FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 27, 2013
The walleye spawn is on
at Broken Bow Lake, for more details see the full report below. It's a great
time to get out there and see if you can beat the current lake record. The
current record was caught on September 29, 2011 and weighed in at 8.3 lbs.
and was 28 inches long. Visit
wildlifedepartment.com for more information.
Arcadia: February 25. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal,
water semi-clear. Channel catfish good on dough bait at 15 ft. around the
northeast cove in mornings. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft.
around south enclosed docks at midday. Report by Linnie Mason, gate
Hefner: February 26. Elevation
below normal and rising, water 44-47 and murky to muddy. White bass fair on
grubs and gay blades at 2-5 ft. at the dam and water intake. Striped bass
hybrids fair on jigs and grubs at 2-5 ft. at the dam and water intake.
Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and punch bait at the dam and
water intake. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and grubs at 15-25 ft. at the
dam. Walleye fair on grubs and gay blades at 2-5 ft. at the dam and water
intake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Eucha: February 26. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 42
and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 16-18 ft. around brush and
structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits at 18-20 ft. Report submitted
by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: February 22. Elevation normal, water clear. Catfish good on
juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish on a Carolina rig and drifting
the main channel. Paddlefish good in the main channel and deep holes around
the Mission Bend and Mazie Landing area. White bass good on small whole shad
on Carolina rigs on bottom in the main channel around the Mission Bend area.
Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. around boat docks. Report
submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Greenleaf: February 26. Bass
good on jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on 1/32 ounce jigs and
minnows. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.
Hudson: February 20. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic
baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush pile areas. Report
submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes
Kaw: February 25. Elevation
normal, water 46. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around Sarge
Creek. Blue catfish fair on juglines. Channel catfish good on fresh cut shad
north on the Arkansas River. Largemouth and spotted bass good on white
spinnerbaits on the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Emily Long,
game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: February 26. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 45. Crappie good
on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. White bass fair. Report
submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: February 25. Elevation normal, water 43
and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 2-3 ft. along coves and
bridges. White bass slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait
on bottom. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. Trout excellent
on flies on 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
Oologah: February 24. Elevation
4 1/4 ft. below normal, water mid to upper 40s and clear. Crappie fair at
10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on worms and shad at 10-15
ft. on flats. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in
Spavinaw: February 26.Elevation slightly above normal,
water 42. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam. Crappie fair on
minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits.
Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: February 25. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 48 and clear.
Largemouth bass slow on soft plastics, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Report
submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
Webbers Falls: February 26. Bass fair to good on jigs with trailers and
crankbaits along the riprap. Catfish good on cut shad on the river. Report
submitted by Mike's Outdoors.
Canton: February 25. Elevation
16.5 ft. below normal, water clear. There are no useable boat ramps on the
lake at this time. Channel catfish good on shad in the river channel near
Canadian Campground. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed
Arbuckle: February 23.Elevation
6 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear to stained in the upper creek arms.
Crappie good around docks in early morning and being caught on
chartreuse/brown jigs and CC Spoons while moving from deep water; use of
locators important in locating movement. White bass are also on the move;
they can be in 30-40 ft. along creek channel bends or at 5 ft. chasing shad;
gulls are a clue they are in the shallows. Bass being caught on crankbaits,
jerk baits, Alabama rigs and jigs at 5-20 ft. Report submitted by Jack
Blue River: February 26. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Trout good on
green and rainbow Power Bait below the falls in slack water and good on
inline spinnerbaits and jigs in current below falls and around structure.
Fly fishing good on caddis flies, zebra nymphs, woolly buggers and egg
patterns near slow current or riffles. Channel catfish good on chicken
liver, minnows and night crawlers around structure in deeper pools.
Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics and jerk baits fished
slowly in deeper pools around structure in current. Approximately 2,000
rainbow trout were stocked on 2/25/2013. Report submitted by Matt Gamble,
biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: February 24. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water low 50s.
Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on jigs, plastic baits and
sinking jerk baits in deeper water. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut
bait in deeper water. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in schools in open
water. Walleye are in full spawn and excellent on jerk baits, shallow diving
crankbaits, rogues, Long A lures and grubs with 1/4 ounce jig heads in
shallower water in the upper end of the lake, along points with rocky
outcroppings, mouths of creeks and the head of the lake. Report submitted by
Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: February 24. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear.
Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits around rocky deeper
areas. Blue catfish fair on shad along the flats. Crappie fair on minnows
and jigs below docks with brush and riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed
Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: February 24. Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows along the river
channel. Catfish fair on trot lines baited with cut bait and live bait.
Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan
Konawa: February 24. Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass
good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. along the edge of the cattails. White bass
and striped bass hybrids good on shad and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge
canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole
Lower Mountain Fork: February 24. Fishing has been great. In addition to
midges and blue-winged olive mayflies, March Browns and tan caddis flies are
beginning to take trout throughout the river. Report submitted by Mark
Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Lower Mountain Fork: February 26. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 2,540
rainbow trout. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast
McGee Creek: February 24. Elevation 10 2/3 ft. below normal, water 51 and
clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic baits and jig-and-pig
combinations at 15-30 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-28 ft. over cedar
brush piles in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden
stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: February 24. Elevation below normal, water
clear. Boat ramps have been reopened. Bass good on most jerk baits. Crappie
good on jigs. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in
Robber's Cave State Park: February 26. Stocked 385 lbs., approximately 618
rainbow trout. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast
Robert S. Kerr: February 26. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off
points, along creek channels and in coves up river. Spotted bass excellent
up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair up Big
San Bois Creek around deeper submerged brush. As water clears from recent
rains look, for improvement. White bass and striped bass fair on minnows and
shad crankbaits upriver in deeper holes and around rock ledges. Channel and
blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at
12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Report submitted by Allen
Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis Lake: February 22. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and
crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on shad and dead minnows at 8-14
ft. White bass fair on jigs and live minnows at 10-14 ft. Walleye fair
trolling and on jigs at 8-9 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden
stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: February 24. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms, crankbaits and
spinnerbaits at 15-20 ft. in creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good on
live bait, slabs and sassy shad at 20-40 ft. from Platter Flats to Caney
Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and stinkbait at
15-30 ft. from Johnson Creek to Burns Run. Crappie fair to good on minnows
and jigs at 10-20 ft. around underwater brush piles. Sunfish fair to good on
worms and tiny tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around fish attractors. Report
submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: February 24. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky.
Largemouth bass fair on silver deep diving crankbaits. Crappie good on
minnows and fair on white grubs at 10-12 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish
fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and liver. Report
submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Altus-Lugert: February 24. Elevation 27 ft. below normal
and steady. Quartz Mountain Nature Park and Lake Altus-Lugert have had
another fish kill as a result of a Golden Algae bloom. Golden Algae blooms
are not a public health threat; healthy fish are safe to eat. Overall,
fishing is slow. Walleye, striped bass hybrids, crappie and catfish all
slow. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Medicine Creek: February
26.Water 45. Trout slow on salmon eggs in the Bath Lake area to Gondola Dam
and fair on minnows, salmon eggs, orange and yellow floating Power Baits,
Super Dupers and small white inline spinnerbaits on the south end towards
the Hwy 49 Bridge. There will a trout festival with more trout stocked this
weekend, March 1-3. Report submitted by Jimmy Miller with Gone Fishin'.
Waurika: February 25. Elevation 11 ft. below normal. Water
murky. Channel catfish fair on punch bait and chicken liver in flooded
timber. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson
To check current Oklahoma lake conditions across the state go to the
Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department's website at
http://www.travelok.com/checkmyoklake/. This website provides
information on blue-green algae, lake updates, water safety tips, etc.
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.