January 12, 2012

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FISHING REPORT FOR JANUARY 11, 2012
 
NORTHEAST
 
Ft. Gibson: January 8. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 39 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and black and chartreuse jigs at 15-25 ft. Catfish fair on cut bait and shad drifting in the main channel. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Greenleaf: January 9. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, bill baits and jig-and-worm around brush structure, creek channels, shorelines and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in yellow, red and green around fishing docks. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: January 11. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 14-18 ft. around brush pile areas. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Keystone: January 10. Catfish being caught on cut bait and worms below the dam when no water is running and on worms at old Prue and Osage. Crappie being caught on minnows and tube jigs at 15 ft. around brush piles and docks. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Lower Illinois: January 9. Elevation normal, water 40 and clear. Striped bass fair on jigs at 1-4 ft. at mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Trout good fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from Gore Landing to the dam. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: January 8. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water near 50 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-18 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Sooner: January 10. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on ghost minnows and sassy shad in the discharge. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait around points. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Tenkiller: January 9. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 50-52, water clear and steady. Crappie fair in docks on jigs at 15-20 ft. Sunfish fair on worm-tipped jigs in docks at 15-20 ft. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: January 9. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in purple and black around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: January 10. Elevation 11 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on stinkbait along dam. Crappie fair on jigs near brush along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: January 8. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 47-47 and clear to stained. Bass slow on Alabama rigs, jigs and crankbaits. Crappie slow off docks and deeper brush piles. Crappie and white bass being caught on CC spoons along creek channels in mid lake. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Broken Bow: January 9. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on black jigs, jig-and-pig, black #11 and black and blue flake in deeper water. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water around structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Hugo: January 8. Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Crappie fair on minnows in the river channel. Crappie and blue catfish fair to good below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: January 8. Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms at 5-10 ft. around points and road beds. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: January 8. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures at 8-20 ft. Crappie fair at 10-20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Pine Creek: January 8. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on deep running crankbaits. Crappie good on spoons and minnows in the deeper waters. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Sardis: January 8. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie good at 8-14 ft. Walleye good trolling at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: January 8. Elevation 3 3/4 ft. below normal, water 50 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic combination baits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. on the points and drop-offs in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to the west and south. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on stinkbait, minnows and worms at 10-15 ft. from Alberta Creek to the north. Crappie fair to good on minnows and small tube jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush and fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: January 8. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: January 8. Elevation 27 ft. below normal. Walleye and striped bass hybrids being caught at Hicks Mountain. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.
 
Foss: January 9. Elevation 7 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water near dam. Walleye fair on live bait. Catfish slow to fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Lawtonka: January 8. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs off the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 

 

WATERFOWL REPORT FOR JANUARY 4, 2012

 

Waterfowl season currently open in Zones 1 and 2. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com.  The next waterfowl report is scheduled for January 18.

NORTHWEST

Ft. Supply – Zone 1:  Water level is 2.31 feet below normal.  Habitat conditions are poor, with local winter wheat also in poor condition.  Duck numbers are moderate.  Goose numbers are low.  Hunter activity has been high on the weekends and moderate during the week. Hunter success has been fair on ducks and low on geese.  Duck movement has been fair in the area the last week.  The WMA portion of the lake is currently surrounded by approximately 50 yards or more of open shoreline, there are no boat ramps open for use.
 
Salt Plains NWR – Zone 1: Water level is slightly below normal. Habitat conditions are good. Recent rains have increased water in wetlands. Duck numbers are good. Goose numbers are good. Sandhill Crane numbers are good. Geese are heading north, east, and southeast of the lake to feed on agricultural fields and sandhill cranes heading southeast, east and northeast onto agricultural fields.
 
SOUTHWEST

Ft. Cobb – Zone 2:  Water level is 3.60 feet below normal.  Habitat conditions are poor due to water levels, with winter wheat on the area in fair condition.  Duck numbers are high.  Goose numbers are high.   Hunter activity has been fair, with good success.  Geese observed using the area wheat fields.

Hackberry – Zone 2:  Water level is approximately 6.5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions in the area are fair, with some winter wheat.  Duck numbers are fair.  Goose numbers are excellent.  Hunter activity has been moderate, with good success.  Geese in the area are mainly feeding on private land, but some are using the WMA fields.

Mtn. Park – Zone 2:  Water level is 6.68 feet below normal.  Habitat conditions are poor, with winter wheat planted and growing.  Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are good. Hunter activity has been light, with fair success.  Geese in the area observed using the WMA fields on the southwest side of the lake.
 
NORTHEAST

Copan – Zone 2:  Water level is 0.85 feet above normal.  Habitat conditions are excellent, with native vegetation present.  Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting pressure in the area has been high.  Most birds observed using the main body of the lake.
 
Ft. Gibson – Zone 2:  Water level is 0.47 feet above normal.  Habitat conditions are good, with a variety of vegetation present.  Duck numbers are moderate.  Goose numbers are moderate.  Hunting activity in the area has been moderate, with fair to good success.  Bird movement in the area has been slow.
 
Hulah – Zone 2:  Water level is 1.35 feet above normal.  Habitat conditions are good, with harvested soybeans and wheat present.  Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low.  Hunting pressure has been high on the area in the last couple weeks.  Most birds observed using private ponds around the area.

Kaw – Zone 2:  Water level is 3.25 feet above normal.  Habitat conditions are excellent, with a variety of vegetation present.  Duck numbers are good. Goose numbers are good. Hunting activity has been light, with very good success.  Most birds are using ponds during the day, and returning to the lake in the evening.
 
Keystone – Zone 2:  Water level is 0.5 feet above normal.  Habitat conditions are good, with an abundant supply of natural food resources available.  Duck numbers are low to fair, with a majority of ducks seen on the Arkansas River mudflats south of Cleveland.  Goose numbers are low.  Hunting activity has been high over the past couple weeks, with fair success. Heavy hunting pressure has moved many birds out of the area.  All sloughs and potholes have filled enough to provide habitat and hunting opportunity.  Southern two units of Cottonwood Creek WDU are pumped.

Webber Falls – Zone 2:  Water level is 2.97 feet above normal.  Habitat conditions are good, with a variety of vegetation available.  Duck numbers are moderate.  Goose numbers are low to moderate.  Hunting activity in the area has been moderate, with fair to good success. Bird movement in the area has been slow.
 
SOUTHEAST

Texoma – Zone 2:  Water level 3.92 feet below normal.  Food conditions in the area are good.  Duck numbers are fair.  Goose numbers are fair.  Hunting activity has been light, with fair success.  Recent cold fronts have not produced any large amounts of birds.  Boat access continues to be a problem.
 
Wister – Zone 2:  Water level 0.51 feet above normal.  Habitat conditions are good, with various food sources available.  Duck numbers are moderate.  Goose numbers are low.

 




 


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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