February 9, 2011

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FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 9, 2011
 
NORTHEAST
 
Copan: February 6. Elevation slightly below 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.
 
Hudson: February 7. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at heated boat docks. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.
 
Hulah: February 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs deep near submerged structure on the north side of the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Lower Illinois: February 7. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails and super dupers at 1-2 ft. and on power bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Broken Bow: February 6. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on black jig and pig and dark colored jigs along rocky outcroppings and points. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on jigs at 30-35 ft. along structure in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: February 6. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on small minnows and small jigs at 8-20 ft. around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
McGee Creek: February 6. Elevation 20 inches below normal, water 39 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 20-26 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, 18-30 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County
 
Pine Creek: February 7. Elevation below normal, water murky. Bass fair to good on old road beds in the south part of the lake. Catfish good on night crawlers off the old bridge. Crappie fair on minnows. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Sardis: February 6. 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: February 6. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 40 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on jigs at 10-20 ft. around the points. Striped and white bass fair on live bait and slabs at 15-25 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair on live bait and slabs at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to the Washita River. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: February 7. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on dark colored jig and pig around structure. 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 and good on night crawlers. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: February 6. Elevation 15 1/2 ft. below normal and steady. White bass slow to fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Center.
 
Ellsworth: February 6. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie good at Ralph’s Resort on minnows and jigs at 14-24 ft. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
 
Waterfowl Report for February 9, 2011

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NORTHWEST
 
Ft. Supply: Lake level is 0.48 ft above normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low. Lake completely covered with ice and all boat ramps are inaccessible.
 
SOUTHWEST


Ft. Cobb: Lake level is 0.50 ft below normal. Habitat condition is good, with fair winter wheat. Goose numbers are fair to good. Hunter activity is fair, with fair success. Geese using wheat fields all around the area.


Mtn. Park: Lake level is 2.10 ft below normal. Habitat condition is fair. Goose numbers are low. Geese using state park side of lake, with some using southwest side.

NORTHEAST
 
Copan: Lake level is 1.50 ft below normal. Habitat condition is poor, with flooded native plants on units in excellent condition. Goose numbers are low, with mostly Canada’s. Waterfowl numbers continue to decrease with snowy weather.

Eufaula: Lake level is 4.60 ft below normal. Habitat conditions at current lake level are very poor, and farming activity in the area is low. Goose numbers are low. 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 0.25 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are good, with smartweed, barnyard grass and some agricultural crops in the area. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity is moderate, with good success. Good bird movement in the area.

Hulah: Lake level is 1.20 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Goose numbers are moderate. Most birds in the area are using the lake.

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


Oologah: Lake level is 1.44 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor at current lake level. Goose numbers are poor. Most of the lake is covered with ice.

Sooner: Lake level is 3.00 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with winter wheat stressed around lake. Goose numbers are good, with mostly Canada geese. Hunting activity has been low. Geese seem to be concentrating around the lake since most other bodies of water are frozen.

Webber Falls: Lake level is 2.60 ft above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and wheat in the area. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity is moderate, with good success. Good bird movement in the area.

SOUTHEAST


Hugo: Lake level is 2.5 ft below normal. Habitat conditions are poor. A group of 1,500 snow geese were seen in the area. No significant bird movement was observed in the area.

Red Slough: Most units are dry. Units 27A, 27B, 30 & 38 are mostly full. Units 15, 31 & 37 have enough water to make the usable. Habitat conditions are fair. Goose numbers are low. No significant bird movement was observed in the area.

Texoma: Habitat conditions are poor. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is light, with low success. Water levels need to rise before conditions improve.

 


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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