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FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 18, 2009

 

CENTRAL

 

Thunderbird: Elevation normal and clear. Crappie fair to good on small minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. on structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Birch: Elevation normal, water 42 and stained. Crappie fair on chartreuse/black jigs at 15-20 ft. over submerged brush. Blue and channel catfish fair near channels on cut shad and worms. Channel catfish good on worms and minnows below the dam. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal, water 47 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows at 16-18 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on suspended jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

 

Ft. Gibson: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water murky and rising. Catfish excellent on nightcrawlers, hot dogs and shad heads in the mouths of the creeks. Crappie good under the docks at 15-25 ft. on minnows and electric chicken jigs. Report submitted by Rick Stafford with 3riverguideservice.com.

 

Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and beavertail worms. Catfish fair on cut baits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hudson: Elevation 2 ft. above normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Kaw: Channel catfish good on fresh cut shad on bottom between Coon and Bear Creek coves. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 18-22 ft. around brush piles in the Washunga Bay area. Walleye fair on 3/8th-oz. jigs with a 3 or 4-inch sassy-shad-style grub worked slowly along the bottom below the dam during times of water release. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

 

Lower Illinois: Elevation rising, water 49 and clear. Trout excellent on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. at Watt's and the dam and on powerbait on bottom at the river access. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

 

Oologah: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and falling slowly, water upper 40s to low 50s and murky. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush piles at 15-18 ft. White bass fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Pawhuska Lake: Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 40 and clear. Trout excellent on pink or white powerbait with 12 to 16-inch leaders Carolina-rigged and fair on rooster tails and other in-line spinnerbaits with gold blades. Best success has been on the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Sooner: White bass and striped bass fair on slabs and live shad in the lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deep water. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

 

Spavinaw: Elevation slightly above normal, water 47 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

 

Webbers Falls: Elevation below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and beavertail worms. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair around fishing docks at Three Forks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: Elevation normal. Crappie good near brush along dam and Canadian area. Channel catfish fair on shad in river channel. Walleye fair in deep water on nightcrawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

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 Harper County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 50 and stained to clear. Bass fair to good on crankbaits, jerk baits and jigs. White bass good on rattletraps and swim baits under gulls and terns. Crappie good on around brush piles at 12-15 ft. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Blue River: Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Bass slow to fair on minnows and flies. Catfish fair on liver and worms. Trout good on super dupers, rooster tails and powerbaits. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

 

Broken Bow: Water 48-50. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on salt crawls and jig and pig black #11. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut baits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Walleye starting to run up river on rogues at 8-10 ft. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Eufaula: Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. along riprap at I-40, brush piles and under boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: Elevation normal, water 49. Crappie fair off creek channels in 8 ft. of water around brush. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

 

Konawa: Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at 5-8 ft. outside weed beds and cattails. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 47 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.

 

Pine Creek: Elevation normal and clear. Bass good on a variety of soft plastics including baby brush hogs and salt craws; green pumpkin is a good color. They also are biting rattletraps in blue/silver, blue/black, and red shad color combinations. Crappie fair on blue/white and pink/white jigs. Catfish fair on nightcrawlers and cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 48 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on jigs and plastic baits at 8 ft. in the riprap jetties and rocky areas. Crappie fair to good on minnows at 10-12 ft. around edges and bends in the old creek channels of Big Sans Bois and Dirty creeks. Blue catfish fair to good on fresh cut bait at 20-30 ft. along the edge of 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 Jack Fork Bridge, on live minnows off tower and on pink grubs or green and black grubs 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 1 ft. below normal, water 47 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair around underwater brush and riprap. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait in the south end of lake. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut shad from Platter Flats north to the Washita River. Crappie fair at Widow Moore, Kansas and upper Rock creeks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: Elevation 2 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 on small spinnerbaits and jigs around brush piles and slow to fair on minnows below the dam area. Channel catfish slow to fair on juglines on cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Altus-Lugert: Elevation 8 1/2 ft. below normal and rising very slowly. Crappie fair. Trout fair in river. 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 Comanche County.

 

Foss: Elevation normal, water in the high 40s and clear. Gates closed. Crappie fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal. Crappie slow to fair 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 2 ft. below normal. Crappie good on jigs and powerbait at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

 

Tom Steed: Elevation 3 ft. below normal and murky. Crappie fair on jigs at 20-22 ft. around 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. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs. 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 Lake.
            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 wildlifedepartment.com.
         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 wildlifedepartment.com.
            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.

 

 

 

 

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