April 29, 2009

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FISHING REPORT FOR APRIL 29, 2009            
 
CENTRAL
 
Draper: Elevation normal and murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs off fishing docks and structure. Largemouth bass fair to good on tandem spinnerbaits in coves with structure. White bass good on white grubs at water inlet. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Hefner: Elevation normal, water murky. White bass good on white jigs and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the rocks. Walleye good trolling the riprap. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Overholser: Elevation normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair along windy shorelines and tailwaters below the dam. Channel catfish fair on cut baits along windy shorelines and tailwaters below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 18-24 inches along the shorelines and tailwaters below the dam. Report submitted by Ron Comer, game warden stationed in Canadian County.
 
Thunderbird: Elevation normal and murky. Crappie good on small minnows and jigs at 3-4 ft. around structure in evenings. Largemouth bass fair on tandem spinnerbaits in shallow coves on structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait off points. Saugeye fair off windy points on crankbaits and jigs on overcast days. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on plastic lures. Catfish fair on doughbaits. Crappie excellent on jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: Elevation above normal, water 60. White bass and striped bass hybrids good below dam on chartreuse and white jigs. Crappie excellent at 2-3 ft. on jigs and minnows. Catfish fair on worms and livers below dam and in coves. Largemouth good on spinnerbaits and soft plastics at 4-5 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 62 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic baits. Striped bass hybrids good on live bait and crankbaits, Catfish good on most all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: Bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic lures. Channel catfish fair on doughbaits. Crappie good on jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: Elevation above normal and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-14 ft. around submerged structure. Channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: Elevation normal, water 65 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 10-12 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines and creek channels. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and yellow and white jigs at the fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic lures and spinnerbaits. White bass good on small lures and jigs in the upper end of the lake into mouths of creeks feeding into the main river and below the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut shad. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in brush pile areas. Paddle fish good in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: Elevation above normal and murky. Crappie at 10-14 ft. near structure. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and stinkbait below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.


Kaw: Elevation is 4 1/2 ft. above normal and rising. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad in upper Coon Creek and Arkansas River. Crappie and white bass good in Beaver, Otter and Bear creeks before recent rains, rising lake levels will probably slow this fishing down. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay Counties.
 
Keystone: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass fair on Colorado blade spinnerbaits and black neon tube jigs at 3-6 ft. in creeks and back of coves. Smallmouth bass slow on small jig and chunk and crankbaits in red crawdad color at 6-10 ft. along gravel banks in Salt Creek area. Spotted bass fair on small crankbaits in crawdad color and small jig and chunk at 4-8 ft. in main lake pockets. White bass fair on minnows and roadrunners at 4-8 ft. in creeks in upper lake. Striped bass fair on live shad and buck tails at 3-6 ft. below the dam. Channel catfish good on worms and liver at 4-8 ft. in creeks and coves. Blue catfish good on cut shad and worms at 5-10 ft. along sloping secondary points in coves with rocky banks. Flathead catfish fair on live shad and goldfish at 6-10 ft. in deep coves with bluff banks. Crappie fair on minnows and red and chartreuse jigs at 3-12 ft. in coves with spawning banks. Report submitted by Woody's Bait and Tackle.
 
Lower Illinois: Elevation normal, water 57 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on jigs and shad at 2-3 ft. at Gore Landing. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along river. Crappie fair on jigs and spinnerbaits on bottom all along the river. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water mid 50s and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on soft plastic lures off windy points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on slabs and live shad. Catfish fair on cut baits and live baits in channels and up by the dam where they are pumping water. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: Elevation slightly above normal, water 65 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 59-60 and clear in lower end and stained in upper end. Largemouth bass fair on main lake points on a variety of baits. Crappie fair in brush at 15-20 ft. brush on jigs. Catfish fair on flip-flops at 40-60 ft. on cut baits. White bass slow with some action trolling mid-lake. Report by Monte Brooks Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bas good on spinnerbaits, plastic worms and crankbaits in riprap, creek channels and moss beds. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on purple jigs and minnows at 1-9 ft. around brush structure, bridges and shoreline. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: Elevation 1/2 ft above normal. Walleye good on jigs, crankbaits and minnows in upper end of lake. Striped bass hybrids and channel catfish good on night crawlers and live sunfish along thunder road. Crappie fair near brush piles in Indian Cove. White bass good on jigs and slabs along dam and near drop-offs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation above normal, water clear. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits, still running up river. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and spinnerbaits in jetties and Crappie Cove. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: Stained from wind and algae bloom, water 64-66. Crappie good on chartreuse jigs at 3-4 ft. around docks and in shallow water. White bass are in the shallows mostly on flats. Bass are hitting flukes, spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits. Channel catfish are being caught on doughbaits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Broken Bow: Elevation rising, water high 50s. Largemouth bass are still schooling. White bass run is slowing down. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 2-5 ft. in rocky areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when water is running. Blue catfish fair on shad in shallow flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-6 ft. along the banks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation slightly above normal, water 59. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on trotlines with cut baits. Crappie good on minnows at 2-4 ft. around brush structure. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 3-5 ft. in the cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver at 5-10 ft. along the points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 62 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on black and blue jigs and avocado colored soft plastic baits fished at 3-6 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: Elevation below normal, water clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on various lures. White bass good on crankbaits and topwater lures in creek channels on the north end of the lake, early and late. Channel catfish are picking up on chicken liver and stinkbaits. Crappie slow to fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles and along the bank in shallow water. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal and murky. Bass fair on soft plastics when fished slowly around timber.  Crappie fair on minnows around flooded timber and around the old bridge. Catfish good on liver and cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 64 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits and crankbaits at 3-5 ft. along the shoreline. White bass fair. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on shad at 5-10 ft. in old creek channels. Crappie are just getting started, being caught on minnows and jigs in deeper water. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: Elevation above normal. Bass good in grass beds or shallows up to 1-5 ft. deep on chatter bait, spinner baits and plugs also good on watermelon lizards. Crappie excellent off of Jack Fork Bridge and half bridge with minnows and off of tower on live minnows, and on brush piles using pink grubs or green and black. Flathead catfish fair on juglines or trotlines with shad. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with cut bait or shrimp or shad. White bass fair up creek and excellent when found surfacing on lake. Walleye fair trolling around islands on rattle traps. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation normal, water 62 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good around the points. Striped and white bass fair to good in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good in the Washita River arm of the lake. Crappie fair to good at 1-5 ft. in spawning areas. Sunfish good around the fishing docks. Paddlefish fair to good below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 2 ˝ ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on watermelon and avocado lizards, dark plastics and spinnerbaits around points and drop-offs. White bass slowing down on white road runners and rattletraps. Crappie good with small spinnerbaits and pink jigs around brush piles and good on minnows and pink jigs and grubs below dam area. Channel catfish good on juglines with cut shad and liver, best on red worms below dam area. Flathead catfish fair to good on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal and rising very slowly. Crappie, striped bass hybrids and walleye fair to good. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation 4 ft. below normal and murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation normal, water 58 and clear. Gates closed. Walleye good on rocks in front of dam. Striped bass hybrid fair. White bass fair with live bait. Catfish fair. Crappie fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows in shallow water. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair. Catfish slow to fair on cut baits. Report submitted by James L. Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal and clear. Catfish fair to good on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Tom Steed: White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on large minnows off points. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in Otter and Glen Creek. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: Elevation slightly below normal. Blue catfish fair on cut baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at the Chisholm boat ramp, Wichita Ridge, Walker Creek, Coral Ridge and the marina. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Cotton 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 Lake.
            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 wildlifedepartment.com.
         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 wildlifedepartment.com.
            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.

 

 

 

 

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