Fishing Report for February 15, 2012
Eucha: February 14. Elevation slightly above normal, water 43 and clear.
Crappie fair on jigs and minnows at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure.
Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore,
City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: February 12. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 45 and clear.
Catfish good on garlic little smokies and shad drifting the main river
channel north and south of Hwy 51 Bridge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs
at 20-25 ft. in brush under docks and around structure. Largemouth bass good
on crankbaits and at 5-15 ft. in the back of the coves during the warm
periods. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Greenleaf: February 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair
on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs-and-worms along shorelines, creek
channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait at the spillway
and creek channels in the upper end. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in
green, yellow and red around brush structure and fishing docks. Report
submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Kaw: February 13. Elevation 3 ft. above normal. Fishing slow. Paddlefish not
below the dam yet. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in
Lower Illinois: February 13. Striped bass fair on jigs at 1-4 ft. at the
mouth of the river. Striped bass hybrids slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. at the
mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait all along the river.
Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-3 ft. and on
Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D.
Tracy, Town of Gore.
Sooner: February 14. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows,
shad, and sassy shad in discharge. Fishing in the lake is fair on slabs and
live shad towards the dam. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug
Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: February 14. Elevation slightly above normal, water 43 and
slightly dingy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area.
Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City
Webbers Falls: February 13. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass
fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits around brush structure and riprap.
Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie good on
minnows and jigs in purple and black around brush structure and bridges.
Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Ft. Supply: February 13. Elevation normal. Crappie fair jigging at the gate
tower. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in
Arbuckle: February 12. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 49-52 and
stained. Largemouth bass being caught on crankbaits, Alabama rigs, jerk
baits and jigs. Crappie good at 25 ft. around brush piles and docks in the
early morning. White bass being caught on spoons off deep points and on warm
afternoons in the shallows. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: February 14. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Trout good on
garlic scented Power Bait, in-line spinnerbaits, and salmon eggs.
Fly-fishing good on brown wooly buggers, caddis flies, and emergers. Channel
catfish fair on stinkbait around current in deeper holes. Report submitted
by Matt Gamble, Fisheries Biologist at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting
Broken Bow: February 12. Elevation normal. Largemouth, smallmouth and
spotted bass good on jig-and-pig black #11 around structure. Walleye being
caught on rogues and grubs in the upper end of the lake; they are starting
to run up river. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in
Eufaula: February 12. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear.
Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad on
the flats. Crappie fair at 8-20 ft. along riprap, boat docks with brush and
standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in
Hugo: February 12. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 51. All fishing slow.
Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan
Konawa: February 12. Elevation normal, water 40 and clear. Largemouth bass
fair on crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around points and the discharge canal. All
other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed
in Seminole County.
McGee Creek: February 12. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 48 and
clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig-and-pigs at 6-20
ft. Crappie fair around cedar brush at 10-20 ft. just off of main creek
channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka
Pine Creek: February 12. Elevation below normal, water murky. Bass and
crappie good on spoons in deeper water. Catfish fair on cut shad. Report
submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Sardis: February 10. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on
spinnerbaits, crankbaits and swim baits at 2-16 ft. Channel and blue catfish
good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-14
ft. Walleye fair to good trolling at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane
Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: February 12. Elevation normal, water 50 and mostly clear. Largemouth
and smallmouth bass fair to good on large plastic worms and deep diving
crankbaits at 10-15 ft. off the deep points. Striped bass and white bass
fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad at 10-20 ft. from Alberta
Creek to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and
stinkbait at 15-20 ft. from Catfish Bay north to the Washita River. Crappie
fair on minnows and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. in Glasses, Kansas and
Widowmoore creeks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report
submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: February 12. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie
fair to good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass slow to fair
on black 6-inch plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair to
good on juglines baited with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy
Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Altus-Lugert: February 12. Elevation 27 ft. below normal and steady.
Crappie, striped bass hybrids and walleye being caught off Hicks Mountain at
20 ft. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.
Foss: February 8. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water. Walleye
fair on live bait in deep water. Crappie slow. Catfish slow. Report
submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Oklahoma Spoonbill Fishing
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
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.