February 23, 2011

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FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2011
 
CENTRAL
 
Overholser: February 22. Water murky. White bass fair on jigs along dock on west side of the lake and the southeast corner of the dam. Crappie fair on jigs along dock on west side of the lake and the southeast corner of the dam. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: February 20. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 15-18 ft. over structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Copan: February 21. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows at 8-12 ft. in the lake and at 4-6 ft. in the creeks feeding into the lake. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: February 22. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 47 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft Gibson: February 21. Crappie fair on chartreuse Bobby Garland jigs and minnows under the docks at 20-30 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
 
Greenleaf: February 21. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along creek channels, shorelines and rocky points. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in yellow, green and red around the fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: February 21. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on rogue lures from the surface to 8 ft. in the coves. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.
 
Hulah: February 21. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows at 6-10 ft. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Lower Illinois: February 22. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. White bass slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river and brush piles. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: February 20. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water upper 30s to low 40s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush and timber. Blue catfish fair on shad at 25 ft. near edge of the main river channel. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Pawhuska: February 20. Trout excellent on Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: February 22. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: February 22. Elevation slightly above normal, water 51 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Tenkiller: February 21. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. below normal and steady, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits in mid-lake coves. Crappie slow on soft plastic jigs around docks in coves early in the morning. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: February 21. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig and worms in creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and brown around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Ft. Supply: February 20. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and spinnerbaits at the intake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: February 19. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 44 and clear. Crappie being caught on jigs off docks at daybreak and on jigging spoons and chartreuse jigs along bluffs. White bass being caught on small swim baits scattered around mid-lake drop-offs and ledges, also in upper creeks. Bass slow on crankbaits and swim baits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Broken Bow: February 20. Elevation below normal, water clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits early and late. White bass being caught on yellow and white rooster tails, minnows and grubs. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure in the upper end. Walleye being caught on rogues, witches brew grubs, white or smoke colored grubs, 5 inch twirl tails with 1/4 ounce lead heads along the upper Mountain Fork and the head of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: February 22. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair on shad along deep flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: February 20. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 45. Crappie and white bass fair along the river channel above the Hwy 93 Bridge. Blue catfish good on cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: February 20. Elevation normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at 5-8 ft. around points and road beds. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: February 20. Elevation 17 inches below normal, water 43 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 18-24 ft. around cedar brush off main creek channels. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and dark colored jig and pig at 12-25 ft. fished slowly around structure and off rocky points. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Pine Creek: February 20. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on jigs 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.
 
 
Robert S. Kerr: February 21. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish good on fresh shad on bottom in the creek channels. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: February 20. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 41. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 30 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: February 20. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 42 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on jigs and combination baits at 10-20 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 15-30 ft. on the shelves in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on stinkbait and worms at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to the Washita River. Crappie fair to good on small minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in the creeks with underwater brush. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: February 20. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on dark colored jig and pig 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.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: February 20. Elevation 15 ft. below normal and steady. Crappie fair to good on minnows at the fishing dock and near Hicks Mountain. White bass fair to good. Walleye fair to good. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Center.
 
Ellsworth: February 20. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at Ralph’s Resort. Catfish fair on cut bait around windy points. Report submitted by Mike, Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: February 18. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on slabs. Catfish fair. Walleye slow with live bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Lawtonka: February 20. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in deep water at the dam.  Report submitted by Mike, Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

 


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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