February 29, 2012

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FISHING REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 29, 2012

 

CENTRAL

 

Hefner: February 27. Elevation below normal and rising, water 44-47 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits at 6-20 ft. along rocky bank. Smallmouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks. White bass fair on jigs at 12-20 ft. around the dam. Channel catfish slow on cut bait at 30 ft. around the dam. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 30 ft. around the dam. Crappie fair on jigs at 20-30 ft. around the dam. Walleye slow on crankbaits and grubs at 10-15 ft. around the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

 

Thunderbird: February 26. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10 -12 ft. off dam and Willow Creek. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

 

Wes Watkins: February 27. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water clear. Northwest boat ramp is closed due to low water. Largemouth bass fair on shad and worms around windy points. Crappie fair on minnows around deep structure. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Birch: February 27. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water upper 40s and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Carl Blackwell: February 29. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 46 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

 

Eucha: February 28. Elevation slightly above normal, water 49 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 24. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 48 and clear. White bass being caught on slabs and spoons 1 ft. off the bottom and are starting to move up the river preparing for the spawn. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. Catfish good on shad and cut bait drifting the main channel. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

 

Grand: February 27. Elevation normal, water 50. Largemouth bass good at 10-15 ft. around points. White bass fair up creeks. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

 

Greenleaf: February 27. Elevation normal, water 54. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig-and-worm along shorelines, brush structure and creek channels. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnow and jigs at 13 ft. around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hudson: February 26. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Crappie good on small jigs in green and red at 8-10 ft. around brush piles in coves. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Kaw: February 27. Elevation near normal, water 47 and murky. Blue catfish very good on juglines baited with fresh or frozen cut shad at 10 ft. in or near the Arkansas River channel from the Sarge Creek Bridge up stream with the best area being around Coon Creek, and upstream from the Washunga Bay Bridge. White bass being caught on small white curly tail jigs. Crappie fair at 15 ft. around boat slips at both marinas, and on the riprap at Sarge Creek and Washunga bay. Walleye and white bass being caught on small jigs below Kaw dam in the discharge area. The paddlefish that spawn below Kaw Dam spend most of the year, winter; summer and fall in Keystone Lake, in the spring they make a spawning run into the rivers that form the lake. The Arkansas, Cimarron and the Salt fork of the Arkansas Rivers, Depending on preferred water conditions by the paddlefish they choose one of these three rivers to run up and spawn. (The Salt Fork confluences with the Arkansas River 90 miles upstream from Keystone Lake and 8 miles south of Ponca City)The Paddlefish are going to choose the river that has the biggest flow of water with the warmest temperature; Paddlefish spawn between 53 and 60 degrees. A tip that will help knowing approximate surface water temps is the water temperature will be close to overnight low air temps. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County; for more information call 580-761-4097.

 

Lower Illinois: February 27. Elevation below normal, water 41 and clear. White bass fair 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 good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. 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 26. Elevation near normal, water 50 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 12-18 ft. 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.

 

Pawhuska: February 28. Trout good on Power Bait and small spinnerbaits. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Skiatook: February 27. 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.

 

Sooner: February 27. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on slabs and live shad. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

 

Spavinaw: February 28. Elevation slightly above normal, water 50 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 28. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 10-12 ft. along riprap and creek channels. White bass fair on crankbaits and jigs at 6-8 ft. in creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. along riprap and brush piles. Report submitted by Joe Adair, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

 

Webbers Falls: February 27. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along creek channels, riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait drifting mudflats. Crappie good 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 28. Elevation 10 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on shad on lake side of spillway early and late. Report submitted Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

Ft. Supply: February 26. White bass good on jigs and Castmaster lures along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: February 26th, Elevation 3 1/3 ft. below normal, water 50 and stained up creeks to clear on main body. Bass being caught on Alabama-rigs, crankbaits and lizards. Crappie starting to hit around docks and around deeper brush piles in the main lake. White bass good on curly tailed grubs and spoons when chasing shad on warmer afternoons up Buckhorn Creek. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: February 28. Elevation normal, water 57 and clear. Trout good on Power Bait, silver spinnerbaits and salmon eggs. Fly-fishing good on brown woolly buggers, zebra midges and elk hair caddis flies. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastic lures. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: February 26. 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 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits along rocky areas. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-20 ft. along riprap, standing timber and docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: February 26. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 53. Crappie fair on minnows along the main river channel. Crappie good on jigs at 9-13 ft. below the dam. Blue catfish good on cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

 

Konawa: February 26. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at 4-6 ft. along weed beds. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows and shad at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

Lower Mt. Fork: February 26. Water 53 and clear. Big rainbows and browns have been caught this week on March Brown Dry flies on smooth water and high stick presentation with nymphs in fast water. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

McGee Creek: February 26. Elevation 1/4 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.

 

Murray: February 28. Water 51 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and various other baits. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

 

Pine Creek: February 26. Elevation normal and dropping, water clear. Bass excellent on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 15 ft. Crappie good on minnows. Catfish fair to good on liver. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

 

Robert S. Kerr: February 28. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in the Big San Bois arm. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: February 28. Elevation normal, water 48 and murky. White bass fair on jigs and crankbaits at 6-8 ft. in riprap and creek channels. Channel catfish fair on cut bait at 10 ft. on mudflats and creek channels. Blue catfish good on cut bait at 10 ft. on mudflats and creek channels. Flathead catfish fair on cut bait at 10-12 ft. along creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-15 ft. along riprap and brush piles. Report submitted by Joe Adair, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

 

Sardis: February 25. Elevation slightly below normal. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, swim baits and crankbaits at 6-14 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-30 ft. Walleye good on trolling at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed at Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: February 26. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 48 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic combination baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. around the drop-offs and creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-25 ft. from Alberta Creek to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, cut shad and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Johnson Creek to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fishing docks with brush and in Glasses, Kansas, and Widow Moore creeks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County. 

 

Wister: February 26. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass slow to fair on black 6-inch 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

 

Altus-Lugert: February 27. Elevation 26 2/3 ft. below normal and slowly rising. There was a Golden Algae bloom and resultant fish kill below the dam in the North Fork of the Red River where trout are stocked. Crappie, striped bass hybrids and walleye being caught off Hicks Mtn. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

 

Ft. Cobb: February 29. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 54 and clear. Crappie slow on minnows around Marina and boat slips late evening and early mornings. Report submitted by Kevin Bean, park ranger at Ft. Cobb State Park.

 

Tom Steed: February 27. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie slow at 20 ft. near the dam. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

 

Waurika: February 28. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water murky to muddy. Blue catfish slow to fair on cut shad in the channels. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton 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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