The Official and
Unofficial OkieFish Fishing Reports
FISHING REPORT FOR JANAURY 28, 2009
Hefner: Elevation normal, water 40. Channel and blue catfish good on cut
shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. around the dam. Report
submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair to
good on small minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. around structure. Report
submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Birch: Elevation below normal, water 36 and clear. Crappie fair on black and
chartreuse jigs at 25-30 ft. over brush. Report submitted by Spencer Grace,
game warden stationed in Osage County.
Ft. Gibson: Elevation normal and clear. Crappie biting on chartreuse and
black jigs at 15-25 ft. under the docks. Paddlefish are moving into the
river. Catfish fair in the main river channel in the lake on shad heads and
live shad. White bass fair fished slow with curl-tail grubs and minnows in
the deeper holes in the river. Report submitted by Rick Stafford with
Grand Lake: Upper end: Elevation slightly below normal, water 42. Largemouth
bass good on black angel, Eakin's or jewel jigs. White bass fair on white
grubs and small spinnerbaits. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on
shad at 60-80 ft. Crappie good on silver minnows, rosy red minnows,
grandpa's jigs in chartreuse and pink and on Bobby Garland jigs in Vegas,
gumdrop, salt & pepper and blue ice at 22 ft. around brush piles and docks
and at 2-4 ft. at river feeders. Paddlefish are picking up. Report submitted
by Grand Lake Sports Center.
Kaw: Crappie good in upper end of lake around Washunga Bay and north of Kaw
City in manmade brush piles on minnows fished at 18-26 ft. Striped bass
hybrids fair below the dam during periods of water release on 1/4 to
5/8-ounce jigs with four sassy shad style bodies or white or pearl-colored
bucktails. Blue catfish fair around Washunga on juglines baited with fresh
cut shad at 25-35 ft. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden
stationed in Grant and Kay counties.
Lower Illinois: Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Trout excellent on
rooster tails at 1-2 ft. at the dam and Watt's and on powerbaits on bottom
at river access and Gore Landing. Fly-fishing excellent. Report submitted by
D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
Oologah: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Water temp in upper 40s
to lower 50s. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush piles at 15-18
ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Pawhuska Lake: Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 35 and clear. Trout
excellent on chartreuse jigs and power baits with 16-inch leaders at 5 ft.
and fair on gold inline spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Spencer Grace,
game warden for Osage County.
Canton: Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near brush along
dam and Canadian River area. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden
stationed in Blaine County.
Arbuckle: Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 44 and stained to clear.
Crappie fair at 35-65 ft. on minnows and spoons. White bass biting on spoons
on mid-lake knolls. Bass fishing slow to fair using jerk baits and swim
baits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: Elevation below normal, water 39 and clear. Trout fair on
garlic-scented powerbait, power worms, and meal worms. Trout good on black
and red super dupers and in-line spinners as well as on red midges, San Juan
worms, pheasant tails, and hares ears. Smallmouth, spotted, and largemouth
bass fair on soft plastics and in-line spinners. Channel catfish fair on
stinkbait and liver. Flathead catfish fair on sunfish. Report submitted by
Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass
good on jig and pig black #11 around structure. Catfish good on juglines
with cut baits. Look for walleye starting to run when water temperature
reaches 45 degrees. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in
Eufaula: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on
minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around brush piles under boat docks. Report
submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Lower Mountain Fork River: Fishing good. Small flies, properly presented and
drifted are catching the bulk of the fish. A report from the Re-regulation
dam area said that several large fish were either landed or broken off the
line. In the park, anglers are having success using very small flies,
sometimes trailed behind an attractor fly. There are three methods of
catching these trout; immitate a very small insect, immitate a minnow or
crawfish or use an attractor pattern. The flies used to fish these methods
have been various midge patterns, Zebra midges, Wooly Buggers, Clouser
Minnows, or egg patterns and San Juan worms. Report submitted by Beavers
Bend Fly Shop.
McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth
bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig and pigs fished slowly at 15-25 ft.
over underwater structure. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden
stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: Elevation below normal and clear. Bass fair on shad-colored,
deep-running crankbaits off of rocky points. Crappie fair on blue jigs and
spoons around timber. Catfish good on liver. Report submitted by Mark
Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 42 and murky. Crappie fair at 10 ft.
using minnows fishing the edge of the old creek channels. Blue catfish good
at 8-25 ft. using fresh cut shad fishing the old channels or the windy
shorelines. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in
Sardis Lake: Bass fair to good on crankbaits around points and creek
channels and around cover on spinnerbaits; warmer afternoons best. Crappie
good off of Jack Fork bridge with minnows, off of tower on live minnows and
on brush piles using pink grubs or green and black grubs; activity is better
on sunny days. Flathead catfish slow on live bait using jugs or trotlines.
Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait or shrimp using jugs and
trotlines. White bass good trolling around islands and on plugs. Walleye
fair trolling around islands and around rip rap on deep-diving plugs. Report
submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 48 and clear. Striped and white
bass fair to good from Platter Flats south. Channel and blue catfish fair to
good from Platter flats north. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden
stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: Elevation normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair to slow on dark
plastic baits at points and drop offs. Crappie fair to slow on small
spinners and jigs around brush piles and fair to slow on minnows below dam
area. Channel catfish fair to slow on cut shad and liver with jugs. Report
submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 10 ft. below normal. Crappie fair. Report submitted
by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
Foss: Elevation normal, water in the 30s and freezing around edges. Gates
are closed. Striped bass hybrids and crappie good from fish house. A few
walleye have been caught around fish house. Walleye fair. Report submitted
by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal. Crappie slow to fair on jigs
around marina. Saugeye slow along east end of dam. Report submitted by James
L. Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Huge striped bass hybrid takes lake
record spot at Canton
Lifelong Oklahoma angler James Wesley Jones, Jr. of Canton said
he loves fishing because it is a relaxing activity, but there was likely no
relaxing going on April 19 when he landed a 23.2-lb. (23 lbs., 3 oz.)
striped bass hybrid from Canton Lake. The huge fish qualifies as a lake
record for Canton
and falls only about an ounce shy of taking the state record spot as well,
which is held by Paul Hollister and his 23-lb., 4 oz. fish caught April 1,
1997, from Altus-Lugert
Jones caught his fish in the evening using a 1-oz. rattletrap.
Though the hybrid fell short of the state record, it reminds anglers that if
they catch a potential state record fish, they should contact an employee of
the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for procedures on
certifying state records. Lake
record fish are weighed on scales through lake record keepers registered
with the Wildlife Department, but the weighing of state records must be done
on certified scales with a witness from the Wildlife Department present.
Jones said the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s
new Lake Record Fish Program does more than just recognize fish, but that it
also encourages the sport of fishing. Before the program was in place, his
near state record fish could have gone overlooked by anglers across the
state, but the recognition his fish received through the Lake Record Fish
Program reminds anglers of the potential that Oklahoma’s lakes hold for
producing monster-sized fish.
“It gets people motivated to fish knowing that there are larger
fish in the lake,” Jones said.
He said it is common in discussions among anglers to wonder
about the sizes of the largest fish caught in lakes across the state.
“You don’t have to wonder anymore,” he said. “You can just go on
and find out.”
Jones is referring to the Wildlife Department’s Web site,
wildlifedepartment.com, which includes an easily-operated search feature
that allows those interested to view a wealth of lake record fish
information, ranging from the size of record fish caught to what kind of
bait or rod and reel was used to catch them. And right now, lake records are
being set and broken on a regular basis, which means the wealth of
information on the Web site is updating and growing regularly as well.
Other recent lake records include a 4.8-lb. smallmouth bass
caught by Derek Thurman of
Collinsville. His fish went down as a record
smallmouth for Skiatook Lake, but that record was broken just days later, on
April 5, when angler Jim Horn of Cleveland landed a 6.6-lb. smallmouth bass
from Skiatook using a bait casting rod and reel set up with a jig.
Lakes included in the program include Arbuckle, Broken Bow,
Canton, Eufaula, Ft.
Cobb, Grand, Kaw, Keystone,
Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller, Texoma and Thunderbird.
Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include
blue, channel and flathead catfish and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted
bass in addition to crappie, paddlefish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids,
sunfish (combined) walleye/saugeye and white bass. Minimum weights are set
for each species are detailed on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at
Anglers who catch a potential record from a participating lake
should contact designated business locations around the lake that are
enrolled as lake record keepers. A listing of official lake record keepers
is available on wildlifedepartment.com.
Once it has been determined that an angler has landed a record
fish, the media is notified and the public will be able to view information
about the catch on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at
All past and current state record fish are registered in the
Lake Record Fish Program as records for their respective lakes.
To see the complete database of all lake record fish caught, or
to learn more about the Lake Record Fish program, log on to the Wildlife
Department’s Web site at wildlifedepartment.com.