January 23, 2013

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FISHING REPORT FOR JANUARY 23, 2013

  

CENTRAL

 

Hefner: January 22. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 44-48 and clear. Largemouth bass slow. Smallmouth bass slow. White bass fair on grubs at 18-25 ft. along the dam. Striped bass hybrids fair on jigs and grubs at 18-25 ft. along the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait at 30 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on minnows, jigs and grubs at 20 ft. along the dam. Walleye slow. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Eucha: January 23. Elevation 11 1/4 ft. below normal, water 40 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Grand: January 20. Elevation 2 ft. below normal. Bass fair on worms and jigs. White bass slow. Catfish excellent on fresh cut bait in deep water. Crappie good on minnows and jigs 10-20 ft. below docks. Paddlefish fair above Sailboat Bridge to Grey's Ranch. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

 

Hudson: January 21. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around heated docks and brush piles. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Kaw: January 21. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around Sarge Creek towers. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
 
Keystone: January 22. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 44. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits. Catfish good on cut bait near channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: January 21. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-2 ft. along coves and bridge. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. in coves. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. in coves. 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: January 20. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water near 40 and clear. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on worms and shad at 10-15 ft. on flats. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Skiatook: January 21. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Spavinaw: January 22. Elevation slightly below normal, water 40 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass slow. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: January 21. Elevation 10 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. All fishing slow. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: January 20. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: January 21. Elevation 3 ft. below normal. Crappie fair jigging at the intake. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: January 19. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 44 and clear. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 25 ft. off brush piles. White bass slow on CC spoons along mid-lake knolls and creek channel bends. Bass slow on jerk baits, crankbaits and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: January 23. Elevation normal, water 39 and clear. Trout good on salmon eggs, gold spinnerbaits and mealworms around waterfalls. Fly fishing good on caddis flies, zebra nymphs and egg patterns around structure in current and riffles. Channel catfish good on blood bait and liver in larger, deeper holes around structure. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Blue River: January 15. Approximately 2,000 rainbow trout were stocked on January 16. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: January 21. 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. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: January 20. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on shad on the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: January 20. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 48. Blue catfish fair on trotlines baited with shad. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: January 20. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 5-10 ft. around points and roadbeds. 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.

Lower Mountain Fork River: January 20. Blue Zone rainbows are attacking soft plastic baits, and small browns are biting dry flies near the spillway. Fishing activity is up but there is still plenty of room for new anglers. Report submitted by Jesse King, Three Rivers Fly Shop.

 

McGee Creek: January 13. Elevation 10 1/2 ft. below normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics and jig-and-pig combinations at 10-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-28 ft. over brush piles in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Pine Creek: January 20. 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 McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: January 23. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and up the river in coves. Spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie good up Big San Bois Creek 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. near creek and river channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Sardis: January 18. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 49. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: January 20. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 58 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on large crankbaits and plastic combination baits at 10-20 ft. around points and riprap. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad at 10-30 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, cut bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to Burns Run. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on small tube jigs and worms at 5-10 ft. around docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 Wister: January 20. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on black plastic worms with white tail tip and fair on silver crankbaits. Crappie fair to good on minnows and fair on white/pink tail grubs at 15-20 ft. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Ellsworth: January 20. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie slow to fair on minnows around the boathouse at Ralph's Resort. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Foss: January 22. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water low 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water. Walleye fair on jigs around docks. Crappie fair on live bait around the marina. Catfish fair on juglines. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

Lawtonka: January 20. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows off the dam. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

 

Tom Steed: January 22. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water 42 and murky. Blue catfish fair on cut shad. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

 

 

 

 

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Waterfowl Report for January 23, 2013
 
Duck season is currently open in Zone 2. Goose season is opened statewide. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

 
 NORTHWEST
 
 Canton - Zone 1: Water level is 9.25 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, no flooded vegetation around the lake. Winter wheat around the area is in poor condition. Duck season is closed. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low. Hunter success is unknown. No movement of birds into area since last week. The northwest portion of the lake is dry, and the only usable boat ramp is at the Canadian Campground day use area.

 
 Ft. Supply - Zone 1: Water level is 2.05 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, very little native food available around the lake as most of the sloughs are dry. Local wheat is in poor condition. Duck season is closed. Goose numbers are good, mostly Canadas. Hunter activity is fair and success is low. Goose numbers have remained good during January. The WMA portion of the lake is currently surrounded by approximately 50 yards or more of open shoreline.

 

SOUTHWEST
 
 
Hackberry - Zone 2: Lake elevation is extremely low. Habitat conditions are very poor. All of Hackberry Flat wetland units are dry. Hackberry Flat WRP reservoir has approximately .25 acre of water. No reports on hunting activity or success.

 


 NORTHEAST
 
Copan - Zone 2: Water level is 3.5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are good, just need water. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low and success is poor. No new bird movement.

 

Eufaula - Zone 2: Water level is 5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor at current lake level. Very little farming in the area. Duck numbers are poor. Goose numbers are low, with local resident birds present. Hunter activity is low and success is unknown. No recent bird movement observed. Native vegetation and Japanese millet from the millet program are excellent and plentiful, but not inundated at current lake level. At present the lake continues to fall slowly with no inflows.

 

Fort Gibson - Zone 2: Water level is .37 ft. below normal. Habitat conditions are fair to good, smartweed, barnyard grass, and some agricultural crops in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is slow.

 
 Hulah - Zone 2: Water level is 6 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Harvested soybeans are good and wheat is fair. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low. No new bird movement.

 

Kaw - Zone 2: Water level is 1 foot below normal. Habitat conditions are good, with Japanese millet, smartweed and good quantities of native food present. Duck and goose numbers are fair. Hunter activity is moderate and success is fair. Bird movement is moderate.


 Keystone - Zone 2: Water level is 4.6 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor to fair. Almost all sloughs and potholes are dry due to extreme drought conditions. Cottonwood WDU is 90 percent full, with excellent food conditions in the majority of the units. Duck and goose numbers are fair. Hunting activity and success is fair.
 
 Oologah - Zone 2: Water level is 4.24 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor at current lake level. Duck numbers are poor with some mallards, gadwalls and ring-necks. Goose numbers are poor, with resident Canadas and migrants present. Hunting activity and success is poor.

 

Sooner - Zone 2: Water level is 1.5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Duck and goose numbers are good. Hunter activity is moderate during the week and high on weekends. Hunter success is fair.

 

Webbers Falls - Zone 2: Water level is 2.75 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are fair to good with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and winter wheat in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is slow. Bird movement is slow.

 

SOUTHEAST
 
Hugo - Zone 2: Water level is very low. MS1 unit water is low and food is fair. Sawyer unit dry and food is in fair condition. Duck numbers are low. 500 snow geese are present. Hunter activity is low and success is poor. No bird movement.

 

Red Slough - Zone 2: Wetlands are mostly dry. Plenty of wild forage is present but need water. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low. No new bird movement.

 

Wister - Zone 2: Water level is 1 foot below normal. At current lake level habitat conditions are poor. Duck numbers are low. Few geese are present. Hunter activity is high and success is poor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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