March 20th 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 20, 2008
 

 

FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 19, 2008
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: Elevation normal, water in the lower 40s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-30 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish good on cut shad at 10-15 ft. near creek channels. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on jigs and spinners up the creeks. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation normal, water 51 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Copan: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs near submerged structure. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 43 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on salt craws and jigs around rocky points and deep structure. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around docks. Paddlefish snagging fair around Rocky Point. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.
 
Grand: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 46-57 and dirty above Sailboat Bridge and from Sailboat Bridge to Horse Creek and stained from Horse Creek to the dam. Bass being caught on jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie slow with a few being caught on darker colors, Grandpa's gigs in the browns, blacks, or grays at 10-25 ft. Catfish being caught drifting and on jugs with shad at 15-20 ft. in mid-lake. White bass being caught in the upper end of the Neosho River and in Spring River. Paddlefish being snagged trolling in boats at Riverview Park in Miami; there are more being caught from the mouth of Elk River up to Osage Hollow. Report submitted by Littlefield’s Sporting Goods & Greg Lamb’s Guide Service.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along creek channels and shoreline. Catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around brush structure and fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hulah: Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near submerged structure. Blue Catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 47 and murky. Blue catfish excellent at 6-18 ft on the trotlines and juglines on the flats in the Coon Creek and Washunga Bay areas using cut shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs off of the Washunga bay riprap, Pioneer, and Osage cove areas at 6-15 ft. White bass fair in the upper Arkansas and Little Beaver areas on sassy shads and in line spinners. Paddlefish snagging fair to good for smaller males below the 1,000 ft. mark of Kaw dam on both sides of the river. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Keystone: Elevation 3 3/4 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on jigs, chunk baits and spinnerbaits at 4-8 ft. in creeks and rocky points along clay banks. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and chunk baits at 6-10 ft. around secondary points in deep coves. Spotted bass fair on spinnerbaits and small jigs at 4-8 ft. in small coves off main lake. White bass fair on small jigs and minnows at 4-8 ft. in creeks. Striped bass good on bucktails and sassy shad at 3-6 ft. below dam. Channel catfish good on worms at 5-10 ft. in creeks. Blue catfish fair on shad at 10-20 ft. midway back in coves. Flathead catfish slow on goldfish and shad at 10-20 ft. around rocky bluffs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-20 ft. in creeks and deeper around docks and main lake. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Oologah: Elevation 1 ft above normal, water upper 40s to low 50s and murky. White bass good on jigs in the Verdigris River and Big Creek above the main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in creeks around the lake at 4-8 ft. Blue catfish fair on shad off flats on the upper end of the lake at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Pawhuska Lake: Elevation normal, water in the upper 40s and clear. Trout excellent on power bait and fair trolling super dupers at 10-20 ft. Spotted bass fair on crappie jigs and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along creek channels in standing timber. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.  
 
Sooner: Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. White bass good. Hybrid striped bass good in the discharge channel on sassy shad and rattletraps in the evening. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deep water over brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 5 ft. above normal and falling, water murky mid-lake to clear at both ends of the lake. Largemouth bass slow on bass jigs with some action in coves. Crappie slow on 1/16 oz. jigs, some action at 30 ft. around brush. White bass starting to hit in the upper end trolling. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap and creek channels. Catfish good on cut baits and stinkbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
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 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 49 and stained. White bass excellent up creeks in shallow water using rattletraps and grubs. Crappie fair off docks and brush piles using jigs. Bass fair using crankbaits, jigs and Carolina-rigged lizards. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation slightly above normal and rising, water 59 and murky to muddy. Largemouth bass slow on minnows and flies. Channel catfish fair on liver and worms. Trout fair on power bait, super dupers, roostertails 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. White bass have started running in the upper end of the Mountain Fork and are being caught on white and yellow roostertails. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits at 3-6 ft. around rocky areas. Blue catfish fair on shad deep in creek channels at 10-20 ft. Crappie fair on minnows around the I-40 riprap and boat docks at 6-15 ft. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation normal, water 49. White bass good on jigs and trolling crankbaits. Channel catfish fair. Crappie good on minnows at 10-15 ft. All fishing good below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms in weed beds at 4-8 ft. White bass and hybrid striped bass good on shad and minnows at 15 ft. in the discharge channel. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
Lower Mountain Fork River: Trout success has been reduced due to recent rains. The river is running high and very muddy. Once the rain subsides, the river system clears pretty quickly and will return to good fishing in a couple of days. So the fishing should be back to normal by the weekend, assuming the rain subsides soon. Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and jig and pig at 10-20 ft. and fair on deep running crankbaits along rocky points. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-18 ft. over cedar brush. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: Water 49 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs on soft plastics. White bass being caught on minnows, jigs and crankbaits. Crappie are being caught at 3-10 ft. on jigs and minnows around the dam. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal, water murky. Bass are good on soft plastics. Crappie good on minnows around submerged tops and timber. Catfish fair on chicken liver and night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 55 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 5-6 ft. fishing the weed, rock and woody banks. Crappie fair on minnows at 10 ft. drift fishing in the old creek channels. White bass good using shad imitation lures fishing up in the major creeks; fish have started moving up the creeks. Blue catfish fair at 3-6 ft. using fresh cut bait fishing the windy shorelines that contain some cover. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis Lake: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good to excellent on plastics, spinnerbaits and plugs along riprap, in coves and off points. White bass excellent on grubs and sassy shad in creek channels. Blue and flathead catfish fair on jugs and trotlines baited with live shad or cut bait. Walleye fair on grubs in creek channels and around riprap. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 49 and clear. Striped bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad near the islands at 15-20 ft. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on slow moving bait at 15-20 ft. around riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and cut shad at 10-15 ft. in the upper Red River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. deep around brush and fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny Club, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 15 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie very good with minnows and jigs below dam. Channel and blue catfish very good on cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 4 ft. below normal and rising. Crappie poor. Walleye fair on those too small to keep; poor on "keepers." White bass fair. Trout fishing slow to fair in the river. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation above normal with one floodgate open. Walleye and saugeye fair to good behind the dam on jigs and spinners. Crappie good at Ralph's Resort on jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 50 and clear. Crappie and catfish fair. Walleye and striped bass hybrids slow. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
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 and clear. Crappie fair off the dam in deep water. 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. White bass are being caught off points and along dam. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.


 

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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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