March 17, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 17, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: March 16. Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs from the heated dock and at 18-20 ft. over brush piles. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and shad guts around rocky points and riprap. White bass fair on white grubs near Memorial Road. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Hefner: March 12. Elevation above normal, water clear. White bass good on jigs at the dam. Crappie good on jigs at the dam. Walleye good trolling. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Overholser: March 16. Water murky. White bass fair on white grubs with pink or red tails and other crappie jigs at 2-6 ft. around the crappie dock on the west side. Striped bass hybrids good on white grubs with pink or red tails and other crappie jigs at 2-6 ft. around the crappie dock on the west side. Channel catfish fair on live bait, cut shad and liver along the banks. Crappie slow to fair on white grubs with pink or red tails and other crappie jigs at 2-6 ft. around the crappie dock on the west side. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Canadian and Oklahoma counties.
 
Thunderbird: March 14. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. around brush. White bass still staging, but not running yet. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: March 15. Elevation slightly above normal, water 47-51 and clear to murky. Largemouth bass being caught on worms and rattle traps at 10-15 ft. in the creeks and old road beds. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: March 14. Elevation above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Carl Blackwell: March 15. Elevation normal, water 46 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs. Saugeye good on jigs and crankbaits shallow. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Copan: March 14. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in Cotton Creek and in areas with submerged structure. Blue catfish good on cut shad near Osage Plains. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Greenleaf: March 16. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines and creek channels. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and yellow, green or white jigs around the fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: March 15. Elevation normal. White bass fair to good on small lures. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush pile areas leading into mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: March 14. Elevation normal. Crappie being caught at 6-8 ft. near submerged structure in creeks entering the lake. Blue catfish being caught on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: March 15. Elevation above normal, water 48 and stained. Blue catfish fair on juglines with cut bait at 10-20 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-15 ft. over structure, some are starting to move up the creeks. White bass and striped bass hybrids slow on jigs up the river. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Keystone: March 17. Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal, water clear. White bass fair below the dam. Channel catfish good on shad below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and tube jigs at 6-15 ft. around brush piles and along banks of the lake. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle II.
 
Skiatook: March 15. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal, water upper 40s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: March 16. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on sassy shad and topwater lures in the discharge. Catfish good on cut shad in the discharge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Tenkiller: March 15. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 44 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs and shiners near the docks or above Hwy 82 Bridge in brush. Catfish fair on trotlines with cut baits near Carter’s landing. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: March 16. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along riprap and creek channels. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and black or purple jigs along bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Ft. Supply: March 16. Elevation slightly below normal. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam just off the banks in the evenings. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: March 13. Elevation 1/2 ft below normal, water 46-51 and stained up creeks. Crappie hitting minnows and jigs off docks. Bass being caught on jigs off points; drop shot also working. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: March 16. Elevation 1-2 ft. above normal, water 56 and clear to slightly murky. Bass slow to fair on minnows and flies. Channel catfish fair on liver and worms. Trout fair to good on roster tails, super dupers, power bait and mealworms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: March 14. Water high 40s to low 50s and murky in the upper end. Bass fair on crankbaits. White bass being caught on white or chartreuse grubs and rooster tails, they should start migration up streams and feeder creeks in the next week or two. Walleye being caught on crawdad colored jigs and rogues, about to start the spawning run up to the head of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: March 15. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on jerk baits and plastic baits around rocky areas on the east end. White bass good on jigs below the dam in running water. Blue catfish good on shad drifting the shallow flats. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. in the riprap at I-40 and docks with standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and rising slowly. Crappie fair to good along the creek channels. White bass fair to good from the cutoff up to the first shoal above Rattan Landing. Catfish fair on cut shad. Blue catfish and crappie good below the dam on jigs. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: March 16. Elevation normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 2-8 ft. around cattails and points. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: March 14. Elevation normal, water 51 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 16-25 ft.; best off of creek channels around submerged brush. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures at 12-24 ft. around cover. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: March 16. Water 50 and clear in the south end and slightly murky in the north arms. White bass fair in the north end near Martin’s landing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: March 14. Elevation below normal, water clear.  Bass good on blue or watermelon colored jigs around points. Crappie good on minnows. Catfish good on chicken liver below the spillway. White bass are staging up in the river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: March 16. Elevation normal, water 61 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and around brush piles and while drift fishing the Big San Bois Creek area. Catfish fair on fresh shad and around break off points between the shallow and the deeper water by the river channels. Largemouth bass fair after finding the warmer water up the creeks. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: March 14. Elevation normal, water 50. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, worms and jigs. Crappie fair on minnows at 17-18 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: March 14. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 46 and clear south and murky north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good from Platter Flats to the south. Striped and white bass fair to good from Catfish Bay to the south. Channel and blue catfish fair to good in the Washita Arm of the lake. Crappie fair to good in Widow Moore, Kansas and upper Rock creeks. Paddlefish fair to good below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: March 14. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. around structure. Channel catfish fair on juglines with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: March 14. Elevation 15 1/3 ft. below normal and rising slowly. Trout season is open until March 15. Crappie and walleyes being caught around the Hicks Mountain Area and off the points near the main swim beach. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: March 14. Elevation normal with two floodgates open. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Saugeye being caught on jigs behind the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.             
 
Foss: March 15. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 40s and clear. Crappie fair on live bait at 10-15 ft. near the fish house. Walleye fair on live bait at 20-30 ft. close to the dam. Catfish fair on stinkbait in channels. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Tom Steed: March 15. Elevation normal, water 45 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles near the dam. Walleye fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. off rocks in the channel. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: March 15. Water cloudy to clear. Channel and blue catfish being caught on cut shad and stinkbait around windy shores and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and rocks. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.
 



 

New Lake Records  2009

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Thunderbird
Flathead catfish
Weight: 57 lbs.
Angler: Brad Adkisson
Date: May 11
Bait: Trotline


Konawa
Largemouth bass
Weight: 9.1 lbs.
Angler: Brent Dempsey
Date: May 7
Bait: Soft plastic


 

Lake Tenkiller
Smallmouth bass
Weight: 6.4 lbs.
Angler: Monty Bollinger
Date: April 21
Bait: Soft plastic


Hefner Lake
Largemouth bass
Weight: 10.5 lbs.
Angler: Kevin Barnicoat
Date: April 21
Bait: Jig


McGee Creek
Largemouth bass
Weight: 12.2 lbs.
Angler: Ray Earley
Date: April 18
Bait: Jig


Canton Lake
Striped bass
Weight: 24.1 lbs.
Angler: Kevin Deal
Date: April 15
Bait: Natural bait


Sardis
Largemouth bass
Weight: 11.2 lbs.
Angler: Charles Carter
Date: April 14
Bait: Spinner


Sooner Lake
Blue catfish
Weight: 66.9 lbs.
Angler: Paul Shakula
Date: April 14
Bait: Processed bait


Skiatook
Flathead catfish
Weight: 43.6 lbs.
Angler: Nathan Coyle
Date: April 10
Bait: Natural bait


Fort Gibson
Crappie
Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Angler: Marshall Jones
Date: April 9
Bait: Soft plastic


Oologah
Blue catfish
Weight: 62 lbs.
Angler: Tom Applegate
Date: April 7
Bait: Natural bait


Lake Murray
Largemouth bass
Weight: 10.9 lbs.
Angler: Charles Samuel Jewell, Jr.
Date: March 24
Bait: Soft plastic


Grand Lake
Crappie
Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Angler: Paul J. Youngblood
Date: March 9
Bait: Jig



 

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.

 

 
Fish Species Crappie
Lake Keystone
Reel Shimano
Rod Shimano
Bait Jig
Catch Method Spinning rod and reel
Disposition Released
Weighed Condition Alive
Length (inches) 17.00
Girth (inches) 13.00
Weight (pounds) 3.7
Angler's Name Dave Bargas
Angler's City sandsprings
Angler's State OK
Date Caught Jun 3 2009
Area Caught saltcreek
Lake Record Yes
Record Keeper N-D-N Hunting and Fishing Supplies



 

 

 

 

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