March 21, 2012

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FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 21, 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

 

 

 

 

Spring has sprung! Crappie are beginning to spawn and white bass are starting to run in lakes all across the state!

 

 

CENTRAL

 

Arcadia: March 18. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and punchbait along flats and secondary points in late evening. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in deep water. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Hefner: March 19. Elevation below normal, water 50-55 and murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and worms at 4-15 ft. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits and worms at 4-15 ft. White bass fair on grubs and lipless baits at 6-20 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait at 8-12 ft. at the inlet area. Blue catfish good on cut bait at 20-25 ft. at the inlet area. Crappie good on jigs at 2-10 ft. around the docks and the dam. Walleye good on jerk baits, crankbaits and grubs at 2-8 ft. along rocky banks and the inlet area. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

 

Overholser: March 19. Water murky. Catfish fair on fresh shad on bottom all around the lake. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on worms and minnows near dam in the late evening. Report by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

 

Thunderbird: March 20. Elevation 3ft. below normal, water muddy. Crappie fair on small minnows and small jigs at 8-10 ft. off the dam, Willow Creek cove and Little Axe cove. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

 

Wes Watkins: March 19. Elevation 6 ft. below normal and rising, water 58 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on minnows and spinnerbaits at 3-4 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near structure. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County. 

 

NORTHEAST

 

Bell Cow: March 18. Elevation below normal, water 55 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 12 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

 

Birch: March 19. Elevation 8 below normal, water 53 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic lures and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Carl Blackwell: March 20. Elevation 6 ft. below normal but should be rising with current rain activity, water 52 and muddy. Crappie good on jigs at 10 ft. Saugeye fair trolling and near rock structure. Report Submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

 

Copan: March 18. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs 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. White bass being caught on jigs in several creeks. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Eucha: March 20. Elevation 1 1/5 ft. above normal, water 59 and muddy. Crappie and bass excellent before the heavy rain. At this point it will take the lake a few days to clear up. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Ft. Gibson: March 18. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 63 and clear. Crappie excellent on minnows and 1/16-ounce tube jigs in black and chartreuse with 6 lbs. test line around brush piles and rocky banks; starting to move toward the banks for spawn. White bass excellent on white jigs and also whole shad 1-3 inches long fishing a Carolina-rigged shad on the bottom of the creeks and river banks. Wherever you fish you need to get your lure or bait to about 6 inches off the bottom where they are spawning. Catfish excellent on juglines and rod-and-reel baited with whole shad while drifting and bank fishing. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

 

Greenleaf: March 20. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait up creek channels and the spillway. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around brush structure and fishing docks. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hudson: March 19. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. White bass fair to good on small lures. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallower areas and brush pile areas. Paddlefish fair to good. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Hulah: March 18. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie slow 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.

 

Kaw: March 20. Elevation normal and rising, water 55. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. Catfish fair at 1-5 ft. below the dam. White bass good on jigs and crankbaits. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

 

Keystone: March 20. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 56. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

 

Lower Illinois: March 19. Elevation normal, water 41 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. White bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on jigs at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass hybrids fair 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 fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. Trout excellent fly-fishing 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 18. Elevation normal, water in upper 50's and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on jugs using shad at 10-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits at 5 ft. 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 19. Elevation below normal, water 53 and clear. Trout good on silver Super Dupers and Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Skiatook: March 20. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water low 50s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics lures in back of coves. White bass fair on live shad around winding points. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Spavinaw: March 20. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 61 and dingy. Crappie and bass excellent before the heavy rain. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 

Tenkiller: March 19. Elevation normal, water 58-60 and clear. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics in rocky structure. Crappie fair in the upper end on tube jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush. Catfish fair on flip-flops and cut bait at 20-30 ft. White bass staging in the mouth of coves in upper end. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

 

Webbers Falls: March 20. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along creek channels, brush structure and riprap. Catfish good on fresh cut bait drifting on bottom on mudflats and creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: March 18. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Walleye good on jigs and crankbaits along dam after sundown. Channel catfish fair on shad in river channel. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

Ft. Supply: March 18. White bass and walleye good on white grubs below the dam and fair on jigs in the riprap along the shorelines. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: March 17. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 60 and clear in the main lake and stained up creeks. Bass being caught on small soft plastics, crankbaits, jerk baits and Alabama rigs. Crappie good off docks early and late hours. White bass being caught on rattletraps, wiggle-tailed grubs and roadrunners chasing shad up the creeks. Sunfish being caught around docks. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Blue River: March 20. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 55 and murky. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait around eddies in swift water. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

 

Broken Bow: March 18. Elevation slightly above normal. Bass good along structure. White bass being caught on yellow and white roadrunners and yellow and white grubs, they are in full run in the upper end of the Mt. Fork, all creeks and feeder creeks on the lake. Crappie good at 3-5 ft. in the willows and structure along the banks and mouths of creeks. Walleye fair on rogues and witches brew grubs in the upper end. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Eufaula: March 18. Elevation normal, water 53. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits, crankbaits and plastic lures in rocky areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along flats and below the dam when running water. Crappie fair on minnows at 6-10 ft. in the riprap and standing timber and at 2-3 ft. at the north end moving towards the banks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: March 19. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 54. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits around flooded timber. Blue catfish fair to good below the dam during water releases. Crappie good on minnows at 15-20 ft. in creek channels and up the Kiamichi River channel, good at 12-15 ft. in secondary creek channels as water warms and fair to good below the dam during water releases. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

 

Konawa: March 18. Elevation normal, water 60 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. in weed beds and cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

Lower Mountain Fork River: March 18. Water 58 and clear, visibility 3 ft. Water flow 100 cfs above Powerhouse. Call 866-494-1993 for hydroelectric release schedule. Big Rainbows and Browns have been caught this week on March Brown Dry Flies in smooth water and with high stick presentation with nymphs in fast water. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

McGee Creek: March 18. Elevation normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits at 1-6 ft. Crappie fair at 8-20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Channel and flathead catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Murray: March 20. Elevation below normal, water stained to muddy in the north end. Largemouth bass good. Crappie good. Walleye good. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

 

Pine Creek: March 18. Elevation normal and rising, water murky. Bass fair on crankbaits at 15 ft. Crappie fair on minnows but most have been small fish. Catfish action is picking up on liver with big numbers of fish being caught but most being small. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: March 20. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Largemouth bass fair on soft baits along riprap. White bass slow but should pick up with the rain. Catfish good on shad and minnows in the creek channels in rising water. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in the Big San Bois Creek area. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Sardis: March 18. Elevation normal, water 56. Largemouth bass good on swim baits, spinner baits and crank baits at 2-10 ft. Channel and Blue Catfish fair to good on cut bait, dead minnows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-15 ft.  Walleye fair trolling at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: March 18. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 54 and mostly clear. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms and deep-diving crankbaits at 10-15 ft. in the creek channels and around riprap. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-20 ft. in the river channels and north. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-15 ft. from Platter Flats to the north. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in the upper creek channels. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: March 18. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass good on 6-inch black plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Altus-Lugert: March 18. Elevation 26 ft. below normal and slowly rising. Crappie, White bass and walleyes being caught at Little Hicks. Walleye and white bass being caught on minnows and jigs off the main swim beach. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

 

Ellsworth: March 18. Elevation 12 ft. below normal. Blue catfish good on juglines with cut bait.  Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

 

Ft. Cobb: March 21. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 58 and clear. Two boat ramps are still open at Sunset and Lemon Hill. Crappie slow on minnows around the marina and boat slips late evening and early morning. Catfish being caught on juglines baited with cut shad around rocks by the dam mainly at night. Saugeye being caught on slabs in late evening. Report submitted by Kevin Bean, park ranger at Ft. Cobb State park.

 

Tom Steed: March 19. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 55 and murky. White bass fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair on cut bait. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

 

Waurika: March 20. Elevation below normal, water murky to muddy. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on shad and jigs along rocks and windy banks. Blue catfish fair to good on cut shad and shrimp at 3-12 ft. along rocky points and shorelines. Crappie slow to fair on minnows and jigs along the rocks at Corum. 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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