March 5th 2008

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New Kaw lake record flathead hooked
If Lesley McNeff of Mustang had caught her 78 lb. flathead catfish from Kaw Lake this time last year, she may have been the only one to cherish the sweet memory, but since she caught it March 8 of this year, the big cat will go down in the record books.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation initiated its Lake Record Fish Program in February, 2008, to recognize the biggest fish from a number of lakes across the state, as well as the anglers who reel them in.
McNeff’s catfish goes down as the first lake record flathead catfish and the third lake record caught since the inception of the program. It was caught on a trotline baited with whole shad, and McNeff, 25, and her father braved cold weather to bring home the fish.
“It was really cold,” McNeff said. “It was 19 degrees when we got on the water.”
The pair checked her father’s trotline first, coming up with three nice-sized flatheads, then switched to check Lesley’s trotline. There was only one fish on the trotline, but neither of them expected to find a Kaw lake record — weighing an even 75 lbs with a length of 51 inches and a girth of 34.25 inches.
“I was not disappointed that it was the only fish on the line!” McNeff said.
McNeff enjoys running trotlines this time of year with her father, who learned the art of successful trotline fishing from his father.
“My dad’s the best trotline fisherman I know,” McNeff said. “He knows how and where to set them, how to run them.”
And McNeff’s father has been showing her the ropes since she was just a youngster. Her flathead catfish comes after two other lake records were set in late February. One was a 14 lb., 8 oz. largemouth bass caught by Allen Gifford, Davis, from Arbuckle Lake, and the other was a 40.1 lb. Grand Lake blue catfish caught by Illinois resident Denny Halgren.
Besides Kaw Lake, there are currently 12 other major lakes included in the Lake Record Fish pilot program, including Arbuckle, Broken Bow, Canton, Eufaula, Ft. Cobb, Grand, Keystone, Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller, Texoma and Thunderbird.
Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include flathead, blue and channel 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 and are detailed on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at wildlifedepartment.com.
Anglers who catch a potential record fish 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.
An easily-operated search feature is available on the Web site 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.
All past and current state record fish are registered in the Lake Record Fish Program as records for their respective lakes.
For more information about the new Lake Record Fish Program, or for more on bass fishing in Oklahoma, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.
 

Lesley McNeff of Mustang

 

 

FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 12, 2008
 

CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: Elevation normal and semi-clear. Blue catfish fair on shad at 8 ft. on northeast shores in morning. Crappie fair by the south dock at 5-6 ft. in morning on minnows or jigs. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, Arcadia lake gate attendant.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: Elevation normal, water mid-40s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 15-30 ft. Blue catfish good on cut shad at 1-12 ft. fishing flats near the creeks channels. Striped bass hybrids fair at 15-20 ft. trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation normal, water 50 and stained. Crappie fair at 14-16 ft. on jigs. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal, water 48 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 14-16 ft. Largemouth bass fair on deep running crankbaits. Catfish fair on juglines using cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Grand: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 44-57 and dirty from Sailboat Bridge to Horse Creek and stained to lightly stained from Horse Creek to the dam. Bass fishing has improved on jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie slow, with a few being caught on darker colors like Grandpa's jigs in the browns, blacks, or grays at 10-25 ft. Catfish being caught on jugs baited with shad at 15-20 ft. White bass are starting to move up Neosho River and are still being caught in Spring River. Paddlefish are being snagged in the Riverview Park in Miami and in the mouth of Elk River up to Osage Hollow trolling in boats. Report submitted by Greg Lamb.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along shoreline and creek channels. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at fishing dock and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Kaw: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 41 and murky. Crappie fair off the Washunga and Kaw City riprap embankments, Little Beaver and Otter creeks at 8-20 ft. on minnows and jigs; there is a wide variance of depths and location as fish are on the move and are beginning to disperse to pre-spawning areas. White bass slow. Blue catfish excellent on juglines using fresh cut shad for bait. Blue catfish are on the flats in the Bear, Coon, and Washunga Bay areas at 6-18 ft. Smaller male paddlefish fair to good on east side below Kaw Dam. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Lower Illinois: Trout excellent on black midges, pheasant tails, woolly buggers in green. Bait fishing with power baits and worms have also produced limits of fish.
 
Oologah: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 40 and murky. Blue catfish fair on shad fishing flats on upper end of the lake at 10 ft. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush piles at 15-20 ft. White bass fair on jigs and deep diving crankbaits in Verdigris River above the lake. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Pawhuska Lake: Elevation slightly above normal, water in middle 40s and clear. Trout excellent on power bait and excellent casting silver and red super dupers at 5-15 ft. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 20-30 ft. in creek channels. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Spavinaw: Elevation slightly above normal, water 47 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on deep running crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 5 ft. above normal and falling. Water is murky mid-lake to clear at both ends of the lake. Largemouth bass slow, with some action in coves on bass jigs. Crappie slow with some action at 30 ft. around brush on 1/16th oz. jigs. White bass starting to hit in the upper end trolling. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits along riprap. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around brush structure. 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 shad and night crawlers. Walleye fair along dam on jigs and crankbaits. 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 normal, water 46 and stained in creeks. Crappie good on docks and at brush piles. White bass being caught in upper creeks on ¼ oz. rattletraps and grubs. Bass slow, with a few being caught on crankbaits, jigs and Carolina rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 50 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on minnows and jigs. Channel catfish slow on liver and worms. Trout fair to good on power bait, super dupers, rooster tails and mealworms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the 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: Elevation 2 ft. above normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and jig and pig at 3-8 ft. around rocky areas. White bass slow. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad at 10-20 ft. drifting the flats. Crappie fair at 8-15 ft. along I-40 riprap and around boat docks with submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation 6 1/2 ft. above normal, water 48. White bass fair on trolled crankbaits in the river channel above the cutoff. Crappie good on jigs below the dam at 9-13 ft. Blue catfish good on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Carolina rigging off points and roadbeds at 8-10 ft. White bass and hybrid striped bass fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
Lower Mountain Fork River: Trout very good on a March Brown Mayfly or a Midge. Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, 48 degrees and murky. 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.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal and murky. Bass good on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows around submerged tops and timber. Catfish fair on beef blood magic bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 48 and murky. Largemouth bass slow at 6-8 ft. using plastic baits and jigs fishing the rock, weed and woody structure next to deeper water. Crappie fair at 10 ft. using minnows drift fishing in the old creek channels. White bass fair using jigs and minnows fishing the mouths of the major feeder streams; fish are staging up for the spring run. Blue catfish fair at 8-10 ft. using fresh cut bait fishing the windy shorelines around the lake. 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 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 hybrids fair on live bait at 15-20 ft. in the coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on live bait and cut shad at 10-15 ft. in the upper Red River. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-10 ft. deep around underwater brush. Report submitted by Danny Club, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 17 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good with minnows and jigs below dam. Channel and blue good on shad below dam. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal and rising. Crappie and walleye poor. White bass fair for small fish and poor for larger fish. Trout good on corn in the river. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation above normal with one floodgate open. Crappie good at Ralph's Resort on jigs and minnows at 20 ft. Walleye and saugeye good behind the dam on jigs and spinners. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal. Crappie slow around marina and boat slips. Saugeye slow along east end of dam. Catfish slow on cut baits. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation normal. Crappie fair off the dam in deep water on jigs. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Waurika: Elevation normal, water 46 and murky. Blue catfish being caught on shad and punch bait. Crappie being caught on jigs and minnows in the marina and Wichita Ridge. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.
 

 


 

Wintertime Striper Fishing

First Big Striper of 2008

 

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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