Fishing Report for March 13,2013
out the new lake record striped bass hybrid caught at Hudson Lake. It was
caught on March 4 and weighed 20.5 lbs. and was 31.25 inches long. For more
information go to
Arcadia: March 10. Elevation
normal. Channel catfish fair to good on punch bait and chicken liver around
points and flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs suspended early morning
and midday. Carp good on hotdogs. Report by Chance Whiteley, game warden
stationed in Oklahoma County.
Arcadia: March 12. Elevation normal, water 46 and muddy. All fishing fair.
Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. along shorelines and docks
early morning. Bass fair. Catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by
Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Overholser: March 11. Elevation below normal. Catfish fair
on night crawlers and cut shad. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden
stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: March 9. Elevation 7 1/3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie
fair on minnows and small jigs at 8-10 ft. around structure. Bass fair on
spinnerbaits around structure. Report by Tony Woodruff, game warden
stationed in Cleveland County.
Ft. Gibson: March 9. Elevation
1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 49 and clear. White bass fair on whole shad on
a Carolina rig in the main channel in the Mission Bend area. Catfish good on
whole shad at 10-20 ft. drifting the flats. Largemouth bass good on
crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at
15 ft. around the docks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Hudson: March 11. Elevation
normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. White bass
fair to good in the lower of the creeks and below the dams. Blue catfish
fair to good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted
by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: March 11. Elevation normal, water 44. 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 the south end of the lake. Report
submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: March 12. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 46. Crappie fair
on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait. Striped bass good on
shad-colored jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed
in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: March 11. Elevation normal, water 44 and murky. Largemouth
bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. and minnows with corks at 1 ft. around
bridges, coves and the mouth of the river. White bass slow on spinnerbaits
and jigs at 2-3 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 spinnerbaits and jigs at 3 ft.
around bridges and coves. Trout excellent on flies at the surface, on
rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore
Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
Lower Illinois: March 13.
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 10. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water upper 40s to lower
50s. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on
worms and shad at 10-15 ft. on flats. White bass fair on jigs in the river
above the lake. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in
Sooner: March 13. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair
on ghost minnows, sassy shad and topwater lures in the discharge. Saugeye
fair on minnows and sassy shad. Fishing fair on live shad, cut shad and
slabs where pumping water at the dam. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk,
game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller: March 11. Elevation
4 ft. below normal and rising, water 50 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth
and spotted bass slow on deep running crankbaits, soft plastics and
spinnerbaits around main lake points. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of
Canton: March 9. Elevation 15
ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on shad in the river
channel near Canadian campground. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game
warden stationed Blaine County.
Arbuckle: March 9. Elevation 5
3/4 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear to stained in upper creek arms and
back of feeder coves. Crappie slow around docks and fair on minnows and jigs
scattered around the lake at 25 ft. around brush piles. White bass are on
the move and being caught at 20 ft. in back of creek arms off creek channel
ledges. Bass being caught on crankbaits, jerk baits and Alabama rigs off
points and bluffs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: March 10.
Elevation near normal and rising, water low 30s. Largemouth, smallmouth and
spotted bass fair on plastic baits, jerk baits and jigs. Crappie good on
minnows and jigs in deeper water around structure. Walleye good on jigs and
rogues in the upper end of the lake and mouths of creeks. Report submitted
by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: March 10. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth
bass good on jerk baits and plastic baits along rocky areas. Blue catfish
good on shad along flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below docks and
along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed
in McIntosh County.
Hugo: March 10. Elevation 2 ft. above normal. Crappie fair on minnows along
the river channel. Catfish fair on trot lines baited with cut shad and live
bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and
Konawa: March 11. Elevation normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass fair
on plastic worms and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. along the outside edge of weed
beds and cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad and jigs
at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game
warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: March 10. 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.
Lower Mountain Fork: March 7. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 2,472
rainbow trout. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries
McGee Creek: March 10. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 52 and murky.
Largemouth bass fair 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 10. 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
Robber's Cave State Park: March 7. Stocked 351 lbs., approximately 547
rainbow trout. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary southeast region
Sardis Lake: March 8. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits,
stick baits and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and
dead shad. Crappie fair to good at 8-10 ft. Walleye fair trolling and on
jigs in shallows. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in
Texoma: March 10. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits and plastic
combination baits at 10-20 ft. off the points. Striped and white bass fair
to good on live bait, sassy shad and salt craws at 10-30 ft. from Washita
Point to the islands. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait,
cut bait and stinkbait at 10-30 ft. from Johnson Creek to Platter Flats.
Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. along creeks and
around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on tube jigs and shrimp at 5-10 ft.
around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden
stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: March 10. Elevation 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.
Altus-Lugert: March 9. Elevation 27 ft. below normal and
steady. Overall fishing is very slow. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson,
Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Medicine Creek: March 11. Trout good on salmon eggs in
Bath Lake to Gondola Dam and fair on small in-line spinnerbaits and Super
Dupers. Trout good on small black flies with fly equipment from the Hwy 49
Bridge to the south and fair on minnows, floating Power Baits and small
spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Jimmy Miller with Gone Fishin'.
Tom Steed: March 12. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie slow
on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. near the dam. Report submitted by David
Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: March 11. Elevation 11 ft. below normal. Blue and channel catfish
fair on cut shad along north shorelines during strong south winds. Striped
bass hybrids and crappie slow on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Ted
Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson 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
March 16, 2013
A service of the Oklahoma Department of
Paddlefish: A conservation success story
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation's Paddlefish Research Center in
the northeast part of the state has already
processed at least 300 fish for anglers this
When it comes to unusual, it doesn't get
much stranger than the paddlefish. The
paddlefish takes its common and scientific
names from its distinctive snout, which is
elongated and flattened into a "paddle"
shape. One of Oklahoma's largest fish, the
paddlefish feeds on tiny zooplankton
(microscopic insects) and, like a shark, has
a completely cartilaginous skeletal system.
The paddlefish was alive when dinosaurs were
rumbling around in the late Cretaceous
Period. Paddlefish are one of the most
unique fish in Oklahoma. They can grow over
100 pounds and live up to 50 years.
Paddlefish range throughout the U.S from
Montana to Louisiana. In Oklahoma, they are
found mainly in the Grand, Neosho and
Arkansas River systems.
Paddlefish are caught by snagging, usually
beginning sometime in March and ending in
late April, during the fish's early spring
spawning run. The prehistoric fish can be
caught by snagging with a stout surf rod,
heavy test line, and a large, barbless
treble hook. Historically, paddlefish were
not a highly sought after species. They were
mainly caught by local anglers who fished
from the banks and cleaned their fish on the
spot, taking the meat and leaving the
carcasses in the river or trash cans at
During the past decade, paddlefish have been
increasingly in the spotlight, both as a
favorite thrill for sport anglers and a
target for poachers seeking to sell their
eggs as caviar on the black market.
In February 2008, the Wildlife Department
opened the Paddlefish Research Center at
Twin Bridges State Park near Miami, Okla.
The center collects important biological
data, processes paddlefish fillets for
anglers and salvages paddlefish eggs.
Since 2008 more than 20,000 fish have been
brought to the paddlefish research center by
anglers, where their fish are professionally
cleaned and packaged. Workers at the center
collect eggs from female fish to sell as
caviar. Workers collect details on the
condition of the eggs, weight, fat
percentage and other data that tells
biologists about the health of the fish.
Once data is collected, the eggs are
processed and sold as caviar. These funds
are being used to fund continued paddlefish
research and improve angler access. Oklahoma
paddlefish caviar is dispersed throughout
Europe and Asia after the critical
biological data is recorded from each fish.
Most importantly, the Wildlife Department is
able to gather large quantities of useful
data for managing paddlefish in Oklahoma.
Certain types of biological data can only be
collected once a paddlefish is dead. Prior
to the opening of the Paddlefish Research
Center, the Department had only collected
information from 240 fish since the late
1970s. The center makes it possible to
collect data from thousands of fish that are
already being harvested by anglers. In just
a few months, biologists found themselves
years ahead of where they had been in terms
of researching and managing the species.
Biologists are able to get the scientific
information they need for management,
anglers get the meat from their fish, and
the salvaged eggs are sold to pay for
continued management of the resource. It is
a win-win for the anglers and for the
Some examples of projects funded through
- Sonic tracking of paddlefish populations
in Grand Lake and the Spring River.
- Genetic diversity analysis research
project with Oklahoma State University.
- Purchase of boats and other equipment to
assist law enforcement patrolling paddlefish
- Improvement of fishing access at Miami
Park on the Neosho River, the low water dam
at Lake Hudson and planned improvements at
Twin Bridges State Park at Grand Lake.
The center is open during prime paddlefish
snagging months (approximately March 1 -
April 30), and anglers can bring their catch
to the center for cleaning and processing.
Additionally, anglers such as those fishing
at Miami's Riverview City Park also can call
the 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
The paddlefish research center is seasonally
staffed by employees trained in proper
handling and processing of fish products.
Paddlefish anglers are required to obtain a
free paddlefish permit before fishing for
paddlefish in Oklahoma. Last year around
70,000 anglers obtained the permit with a
specific number that must be attached to all
paddlefish that are caught and kept. The
permit system provides clearer information
about paddlefish anglers and helps 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 online at
poses with a
Center to be
the fish for
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,
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.
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,
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.