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Eucha: 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.
Kaw: 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 Muskogee County.
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.
McGee 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.
Pine 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.
Robert 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 Pushmataha County.
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 County.
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


Dustin Newer

April 2010

These were 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 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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