February 22, 2012

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Fishing Report for February 22, 2012

 

 

 

CENTRAL

 

Arcadia: February 21. Elevation below normal. Catfish slow on various baits around points and docks. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Hefner: February 20. Elevation below normal, water 42-46 and murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow on jigs and crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks. White bass fair on jigs at 12-20 ft. at the dam. Channel catfish fair on cut bait at 30 ft. at the dam. Blue catfish good on cut bait at 30 ft. at the dam. Crappie fair on jigs at 20-30 ft. at the dam. Walleye fair on crankbaits and grubs at 10-15 ft. at the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

 

Overholser: February 19. Water murky. Catfish slow on cut shad along the west side. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Birch: February 20. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Carl Blackwell: February 21. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 46 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

 

Copan: February 20. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows at 4-8 ft. near Osage Plains and Endicott's Pond area. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Eucha: February 22. Elevation slightly above normal, water 45 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Greenleaf: February 21. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hulah: February 20. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows at 4-8 ft. near and around Skull Creek. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Kaw: February 20. Elevation 1 3/4 ft. above normal. Blue catfish good on juglines baited with fresh cut gizzard shad at 10-30 ft. in or near the Arkansas River channel from the Sarge Creek Bridge up stream. Crappie fair at 15 ft. around boat slips at both marinas and on the riprap at Sarge Creek and Washunga Bay. Walleye being caught below Kaw dam on small jigs in the discharge area. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County; for more information call 580-761-4097.   

 

Keystone: February 21. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 42 and muddy. Striped bass fair on large swim baits below the dam. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, worms and goldfish below the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. along riprap, brush piles and docks. Report submitted by Woody's Bait and Tackle II.

 

Lower Illinois: February 20. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. White bass slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on jigs at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-3 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom at the dam, Watts and Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

 

Oologah: February 19. Elevation near normal, water near 50 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-18 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 20-25 ft. near the river channel. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Skiatook: February 21. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water mid 40s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits in the back of creeks. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair drifting live shad at 30-40 ft. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Spavinaw: February 22. Elevation slightly above normal, water 44 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Tenkiller: February 20. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Crappie slow on minnows and soft plastic jigs around docks. Sunfish fair on worm-tipped jigs around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

 

Webbers Falls: February 21. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits around brush structure and creek channels. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: February 17. Elevation 10 ft. below normal. Channel catfish good on cut bait in river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near deeper brush. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

Ft. Supply: February 20. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair jigging at the gate. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: February 19. Elevation 3 1/3 ft. below normal, water 47-52 and clear. Bass being caught on lizards, jerk baits and Alabama rigs. White bass being caught jigging spoons midway up creeks when chasing shad. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Broken Bow: February 20. 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 McCurtain County.

 

Eufaula: February 19. Elevation normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad on the flats. Crappie fair on minnows at 8-20 ft. in riprap, standing timber and boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: February 19. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 53. Crappie and white bass good on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

 

Konawa: February 20. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at 5-10 ft. around points and road beds. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

McGee Creek: February 19. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig-and-pigs at 6-20 ft. Crappie fair at 10-20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Pine Creek: February 19. Elevation below normal, water murky. Bass good on crankbaits near rocky points. Crappie fair on minnows near brush piles. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: February 21. Elevation normal, water 47 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms in Sallisaw Creek. White bass fair on jigs and white grubs below the dam. Striped bass fair on shad at 10-15 ft. at the mouth of the Illinois River. Striped bass hybrids slow on jigs. Channel catfish good on worms and stinkbait along rocky banks. Blue catfish good on cut shad at 10 ft. along mud and sandy flats. Flathead catfish fair on shad and sunfish in deep water. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around docks and structure. Walleye slow on jigs at the confluence of the Illinois River. Sunfish and bluegill fair on worms along the banks. Paddlefish slow along steep bluffs. Report submitted by Josh Johnston, fisheries biologist.

 

Sardis: February 20. Elevation slightly above normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, swim baits and spinnerbaits at 2-14 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Flathead catfish good on sunfish. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits at 14-16 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: February 19. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 48 and murky north and clear south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. around the riprap and drop-offs. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait 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 10-15 ft. from Johnson Creek to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on small jigs and minnows at 10-15 ft. around underwater brush and the fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: February 19. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass slow to fair on 6-inch black 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.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Foss: February 22. Elevation 7 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 40s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water around the dam. Walleye fair on live bait. Crappie slow to fair around fish house. Catfish good. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

 

FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 8, 2012

 

NORTHEAST

 

Eucha: February 6. Elevation slightly above normal, water 45 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs 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 6. Elevation 1 ft. above, water 45 and stained. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. Catfish fair on shad and little smokies at 10-20 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

 

Greenleaf: February 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines, creek channels and brush structure. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hudson: February 7. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic lures. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush pile areas. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Kaw: February 6. Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. Crappie good on 2 in. black and green jigs and minnows at 20-25 ft. around brush piles that have been placed close to natural structure such as drop-offs and riprap from the upper Arkansas River to the dam. Blue catfish fair on juglines using cut gizzard shad at 5-30 ft. in the upper portion of the lake in river channels. Trotlines using cut gizzard shad are also effective. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Lower Illinois: February 6. Elevation normal, water 41 and clear. White bass fair on minnows at 1-2 ft. Striped bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs 3-4 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Trout good fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

 

Oologah: February 5. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-18 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 25 ft. near the river channel. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Skiatook: February 6. Elevation 13 1/4 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Sooner: February 7. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on slabs and live shad at 18 ft. on the warm water side of the lake, fair at the dam when pumping water into the lake and slow in the discharge. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

 

Spavinaw: February 6. Elevation slightly above normal, water 46 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Webbers Falls: February 6. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig-and-worm in creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom and the mudflats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in black and purple under bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: February 3. Elevation 11 ft. below normal and clear. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait near river channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs near brush along the dam and Canadian River area. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

Ft. Supply: February 6. Elevation normal. Crappie fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at the gate tower. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: February 4. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 49 and stained. Largemouth bass being caught on jerk baits, Alabama rigs, jigs and crankbaits. Crappie being caught on small chartreuse jigs around deep brush piles and by docks in early morning. White bass being caught on spoons and wiggle-tail grubs along creek channels. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Blue River: February 7. Elevation normal, water 47. Trout good on Power Bait, salmon eggs and silver bladed in-line spinnerbaits. Fly-fishing fair on brown woolly buggers. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, chicken livers and minnows in deep pools around current. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area

 

Broken Bow: February 6. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on black jigs, jig-and-pig, black #11, and black and blue flake in deeper water. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water around structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Eufaula: February 5. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad on the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. around boat docks with brush, around standing timber and rocky areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Konawa: February 4. Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic worms at 5-8 ft. around points and road beds. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

McGee Creek: February 5. Elevation 3 3/4 ft. above normal, water 48 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig-and-pigs at 6 - 20 ft. Crappie fair at 10 - 20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels, Channel catfish fair to good on liver and cut bait in upper creek channels where fresh water is coming in. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Pine Creek: February 5. Elevation below normal and murky. Bass and Crappie good on spoons in deepest water. Catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Sardis: February 5. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on swim baits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits at shallow to middle depths. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. Walleye good trolling at 12-15 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: February 5. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear to the south and murky to the north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. from Alberta Creek to the south. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good at 10-15 ft. from Alberta Creek to the north to the Washita River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and tube jigs at 5-10 ft. in Widowmoore, Kansas and Little Glasses creeks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: February 5. Elevation 13 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair to good on juglines with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Altus-Lugert: February 5. Elevation 27 ft. below normal. Crappie, striped bass hybrids and walleye being caught at 20 ft. at Hicks Mountain. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

 

Foss: February 2. Elevation 7 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 40s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water near the dam. Walleye fair on live bait. Catfish slow to fair on doughbait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Oklahoma Spoonbill Fishing

 

Dustin Newer

April 2010

These were 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 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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