March 25, 2009

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FISHING REPORT FOR MARCH 25, 2009

 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: Largemouth bass fair on black power bait worms at 10-12 ft. Blue catfish good on shad and punch baits around the dam at night. Crappie fair to good at the heated dock and at 10-12 ft. near the river channel in standing timber. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Overholser: Elevation normal, water clear. White bass fair on jigs, shrimp and crawdads on bottom along the windy shorelines, around the crappie dock on the west side of the lake and below the dam. Striped bass hybrids fair on jigs, shrimp and crawdads on bottom along the windy shorelines and below the dam. Channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits from the banks. Crappie fair at the crappie docks on the west side of the lake. Report submitted by Ron Comer, game warden stationed in Canadian County.
 
Thunderbird: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal and clear. Crappie good on small minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. around structure. Largemouth bass fair on tandem spinnerbaits in shallow coves on structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait off points. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: Water 54-59 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, rattletraps and assorted soft plastic lures. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in the timbered area. White bass good trolling at 8-9 ft. along north shoreline around the dam area. Catfish good on chicken livers, bait shrimp, worms and minnows. Report submitted by M. Fowler.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: Water 53 and clear. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and spinnerbaits at 6-8 ft. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on sassy shad and jigs up creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows 12-15 ft over structure. Channel catfish good on worms below the dam. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 59 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs suspended at 14 ft. Crappie fair on crankbaits chrome or white colors around rock structure. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: Elevation below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on shrimp. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: Elevation is below normal and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. near submerged structure. Blue catfish fair on cut shad and worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: Elevation normal, water 55 and murky. Crappie good on jigs and minnows at 10-14 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on suspended jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation is 1/2 ft. above normal, water 48 and murky. White bass good above Mission Bend area on white three inch grubs and jigs. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows at 10-20 ft.; they moving shallower in a pre-spawn pattern. Largemouth bass good on jig and pig combinations and spinnerbaits. Report Submitted by Rick Stafford with 3riverguideservice.com
 
Grand: Upper end: Elevation slightly below normal, water 49 in lake and 60 in rivers and clear to murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, rattletraps, rogues and finesse jigs. White bass good on white rooster tails, white grubs and chartreuse, sparkle grubs in upper rivers. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on shad, brooders and night crawlers at 40 ft. and on secret seven dip bait around log jams in rivers. Crappie good on minnows, shiners, Grandpa's jigs in blue/white, purple, yellow/tan/white and Bobby Garland bait at 17 ft. around docks and brush piles. Paddlefish good from Sailboat Bridge moving up rivers. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sports Center.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and beavertail worms along creek channels and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait near spillway and upper creek channel. Crappie fair on minnows and yellow/white jigs at fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hulah: Elevation normal and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft near submerged structure. Blue and channel catfish fair below the dam on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: Blue catfish good in Coon Creek area on juglines, trotlines, and rod and reel fishing with cut shad at 6-15 ft. Channel catfish good in upper end of lake in bear creek and Arkansas River on stink bait and shad. White bass fair in Arkansas River on 1/16th and 1/8th ounce white or chartreuse roadrunners. White bass also fair in tailwaters during times of water release. Crappie good in Otter and Beaver Creek at 4-8 ft. on black and chartreuse jigs and minnows fished around brush piles. Paddlefish are just starting to move up below the dam fishing is still slow with a few being caught so far. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.
 
Keystone: Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal and rising, water murky to muddy. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jig and chunkbaits at 3-8 ft. in creeks and backs of coves. Smallmouth bass slow on crankbaits and small jig and chunkbaits at 6-10 ft. around gravel banks in coves. Spotted bass fair on crankbaits and small jig and chunkbaits at 6-10 ft. around steep banks in coves. White bass fair on minnows, jigs and roadrunners at 3-6 ft. along creeks up the rivers. Striped bass fair on sassy shad and bucktails at 3-6 ft. below the dam. Channel catfish good on worms and liver at 4-8 ft. in creeks. Blue catfish good on cut shad and shad heads at 8-12 ft. in the coves off the main lake. Flathead catfish fair on live shad at 8-12 ft. along riprap. Crappie good on minnows and black and chartreuse jigs at 4-12 ft. in the coves. Report submitted by Woody's Bait and Tackle.
 
Lower Illinois: Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 2 ft. in coves and creek channels. White bass fair on jigs and rooster tails at 1-2 ft. in coves. Striped bass fair on jigs at 2-3 ft. from Gore Landing to the mouth of the river. Channel catfish fair on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs at 1-2 ft. in coves. Trout excellent on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. at Gore Landing, on power bait on bottom at the dam and Watt's and on flies on the surface at the river access. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water in lower 50's and murky. White bass have started to run up the Verdigris River above the lake and are fair on jigs. Crappie fair in the river and in creeks around the lake on minnows and jigs around brush at 10- 15 ft. White bass, crappie and striped bass hybrids below the dam on jigs.  Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Pawhuska Lake: Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 50. Trout excellent on power bait, marshmallows, and corn with 12-16 inch leaders and fair on in-line spinnerbaits; also good on olive wooly buggers and prince nymphs. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation below normal, water 50s and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass fair on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits around windy points. Striped bass hybrids fair on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits around windy points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. in creek channels. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 1ft.above normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits or soft plastic jigs with some action in upper end of lake. Crappie fair on plastic tube jigs at 15-20 ft. in upper end in brush piles. White bass good on spinnerbaits, spoons or jigs and on crankbaits, some days from Standing Rock to Horseshoe Bend. Report by Monte Brooks Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and power bait in creek channels and riprap. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and purple jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: Elevation normal. Walleye good along the dam after sundown on jigs and crankbaits. White bass fair in river above lake on jigs and roadrunners. Striped bass hybrids and channel catfish good along Thunder Road on crawdad tails, shad guts and shrimp. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation normal, water clear. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam. Walleye fair to good on large minnows along the bank. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: Elevation 4 3/4 ft. below normal, water 58-61 and stained. White bass on 1/4 oz. rattletraps up Guy Sandy at 4 ft. Crappie moving to shallows on jigs along shore at 4-6 ft. Bass shallow on spinnerbaits, soft plastics and crankbaits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation below normal, water 60 and clear. Trout slow on power bait and in-line spinnerbaits. Fly-fishing fair on black wooly buggers, and San Juan worms. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics and small crankbaits. Channel catfish fair on stink bait and chicken liver. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: Elevation rising, water murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crawdad colored crankbaits at 10-12 ft. around structure. White bass are running. Walleye good on jigs and rogues in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and plastic lures in shallow rocky areas. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad in shallow flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. and from the surface to 2 ft. in the extreme north and south ends of the lake. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation normal, water 54. Crappie and white bass good on minnows around the button brush. Largemouth bass fair on plastics and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth bass very good on plastic worms at 4-6 ft. along the outside edge of the cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on slabs and shad at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
Lower Mountain Fork River: The powerhouse has been running daily. This forces all the anglers into the upper reaches of zone 1. Lately many of the stocked trout have been released into zones 2 and 3, which has been mostly unfishable. Last week during the cool, rainy period we had lots of blue winged olive mayflies hatching. This week the hatch has been mostly march browns, midges, and caddis.  Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 13 1/2 inches below normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits fished in standing timber at 6-8 ft. in upper end of lake. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on watermelon red baby brush hogs and other soft plastics, the most success is working the Texas-rigged lures slowly across the bottom. Crappie great on minnows at 4-5 ft. near brush along the banks. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut shad. White bass great on white roadrunners. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Sardis Lake: Bass good on chatter bait, spinnerbaits and plugs in grass beds or shallows up to 6-7 ft. Crappie excellent on minnows off of Jack Fork Bridge and on live minnows off of tower and on pink grubs or green and black over brush piles. Flathead catfish slow on juglines or trotlines with live bait. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with cut bait or shrimp. White bass being caught on grubs, starting to stage in creeks. Walleye fair on white grubs up creek channels also fair trolling around islands with rattletraps. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic combination baits in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and slabs from catfish bay south. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and cut bait from platter flats north. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs around underwater brush piles. Sunfish good on worms around the fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on dark plastics baits at points and drop-offs. White bass good on white roadrunners and rattletraps in the upper Poteau River below dam area. Crappie fair to good on small spinnerbaits and pink jigs around brush piles, good on minnows and pink jigs below dam area. Channel catfish good on cut shad and liver and with juglines baited with red worms below dam area. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.   
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Ellsworth: Elevation 3 ft. below normal. Crappie good around boat house at Ralph's Resort. Catfish fair off rocky points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. One gate open. Crappie fair on live bait. Striped bass hybrids fair. Catfish fair. White bass fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal. Crappie slow to fair around marina. Saugeye slow to fair along east end of dam. Catfish slow to fair on cut baits. Report submitted by James L. Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie good on jigs at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Waurika: Elevation slightly below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on juglines with shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs on rocks at Wichita Ridge and Chisholm boat ramp and the marina. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Cotton County.


 

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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