FOR DECEMBER 28, 2011
December 28. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water 60 and dingy. Crappie
fair on minnows and jigs around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on
crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
December 25. Catfish slow in north and south end of lake fishing with shad.
Crappie fair on minnows over submerged brush in deeper water. Report by game
warden David Rempe stationed in Grant and Kay counties.
Spavinaw: December 28. Elevation slightly below normal, water 43 and dingy.
Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair
on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Webbers Falls: December 27. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish good
caught on bottom. Crappie good caught around the fishing dock using
crankbaits. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in
Canton: December 27. Lake elevation 12 ft. below normal and clear. Crappie
fair on minnows and jigs near brush along dam. Report submitted by Mark
Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Creek: Dec. 27. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth
bass fair on soft plastic lures at 8-20 ft. Crappie fair around cedar brush,
just off of main creek channels at 10-20 ft.
Creek: December 28. Elevation above normal and murky. Bass fair on soft
plastics. Catfish good on chicken liver baited juglines. Report submitted
by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
S. Kerr: December 26. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish fair on cut
bait and shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Leland
Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis: December 25. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on swim baits,
spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater lures and plastic worms early and late.
Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie good on
minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. Walleye good trolling crankbaits, spinners and
plastic worms. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in
Texoma: December 25. Elevation 4 and 1/2 ft. below normal, water 51 and
murky north and clear south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair at 10-15
ft. in the creek channels on plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped and
white bass fair at 10-20 ft. in the river channels on live bait, sassy shad
and slabs. Channel and blue catfish fair at 10-15 ft. from Platter flats to
the south on live bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair at 5-10 ft. around
underwater brush piles and in the upper ends of the creeks on minnows and
jigs. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan
Wister: December 25. Elevation 5 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie good
below the dam on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and
spinnerbaits. Catfish fair to good on juglines bait with cut shad and liver.
Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Oklahoma Spoonbill Fishing
caught near the Twin Bridges State park fishing with Dempsey’s Guide
Service…My fishing partner is a well known OkieFish contributor but I
will let her send in the pics of the 60 lber she caught.
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.