March 5th 2008

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New paddlefish management program already increasing fishing opportunities for anglers
An agreement between the City of Miami and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will mean better and cheaper fishing for paddlefish anglers in Miami’s Riverview City Park.
At a recent meeting, the Miami City Council unanimously approved a proposal from the Wildlife Department to eliminate the City of Miami spoonbill permit that has, up to this point, been a requirement for paddlefish anglers in the park. With the city permit abolished, paddlefish anglers will only need an appropriate state fishing license and the Wildlife Department’s free paddlefish permit. In return, the Wildlife Department will provide the City of Miami with $5,000, to be matched with up to $15,000 of Sport Fish Restoration funds, for increasing fishing and boating access in the area.
“This agreement comes as a result of the Wildlife Department’s new paddlefish program,” said Keith Green, paddlefish program coordinator for the Wildlife Department. “This is a major increase in opportunity for Oklahoma paddlefish anglers. They don’t have to buy a permit from the City of Miami, and they can expect even better fishing access in the future. Improving and increasing fishing opportunities like this is only one of several important intended effects of the paddlefish program. So far, the program is working for anglers in exactly the way we had planned.”
Mike Johnson, City of Miami parks and recreation supervisor, said the agreement benefits everyone involved, from the City of Miami to the Wildlife Department to the anglers who fish for paddlefish in the park.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Johnson said.
Green emphasized, however, that voluntary angler participation is important for the agreement to stay in place and for the paddlefish program to prosper.
“The City of Miami is going to look at the agreement on a yearly basis, and base future agreements on the success of the paddlefish program,” Green said. “That means anglers need to participate. They need to go fishing for paddlefish and take advantage of the services provided by the paddlefish management program. ”
The paddlefish management pilot program was established recently near the Twin Bridges area of the Neosho River and, as evidenced by the agreement between the Department and the City of Miami, is playing an important role in paddlefish management. The primary functions of the paddlefish research center are to collect important data for the Department’s paddlefish management plan, process paddlefish meat for anglers and salvage paddlefish eggs. Funds derived from the program go back to the resource, which means better fishing in the future, along with projects such as improved fishing access, paddlefish management, angler education and more.
The Department’s paddlefish management program has involved an extensive process of netting, weighing, measuring and marking paddlefish with metal tags on the front of the jaw before releasing them to be caught by anglers by way of snagging. Anglers who snag a tagged paddlefish are encouraged to report their catch to the Wildlife Department to not only help in the management of paddlefish in Oklahoma, but also to provide anglers with unique information about the individual fish they caught.
The center is open during prime paddlefish snagging months (approximately Feb. 15 – May 15), and anglers can bring their catch to the center for cleaning and processing. Additionally, anglers such as those at Miami’s Riverview City Park also can call the paddlefish processing center to come pick up their paddlefish for processing. Anglers who take advantage of the service will take home meat from their own fish that has been safely cleaned and packaged.
The paddlefish research center is seasonally staffed by employees trained in proper handling and processing of fish products, and other research centers may be set up at future locations.
Paddlefish anglers are required to obtain a free paddlefish permit before fishing for paddlefish in Oklahoma. Each angler that obtains the permit will be assigned a number that must be attached to all paddlefish that are caught and kept. The permit system will provide clearer information about paddlefish anglers and help better manage paddlefish populations. The permit is annual, and the permit number can be used on every paddlefish tagged during that period. Permits can be obtained through any fishing license dealer or online by logging on to wildlifedepartment.com.
For more information about paddlefish angling, including regulations and hot fishing locations, consult the current “Oklahoma Fishing Guide” or log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 05, 2008

 
CENTRAL
 
Thunderbird: Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs over structure at 8-10 ft. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: Elevation normal, water in the upper 40s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and chartreuse jigs at 10-20 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish good on cut shad at 30 ft. fishing flats near the creeks channels. Largemouth bass fair on fire tiger crankbaits at 12-18ft. in creek channels. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 43 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on chartreuse crankbaits and salt craws. Crappie good on minnows or jigs around docks and brush piles. Paddlefish good snagging white bluffs to Whitehorn Cove. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in creek channels and along shoreline. Channel catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits near spillway on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows at fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Kaw: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 39 and murky. Blue catfish good to excellent on juglines with cut shad at 2-20 ft. in the Coon Creek, Bear Creek, and Washunga Bay flats. Crappie fair on minnows and dark-colored jigs in 1/16 oz. at 20-25 ft. over manmade brush piles in the Sarge Creek and Beaver Creek areas. Paddlefish snagging has been slow below Kaw Dam as the water temps are not warm enough yet for the fish to move out of Keystone Lake on their spawning run. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Oologah: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water in the mid-40s and murky. Crappie fair around brush piles at 15-20 ft. Crappie and walleye are being caught below the dam on jigs. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Pawhuska Lake: Elevation normal, water in the upper 40s and clear. Trout excellent on power bait and marshmallows; also fair casting super dupers and little cleos at 4-10ft. Sunfish fair on earthworms 10-15 ft. in brush piles. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear on lower end and murky on upper end. White bass fair on white grubs up Hominy Creek. Crappie fair on large minnows along creek channels. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 42 and murky mid-lake and clearer in lower end. Crappie fair in lower end on minnows and jigs around docks. Sunfish fair around docks on worm-tipped jigs. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits in creek channels, near brush structure and along riprap. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure and at bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton
: Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near brush. Channel catfish fair on cut shad on lakeside of spillway. Walleye fair on jigs and crankbaits along dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation above normal, water clear. White bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam. Crappie good on jigs at the gate tower and at the jetties. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle
: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 46-48 and clear to stained up creeks. Crappie fair using jigs around docks and brush piles. White bass up creeks hitting rattletraps. Bass fair to good; some good fish being caught on spinnerbaits and jigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation a few inches above normal, water 50 and murky to muddy. Bass slow to fair on minnows and flies. Catfish fair to good on liver and worms. Trout fair to good on powerbait, super dupers, roostertails and mealworms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: Elevation rising, water 49 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spoons and deep running crankbaits around islands and off points. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows or jigs around structure in the upper end of the lake. Walleye good in the upper end of the lake staging at 40-45 ft. on deep running crankbaits. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Largemouth bass, white bass and blue catfish slow. Crappie good on minnows around riprap at I-40 and around boat docks with submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Water 48. White bass fair on crankbaits in the upper Kiamichi River. Blue catfish and crappie good in the tailwaters. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and Carolina rigging at 5-8 ft. around weedbeds and roadbeds. White bass and hybrid striped bass good on jigs and shad at 15 ft. in discharge canal, along roadbeds and off points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
Lower Mountain Fork River: Trout good on small flies with emerger-type patterns. March Brown emergers and dryflies have also produced lots of fish when the hatch is on. Best flies have been Zebra midges, UFOs, soft hackled hares ear, Red fox squirrel, March brown soft hackle, pheasant tail, and as always the woolly bugger. Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig and pig at 16-30 ft. over submerged humps. Crappie fair on minnows at 16-25 ft. over cedar brush. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation below normal, water 54 and murky. Largemouth bass fair at 6-8 ft. using plastic baits and jigs fishing the rock and woody structure next to the deeper water. Crappie fair at 10 ft. using minnows fishing the old creek channels. White bass fair at 10 ft. using minnows and jigs fishing the mouths of the major feeder creeks; fish are staging up to begin their spawning run. Blue catfish fair at 8-10 ft. using fresh cut bait fishing the windy shorelines. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis Lake: Largemouth bass good on plastics off points and along riprap. White bass fair on grubs in the mouths of creeks. Catfish good on cut bait, live shad and minnows in creek channels and along the flats. Crappie good to excellent on shallow-timbered areas on minnows and off jigs around bridge. Walleye good around the islands and riprap. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 48 and clear. Striped bass fair on live bait at 15-20 ft. near the islands. Channel and blue catfish fair on live minnows at 10-20 ft. above the Hwy 70 bridge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush piles. All other fishing is slow at this time. Report submitted by Danny Club, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 7 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 4 ½ ft. below normal and rising. Crappie and walleye poor. Trout very good in river on corn. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation above normal, all floodgates closed. Crappie good at Ralph's Resort on minnows and jigs at 18-20 ft. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 47 and clear. Gates closed. Crappie fair around south side of lake on baby bass jigs. Striped bass hybrids fair with slabs in deep water. Walleye slow but should be spawning soon as water temp. rises. Catfish fair with stink bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Crappie slow around marina and boat slips. Saugeye slow along east end of dam early and late. Catfish slow to fair on cut baits and on jugs. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation normal. Crappie fair to good in deep water off the dam on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Waurika: Elevation slightly above normal, water 43 and murky. Blue catfish being caught on shad and punch bait. Crappie are being caught around timbered areas. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.
 
 
WATERFOWL REPORT FOR MARCH 5, 2008


Duck season is closed. Conservation Order Light Goose Season (COLGS) open until March 30. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.


NORTHEAST


Ft. Gibson: Lake level is 2.18 ft. above normal. Habitat condition is fair. Due to the extreme high water throughout the summer and early fall, the vegetation is in poor shape. Their are some agricultural crops in the area. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low, with low success.


Webber Falls: Lake level is 2.73 ft. above normal. Habitat condition is fair, with smartweed, barnyardgrass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo in area and wheat in area. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low, with low success.


 

 

 

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Introducing Angella: She is an avid fisherperson and fishes year round, Angella's favorite is Lake Eufaula and the Lower Illinois River. She is like Okiefish, where ever her travels take her, she fishes. This picture from a trip to Cozumel, Mexico. When the fish are biting and where ever, you'll most likely find Angella close by.

 

 

 

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