FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 11,
Draper: Elevation normal and
clear; crappie fair on jigs and minnows 7-9 ft. off fishing docks; try for
walleye on windy days off dam with jigs. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff,
game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Hefner: Elevation normal, water
43 and murky. White bass good on jigs and grubs. Channel and blue catfish
good on cut shad around the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 30 ft.
around the dam. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in
Thunderbird: Elevation 1/2 ft.
below normal and clear. Crappie fair to good on small minnows and jigs 8-10
ft around structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden
stationed in Cleveland County.
Bell Cow: Elevation below
normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons,
game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: Elevation normal.
Crappie fair on chartreuse/black jigs at 20-25 ft. Report submitted by
Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Ft. Gibson: Elevation normal,
water clear. Crappie good on electric chicken jigs and minnows at 15 to 25
ft. under the docks and in structure. Catfish good on cut bait and shad
heads in the main channel. Largemouth bass starting to bite on crankbaits
and jig and pig combinations in deep holes around structure. Report
submitted by Rick Stafford with
Grand: Upper end: Elevation
normal, water 42-52 and clear. Largemouth bass good on minnows, chrome
rattletraps and jigs at 12-20 ft. Smallmouth bass fair in upper rivers.
White bass good on grubs in chartreuse glitter, pearl white and pink/white
at 4-6 ft. in the upper end of Elk River. Channel catfish good on shad and
shad guts at 60 ft. around rock bluffs and main channel. Crappie good on
minnows, shiners, rosy reds and grandpa's jigs in pink/chartreuse at 20 ft.
Paddlefish excellent at 35-60 ft. in the Grand River channel. Report
submitted by Grand Lake Sport's Center.
Greenleaf: Elevation normal,
water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, bill baits, jig and worms
in creek channels, rocky points and along the shoreline. Catfish fair on
fresh cut baits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 18-22 ft. at
fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game
warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Kaw: Crappie good on 1/16 ounce
tube jigs and minnows at 18-22 ft. around brush piles in the Washunga Bay
area. Blue catfish fair on trotlines and juglines with fresh cut shad in the
upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden
stationed in Grant and Kay counties.
Lower Illinois: Elevation
normal, water 55 and clear. Channel catfish fair on cut bait on bottom from
Gore Landing to the mouth of the river. Trout excellent on flies on the
surface, on rooster tails at 2 ft. and on power bait on the bottom at
Watt's, the dam and river access by Gore Landing. Fly-fishing excellent at
Watt's. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
Oologah: Elevation 1/2 ft.
above normal, water upper 40's to lower 50's and murky. Crappie fair on jigs
and minnows around brush piles at15-18 ft. White bass and crappie fair on
jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in
Pawhuska Lake: Elevation 8 ft.
below normal, water 40 and clear. Trout excellent on pink/white power bait
with 16 inch leaders and fair on rooster tails and other in-line
spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in
Skiatook: Elevation 1 1/2 ft.
below normal, water low 40's and clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 20 ft.
over brush piles. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in
Osage County. For more information about Skiatook Lake
Sooner: White bass and striped
bass hybrids fair on slabs and live shad in the lake. Report submitted by
Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Webbers Falls:. Elevation
normal, water murky. Largemouth fair on bill baits and spinnerbaits along
riprap, creek channels and rocky points. Catfish fair on fresh cut baits on
bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 16-20 ft. around brush
structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in
Canton: Elevation 1 ft. above
normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs near brush along dam and Canadian
area. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine
Ft. Supply: Elevation normal,
water clear. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam. Walleye
fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam and below the dam. Report
submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
Arbuckle: Lake down 4 1/2 ft.,
water 46 on main lake and clear to stained from algae bloom. Bass fishing
fair to good on swim baits, crankbaits and brown jigs. White bass fair on
spoons on main lake drop-offs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: Elevation below
normal, water 40 and clear. Trout fair on powerbait, super dupers,
mealworms, and in-line spinners. Flyfishing good on red midges, egg
patterns, soft hackle pheasant tails, and woolly buggers. Black bass slow
on soft plastics and small crankbaits. Catfish slow on stinkbait and
chicken liver. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River
Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: February 9.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on jigs around structure in deeper
water. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Look for walleye
starting to run when water temperatures reach 45 degrees in the upper end on
rouges and crawdad colored grubs. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden
stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: Elevation 1/2 ft.
below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. in
riprap at I-40 and boat docks baited with brush. Report submitted by Ed
Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Konawa: Elevation normal, water
45 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 5-8 ft. in cattails.
Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork River:
February 5. Trout good on small soft hackled flies and midges. In Zone 2 a
streamer, shad have been coming through the power house. Dry fly action has
been really good at times using a small adams or blue winged olive. Some
March Brown Mayflies have begun to hatch. Report submitted by Beavers Bend
McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ft.
below normal, 48 degrees, and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic
lures and jig and pigs fished slowly at 20-30 ft. over underwater structure.
Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation
normal, murky and 48 degrees. Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits and jigs
at 8-10 ft. along riprap jetties and rocky areas. Crappie fair to good on
minnows at 10 ft. around the edges of the old creek channels or drift
fishing in the middle of the old channels. Blue catfish good on fresh cut
shad at 20-30 ft. in the old Arkansas River channel. Report submitted by
Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis Lake: Bass fair to good
on crankbaits around points and creek channels and on spinnerbaits around
cover, warmer afternoons best. Crappie excellent on minnows off of Jack Fork
Bridge, on live minnows off of tower and on pink grubs or green and black
around brush piles. Flathead catfish slow on jugs or trotlines with live
bait. Blue and channel catfish fair on jugs and trotlines with cut bait or
shrimp. White bass fair trolling around islands and on plugs. Walleye fair
trolling around islands and on deep diving plugs around riprap. Report
submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: Elevation normal, water
47 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good around riprap.
Striped and white bass fair to good south part of lake. Channel and blue
catfish fair to good from Catfish Bay north. Crappie fair to good around
underwater brush. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in
Wister: Elevation 1/2 ft. above
normal, water murky. Largemouth bass slow to fair on dark plastic baits
around points and drop-offs. Crappie slow to fair with small spinnerbaits
and jigs around brush piles and slow to fair on minnows below the dam area.
Channel catfish slow to fair on juglines with on cut shad and liver. Report
submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 9 ft.
below normal and rising very slowly. Crappie fair. Trout in river fair.
Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
Ellsworth: Elevation 3 ft.
below normal. crappie good on jigs and minnows at Ralph's Resort around the
boathouses. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/3 ft.
above normal. Crappie slow on jigs around marina. Saugeye slow to fair along
east end of dam. Catfish slow to fair on cut baits. Report submitted by
James L. Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Lawtonka: Elevation 2ft. below
normal. Crappie good on jigs and power bait at the dam. Report submitted by
Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Tom Steed: Crappie fair on
minnows and jigs at 20 ft. near the dam. Report submitted by David Smith,
game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: Elevation slightly
below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut baits. Report submitted
by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Cotton County.
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.