APRIL 02 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 APRIL 02, 2008
 

 

 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: Water clear. Largemouth bass being caught on spinnerbaits. Catfish being caught on cut shad and worms. Crappie being caught on red and white jigs and minnows around docks. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Draper: Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on tandem spinners in shallow water coves. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Overholser:  Elevation normal and clear. White bass being caught on two inch grubs. Hybrid striped bass being caught on two inch white grubs. Blue catfish being caught on cut shad and worms. Crappie being caught around the docks. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Thunderbird: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and clear. White bass good in Little River on sassy shad, jigs and inline spinners. Largemouth bass fair to good on tandem spinners and plastic worms in shallow coves. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: Elevation above normal, water in the lower 50s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 10-15 ft. Blue and channel catfish good on cut shad fishing flats near the creeks channels at 5-12 ft. Largemouth bass and spotted bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4-10 ft. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 52 and muddy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling with crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Copan: Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Crappie fair on minnow and jigs near submerged structure. Good reports from Copan Point fishing dock. Blue Catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 14 ft. above normal, water 55 and murky. White bass good in the river on twisty tails and rattletraps. Catfish good off points and in the mud flats on shad and cut bait. Paddlefish snagging good north of Chouteau Bend. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.
 
Grand: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 51-58 and dirty above Sailboat bridge to Horse Creek and stained from Horse Creek to the dam. Bass good on spinnerbaits, stick baits and jigs. Crappie slow. Catfish good in the rivers on shad. White bass are biting well in both rivers. Paddlefish snagging good at Riverview Park in Miami. There are more being caught from the Bee Creek to Twin Bridges. Trolling in boats is the method being used. Report submitted by Littlefields Sporting Goods & Greg Lambs Guide Service.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits off rocky points, in creek channels and around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait on bottom near the spillway and in creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing dock and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: Elevation above normal. White bass good in creeks on small lures. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Paddlefish snagging good in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes and Rogers counties.
 
Hulah: Elevation 3 ft. above normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near submerged structure. Blue catfish excellent on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 53 and murky in the lower end and muddy in the upper end. White bass fair to good in Little Beaver Creek on various colored jigs and inline spinners. Crappie fair to good on chartreuse/black, white, purple, and yellow jigs and minnows lakewide at 6- 20 ft. near brush and riprap. Largemouth bass good in Little Beaver creek and Five Fingers cove using jerk baits and Booyah Boo bugs w/ Yum baby crawbugs. Blue and Channel catfish good on juglines and trotlines in the Coon and Bear Creek flats using cut shad, blood bait and Moist and Chunky dog food at 5-14 ft. Walleye fair on 1/16 oz. chartreuse and yellow roadrunners in Little Beaver Creek in the Vickery Ranch area. Paddlefish snagging fair below the 1,000 ft. mark of Kaw dam. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Keystone: Elevation 5 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky to muddy. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 3-6 ft. in creeks and flooded coves. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and chuck baits at 5-10 ft. off secondary points and in Salt Creek. Spotted bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 3-6 ft. in main lake coves. White bass fair on minnows and two- to three-inch sassy shad at 4-8 ft. in creeks and below dam. Striped bass good on buck tails and sassy shad at 3-8 ft. below the dam. Channel catfish good on worms at 4-8 ft. in coves and creeks. Blue catfish good on shad at 4-8 ft. on the flats and up rivers. Flathead catfish fair on goldfish at 10-15 ft. around bluffs down lake. Crappie fair on minnows, tube jigs and small shad at 6-18 ft. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Oologah: Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water in the 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 above normal, water in the upper 40s and clear. Trout fair on power bait and roostertails and fair trolling super dupers at 5-15 ft. Largemouth and spotted bass good on jig and pigs. Crappie fair on chartreuse jigs in brush at 5-15 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.
 
Sooner: Largemouth bass slow. White bass fair at 8 ft. and trolling in lake. White bass and hybrid striped bass being caught in the discharge channel on rattletraps and sassy shad. Crappie slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Webbers Falls:  Elevation 2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap and in creek channels. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom. 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 in the river above the lake on jigs and roadrunners. Channel catfish fair on shad and night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation normal and clear. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle
: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 56-58 and stained. Channel catfish biting in headwaters. Crappie good around brush. White bass chasing shad in backs of creek and coves. Bass best on crankbaits off points and good on Carolina rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 65 and murky. Catfish good on liver and worms. Bass fair on minnows and flies. Trout fair on power bait, super dupers and roostertails. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: Elevation 17 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass being caught in the mouths of creeks on jigs and spinnerbaits. White bass fair on yellow and yellow and white grubs and roostertails in the upper end. Crappie being caught on minnows and jigs around structure. Walleye being caught in the upper end of the lake on five-inch pumpkin seed and chartreuse grubs. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water clear to the east and murky to the west. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits in flooded brush. White bass good on jigs below the dam and in feeder creeks. Channel catfish slow. Crappie fair on minnows along the I-40 riprap and around brush piles at 5-6 ft. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: White bass and crappie fair on minnows. Blue catfish and crappie good below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan Counties.
 
Konawa: Largemouth bass good on plastic worms in the discharge canal and weed beds at 5-10 ft. White bass and hybrid striped bass good on minnows and shad at 15 ft. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 8 ¼ ft. above normal, water 52 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures at 6-14 ft. and fair on deep shad-colored crank baits 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 50 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics, crankbaits, worms, spinnerbaits and jerk baits. White bass good on jigs and worms. Channel catfish slow. Crappie good on jigs and minnows. Walleye good on jigs and minnows around the dam and south end of the lake. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation above normal, water 56 and murky. Largemouth bass fair at 3-5 ft. using spinnerbaits and crankbaits fishing the rock and weed cover. Crappie fair at 2-5 ft. using minnows and jigs fishing around spawning beds. White bass good using shad imitation lures fishing up the major tributaries. Blue catfish good at 3-10 ft. using fresh cut bait fishing the flats next to the old creeks and river channel. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis Lake: Elevation 3-4 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastics around submerged brush. White bass fair in creek channels and deep holes on grubs. Blue catfish good in flooded fields on worms and on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie being caught around brush, tower and bridge on minnows. Walleye slow trolling. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 3 1/3 ft. above normal, water 54 and clear south and murky north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on live bait and spinnerbaits from Platter Flats to the south. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad near the islands. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and cut bait in the Washita River and upper Red river. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in Widow Moore and upper rock creek. All other fishing is slow. Report submitted by Danny Club, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister:. Elevation 25 ft. above normal. Water is going over spillway and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie 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 3 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie poor. Walleye good on those too small to keep and fair on keepers. White bass fishing fair on small fish and poor on larger fish. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation above normal with one floodgate open. Walleye and saugeye fair behind the dam on jigs. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation 1/4 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Gates are open. White bass excellent in river above lake. Striped bass hybrids good on live bait. Walleye fair along dam. Catfish good. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 2 ft. above normal. Water is being released. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows. Saugeye slow. Catfish slow. Hybrid bass and white bass slow at this time. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo 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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