January 5, 2011

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FISHING REPORT FOR JANUARY 5, 2011
 
NORTHEAST
 
Copan: January 3. Elevation below normal, water clear. Crappie good on jigs in deep water on the lake side of the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: January 4. Elevation 6 1/3 ft. below normal, water 42 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft Gibson: January 1. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. under docks and around structure. Catfish good on cut shad or live shad below the dam and in the main channel of the lake. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
 
Greenleaf: January 3. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, bill baits and crankbaits along shorelines, creek channels and rocky points. Channel catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: January 2. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-15 ft. around brush piles and heated docks. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: January 3. Elevation below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs at 10-12 ft. along the south side of the lake. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Lower Illinois: January 3. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on sink baits at 1-3 ft. around bridges and jetties. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails and super dupers at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: January 2. Elevation 1 1/3 ft. below normal, water low 50s and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Spavinaw: January 4. Elevation slightly below normal, water 42 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Tenkiller: January 3. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal and steady, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on tube jigs around docks. Crappie fair on small minnows or soft plastic jigs in coves. Sunfish fair on night crawlers at 15-20 ft. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

 
Webbers Falls: January 3. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along creek channels, riprap and rocky points. Channel catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: January 2. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 44-46 and clear. Crappie being caught near dam on jigging spoons at 35-60 ft. White bass being caught on jigging spoons in chrome at 35-45 ft. near the dam and along creek channel drop-offs. Bass slow on crankbaits, Carolina-rigged lizards and shakey-head jig worms. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: December 29. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Trout good on spoons, in-line spinnerbaits and peach Power Bait. Fly-fishing good on prince nymphs, elk hair caddis, pheasant tails, woolly buggers and San Juan worms. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics. Channel catfish good on livers and minnows. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: January 2. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on jig and pig. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on jigs at 30-35 ft. along structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: January 2. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along slabs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. around boat docks with brush and around standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
McGee Creek: January 2. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 16-24 ft. around cedar brush off main creek channels. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures around structure and off rocky points, 12-25 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Pine Creek: January 2. Elevation below normal, water clear. Crappie good on jigs near structure. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut shad. Bass fair on spoons in deeper waters. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: January 4. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish good on cut shad at 10-20 ft. around points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-15 ft. around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: January 2. Elevation below normal, water murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 18-25 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: January 2. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on plastic combination baits and jigs at 15-20 ft. in creek channels. Striped and white bass fair on live bait and slabs at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair on worms and cut bait at 10-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to the north. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around the fish attractors and fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam when generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: January 3. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits and worm and jigs. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 18-25 ft. around structure. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Foss: December 31. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water near entrance of marina. Walleye good on live bait around main ramp on south side. Crappie fair to good with live bait around fish new fish dock and around structures on south side. Catfish fair on doughbaits. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
 
WATERFOWL REPORT FOR JANUARY 5, 2011
 
Waterfowl season is now open in Zone 1 & 2. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com. The next waterfowl report is scheduled for January 19.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: Lake level is 1.95 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are fair on the lake, with winter wheat planted and harvested row crops in the area are in good condition. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity is low, with no reports of success. Waterfowl use of the lake has improved over the past few days with a fair number of birds using crop fields around the lake. Boat ramps are still usable on all sides of the lake, but shallow water may be encountered leaving the cove from the NW boatramp, and the Longdale ramp is usable by small boats only.
 
Ft. Supply: Lake level is 0.54 ft above normal. Habitat conditions are fair to good, with most local wheat up. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low, with low success. An increase in bird movement was observed with recent cold front.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Ft. Cobb: Lake level is 0.70 ft below normal. Habitat condition is good, with summer crop residue gone and winter wheat in good condition. Duck numbers are high. Goose numbers are high. Hunter activity is fair, with fair success. Bird movement observed all around the lake.
 
Hackberry: Flat reservoir is 5 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are good, with winter wheat, some milo and native vegetation available. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are good. Hunting acitivy is moderate, with fair success. An increase in the number of mallards in the area was observed recently.
 
Mtn. Park: Lake level is 1.91 ft below normal. Habitat condition is fair to good. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting activity is low, with fair success. A group of Canada geese has moved into the area and is using the south part of the WMA.
 
Waurika: Lake level is 1.00 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor on the lake, but fair on the wetland units. Wetland unit flooding is complete. Winter wheat in the area is in fair condition for geese. Duck numbers a fair. Goose numbers are fair. No reports of hunting activity or success. No significant increase in birds has been observed since the last survey.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Copan: Lake level is 1.27 ft below normal. Habitat condition is poor, with shallow water frozen. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. No reports of significant bird movement in the area.
 
Eufaula: Lake level is 3.03 ft below normal. Habitat conditions at current lake level are very poor, and farming activity in the area is low. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is very low, with no reports of success. No significant bird movement has been observed in the area recently. Lake elevation needs to rise a few feet before improved habitat is available.
 
Ft. Gibson: Lake level is 0.29 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are good, with smartweed, barnyard grass and some agricultural crops in the area. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity is moderate, with fair success. No significant bird movement has been seen in the area.
 
Hulah: Lake level is 0.98 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with shallow water frozen. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. No reports of significant bird movement in the area.
 
Kaw: Lake level is 0.10 ft above normal. Habitat conditions are fair, with low quantities of millet sedges and natural waterfowl vegetation. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is light, with fair success. Bird movement in the area has been low.


Keystone: Lake level is 2.8 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor due to storage of water in the flood pool over the summer, and many sloughs and cutoffs that are typically hunted are dry. WDUs are currently dry due to renovation work. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Small numbers of birds seen migrating through the area, but none are staying due to poor conditions. Cottonwood Creek WDU is currently dry and will not be pumped this year due to renovation work.
 
Oologah: Lake level is 1.42 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor at current lake level, with no flooded millet, some plants on the edge of the lake and ag fields around the lake in poor condition. Duck numbers are poor to fair, with American wigeon, ring-necked, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, buffleheads, mallards and gadwalls. Goose numbers are poor, with a mix resident Canadas and migrants in the area. Hunting activity is low to moderate, with poor to fair success. Bird numbers are improving, with a good waterfowl migration expected over the next several weeks with each northern frontal passage.
 
Webber Falls: Lake level is 2.104 ft above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and wheat in the area. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity is moderate, with fair success. No significant bird movement has been seen in the area.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Sequoyah NWR: Food conditions in the area are excellent, though frequent freezing events have limited waterfowl use. Duck numbers: mallards 4,858; gadwall 383; wigeon 30; pintail 20; green-winged teal 181; shoveler 54; wood duck 54. Goose numbers: snow/blue 13,000; Canada 67; white-fronted 20.
 
Texoma: Lake level is 0.72 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are fair with good Japanese millet. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is light, with fair success. A rise in water level and cooler temperatures are needed in order to see an increase in bird numbers.
 
Wister: Lake level is 1.0 ft below normal. Habitat conditions on the lake are poor, but good on WDU. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is moderate, with low success. No significant bird movement was reported in the area. Rain and cold fronts needed to improve the number of birds in the area.


 


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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