March 2, 2011

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FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 2, 2011
 
CENTRAL
 
Overholser: February 26. Elevation slightly below normal, water murky. White bass slow to fair on minnows and crappie 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. Catfish being caught on worms and liver behind the dam at gar hole. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Copan: March 1. 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: March 1. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 48 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs primarily on the lower end of the lake. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Greenleaf: March 1. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and jig and worm in creek channels, rocky points and brush structure. Catfish fair on minnows and jigs in red, green and yellow around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: March 1. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, topwater rogue lures. Crappie good on minnows and jigs moving to the shallows around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.
 
Hulah: March 1. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows at 6-10 ft. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: February 28. Elevation below normal, water 42. Channel catfish slow to fair on cut carp along the Arkansas River. Crappie fair to good on jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Grant County.
 
Keystone: February 28. Elevation below normal, water murky. Channel catfish being caught on juglines baited with shad, goldfish and shrimp. Blue catfish being caught on minnows, tube jigs, R & F Lures and Bobby Garland baby shad at 6-10 ft. around docks, Mud Creek and House Creek. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Oologah: February 27. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water upper 40s and clear on the south end and murky on the north end. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush and standing timber. White bass fair on jigs in creeks and upper verdigris. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Skiatook: March 1. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water mid 40s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: February 28. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on sassy shad in the discharge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: March 1. Elevation slightly below normal, water 49 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Webbers Falls: March 1. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and bill baits along riprap, brush structure and creek channels. Catfish good on fresh cut bait at 30-35 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in black and brown around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: February 26. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on shad in Indian Cove and in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: February 28. Elevation normal, water clear. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at the dam. Crappie fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at the gate tower and jetties. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: February 26. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 50 and stained to clear on the lake. Crappie being caught on swimming jigs in chartreuse along bluffs; starting to move to the shallows. Some crappie being caught off docks at daybreak. White bass being caught on small rattletraps and jigs near gulls. Bass being caught on jerk baits, crankbaits and 1/4 ounce jigs in brown tones. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Broken Bow: February 27. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on black jig and pig and dark colored jigs along rocky outcroppings and points. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on jigs at 30-35 ft. along structure in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: February 28. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on small plastic baits and jerk baits in shallow rocky areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along deep flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-20 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: February 27. Elevation 1/4 ft. below, water 50. Crappie and white bass fair in the upper Kiamichi River channel. Catfish fair on cut shad in the lower lake and below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: February 28. Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on rattletraps and plastic worms at 5-8 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: February 27. Elevation 17 inches below normal, water 46 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, fished slowly around structure and off rocky points, 8-15 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Pine Creek: February 27. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on dark colored rattletraps and spinnerbaits slow rolled over road beds and submerged humps. Crappie good on minnows and jigs toward the back of coves. Catfish fair on chicken liver near creek mouths. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: February 27. Elevation normal, water 53 and murky. Bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft baits in back of coves. Catfish good on fresh shad along the banks. Crappie fair on minnows around submerged brush piles and snags. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: February 27. Water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and grubs. White bass fair on minnows and jigs in open water around rocky points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 18-24 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: February 27. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on combination baits and jigs at 10-20 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-30 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to the Washita River. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in the creeks at 5-15 ft. Sunfish fair on worms at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: February 27. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on dark colored jig and pig fished slowly around structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 18-25 ft. 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 27. Elevation 14 1/2 ft. below normal and steady. Crappie fair to good on minnows at the floating fishing dock and near Hicks Mountain. White bass fair. Walleye fair. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Center.
 
Ellsworth: February 27. 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.
 
Lawtonka: February 27. 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.
 
 
WATERFOWL REPORT FOR MARCH 1, 2011

Conservation Order Light Goose Season is open through March 30.  For additional information and regulations visit wildlifedepartment.com.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Kaw: Habitat conditions are poor, with low quantities of millet sedges and natural waterfowl vegetation. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting activity is light, with fair success.  Bird movement in the area has been moderate.


SOUTHEAST

Red Slough: Goose numbers are low, with both Snow and Ross spotted in the area.  Hunter activity is low, with no reports of success.  Light geese expected to be using the wheat fields adjacent to Red Slough and occasionally flying over the area.

 


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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