FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 6, 2013
Check out the new lake
record largemouth bass at Grand Lake. It was caught on March 3, 2013 and
weighed in at 12.3 lbs. and was 23 inches long. For more information on this
fish go to
Arcadia: March 3. Elevation normal. Channel catfish good
on punch bait, stinkbait and liver around points, especially on windy days.
Report by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Bell Cow: March 3. Elevation below normal, water 44 and
muddy. Bass good on crankbaits at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons,
game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Eucha: March 5. Elevation 4
1/2 ft. below normal, water 44 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs
at 16-18 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits.
Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: March 2. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie
fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. Catfish good on juglines and drifting at
10-20 ft. along the flats. White bass good on Carolina rigs with whole shad
in the holes south of Mission Bend. Paddlefish good in the Mission Bend and
Mazie Landing areas in deep holes in the main river. Report submitted by
Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: February 5. Water 38-40 in the north end and 40-43 in the south end.
Paddlefish excellent in the Grey's Ranch Area and some reports some being
caught all the way up to the Conner's Bridge. Catfish good to excellent on
cut shad at10-30 ft. on the north end of the lake around Sailboat Bridge
area. Catfish being caught at 40-70 ft. in winter pattern on ledges. Bass
good on Alabama rigs, jigs and jerk baits around secondary points in
mid-lake to the dam. Report submitted by Rusty Pritchard, Pritchard's Guide
Hudson: March 4. Largemouth
bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits around rocky points and
shorelines. Catfish fair on cut bait. Crappie good on small jigs and minnows
at 10-18 ft. around brush pile areas and heated docks. Report submitted by
Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: March 4. Elevation normal, water 59. 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: March 5. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 43. Striped bass
good on jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs.
Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: March 4. Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth
bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. along coves and bridges. White bass slow
on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass
slow on shad at 3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent
on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and
spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Trout excellent fly
fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-3 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom
from the dam to Gore Landing. Note: some big trout are left over from the
trout tournament. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
Lower Illinois: March 5. Stocked 2,329 rainbow trout. The
Corps of Engineers will be doing turbine inspections on Tenkiller Dam during
March and April and the turbines will be out of use for 4-6 weeks. Report
submitted by Josh Johnston, biologist stationed in the east central region.
Oologah: March 3. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 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 Rogers County.
Pawhuska: March 5. Trout fair on Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay,
game warden stationed in Osage County.
Skiatook: March 5. Elevation 12 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear.
Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastics along rocky shorelines. Report
submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: March 4. Striped bass hybrids fair on ghost
minnows and sassy shad in the discharge canal and good on cut bait and live
bait along the dam. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden
stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: March 5. Elevation
slightly below normal, water 43 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs.
Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City
Tenkiller: March 4. Elevation 5 1/4 below normal, water 48 and clear.
Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, deep diving crankbaits and soft
plastic baits near main lake points. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of
Ft. Supply: March 4. Elevation
2 1/2 ft. below normal. White bass fair on Kastmaster lures and spinnerbaits
along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed
in Woodward County.
Watonga: March 1. Stocked 700 lbs. of rainbow trout on
March 1. Report submitted by Jody Laubhan, secretary at Byron State Fish
Arbuckle: March 2. Elevation 5
3/4 ft. below normal, water48 and clear in the main lake and stained in the
feeder coves and upper end of creeks. Crappie slow around docks early
morning; moving from deep water. White bass also on the move, some are in
the upper creek arms, gulls and terns will sometimes show you where to fish.
Bass slow on crankbaits in shad patterns, jigs, jerk baits and Alabama rigs.
Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: March 5. Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. Trout good on
rainbow, orange and yellow Power Bait, in-line spinnerbaits with hook
dressing and gold spoons. Fly fishing good on egg patterns, green woolly
bugger, caddis flies and midges around riffles and current in larger pools
and below falls. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, chicken liver and
minnows in larger pools around breaks in the current. Smallmouth and spotted
bass fair on small crankbaits fished slowly in deeper pools around
structure. Approximately 2,000 rainbow trout were stocked on March 5. Report
submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and
Broken Bow: March 3. Elevation 9-10 ft. below normal, water 50. Largemouth,
smallmouth and spotted bass fair to good on jerk baits and crankbaits around
structure and points. Walleye good on rogues, rattletraps and 5-inch
twirl-tail grubs with 1/4 ounce jig heads in the upper end of the lake.
Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: March 3. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear in the east
and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits
along rocky areas near the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad along the flats.
Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks with brush and around riprap
areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh
Hugo: March 3. 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: March 4. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass good
on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. along the edge of the cattails. White bass and
striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge
canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole
Lower Mountain Fork: March 3. 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.
McGee Creek: March 3.
Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to
good on soft plastic bait at 15-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-28 ft.
over cedar brush in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game
warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: March 3. 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 McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: March 5. 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: March 1. Elevation slightly above normal. Largemouth bass fair
to good on plastic worms and jerk bait at 5-10 ft. Blue and channel catfish
good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs
at 8-12 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 10-12 ft. Report submitted by Dane
Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: March 3. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on large crankbaits, plastic
combination baits and spinnerbaits at 10-20 ft. around the river channel
drop-offs. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and
salt craws at 10-30 ft. from Burns Run to Caney Creek. Channel and blue
catfish fair to good on live bait, stinkbait and cut shad at 10-30 ft. from
Johnson Creek to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at
10-20 ft. in underwater brush and fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny
Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: March 3. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth
bass fair on spinnerbaits and 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 dead minnows at 10-15 ft. Report
submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Ellsworth: March 3. Elevation
12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky
points. Crappie slow to fair on minnows around boathouses at Ralph's Resort.
Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: March 4. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water lower
50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water. Walleye
good on live bait and small jigs near the shore. Crappie fair on live bait.
Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Lawtonka: March 3. Elevation 3
ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs. Catfish good on cut
bait at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in
Medicine Creek: March 4. Trout good on minnows, Super Dupers and small
in-line spinnerbaits all through Medicine Creek and fair on Power Bait and
salmon eggs. Report submitted by Jimmy Miller with Gone Fishin'.
Tom Steed: March 4. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water 45 and murky.
Crappie fair on minnows at 15-20 ft. near the dam. Report submitted by David
Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
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.