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FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 11, 2008
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: Elevation normal, water upper 30s and stained. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 20-30 ft. A few hybrids are being caught suspended in open water at 25-30 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait at 30-40 ft. in main channels. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Copan Lake: Elevation 6-8 in. above normal. Crappie fair at 8-12 ft. near submerged structure in the lake. Crappie fishing near lake side of dam is slow due to the release of water. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.


Eucha: Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal, water 43 and dingy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 16-18 ft. Largemouth fair on jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water 37 and murky. Catfish good on cut bait and shad at river drop-off points in the upper end of the river. Crappie good on jigs and minnows at 15-20 ft. around docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in creek channels and brush structure. Catfish fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in upper creek channel at the spillway. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs at fishing dock and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hulah Lake: Water level slightly above normal. Crappie slow near lake side of dam due to the release of water. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.


Keystone: Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits, jigs and chunkbaits at 10-18 ft. in main lake pockets with steep banks. Smallmouth bass fair on jerk baits, jigs and chunkbaits at 10-18 ft. at points and secondary points in Salt Creek area. Spotted bass fair on jerk baits, jigs and chunkbaits at 10-18 ft. around main lake bluffs. White bass fair on minnows and jigging spoons at 15-25 ft. at mouths of deep creeks near river channel. Striped bass good on bucktails and jerk baits at 3-6 ft. below dam. Channel catfish fair on chicken livers and worms at 8-15 ft. in creeks with recent rain run-off. Blue catfish fair on cut shad and worms at 12-20 ft. in riprap and around bluffs. Crappie fair on pumpkin and chartreuse jigs and minnows at 12-25 ft. at docks and ledges along main lake bluffs. Walleye slow on large shiners at 4-8 ft. in downstream holes below dam to Riverside Drive. Saugeye slow on small jigs tipped with minnows at 4-8 ft. in downstream holes below dam to Riverside Drive. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Oologah: Elevation 1 ft above normal and falling, water mid 40s to near 50 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on shad at 20-25 ft. drifting flats near the river channel. Walleye and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Pawhuska Lake: Elevation above below normal, water upper 30s and clear. Trout fair on power bait. Also fair casting chartreuse and yellow super dupers, spoons and roostertails in 5-15 ft. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: Fishing fair to good on ghost minnows and sassy shad and on topwater lures in the evening. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: Elevation 2/5 ft. above normal, water 43 and dingy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth fair on jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits near riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on cut baits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-16 ft. around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle
: Elevation 1 1/5 ft. below normal, water 44 and stained. Crappie good at brush piles near dam. Sand bass fair on spoons at 25 ft. Bass fair on Carolina rigs, jigging spoons & jigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Bass slow on minnows and flies. Catfish fair on liver and worms. Trout good on power baits, super dupers, roostertails and mealworms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spoons and jig and pig around rocky points and structure. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with shad. Crappie fair to good around structure in the upper end of the lake on minnows and jigs. Walleye fair on deep-running crankbaits. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad in deep flats adjacent to deeper creek channels. Crappie fair at 10-20 ft. in riprap at boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. along points and weed beds. White bass and hybrid striped bass good on minnows, jigs and trolling crankbaits at 10-12 ft. along points and roadbeds. Report submitted by Darrell Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 10 inches below normal, 47 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig and pig at 16-30 ft. over submerged humps. Crappie fair on minnows at 16-25 ft. over cedar brush. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on red shad-colored soft plastics. Crappie fair on minnows. Catfish fair on beef blood magic bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation below normal, water 48 and stained. Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits and jigs at 6-8 ft. and fishing the rock and woody structure next to deeper water. Crappie fair on minnows at 10 ft. in the old creek channels of Big Sans Bois, Dirty and Sallisaw creeks. White bass slow on jigs at 10 ft. below Webbers Falls dam. Blue catfish good at 6-12 ft. on fresh cut bait along the windy shorelines. Walleye and sauger fair on jigs and minnows off the bottom on the east side of Webbers Falls dam. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis Lake: Elevation normal. Bass good on plastics on flats and points especially on warmer afternoons. Catfish good on jugs using cut bait on flats near creek channels at 20-35 ft. Crappie excellent on tower using minnows suspended from bottom and jigs. Walleye slow. White bass good on spoons on flats and points. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 47 and clear. Striped bass fair on live bait at 10-20 ft. in the coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on live bait at 10-15 ft. north of the Hwy 70 Bridge. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-10 ft. around underwater brush areas. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 43 and stained. Catfish fair on cut shad and flip flops at 40-70 ft. Crappie fair on tube jigs at 25 ft. around brush and at docks. Sunfish good on night crawlers at 15-20 ft. around docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Wister: Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below dam in the old river channel. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad below dam and juglines with liver in the lake. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 5 22/31 ft. below normal and rising. Crappies poor to fair. Walleye poor to fair. Trout very good on corn in river. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.


Ellsworth: Elevation above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at Ralph’s resort. Catfish fair on cut baits. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and falling. Crappie slow to fair around marina and boat slips. Catfish slow to fair on cut baits. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Foss: Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. Crappie fair around ramps and docks with baby shad jigs. Hybrid striped bass slow on slabs. Walleye slow. Catfish fair. Report submitted By Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs off the dam in deep water. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
 
WATERFOWL REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 14, 2008


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NORTHWEST

 Ft. Supply: Lake level is 0.54 ft above normal. Habitat conditions around the lake are poor to fair. Local wheat crops in the area range from good to poor condition. Duck numbers are good, with mostly divers. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting activity is low, with no reports of success. Bird movement in the area has been low, but should increase with forecasted cold fronts.
 
SOUTHWEST


Ft. Cobb: Lake level is 1.2 ft. above normal. Habitat condition is poor, very little to no flooded vegetation around the lake. Winter wheat is good in the area. Goose numbers are good. Hunting activity and success is fair.
 
Hackberry: Refuge reservoir is approximately 4 to 5 foot below conservation pool, with around 600 acres of wetland units flooded. Habitat conditions are fair. Goose numbers are fair. Hunter activity is moderate, with fair success. No significant bird movement in the area. Hackberry Flat Waterfowl Refuge Portion is closed to all activity from October 15 to January 31.

Mtn. Park: Lake level is 1.16 ft. below normal. Habitat condition is poor. Winter wheat is poor on the Wildlife Management Area. Wetland Development Units are flooded and still have some food left. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity and success is low.


NORTHEAST


Copan: Lake level is 1.21 ft. above normal. Habitat condition is fair. Flooded native plants on wetland units are in fair condition, with cornfields on the Wildlife Management Area in good condition. Plenty of flooded vegetation present to hold birds. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is light, with poor success. Most birds have been seen in the upper end of the lake using the moist soil units, very few birds seen.
 
Eufaula: Lake level is 1.13 ft. below normal. Current habitat condition is very poor. Very little farming in the area. No geese were observed. No bird movement has been observed in the past few days.
 
Ft. Gibson: Lake level is 3.5 ft. above normal. Habitat condition is fair. Due to the extreme high water throughout summer and early fall the vegetation is in poor shape. There are some agricultural crops in the area. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low, with low success.

Hulah: Lake level is 0.35 ft. above normal. Lake level is not flooding terrestrial vegetation. Wetland Development Unit is three-quarters full with flooded vegetation. Wheat is coming up in various agricultural fields around the area. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low, with poor success.


Kaw: Lake level is 0.93 ft. above normal. Habitat condition is poor. Most food for waterfowl in the area has been depleted. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low, with poor success. Bird movement has been slow.
 
Keystone: Lake level is normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with almost no food available due to prolonged summer flooding on the lake. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low. Hunters using the area this year should be prepared for very deep mud. Caution should be taken, especially if hunting alone.


Oologah: Lake level is .02 ft. above normal. Current habitat conditions are poor to fair. No flooded millet or native vegetation on the lake. Ag fields have not been re-planted due to flood conditions this summer, and most are inaccessible or in poor condition due to ice storm. Goose numbers are poor. Giant Canadians have been seen flying through the area and on private land. Hunter activity and success is unknown. There is significant ice storm damage to the Wildlife Management Area and to the Wetland Development Units. Most if not all roads are inaccessible within the Wildlife Management Area. Hunter’s should contact the Army Corp of Engineer’s Office at Oologah to see if boat ramps are clear or open to access the lake. Both units of the Upper Verdigris Wetland Development Unit are 90 percent capacity. Contact the area biologist for information.
 
Sooner: Lake level is near average. Habitat conditions are poor, with winter wheat around the area also in poor condition. Goose numbers are low.
 
Webbers Falls: Lake level is 3.35 ft. above normal. Habitat condition is fair, with smartweed, barnyardgrass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and wheat in the area. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low, with low success.


SOUTHEAST
 
Grassy Slough: Water level is 70 percent full. Habitat condition is good. Goose numbers are low. No bird movement has been monitored in the area.
 
Red Slough: Water level is 85 percent full. Habitat condition is excellent, with plenty of wild forage. Goose numbers are low.


Texoma: Lake level is 1.11 ft. below normal. Due to high water levels that persisted throughout the growing season, no millet and very little native food is available. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low, with low success.

 

Wintertime Striper Fishing

First Big Striper of 2008

 

Introducing Angella: She is an avid fisherperson and fishes year round, Angella's favorite is Lake Eufaula and the Lower Illinois River. She is like Okiefish, where ever her travels take her, she fishes. This picture from a trip to Cozumel, Mexico. When the fish are biting and where ever, you'll most likely find Angella close by.

 

 

 

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