The Official and
Unofficial OkieFish Fishing Reports
FISHING REPORT FOR APRIL 15, 2009
Draper: Elevation normal and murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs
off fishing docks. Largemouth bass fair to good on tandem spinnerbaits in
coves with structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden
stationed in Cleveland County.
Overholser: Elevation normal, water murky. White bass and striped bass
hybrids fair on grubs, crawdads, minnows and jigs along windy shorelines and
below the dam. Flathead catfish fair on cut baits and shad along the
shoreline. Report submitted by Ron Comer, game warden stationed in Canadian
Thunderbird: Elevation normal and muddy. Crappie good on small minnows and
jigs at 3-6 ft. around structure. Crappie are beginning to move up into
shallower water in evenings. Largemouth bass fair on tandem spinnerbaits in
shallow coves on structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait
off points. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in
Wes Watkins: Water 54-61 and very murky, many of the feed-in creeks are very
muddy. White bass fair to good trolling crankbaits at 8 ft. Crappie fair on
minnows and jigs around brush structures in shallow water. Catfish fair to
good on chicken liver, bait shrimp, minnows, worms and various stinkbaits.
Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits, rattletraps, purple worms and
other soft plastic lures in shallow water, some action in late afternoon as
water warms up. Report submitted by M. Fowler.
Bell Cow: Elevation below normal, water murky. Channel catfish fair on
doughbaits and minnows. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Gary
Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: Water 54 and stained. Channel catfish fair on worms and livers below
the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-4 ft. off the bank. Report
submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Carl Blackwell: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 55 and stained. Crappie
good at 10-12 ft. and starting to move in. Saugeye fair trolling with
crankbaits. Catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait. Report submitted by Jon
Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
Chandler: Elevation below normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair cut
bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons,
game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: Elevation normal and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-14
ft. near submerged structure. Channel catfish fair on worms and stinkbait
below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 54 and murky. This is the
week we have been waiting for white bass are exploding at the mouth of all
the creeks and in the main river. Paddlefish are loading up around the low
water area and the main river from Mission Bend North. White Bass are biting
on white grubs, rooster tails and jigs. Crappie are moving into the shallow
water and brush piles all over the lake and biting real good on minnows and
jigs. Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jig and pig
combinations in shallow water along the banks. The rain earlier in the week
will trigger all the catfish to start biting so rig up with some night
crawlers, cut shad and garlic hot dog wieners. Fish the creek and river
mouths that connect to the lake on the bottom and tight line for some great
action this week. Report submitted by Rick Stafford with
Grand: Upper end: Elevation slightly above normal, water 46-58 and murky to
muddy. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and jigs at 10-12 ft. White bass
fair on chartreuse grubs, pearl white grubs and white rooster tails in upper
rivers. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on shad, goldfish, brooders
and night crawlers at 15-30 ft and on secret seven dip bait up rivers and
around log jams. Crappie good on Grandpa's jigs, minnows, tube skirts and
Bobby Garland's in blue and pink at 18-22 ft.; spawn is near, blood forming
on eggs. Paddlefish excellent in Neosho and Spring Rivers. Report submitted
by Grand Lake Sport's Center.
Greenleaf: Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits,
spinnerbaits, beavertail worms watermelon colored. Catfish good on fresh cut
bait on bottom. Crappie good on jigs with red head and yellow tail. Report
submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Hudson: Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on
crankbaits and plastic baits. White bass good on small lures and minnows in
the upper end of the lake and mouths of creeks. Crappie fair to good on
minnows and jigs around brush pile areas. Paddlefish good in the upper end
of the lake. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in
Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: Elevation above normal and murky. Channel and blue catfish good below
the dam on cut shad and stinkbait. Crappie fair near structure at 10-14 ft.
Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington
Kaw: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 53 and muddy. Blue catfish good on
cut shad in the Coon Creek and Washunga Bay areas on juglines with cut shad.
Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-12 ft. in Bear, Wolf and Beaver
creeks. Paddlefish snagging remains slow below the dam. Significant rain and
water releases should improve the fishing dramatically. Report submitted by
Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.
Lower Illinois: Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass fair
on stinkbait at 1-3 ft. Striped bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. in the mouth of
the river. Trout excellent on rooster tails at 1-2 ft., on power bait on
bottom and on flies along the surface. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of
Oologah: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water in lower 50's and muddy.
Crappie fair in creek channels on jigs at 10 ft. around standing timber and
around brush piles. White bass fair on jigs in creeks running into the lake.
Crappie, white bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs below the dam.
Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Skiatook: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water 50 and muddy. Largemouth
bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass fair on spinnerbaits
off of windy shorelines. Striped bass hybrids fair on spinnerbaits off of
windy shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along creek channels.
Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Webbers Falls: Elevation 2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass fair on
crankbaits and spinnerbaits in creek channels. Catfish good on cut bait on
bottom. Crappie good on minnows or purple colored jigs around brush
structure, bridges and jetties. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden
stationed in Muskogee County.
Canton: Elevation 1/2 ft above normal. Walleye good along dam after sundown
on jigs and crankbaits. White bass good in upper end of lake. Striped bass
hybrids good from beach to Longdale landing on crawdads and night crawlers.
Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: Elevation normal and clear. White bass fair on jigs,
spinnerbaits and minnows. Walleye fair on minnows below the dam and along
the shoreline. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed
in Woodward County.
Arbuckle: Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 57 and stained with algae
bloom and high winds. Crappie fishing off docks and marked brush piles using
jigs and minnows. White bass scattered, some in shallows in upper creek
arms. Bass hitting lizards, rattletraps, crankbaits along channels and swim
baits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: Elevation below normal, water 56 and clear. Trout slow on
spinnerbaits and power bait. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft
plastics and small, shallow diving crankbaits. Channel catfish excellent on
minnows, worms, and chicken liver Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist
at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: Elevation rising, water high 50s. Largemouth and smallmouth bass
good around structure. Spotted bass starting to school, being caught on
buzzbaits early and late. White bass fair on yellow rooster tails and
chartreuse grubs with 5 inch troll tails and 1/4 ounce lead heads, still
running up Mountain Fork River. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden
stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water stained. Largemouth bass good
on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in shallow rocky areas. White bass good on
jigs below the dam when water is running. Blue catfish fair on shad along
shallow flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-5 ft. along banks.
Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and water 57. Crappie good on minnows and
jigs at 4-6 ft. preceding the cold fronts. Largemouth bass fair around the
button brush. Catfish fair on cut bait along the river channel. Report
submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on
plastic worms at 3-5 ft. along cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids
fair on jigs and shad at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by
Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork River: We had some great reports from zone 3 (the area
below the Re-Regulation Dam down to Presbyterian Falls). Zone 2 continues to
be the most challenging area to fish. The fish are there, but they are
stream wise "holdovers". That area is not stocked often. Best flies seem to
be very small dry flies or soft hackles. Today, three folks told me that
last evening (Tue, April 7) they witnessed the most prolific hatch they had
ever seen. One man said it looked like a "snowstorm", "everything was
hatching" seems as though at least a couple of species of each insect was
represented in this hatch. This occurred in the Evening Hole section of the
river. Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.
McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, 59 degrees and clear. Largemouth
bass fair to good on spinnerbaits at 4-7 ft. in standing timber in the upper
end of lake. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka
Murray: Elevation below normal, water clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass
good on various baits. White bass good trolling minnows and jigs and at
night around structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted
by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: Elevation normal and murky. Bass have slowed down but can still
be caught on soft plastics by slowly rolling them across the bottom. Crappie
good on blue/white jigs and minnows at 10 ft. Catfish good on cut shad.
Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Sardis Lake: Elevation normal. Bass good in grass beds or shallows at 1-5
ft. deep on chatter bait, spinnerbaits and plugs also good on watermelon
lizards. 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 fair on juglines or trotlines with shad. Blue and
channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with cut bait, shrimp or
shad. White bass good on grubs, starting run when flows increase from rains
in creeks. Walleye fair trolling rattletraps around islands. Report
submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: Elevation normal, water 58 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass
fair to good on combination baits around the riprap. Striped and white bass
fair to good on live bait and sassy shad from Platter Flats south. Channel
and blue catfish fair to good on cut baits and worms from the Highway 70
Bridge north. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs around areas with
underwater brush. Paddlefish fair to good below the dam. Report submitted by
Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: Elevation 5 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on dark
plastics and spinnerbaits at points and drop-offs. White bass good on white
roadrunners and rattletraps, upper Poteau River below dam area. Crappie good
with small spinnerbaits and pink jigs around brush piles, on minnows and
pink jigs below dam area. Channel catfish good on cut shad and liver with
juglines baited with red worms below dam area. Report submitted by Randy
Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 7 ft. below normal and rising very slowly. Crappie
fair to good. Striped bass hybrids and walleye fair to good. Report
submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
Foss: Elevation normal, water 52 and clear, gates closed. Crappie fair
around enclosed fish house. White bass fair. Catfish fair. Report submitted
by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal and steady. Catfish slow to fair on
cut baits. Largemouth bass slow to fair. Report submitted by James L.
Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Tom Steed: White bass and striped bass fair on minnows off points. Crappie
fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 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
juglines with live bait and cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at
Coral, Wichita Ridge and the marina. 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.