January 12, 2011

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FISHING REPORT FOR JANUARY 12, 2011

 

CENTRAL

 

Arcadia: January 5. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 48. Blue catfish fair on shad at 10-12 ft. around north points in the mornings. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Copan: January 9. Elevation slightly below normal and water clear. Crappie good on minnows and hot pink jigs at 10-14ft. near submerged structure north of Washington Cove and on the north side of the dam. Catfish slow on cut shad on bottom. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 

Fort Gibson: January 9. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. Catfish good below the dam during generation and in the main channel of the lake. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
 

Greenleaf: January 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along riprap, creek channels and shorelines. Catfish good on cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in yellow, green and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 

Hudson: January 10. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 

Hulah: January 9. Elevation normal and water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs deep near submerged structure on the north side of the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 

Kaw: January 10. Elevation above normal, water 35 and clear. Bear Creek boat ramp is inaccessible to large boats; all other ramps are open and usable. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. under Washunga Bay Bridge and over brush piles throughout the lake. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15-20 ft. in the Arkansas River arm and fair on stinkbait in the Beaver Creek arm. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 

Lower Illinois: January 10. Elevation normal, water 42 and clear. Trout excellent on fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 

Pawhuska: January 10. Trout good on all types of Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 

Sooner: January 11. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad in the lake. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 

Webbers Falls: January 11. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap, shorelines and creek channels. Catfish fair on cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 

SOUTHEAST

            

Arbuckle: January 8. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 44-47 and clear. Crappie slow on deeper brush piles and creek channel drop-offs. White bass slow on jigging spoons at 35-45 ft. Bass slow on finesse jigs and drop shot rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 

Broken Bow: January 10. 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 10. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-18 ft. around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 

Hugo: January 9. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 56. Crappie fair to good on orange and red/black jigs in 12-20 ft.  Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 

Konawa: January 10. Elevation normal, water 40 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 

McGee Creek: January 9. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 49 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 and dark colored jig and pig, at 12-25 ft. fished slowly around structure and off rocky points. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 

Pine Creek: January 9. Elevation below normal, water clear. Crappie good on jigs near structures. Catfish good on trot lines baited with cut shad. Bass fair on spoons in deeper water. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 

Sardis: January 10. 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 9. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on jigs and plastic worms at 15-20 ft. in creek channels and drop-offs. Striped and white bass fair on live bait and sassy shad at 15-20 ft. in river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad and worms at 10-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to the north. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 10-15 ft. around the fishing docks with brush. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 

Wister: January 9. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits and worm and jigs. Crappie slow to fair 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


Ellsworth: January 9. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie good at Ralph’s Resort on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 

Foss: January 5. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 40s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water just out from the marina. Walleye fair on live bait. Catfish fair on doughbait and live bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 

Lawtonka: January 9. Elevation below normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at the dam.  Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche 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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