March 07, 2012

Visit Our Sponsor

 

FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 7, 2012

 

White bass should start to fun at Broken Bow Lake in the next two weeks. Start making plans to go fishing now.

 

CENTRAL

 

Arcadia: March 4. Elevation below normal. Crappie slow to fair on jigs around docks and points. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Hefner: March 6. Elevation below normal and rising, water 48-52 and murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. on the east side. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits at 5-15 ft. on the east side. White bass good on grubs and Gay Blades at 6-15 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait at 20 ft. along the dam. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 20 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-18 ft. Walleye good on jerk baits at 2-10 ft. along rocky shorelines. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

 

Thunderbird: March 4. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. off dam and Willow Creek. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

 

Wes Watkins: March 5. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water clear. Northwest boat ramp is closed due to low water. Largemouth bass fair on shad and worms around windy points. Crappie fair on minnows around deep structure. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Birch: March 4. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Carl Blackwell: March 6. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 52 and muddy. Crappie fair on jigs. Saugeye fair trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

 

Copan: March 5. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie slow on minnows at 4-8 ft. near Osage Plains and the new fishing dock at Copan Point. Catfish slow on cut shad below the dam and near Copan Point. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Eucha: March 7. Elevation slightly below normal, water 52 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Ft. Gibson: March 2. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 50 and clear. White bass good on whole shad on the bottom in the main channel of the river in the Three Finger Bay Area. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. Catfish good on shad and little smokies in the main channel in the main lake. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs in the Paradise Cove area under the docks and structure. Report Submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

 

Grand: March 6. Elevation below normal, water 51. Bass fair on worms at 10-15 ft. off points. White bass fair up creeks. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Paddlefish fair from Sailboat Bridge to Grays Ranch. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

 

Greenleaf: March 5. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines, creek channels, brush structure and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hulah: March 5. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie slow on minnows at 4-8 ft. near and around Skull Creek. Channel catfish slow on cut shad on bottom. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Kaw: March 5. Elevation near normal, water 51 and murky. The water at the Coon Creek boat ramp is too low to launch boats. Blue catfish very good on juglines baited with fresh or frozen cut shad at 10 ft. in or near the Arkansas River channel from the Sarge Creek Bridge up stream with the best area being around Coon Creek, and upstream from the Washunga Bay Bridge. White bass being caught on small white curly tail jigs. Crappie fair at 10 ft. around boat slips at both marinas, and on the riprap at Sarge Creek and Washunga bay. Walleye and white bass being caught on small jigs below Kaw dam in the discharge area. The paddlefish that spawn below Kaw Dam spend most of the year, winter; summer and fall in Keystone Lake, in the spring they make a spawning run into the rivers that form the lake. The Arkansas, Cimarron and the Salt Fork of the Arkansas Rivers, depending on preferred water conditions by the paddlefish they choose one of these three rivers to run up and spawn. The Salt Fork confluences with the Arkansas River 90 miles upstream from Keystone Lake and 8 miles south of Ponca City. The paddlefish are going to choose the river that has the biggest flow of water with the warmest temperature. Paddlefish spawn between 53 and 60 degrees. A tip that will help knowing approximate surface water temps is the water temperature will be close to overnight low air temps. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County; for more information call 580-761-4097.

 

Lower Illinois: March 5. Elevation normal, water 42 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river in the coves. White bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on jigs at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Blue catfish good on cut bait on bottom at the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

 

Oologah: March 4. Elevation near normal, water clear and near 50. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-18 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 20-25 ft. near the river channel. White bass fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Pawhuska: March 4. Elevation below normal, water 50 and clear. Trout good on Power Bait and small spinnerbaits. Report submitted David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Skiatook: March 6. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water upper 40s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits in the back of creeks. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair drifting live shad at 30-40 ft. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Sooner: March 5. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs in the lake and fair on sassy shad and live shad in the discharge. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

 

Spavinaw: March 7. Elevation slightly above normal, water 52 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Tenkiller: March 5. Water 50 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along the bluffs and rocky shores. Crappie slow on minnows or jigs in or near docks. Catfish fair on flip-flops with cut bait at 20-40 ft. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

 

Webbers Falls: March 5. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in purple and black around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: March 3. Elevation 10 ft. below normal. Channel catfish good on cut shad in river channel near spillway. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

Ft. Supply: March 5. Elevation normal, water clear. White bass good on jigs along the dam. Walleye fair on jigs along the shorelines. Report submitted Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: March 4. Elevation 3 1/3 ft. below normal, water 50-53 degrees and stained up creeks. Bass being caught on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and Texas-rigged lizards. Crappie being caught at 12 ft. on most brush piles and fair at the docks. White bass being caught on small grubs and rattletraps during warm afternoons moving up stream to shallows. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Blue River: March 6. Elevation normal, water 59. Trout good on in-line spinnerbaits, brown jigs and Power Bait. Fly-fishing good on olive woolly buggers, zebra midges, prince nymphs and hares ear. Channel catfish fair on minnows and stinkbait around structure in larger pools. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: March 5. Bass good on Alabama rigs around structure. White bass should start to run in the next two weeks. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Walleye being caught on rogues and grubs in the upper end. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Eufaula: March 4. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits, crankbaits and plastic baits in rocky areas. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along deeper flats. Crappie fair on minnows at 8-15 ft. along riprap, standing timber and boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: March 4. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 52. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel and creek channels. Largemouth bass fair near structure along points off the main channel. Blue catfish and crappie good below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

 

Konawa: March 3. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at 4-6 ft. in the cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good 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: March 4. Water flow 100 cfs above the Powerhouse, water 53 and clear. Big rainbows and browns being caught on March Brown Dry flies on smooth water High Stick presentation with nymphs in fast water. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

McGee Creek: March 4. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig-and-pigs at 6-20 ft. Crappie fair at 10-20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Report submitted Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Murray: March 5. Water 52. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on various baits. White bass slow to fair on rattletraps and jigs in the north end. Crappie slow to fair around brush piles. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

 

Pine Creek: March 4. Elevation normal and dropping, water clear. Bass great on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 15 ft. Crappie good on minnows but catches are smaller fish. Catfish picking up on liver. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: March 6. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair. Catfish fair on minnows and shad in creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Sardis: March 3. Elevation normal, water 53. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, swim baits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits at 4-7 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 11-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: March 4. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 50 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, plastic worms, and slabs at 10-20 ft. around the drop-offs and creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-25 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 10-15 ft. from Platter Flats to Johnston Creek. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in Glasses, Widow Moore and Kansas creeks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: March 4. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass good on 6-inch black plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Altus-Lugert: March 4. Elevation 26 1/2 ft. below normal and slowly rising. Walleye and white bass being caught off Hicks Mountain. Catfish good on night crawlers from the main swim beach. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

 

Ellsworth: March 4. Elevation 11 1/2 ft. below normal. Blue catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

 

Ft. Cobb: March 7. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 55 and clear. There are still two boat ramps, Sunset and Lemon Hill. Crappie slow on minnows around Marina and boat slips late evening and early mornings. Catfish biting on juglines baited cut shad around rocks by the dam mainly at night.  Report submitted by Kevin Bean, park ranger at Ft. Cobb State Park.

 

Tom Steed: March 6. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 45. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 20 ft. near the dam. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

 

Waurika: March 6. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water murky to muddy. Striped bass hybrids slow on jigs. Blue catfish fair on juglines and rod-and-reel at 3-12 ft. in the channels. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.

 




 


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.

 

 

 

 

OkieFish.com  Oklahoma's Fishing Resource
Copyright (c) 2006  Ponca City, OK




Created by