February 01, 2012

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Fishing Report For February 1, 2012

NORTHEAST

Birch: January 30. All fishing slow. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Eucha: January 31. Elevation slightly below normal, water 45 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows at 14 – 16 ft. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: January 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 39 and clear. Catfish fair on cut bait and goldfish drifting in the main channel south of HWY 51 Bridge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. Black bass good on warm days using crankbaits and jig and pig combinations at 5ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Greenleaf: January 30. Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and dipped baits along shoreline, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait in creek channels and at the spillway. Crappie good on minnows and yellow, green, and red jigs at the fishing dock and around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: January 30. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in heated docks and over brush. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Kaw: January 31. Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. Crappie good on 2 in. black and green jigs and minnows at 20 - 25 ft. around brush piles that have been placed close to natural structure such as drop-offs and riprap from the upper Arkansas river to the dam. Blue catfish fair on juglines using cut gizzard shad at 5 - 30 ft. in the upper portion of the lake in river channels. Trotlines using cut gizzard shad are also effective. Fishing below the dam is slow. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Lower Illinois River: January 29. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stinkbaits at 1-3 ft. in coves towards the mouth of the river. Striped bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on the bottom along all of the river. Trout excellent on flies on surface, rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and Power Bait on bottom by the dam and Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.  

Oologah: January 29. Elevation ½ ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 12-18 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Pawhuska: January 30. Elevation below normal, water 40 and clear. Trout good on Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Skiatook: January 31. Elevation 13 ½ ft. below normal and clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: January 30. Fishing slow in the discharge. Hybrid striped bass fair on shad and slabs in lake and good on the north end of the dam. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: January 31. Elevation slightly above normal, water 46 and dingy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Webbers Falls: January 30. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits around rip rap, creek channels, and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait drifting on bottom and across mud flats. Crappie good on minnows and black and purple jigs around bridges and brush structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: January 29. Elevation 11 ½ ft. below normal and clear. Channel catfish good on cut and stinkbait in river channel. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the dam.  Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: January 29. Elevation 2 ft. below normal and clear. Crappie fair on jigs by gate tower. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Lake of the Arbuckles: January 29.  Elevation 3 4/5 ft. below normal, water 47 and stained. Bass hitting jigs, jerkbaits, and Alabama rigs. Crappie and White bass hitting CC spoons along creek channel bends at 35-55 ft. Crappie slow off of docks but hitting Chartruese jigs over deep brushpiles. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: January 30. Elevation normal, water 42 and murky. Trout good on garlic scented Power Bait, in-line spinners, and meal worms. Fly-fishing good on wooly buggers, elk hair caddis flies, soft-hackle pheasant tails, and emergers. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait around structure in larger pools. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow. January 29. 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.

Eufala: January 30. Elevation ½ ft. above normal. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad on flats and in creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in standing timber, on docks over brush, and in rocky areas at 12-20 ft. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: January 29. Elevation normal, water 51. Crappie fair on minnows. Catfish fair on cutbait. Crappie good on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: January 28. Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around points and in the discharge canal. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

McGee Creek: January 29. Elevation 5 ½ ft. above normal, water 49 and murky. Black bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig-and-pigs at 6-20 ft. Crappie fair around cedar brush and just off of main creek channels at 10-20 ft. Channel catfish fair to good on liver and stinkbait in upper creek channels where fresh water is coming in. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: January 29. Elevation below normal and murky. Bass and Crappie good in the deepest water. Catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: January 31. Elevation normal, water 45 and murky. Catfish fair on shad and cut bait in main river channels. Crappie fair on minnows at 10 – 12 ft. around submerged brush piles by Little Sans Bois Creek. Report Submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.  

Sardis: January 29. Elevation 6 in. above normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swim baits. Channel catfish and Blue catfish good on cut bait and dipped minnows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 9- 14 ft. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: January 29. Elevation ½ ft. below normal, water 50 and murky to the north and clear to the south. Largemouth bass and Smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. around points and drop-offs. Striped bass and White bass fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassyshad at 15-20 ft. from Alberta Creek to the south and west. Channel catfish and Blue catfish fair to good on live bait and stinkbait at 10-15 ft. from Platter Flats to the north. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. in Kansas and Widowmoore Creeks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: January 30. Elevation normal and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair to good on cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Foss: January 25. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 40’s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on dark colored slabs in deep water. Walleye fair on live bait. Catfish fair on stinkbait. Crappie slow. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.  


 


 


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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