March 14, 2012

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FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 14, 2012

 

New lake record largemouth bass caught at Lake Texoma. For more information go to: http://lake-record.ou.edu/fishsite/public/fishView.php?id=1252

 

CENTRAL

 

Arcadia: March 11. Water murky. Channel catfish slow to fair. Crappie slow to fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Hefner: March 11. Elevation below normal, water 46-51 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastic baits at 4-15 ft. Smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, soft plastic baits and crankbaits at 4-15 ft. White bass good on grubs and lipless baits at 6-20 ft. Channel catfish good on cut baits at 8-12 ft. in the inlet area. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 20-25 ft. at the dam. Crappie fair on jigs at 15-20 ft. at the dam. Walleye fair on jerk baits and grubs at 3-10 ft. along rocky shorelines. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

 

Overholser: March 12. Water murky. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms along west side of the lake. Report by David Rempe, game warden Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

 

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

 

Wes Watkins: March 12. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 55 and murky. 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

 

Bell Cow: March 11. Elevation below normal water 55 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 12 ft. off the fishing dock. Report submitted Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

 

Birch: March 11. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass being caught on plastic craws. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Carl Blackwell: March 14. Elevation 6 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 11. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie good 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 13. Elevation slightly above normal, water 53 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Ft. Gibson: March 9. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 52 and clear. White bass slow on shad, white grubs and swim baits in the main river and creeks. Largemouth bass good on crank baits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. in the shallow coves and south facing banks. Catfish good on shad and cut bait in the main river channel and below the dam. Crappie fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows at 15 ft. under the docks and in submerged brush. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

 

Grand: March 12. Elevation below normal, water 52. Bass good on worms at 10-20 ft. around points. White bass fair up creek channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Paddlefish fair from Sailboat Bridge to the Ogeechee Flats. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

 

Greenleaf: March 12. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along creek channels, rocky points and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait on bottom near the spillway and upper end of creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12 ft. around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hudson: March 12. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. White bass fair to good on small lures; not quite at full run. Crappie good on minnows and jigs up coves and creeks and around brush areas. Paddlefish fair and starting to move closer to dams. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Hulah: March 11. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie good 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.

 

Keystone: March 13. Elevation normal, water 57. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits at 10-12 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

 

Lower Illinois: March 13. Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on sink baits and jerk baits at 2 ft. in coves. White bass slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass hybrids slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly-fishing on 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.

 

Oologah: March 10. Elevation normal, water lower 50s and clear. 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 in the Verdigris River above the lake and fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Pawhuska: March 11. Elevation below normal, water 50 and clear. Trout good on Power Bait and sliver Super Dupers. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Skiatook: March 13. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water upper 40s to lower 50s 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 12. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on slabs and live shad. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

 

Spavinaw: March 13. Elevation slightly above normal, water 53 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 12. Water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits and soft plastics at 5-15 ft. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around docks. Sunfish fair on worm-tipped jigs in or near the docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

 

Webbers Falls: March 12. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: March 10. Elevation 10 ft. below normal, water clear. Walleye good on jigs and crankbaits along dam after sundown. Channel catfish good on shad in river channel. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

Ft. Supply: March 12. Elevation normal, water murky. White bass and crappie fair jigging along the bank at the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: March 10. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 53 and stained in upper creeks, clear in the main lake. Bass being caught on crankbaits in shad patterns, Texas-rigged blue/black lizards off rocks and Alabama rigs. Crappie being caught at 12-15 ft. brush piles and good around docks early and late. White bass being caught on crankbaits, grubs and rattletraps in upper creeks along and near creek channels. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Blue River: March 12. Elevation normal, water 59 and clear. Trout good on salmon eggs, Power Bait and jigs. Fly-fishing good on hare's ear, woolly buggers and midges. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair around structure in larger pools. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait around current in large pools. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

 

Broken Bow: March 11. Bass being caught on crankbaits; they are moving to shallower water along the mouths of creeks. White bass should start to run in the next few weeks and will be caught on white or yellow road runners and white or chartreuse jigs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Walleye fair on grubs and rogues in the upper end of the river along the narrows. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Eufaula: March 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and crankbaits in rocky areas. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along deep flats. Crappie fair on minnows at 6-15 ft. along riprap, standing timber and boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: March 11. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 52. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along the edges of creek channels. Channel catfish good on below the dam when releasing water. Crappie good on minnows in the creek channels of the Kiamichi River and good below the dam when releasing water. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

 

Konawa: March 12. Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at 4-6 ft. along weed beds and 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 Mt. Fork: March 11. Water flow 100 cfs above Powerhouse, visibility 3 ft., water 55 and clear. Call 866-494-1993 for hydroelectric release schedule. Big rainbows and browns have been caught this week 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 11. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits at 4-12 ft. Crappie fair at 10-20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Murray: March 13. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 53 and murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on various baits. White bass good. Crappie slow to fair around brush piles, tires and structure. Walleye fair at the dam before dark. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

 

Pine Creek: March 11. Elevation normal and rising, water murky. Bass fair on crankbaits at 15 ft. Crappie fair on minnows. Catfish picking up on liver. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: March 12. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair along riprap. White bass fair in the Big San Bois Creek. Catfish good on shad and minnows in creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in the Big San Bois Creek arm. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Sardis: March 9. Elevation normal, water 51. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and swim baits at 3-14 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie good on minnows at 11-16 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: March 11. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 50 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic combination baits at 10-15 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-20 ft. from Alberta Creek to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on stinkbait and live bait at 10-15 ft. from Johnson Creek to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and worms at 10-15 ft. in Glasses and Kansas creek. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: March 11. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass good on black 6-inch 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 11. Elevation 26 1/3 ft. below normal and rising slowly. Walleye and white bass being caught on minnows and jigs off the main swim beach and Hicks Mtn. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

 

Ellsworth: March 11. 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.

 

Foss: March 13. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water high 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair on slabs in deep water. Walleye fair on live bait along dam. Bass slow on live bait. Crappie fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

Tom Steed: March 12. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water murky and 45. Saugeye fair on jigs at 5-10 ft. along rock areas. Crappie fair on minnows at 20 ft. near dam. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

 

Waurika: March 14. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water murky to muddy. Blue catfish slow to fair on cut bait in channels using rod-and-reel and juglines. Crappie slow to fair on minnows and jigs around rocks off Corum Road. 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.

 

 

 

 

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