FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 16, 2011
February 13. Elevation 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 14. Elevation normal. Crappie fair to good on minnows and
jigs at heated boat docks. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden
stationed in Mayes County.
February 13. Elevation slightly above 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
Arbuckle: February 12. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 39 and clear.
White bass being caught on swim baits and jigging spoons mid-lake. Crappie
being caught on chartreuse jigs and small jigging spoons at 45-55 ft. along
bluff ledges. Bass slow. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Bow: February 13. 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.
February 12. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 43. Crappie fair on minnows
and jigs along the river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game
warden stationed in Choctaw County.
Konawa: February 15. Elevation normal, water 39 and clear. Largemouth bass
fair on crankbaits at 5-10 ft. along dam and points. Report submitted by
Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Creek: February 13. 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 at 18-30 ft. around structure and off rocky points. Report
submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Creek: February 13. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on jigs
fished near flooded timber. Crappie fair on minnows in brush piles. Catfish
good on trotlines baited with chicken liver. Report submitted by Mark
Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Sardis: February 13. 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 13. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 42 and clear.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on jigs at 10-20 ft. around the points.
Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 20-30 ft.
in the river channels and humps. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad
and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. Catfish Bay to the Washita River. Crappie fair on
small minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush in the creek
channels. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted
by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: February 13. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth
bass fair on dark colored jig and pic 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, liver and night crawlers. Report submitted by
Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
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.