January 2, 2013

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 FISHING REPORT FOR JANUARY 2, 2013

 

NORTHEAST

 

Ft. Gibson: December 31. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear. Catfish fair on cut bait and shad in main channel while drifting. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around docks. Largemouth bass good on small crankbaits at 3-15 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

 

Greenleaf: January 1. Bass good on square bill crankbaits and jigs. Crappie good on hand tied hair jigs, Bobby Garland jigs and pan fish assassin type jigs. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.

Hudson: December 31. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Keystone: December 31. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 42. Catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: December 31. Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stick baits at 2-3 ft. in coves and around bridges. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

 

Oologah: December 31. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water mid-40s and clear. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on shad and worms at 10-15 ft. on flats. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Tenkiller: December 31. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. below normal, water 53-55 and clear. Crappie fair on tube jigs and minnows at 15-25 ft. around docks. Sunfish fair on worm-tipped jigs at 10-15 ft. around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.

Webbers Falls: January 1. Bass good on spinnerbaits, shad, square bill crankbaits and chatter baits up creeks. Striped bass hybrids good on shad colored or shad imitation baits. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: December 31. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait near big bend and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: December 31. Elevation 3-4 ft. below normal. Crappie fair jigging at the intake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

 

Watonga: December 28. Stocked 710 lbs. of trout. Report submitted by Jody Laubhan, Byron State Fish Hatchery/Northwest Region.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: December 29. Elevation 5 1/4 ft. below normal, water 48 and clear. Algae bloom noticeable on calm days. Crappie fair on chartreuse or white jigs at 25+ ft., crappie slow around docks. White bass good on CC spoons in mid lake drop offs & channel bends at 22-45 ft. Bass fair to good using crankbaits, jerk baits, drop shot rigs, and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: December 31. Elevation normal, water 40. Trout good on orange Power Bait, inline spinnerbaits and glitter dough baits around structure and moving water. Fly fishing good on mayfly nymphs, soft hackles and egg patterns in shallow runs. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait around current in larger pools. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Blue River: December 31. Approximately 2,405 rainbow trout were stocked on December 19. Approximately 3,090 rainbow trout were stocked on December 26. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

 

Broken Bow: December 30. Elevation below normal. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits and black #11 jig and pigs, in deeper water around points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Jug and trot lines baited with cut bait fair. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 Eufaula: December 16. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair on shad in the shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks with brush and along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Konawa: December 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 42 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the discharge canal and around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 Lower Mountain Fork River: December 30. Try mayfly nymphs in sizes 16, 18 and 20. Size 20 soft hackles in yellow, olive and orange are working in all three zones as well as pink and yellow egg patterns. Report submitted by Jesse King, Three Rivers Fly Shop.

 

Lower Mountain Fork River: December 31. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 2,030 rainbow trout. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries supervisor.

 McGee Creek: December 30. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Black bass fair on soft plastics and jig and pig combinations at 10-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows over brush piles at 12-28 ft. in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Pine Creek: December 30. All public boat ramps have been closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. No fishing activity to report due to extremely low water levels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robber's Cave State Park: December 31. Stocked 385 lbs. rainbow trout. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries supervisor.

Robert S. Kerr: January 1. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and up river in coves. Spotted bass excellent up Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass fair on minnows and shad crankbaits up river in deeper holes and around rock ledges. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Texoma: December 30. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits and plastic worms at 15-20 ft. around drop-offs and points. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 10-30 ft. in river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good at 15-30 ft. from Johnston creek to Platter Flats on live bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 Wister: December 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on black/blue plastic worms and good on silver crankbaits. Crappie fair on white tail grubs at 15-20 ft. Catfish fair on jug lines and trotlines baited with cut bait and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Foss: December 31. Elevation 11 3/4 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair to good on live bait around the marina. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

Medicine Creek: January 2. Partially ice-covered but thawing. Stocked 380 lbs. of trout. Fishing fair on spinnerbaits and Power Bait. Report submitted by Larry Cofer, southwest region fisheries supervisor.

 

  

  

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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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