January 19, 2011

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FISHING REPORT FOR JANUARY 19, 2011

 

NORTHEAST

 

Copan: January 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and hot pink jigs at 10-14 ft. 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.

 

Ft. Gibson: January 16. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15- 25 ft. around the docks fishing just off the bottom around structure. Catfish good on live shad and cut shad in the main channel fishing the bottom. Striped bass fair on live shad and balloons below the dam during generation. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

 

Hudson: January 17. Elevation normal. Blue catfish fair to good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush pile areas. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Hulah: January 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deep water near submerged structure on the north side of the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Kaw: January 17. 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.

 

Skiatook: January 18. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 40s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Sooner: January 17. White bass fair on live shad and slabs in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: January 15. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water low 40s and clear. Crappie being caught off docks early morning hours. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Blue River: January 18. Elevation slightly below normal, water 45 and clear. Trout fair on orange and garlic Power Bait and in-line spinnerbaits. Fly-fishing fair on woolly buggers, San Juan worms and elk hair caddis flies. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics. Channel catfish good on cut minnows and stinkbait. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

 

Broken Bow: January 17. 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 17. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 8-20 ft. under boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: January 16. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie slow to fair on jigs along the river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

 

Konawa: January 17. Elevation normal, water 40 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 8-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

McGee Creek: January 16. Elevation 1 ½ ft. below normal, water 46 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, fished slowly around structure and off rocky points, 12-25 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Pine Creek: January 16. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on jigs and spoons fished in the deeper waters around points. Crappie good on minnows near creek channels. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut shad near mouths of creeks in the lower end of the lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Sardis: January 17. 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 16. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on jig and pig combination baits at 15-20 ft. around the drop-offs. Striped and white bass fair on live bait and sassy shad at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair on live bait and worms at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to the north. Crappie fair on small minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush. Paddlefish fair when generating below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: January 16. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on dark colored jig and pig. 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 16. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at Ralph's Resort. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

 

Foss: January 14. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair on slabs in deep water. Walleye slow on live bait. Crappie fair on live bait around marina. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

Lawtonka: January 16. 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.

 

Tom Steed: January 17. Elevation normal, water 40 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 15-20 ft. near brush piles.

 

 

WATERFOWL REPORT FOR JANUARY 19, 2011

 

 

NORTHWEST

Canton: Lake level is 1.76 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are fair on the lake, with winter wheat planted and harvested row crops in the area are in fair to good condition. Duck season closed. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low, with no reports of success. Some geese are roosting on the lake and feeding on 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 0.23 ft above normal. Habitat conditions are fair, with most local wheat up. Duck season closed. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is moderate, with low success. Bird numbers decreased over the weekend, but an increase was seen with the arrival of the recent cold front.

 

SOUTHWEST

Ft. Cobb: Lake level is 0.80 ft below normal. Habitat condition is good, with fair winter wheat. Duck numbers are high. Goose numbers are high. Hunter activity is fair, with fair success. Geese in the area have been using the wheat fields and returning to the lake during the middle of the day.

Hackberry: Flat reservoir is 6 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. No significant bird movement was observed in the area.

 

Mtn. Park: Lake level is 2.02 ft below normal. Habitat condition is fair. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low, with fair success. A group of ducks seen using the WDU area in the morning, and a good concentration of birds also using the southwest portion of the lake.

 

Waurika: Lake level is 1.00 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor on the lake, but fair on the wetland units. Winter wheat in the area is in fair condition for geese. Duck numbers a low. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting activity is low, with no reports of success. A small decrease in the number of birds in the area has been observed since the last survey.

NORTHEAST

 

Copan: Lake level is 1.40 ft below normal. Habitat condition is good, with flooded native plants on units in excellent condition. Duck numbers are low, but increasing. Goose numbers are high, with mostly Canada's. Hunting activity is high on weekends and low during the weekdays. Hunting success has been low.

 

Eufaula: Lake level is 3.80 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 1.33 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are good, with smartweed, barnyard grass and some agricultural crops in the area. Duck numbers are moderate to high. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity is moderate, with good success. No significant bird movement has been seen in the area.

 

Hulah: Lake level is 1.20 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity moderate, with low success. Most bird movement in the area was observed on the lake.

 

Kaw: Lake level is 0.10 ft above normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with low quantities of millet sedges and natural waterfowl vegetation. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is light, with fair success. Bird movement in the area has been low.

Keystone: Lake level is 3.39 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 1.47 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 good, with American wigeon, ring-necked, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, buffleheads, mallards and gadwalls. Goose numbers are good, with a mix resident Canadas and migrants in the area. Hunting activity is moderate to high, with fair to good success. Bird numbers are the best yet for this season.

 

Sooner: Lake level is 3.00 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with winter wheat stressed around lake. Duck numbers are fair, with mostly mallards. Goose numbers are fair, with mostly Canada geese. Hunting activity has been moderate, with fair success. No significant bird movement was observed in the area recently.

 

Webber Falls: Lake level is 2.34 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 to high. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity is moderate, with good success. No significant bird movement has been seen in the area.

 

SOUTHEAST

Hugo: Lake level is 4.00 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor due to water level. Duck numbers are low, with mainly mallards. A group of 1,500 snow geese were seen on the lake this week. Hunting activity is low, with low success. No significant bird movement was observed in the area.

 

Red Slough: Units 27A, 27B, 30 & 38 are mostly full. Units 15, 31 & 37 have enough water to make the usable. Other units are dry. Excellent wild forage overall in the area. Duck numbers are fair, with around 3,000 birds observed. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low, with fair success. No significant bird movement was observed in the area.

 

Sequoyah NWR: Food conditions in the area are excellent. Duck numbers: mallards 2,226; pintail 20; green-winged teal 16; shoveler 26. Goose numbers: snow/blue 9,223.

 

Texoma: Lake level is 0.69 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.

 


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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