March 27th 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 26, 2008
 
CENTRAL
 
Draper: Elevation normal and murky. White bass fair to good on sassy shad, jigs and in-line spinnerbaits at the water pipeline (east dam area). Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Thunderbird: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie fair to good at 8-10 ft. around structure using minnows and small jigs. White bass fair to good on in-line spinnerbaits, jigs or sassy shad in Little River (on spawning run). Blue catfish fair to good on trotlines and juglines with cut bait, sunfish and shad. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: Elevation normal, water in the lower 40s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 15-30 ft. Blue catfish good on cut shad at 10-15 ft. near the creek channels. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits 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.
 
Eucha: Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal, water 52 and muddy. Recent heavy rains and muddy water have slowed crappie, but the creeks are flowing clear water, and crappie action should improve. Largemouth bass continue to be active, especially on crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 23 ft. above normal, water 44 and muddy. Blue catfish good on cut bait and worms in running water and eddies. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows. Paddlefish good above Highway 412 bridge. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.
 
Grand: Elevation 4 ft. above normal and dropping, water 46-57 and dirty above Sailboat Bridge to Horse Creek and stained from Horse Creek to the dam. Bass fishing is tough with the water conditions. Crappie slow. Catfish are being caught up in the willows and flood waters on shad and worms. White bass are hard to catch right now with both rivers being flooded. Paddlefish being snagged in Riverview Park in Miami and from the mouth of Elk River up to Osage hollow trolling in boats. Report submitted by Littlefields Sporting Goods & Greg Lambs Guide Service.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along shoreline and creek channels. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at fishing dock and around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Kaw: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 52 and muddy. Blue catfish good on juglines with cut shad and sunfish in Bear, Coon, and Washunga flats at 6-15 ft. White bass slow in the upper end of Beaver and the Arkansas rivers. Crappie fair lakewide around brush at 6-20 ft. on minnows and jigs. Paddlefish snagging is fair to good below the 1,000 ft. marker below Kaw dam. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Lower Illinois: Trout excellent when water is not running. Recent rains have muddied the stream but very good fishing on wooly buggers and black nymphs.
 
Oologah: Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water mid 50s and muddy on north end to murky on the south end. White bass good on jigs in the Verdigris River and Big Creek above the main lake. Crappie fair in the Big Creek area on minnows. Blue Catfish good on jugs and drifting with shad on flats in upper areas of the lake at 5-15 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 spinners at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits around rocky points. White bass fair on white sassy shad at Hominy Creek. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around standing timber and in creek channels. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Spavinaw: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 53 and muddy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation 2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap and creek channels. Channel catfish good on cut baits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton
: Elevation normal. Walleye good along the dam on crankbaits and jigs. White bass good along dam on crankbaits and jigs. Channel catfish good on shad and night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation above normal, water clear. White bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam. Crappie good on jigs and spinnerbaits on the jetties and at the gate. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle
: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 50 and muddy. Channel catfish biting good up creeks. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 60 and murky to muddy. Largemouth bass slow on minnows and flies. Channel catfish fair on liver and worms. Trout excellent on power bait, super dupers, rooster tails and mealworms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: Elevation 21 ft. above normal. White bass have been seen in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water clear to the east and murky to the west. White bass good on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish good on jigs and shad below the dam. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-10 ft. around I-40 riprap and around brushy areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Water 49 and muddy. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits. Blue catfish fair on cut shad below dam. Crappie good on minnows at 10 ft. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan Counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 57 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. in weed beds and off points. White bass and hybrid striped bass good on minnows and jigs 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: Powerhouse has been running "full tilt" around the clock, so fishing in zones 2 and 3 is not an option; most of zone 1 has been fishable and producing lots of fish. Any fly resembling a "March Brown" mayfly has been working; emergers seem to be the best choice. Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal and murky. Bass fair on soft plastics. Crappie good on minnows around submerged tops and timber. Catfish fair on chicken liver. White Bass good in upper end of river on chartreuse grubs. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 55 and murky. Largemouth bass fair at 5-6 ft. using spinner baits and plastic baits fishing the weed, rock and woody banks. Crappie fair at 10 ft using minnows 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 5 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass slow. White bass fair in creek channels. Channel catfish good in flooded fields and woods. Crappie fair off bridge on minnows. Walleye slow. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 50 and murky north and clear south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair at 10-20 ft. around the riprap. Striped and white bass fair on live bait at 10-20 ft. in the coves. Channel and blue catfish fair on live bait at 10-15 ft. in the upper Red river. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush and boat docks. Report submitted by Danny Club, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 27 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below dam. Channel and blue catfish very good below the dam on shad. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie poor. Walleye good on those too small to keep and fair on keepers. White bass fair for small fish and poor for larger fish. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation above normal with two floodgates open. Crappie fair to good at Ralph's Resort on minnows and jigs. Walleye and saugeye good behind the dam on minnows, jigs and spoons. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 47 and clear. Walleye slow. When water temp rises above 50 degrees, walleye should be spawning on rocks of dam. Crappie fair. White bass good; fish moving up river to spawn. Catfish fair. 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.
 
Tom Steed: Elevation normal, water 45 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows at 10-15 ft. around the dam. White bass fair on minnows off the points. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: Elevation normal, water 46 and murky. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows in the marina, at Wichita Ridge and at Chisholm Trail Ridge. White bass are being caught off points and along dam. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.
 

 


 

Wintertime Striper Fishing

First Big Striper of 2008

 

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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