March 04, 2009

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FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 4, 2009

 

CENTRAL

 

Arcadia: Largemouth bass slow at 8-10 ft. Blue catfish good on cut and whole shad at the dam. Crappie being caught jigging at 18-20 ft. in standing timber and small to medium-sized crappie being caught at the heated dock. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Hefner: Elevation normal, water 47 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. White bass good on white grubs. Channel and blue catfish good on punchbaits and shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20 ft. along the dam. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Overholser: Elevation normal, water clear. White bass fair at the crappie dock on the west side of the lake and in the tail water below the dam. Striped bass hybrids fair in the tail waters below the dam. Crappie fair at the crappie dock on the west side of the dam. Report submitted by Ron Comer, game warden stationed in Canadian County.

 

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

 

NORTHEAST

 

Birch: Bass fair on crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-15 ft. over brush. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Carl Blackwell: Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water upper 40's to lower 50's and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 17-22 ft. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

 

Copan: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnow and jigs at 10-15 ft. near submerged structure. Blue catfish are good on cut shad. Channel catfish good on worms in flooded areas. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal, water 45 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on suspended jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

 

Ft. Gibson: Elevation 3 ft. above normal and falling, water 46 and stained. White bass are moving into the river and paddlefish are also moving upstream, there are some in the deep holes but they are still scattered. Crappie still biting on minnows and jigs under the docks and in brush piles. Report submitted by Rick Stafford with 3riverguideservice.com.

 

Grand: Upper end: Elevation below normal, water 42 and clear to murky. Largemouth bass good on jigs and crankbaits at 10-12 ft. at fishing docks and brush piles. White bass fair to good on green grubs and small spinnerbaits at 4-6 ft. in upper rivers. Catfish good on shad and brooders 40-50 ft. around bluffs and in the channels. Crappie good on minnows and Grandpa's jigs in orange/black, pink/gray and chartreuse at 10-12 ft. around fishing docks and brush piles. Paddlefish good from Sailboat Bridge to Twin Bridges. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sport's Center.

 

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

 

Hulah: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. near submerged structure. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Kaw: Recent cool snap has slowed fishing down. Crappie Fair in tailwaters on 1/16th ounce roadrunners with chartreuse or pink bodies. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

 

Keystone: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crawdad crankbaits and jig and chunkbaits at 6-10 ft. in creek channel swings. Smallmouth bass fair on crawdad crankbaits and jig and chunkbaits at 6-10 ft. around gravel points. Spotted bass fair on crawdad crankbaits and jig and chunkbaits at 6-10 ft. around steep banks. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. at mouths of creeks. Striped bass fair on bucktails and jerk baits at 3-5 ft. below the dam. Channel catfish fair on liver and shrimp at 6-10 ft. in creeks and riprap. Blue catfish fair on cut shad at 10-15 ft. at mouths of coves. Flathead catfish fair on large shiners at 10-15 ft. along riprap and bluffs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-16 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Woody's Bait and Tackle.

 

Lower Illinois: Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Striped bass fair on jigs at 3 ft. from Gore Landing to mouth of river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Trout excellent on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. from Gore Landing to the dam, power baits on bottom from Gore Landing to the dam and flies on the surface from Gore Landing to the dam. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

 

Oologah: Elevation 1/2 ft above normal, water near 50 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-18 ft. around brush piles. Still catching a few white bass below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Pawhuska Lake: Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 38. Trout excellent on power bait and corn with 16 inch leaders and fair on in-line spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Skiatook: Elevation below normal, water 40's and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and deep diving crankbaits in backs of creeks and coves. Crappie fair at 8-10 ft. in creek channels. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

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

 

Spavinaw: Elevation slightly above normal, water 46 ad dingy. 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 normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and beavertail worms. Catfish fair on fresh cut baits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: Elevation normal. Walleye fair on jigs and crankbaits along dam after sundown. Striped bass hybrids good on shad near submerged islands. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 48-50 and clear. Bass fair to good on jerk baits, jigs and crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie good around brush piles in late evening hours. White bass are being caught on spoons and swim baits under gulls. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Blue River: Elevation below normal, water 45 and clear. Trout fair on power bait and meal worms. Fly-fishing fair to good on midge larva patterns, soft hackles, and San Juan worms. Smallmouth and spotted bass slow on soft plastics. 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 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. along riprap at I-40 and boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: Elevation normal, water 51. White bass beginning to be caught below Rattan landing on trolled crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

 

Konawa: Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 4-6 ft. around points. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

Lower Mountain Fork River: Trout good in all three zones and in both red and blue areas. Here is a list of good flies: Elk hair caddis, wooly bugger, blue wing olive, various midge patterns, including zebra midges, miracle nymphs, and variations of the March Brown Mayfly. The traditional wet fly, emerger, soft hackle, and dry versions of this insect have been working well. Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.

 

McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig and pigs fished slowly at 10-18 ft. over underwater structure. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Murray: Elevation slightly below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good. White bass slow on minnows and jigs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Walleye fair on jigs just before dark. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

 

Pine Creek: Elevation normal water clear. Bass good on a variety of soft plastics including baby brush hogs and salt craws, green pumpkin is a color that anglers are reporting to have success with; they are still biting rattle traps in blue/silver, blue/black and red shad colors. Crappie fair on jigs. Catfish good on night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Sardis Lake: Bass good to fair on crankbaits around points and creek channels and on spinnerbaits around  cover, warmer afternoons best. Crappie excellent on minnows off of Jack Fork Bridge and on live minnows off of tower and on pink grubs or green and black around brush piles. Flathead catfish slow on juglines and trotlines with live bait. Blue and channel catfish on juglines 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 52 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair around riprap. Striped and white bass fair to good from Platter Flats south. Channel and blue catfish fair to good from Platter Flats south. Crappie fair in the creeks and upper oxbow lakes. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on dark plastic baits around points and drop-offs. White bass fair to good on white roadrunners and rattletraps at upper Poteau below the dam area. Crappie fair to good on small spinnerbaits and pink jigs at brush piles and fair on minnows and pink jigs below the dam area. Channel catfish slow to fair on juglines with cut shad and liver, best on red worms. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County. 

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Altus-Lugert: Elevation 8 ft. below normal and rising very slowly. Crappie starting to pick up. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.

 

Ellsworth: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie fair to good at Ralph's Resort around boathouses. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

 

Foss: Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Gates closed. Walleye fair to good around fish house. Crappie good. Catfish fair. White bass fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

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

 

Tom Steed: Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 20 ft. around fishing structures and brush piles. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

 

Waurika: Elevation below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut baits. 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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