REPORT FOR JANUARY 2, 2013
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
To check current Oklahoma lake conditions across the state go to the
Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department's website at
http://www.travelok.com/checkmyoklake/. This website provides
information on blue-green algae, lake updates, water safety tips, etc.
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.