March 7th, 2007

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FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 7, 2007

 

CENTRAL

 

Hefner: Water 42 and clear. Crappie slow around the dam on jigs. Report submitted by Kelly Roberson, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Overholser: Water 56 and murky. Catfish being caught on cut shad. Crappie being caught around docks. Report submitted by Kelly Roberson, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Thunderbird: Elevation 10 ft. below normal and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 7-10 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

 

Wes Watkins: Elevation 5 1/2 - 6 ft. below normal, water 46-50 and slightly murky. Catfish fair to good on minnows, fresh cut baits, chicken liver and various stinkbaits in deeper water along main lake channel and back west among timbers. White bass fair on crankbaits at 8-10 ft. Largemouth bass fair on assorted brighter-colored soft plastics and on crankbaits at 8-10 ft. Report submitted by Ronnie Arganbright, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Carl Blackwell: Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 48 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

 

Copan: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal and clear. Crappie good at 13-14 ft. on chartreuse or black/pink tube jigs from the bank. Catfish fair to good on jug lines in or near the river channel. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden, stationed in Washington County.

 

Ft. Gibson: Elevation normal, water 42 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms, jig and frig combo at 8 ft. off windy points and rocky ledges. White bass good on deep-diving crankbaits in the mouth of tributaries of the lake and main river channel. White bass staging at mouth of creeks in preparation for spawn. Channel catfish good on cut shad and whole shad on juglines along the edge of river and creek channels at 20 ft. Crappie are spotty at 12 ft. on minnows and jigs around brush Report submitted Don Cole, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

 

Grand: Elevation normal and clear. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. around docks. Channel catfish fair in river channels on rod and reel and juglines baited on cut or whole shad. White bass fair in lake tributaries on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Jim Littlefield, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

 

Greenleaf: Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jigs, worms and crankbaits in creek channels. Channel catfish fair on cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hudson: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Catfish fair to good on cut shad. Crappie fair to good on minnows near bottom around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

 

Hulah: Elevation 1 ft. below normal and fairly clear. Crappie good at 13-14 ft. on chartreuse or black/pink tube jigs fishing from the bank. Catfish fair to good on jug lines in or near the river channel. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Kaw: Elevation one ft. above normal, water mid-40s and clear. Crappie fishing is picking up at 20-22 ft. The warmer days of early March the crappie will move into 5-10 ft. in the afternoon. Crappie can be difficult to locate in March; due to changing water temperatures, the fish are relocating to spawning areas. Most crappie are being caught from brush piles that have been placed in areas close to natural structure, drop-offs and riprap. Both marinas on the lake are producing good numbers of crappie. The riprap on the Washunga Bay bridge and Sarge Creek bridge are historically good areas. Washunga bay has been producing the best the last part of February and first few days of March, although fishing is good from the upper Arkansas River to the dam. There are brush piles marked with fishing buoys. When fishing is done from a boat, a depth finder is necessary to find the brush. Generally if your lure or minnow is not in close proximity to the brush, the fish won't see your bait. Try tw

 

o ft. with 1/8 oz. jigs with two-inch bodies. Ten-pound. super line (fire line) helps the abrasive effects of the zebra mussels. Blue catfish will pickup as the water temps edge closer to 50. Jug fishing with cut bait is a very effective technique with hooks set at 5 ft. intervals between 5 - 30ft. When fish are caught, concentrate hooks and bait in the productive zone. The best areas are the upper portion of the lake in the river channel. Trotlines are also very effective. Most anglers use fresh gizzard shad cut into pieces caught with a cast net in the same area. Fishing below Kaw dam has picked up with the recent release of water, with a few white bass showing up. It is time to start watching for white bass in the upper portions of Kaw Lake. Fish can be caught during spring break in the Arkansas River around the river bridge east of Newkirk, upstream and downstream. White bass spawn when the water temperature is between 50-55. Report submitted by Larry Green (580-761-4097), game w

 

arden stationed in Osage County.

 

Keystone: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 45-50 and clear to murky. Largemouth and smallmouth fair on jig and chunk and jerk baits at 8-12 ft. off secondary points in coves. Spotted bass fair on shaky worm rigs and small crankbaits at 8-12 ft. around bluffs in coves. White bass good on spoons and 1/8 oz jigs at 3-8 ft. up rivers and creeks. Striped bass below the dam good on jerk baits and sassy shad at 2-6 ft. when discharging. Striped bass in the lake fair on live shad and big swim baits at 6-10 ft. along river channel. Channel catfish fair on worms and shrimp at 6-10 ft. in shallow coves and creeks. Blue catfish fair on shad and worms at 8-15 ft. in mouth of coves. Flathead catfish fair on live shad and goldfish at 10-15 ft. along riprap and bluffs. Crappie good on jigs and minnows at 8-20 ft. around ledges, shallow coves and brush piles. Report submitted by Larry Sellers, Woody's Bait and Tackle.

 

Oologah: Elevation normal, water in mid to upper 40's and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 18-20 ft. Largemouth bass fair on jigs along south facing rock banks at 15-18 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Skiatook: Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water 43-52 and clear. Crappie fair to good on jigs and minnows, in creek channels and on structure. Largemouth bass fair in relatively shallow water on jigs and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass fair to poor, suspended over deeper water on stick baits and crankbaits. Report submitted by Greenwood Fishing Center.

 

Sooner: White bass and striped bass hybrids fair trolling at 10-12 ft. and in the discharge channel on sassy shad and top water lures. Catfish fair on live and cut bait around Hwy 15. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

 

Tenkiller: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 44-46 and clear. Largemouth bass slow with some action on drop-offs with soft plastic baits. Smallmouth bass fair in feeder creeks on shad type plastic baits. Crappie fair in docks or brush on minnows or jigs at 15-20 ft. White bass slow with some action in the mouths of coves on jigging spoons. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

 

Webbers Falls: Elevation normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and worms along shoreline and around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait and cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12 ft. around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: Elevation 8 ft. below normal. Crappie fair around brush piles. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on the lake side of the spillway. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

Ft. Supply: Elevation below normal. Crappie fair on grubs along shoreline. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: Elevation normal, water 44-49 and stained. White bass are up in creeks on rattletraps. Crappie good off docks and brush piles. Bass fair to good using jig-n-pig, rattletraps and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Blue River: Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on minnows and flies. Catfish fair on liver and worms. Trout good on power bait, super dupers, rooster tails and meal worms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

 

Eufaula: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits at 4-10 ft. around rocky areas. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on shad at 4-15 ft. off the flats. Crappie fair on minnows at 10-12 ft. around docks and along riprap along I-40. Report submitted Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: Elevation slightly above normal, water 48 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on live minnows. Blue catfish fair on liver and dead minnows. Report submitted by Wendell Smalling, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

 

Konawa: Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits off points and along road beds at 6-10 ft. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs in the discharge channel at 15 ft. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 48 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures fished slowly over submerged humps. White bass fair on grubs fished along windy points. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Lower Mountain Fork River: Little change from past weeks, other than the powerhouse seems to be a bit more predictable. They have been releasing water daily during the morning. This means that fishing in zones two and three is now a viable possibility (if the powerhouse maintains the same schedule). Reports from zone two have been a little sparse, and reports from zone three have been non-existent. Trout in zone two are fair, with zone one reportedly having the most success. Best flies have been various forms of mayflies and Midge patterns, soft hackle flies, dry flies, griffiths gnats, hares ears, copper johns, pheasant tails and egg patterns. Report submitted by Sid Ingram, Beavers Bend Fly Shop.

 

Pine Creek: Elevation normal and clear. Bass good on red crankbaits around points. Crappie good on jigs around brushy tops. Catfish fair on cut bait and liver. White bass fair on white beetle spins. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 43 and murky. Largemouth bass slow at 6-8 ft. using jigs and plastic baits fishing the riprapped jetties and rocky areas next to deeper water. Crappie good at 6 ft. using small minnows fishing the edges of the old creek channels. White bass fair at 10 ft. using jigs fishing below Webbers Falls and Kerr dams. Blue catfish good at 20-30 ft. using fresh cut bait fishing the deep areas next to the old river channel. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Sardis Lake: Elevation 3 ft. below normal. Largemouth bass slow to fair off points and around islands on crankbaits and crawdads. White bass good around islands trolling rattle traps and below the dam on grubs. Catfish fair on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad in deep flats and channels. Crappie good on minnows around bridges and tower. Walleye fair on jigs and grubs below the dam. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits at 10-20 ft. near drop offs and points. Striped bass and white bass fair on live bait and cut shad at 15-25 ft. in the coves and river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live and cut shad at 20-30 ft. at Washita Point. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around underwater structure and brush piles. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: Elevation normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8 ft. Channel catfish good. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Foss: Elevation 5 ft. below normal and clear. Striped bass hybrids and walleye fair around the dam. Crappie fair around docks and structure. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1 3/4 ft. below normal. Crappie slow to fair around marina and boat slips. Saugeye slow to fair along east end of dam. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden station in Caddo County.

 

Waurika: Elevation below normal, water 48 and muddy. Catfish slow to fair on punch bait and live bait. Crappie slow to fair around boat docks. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

 

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