters is not usable due to low water
Ft. Supply: Lake level is 0.6 ft. below normal.
Habitat conditions around the lake are poor, with lots of open shoreline.
Local wheat crops are fair to poor. Duck and goose numbers are good. Goose
numbers are mostly Canadas and a few snows. Hunting activity is low, with no
reports of success. Duck and goose movement has been good this week. The
lake is 99 percent frozen. The birds are keeping a couple of holes open in
the center of the lake.
Washita National Refuge: Habitat conditions are fair.
32,666 geese are present; 30,796 Canada, 879 Snow and 991 Ross. Ducks were
not counted due to incoming ice storm.
Ft. Cobb: Lake level is 2.21 ft. below normal.
Habitat condition is poor due to lake level. Winter wheat is good. Duck
numbers are good. Goose numbers are good with an increase in snow geese.
Hunting activity is high, with good success.
Hackberry Flat: Refuge reservoir approximately 3 ft.
below normal. Approximately 1200 acres of wetland units flooded. Habitat
conditions are fair. Duck numbers are fair and goose numbers are good.
Hunter activity is high and success is fair. Most of the mallards and
pintails left during the holidays.
Mtn. Park: Lake elevation is 9.40 ft. below normal.
Habitat condition is very poor due to lake level. Winter wheat is good on
WMA and surrounding area. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are good, with
a large number of Snow geese mixed in. Hunting activity is low, with no
reports of success.
Waurika: Lake elevation is 4.4 ft. below normal.
Habitat conditions are fair; a recent small rise in lake level has resulted
in some inundated shoreline vegetation. Duck and goose numbers are good.
Hunter activity and success is unknown. Waterfowl numbers decreased somewhat
during the previous week, but fairly good numbers remain on the lake.
Kaw: Lake level is 0.61 ft. below normal. Habitat
conditions are poor; most of the millet and natural food have been depleted.
Duck and goose numbers are low. Bird movement is slow. Hunting activity in
the area is light and success is fair.
Keystone: Lake level is 1.0 ft. below normal. Habitat
conditions are poor. Habitat condition is fair-good on Cottonwood Creak WDU.
Very little vegetation is flooded on the lake. Habitat potential is fair on
the mudflats, sloughs, potholes, and lower elevation. Both duck and goose
numbers are low. Hunting activity is moderate, with low success. Some of the
sloughs now have some water in them. The water level in the sloughs is not
up the vegetation line. 3 mile slough is 20 percent full. Lake level needs
to be normal for fair habitat and one foot above normal for good habitat.
Sooner Lake: Lake elevation is normal. Habitat
conditions are poor. Winter wheat is in fair condition near the lake. Duck
and goose numbers are good. Hunter activity and success is moderate.
Hugo: Lake level is 11.67 ft. above normal. Habitat
condition is fair to good, with Japanese millet, sedges, and other native
vegetation in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is
low and success is fair. Bird movement is slow.
Little River NWR: Water levels are good. Food
conditions are good. Duck numbers: gadwall 325; mallard 310; wood duck 100;
ring-neck 75. No geese were observed on the area.
Red Slough: Most units are full and habitat
conditions are excellent. Duck numbers are fair and goose numbers are low.
Hunter activity is low and success is fair. Birds appeared to have move out
with recent cold front.
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge: Lake level is
above normal. Habitat conditions are poor, 90 percent of the wetlands are
frozen. Duck numbers 2,723, are mostly mallards. Goose numbers 5,526, are
Texoma: Lake level is 1.0 ft. below normal. Habitat
conditions are poor. Duck numbers are fair and goose numbers are poor.
Hunting activity is moderate, with poor success. Some new bird movement due
to freezing weather. Birds are very wary due to hunting pressure.
Wister: Lake level is 16 ft. above normal. Habitat
conditions are good. Duck numbers are fair and goose numbers are low. Hunter
activity is moderate and success is fair. A fair number of ducks came in on
the latest cold front, but with current flooding conditions they are
dispersed over a large area of flooded timber and fields. Boat launching can
be difficult due to flooding.
Remember Take a Kid
Just look at the
Striper Ole Trey Caught at Texoma !