FISHING REPORT FOR JANUARY 30, 2013
Ft. Gibson: January 26. Elevation normal, water clear.
Catfish good on juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish and drifting the
main river channel and open flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15
ft. around docks. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and Sink-O worms at all
depths around structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: January 27. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastics and jigs but should
pickup with warmer weather. Crappie good on Fle Fly jigs in black and
chartreuse around brush piles in the Neosho River. White bass good on bottom
up the Neosho and Spring rivers. Blue catfish excellent on cut shad at 75
ft. on deep ledges in the main river channel. Paddlefish excellent from
Patricia Island all the way to the mouth of Elk River; stay in the main
river channel and you will find them. Report submitted by Rusty Pritchard,
Pritchard's Guide Service.
Greenleaf: January 29. Bass
good on square bill spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie good around brush piles.
Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.
Hudson: January 30. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits
and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the Hwy 20 bridge,
around heated docks and brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland,
game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: January 28. Elevation 1
ft. below normal, water 44. 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 29. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 46. Largemouth
bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Catfish good on cut bait near
channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks and brush piles.
Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: January 28. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth
bass slow on stinkbait at 1-3 ft. around coves and bridges. White bass slow
on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass
slow on trout and shad at 1-5 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 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Trout good fly fishing
the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on bottom from the dam to Gore
Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
Oologah: January 27. Elevation 4 1/4 ft. below normal, water low to mid 40s
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.
Pawhuska: January 30. Trout good on Super Dupers and Power Bait. Report
submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: January 29. White bass and striped bass hybrids
fair on ghost minnows, topwater lures and sassy shad in the discharge early
and late. Catfish fair on cut and live bait around points. Report submitted
by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller: January 28. Elevation 10 1/4 ft. below normal,
water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastic baits. Sunfish fair
on night crawlers at 15-20 ft. around docks. Report by Monte Brooks,
Webbers Falls: January 29. Bass good on spinnerbaits, square bill crankbaits
and jigs with trailers. Catfish good in channels and bends. Report submitted
by Mike's Outdoors.
Canton: January 26. Elevation 9
ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait near Big
Bend. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: January 28. Elevation 3 ft. below normal. White bass fair on
jigs along the dam and intake. Crappie fair on jigs along the dam and the
intake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in
Watonga: January 28. Stocked 710 lbs. of trout on January
17. Report submitted by Jody Laubhan, Byron State Fish Hatchery/Northwest
Arbuckle: January 26. Elevation
6 ft. below normal, water 45 and clear. Crappie slow around docks and fair
on minnows and jigging spoons at 55-60 ft. on mid-lake knolls and drop-offs.
White bass being caught on drop-offs in mid-lake and in coves where gulls
are working. Bass being caught on jerk baits, crankbaits and Alabama rigs.
Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: January 28. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Trout good on
salmon eggs, in-line spinnerbaits and mealworms around structure in current.
Channel catfish good on blood bait, stinkbait and liver in deeper holes
around slow current. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue
River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: January 28.
Elevation 9-10 ft. below normal, water 50. Largemouth, smallmouth and
spotted bass fair to good on jerk baits and crankbaits around structure and
points. Walleye good on rogues, rattletraps and 5-inch twirl-tail grubs with
1/4 ounce jig heads in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Dru
Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: January 27. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. 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 27. 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 28. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 42 and clear.
Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 8-10 ft. around points and fair on
jigs and jigging spoons at 15-20 ft. along creek channels. White bass 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: January 27. 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.
Lower Mountain Fork River: January 25. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately
2,210 rainbow trout. An additional 2, 600 10-inch rainbow trout were stocked
in Zone II. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries
McGee Creek: January 27. Elevation 11 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 cedar brush piles in creek
channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka
Pine Creek: January 27. Elevation below normal, water
clear. Boat ramps have been reopened. Bass good on jerk baits. Crappie good
on jigs. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain
Robber's Cave State Park: January 25. Stocked 385 lbs., approximately 644
rainbow trout. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries
Texoma: January 27. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 50
and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on slow moving
crankbaits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. in creek channels.
Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad at
10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on
live bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to Johnson Creek.
Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. in upper creeks.
Sunfish fair on tube jigs and worms at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report
submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: January 27. Elevation 1/2 ft. above 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
Altus-Lugert: January 27. Elevation 26 3/4 ft. below
normal and rising. Catfish, crappie, walleye and striped bass hybrids fair.
Report submitted by J. D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Harmon County.
Ellsworth: January 27.
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. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in
Foss: January 28. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water low
50s and clear. The main ramp is still open. Striped bass hybrids good on
slabs in deep water near the marina. Walleye fair to good on jigs around
docks. Crappie slow to fair around the marina. Catfish fair. Report
submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Medicine Creek Park: January
23. Trout fair on Gulp Power Bait, in-line spinnerbaits and flies and good
on Super Dupers and small minnows using light line and ultra-light pole.
Report submitted by Larry Cofer, southwest region supervisor.
Waurika: January 28. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water
murky. Blue catfish good on fresh shad at 25-30 ft. near the dam. Report
submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.
To check current
Oklahoma lake conditions across the state go to the Oklahoma Tourism &
Recreation Department's website at
http://www.travelok.com/checkmyoklake/. This website provides
information on blue-green algae, lake updates, water safety tips, etc.
Oklahoma Spoonbill Fishing
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
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
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
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.