March 18th, 2007

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FISHING REPORT FOR APRIL 18, 2007

 

CENTRAL

 

Arcadia: Channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad at the Deep Fork inflow. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted by Wade Farrar, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Hefner: Elevation above normal, water 58 and murky. Channel catfish being caught on cut bait, punch bait and stinkbait in the spillway and around rocks. Crappie being caught around rocky areas and docks. Report submitted by Kelly Roberson, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Overholser: Elevation above normal, water 54 and murky. Channel catfish are being caught on cut bait and stinkbait. Crappie are being caught around docks and rocky areas. Report submitted by Kelly Roberson, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

 

Wes Watkins: Elevation 2-2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 57-65 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, tubes, sinkoes and assorted soft plastics with lots of appendages; some action on rattletraps. White bass fair to good on shallow-diving crankbaits around riprap and other rocky points. Catfish fair to good on minnows, shrimp, fresh cut bait, chicken liver and assorted stink baits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted by M.M Fowler, St. Gregory's.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Birch: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits along rocky shores. White bass fair on white artificial lures in the upper end of the lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around standing timber along creek channels. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Carl Blackwell: Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 59-60 and murky. All fishing has slowed down quite a bit due to the cold weather conditions and increased rain. Should pick back up with a week of good weather. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

 

Copan: Elevation 4 ft. above normal and muddy. Reservoir release is 715 cubic feet per second. Crappie good and starting to move into shallow waters near rocky banks and brush on chartreuse or black/pink tube jigs and bank fishing on the south end of Washington Cove, east of the boat ramp at Copan Point, the coves and creek around Osage Plains and under Cotton Creek bridge. Catfish fair to good on juglines in or near the river channel. White bass fair in the same areas as crappie. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal, water 57 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 10-12 ft. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on trotlines using night crawlers. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

 

Greenleaf: Elevation below normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms along creek channels and around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and sunfish. Flathead catfish fair on cut bait and sunfish. Crappie fair on minnows and yellow and green jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Hudson: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass good in the upper end of the lake on pearl white sassy shad. Paddlefish snagging good below Grand Dam. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

 

Hulah: Elevation 7 ft. above normal and muddy. Reservoir release is 26 cubic feet per second. Crappie good and starting to move into shallow waters near rocky banks and brush on chartreuse or black/pink tube jigs. Bank fishing for crappie is currently best in Skull creek, Wa-sha-she Park and in the river near Rocky Ford boat ramp marina. White bass fair in the same areas as crappie. Catfish fair to good on juglines in or near the river channel. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Washington County.

 

Kaw: Elevation 7 1/2 ft. above normal, water 54 and clear. Water rising. Lake is muddy on the upper end and stained by the dam. Blue and channel catfish good in the main tributaries that feed Kaw. Fish the flooded willows, points or bends in the river with worms, stink bait or fresh cut bait, and avoid the Arkansas River for a few days until the water recedes. Fishing below Kaw Dam is good for crappie. The backwater where there is not any current is the place to catch crappie. There are good places on both sides of the river that have easy access by foot. White bass fishing has slowed down but is still good. Fishing two 1/8 or 3/16 jigs was the best producer over the weekend. Sassy shad or tube-bodies both worked well. Red/white was a popular choice. Paddlefish slow over the weekend, but should pick up again if the floodgates are re-opened. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Keystone: Elevation 3 ft. above normal and rising. Water 54 and murky to muddy. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. in creeks and midway back in coves. White bass fair on 1/8 oz. white or chartreuse grubs at 4-8 ft. in creek and rivers uplake. Striped bass below the dam are fair on sassy shad and buck tails at 3-6 ft. when discharging. Striped bass in the lake slow on sassy shad and live shad at 4-8 ft. in creeks and rivers up lake. Channel catfish good on worms and minnows at 3-8 ft. in coves and creeks. Blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad at 5-10 ft. in coves. Flathead catfish fair on goldfish and live shad at 5-10 ft. in rocky coves. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. around brush piles and mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Larry Sellers, Woody's Bait and Tackle.

 

Oologah: Elevation 5 ft. above normal and falling slowly. Water murky. Water temp in upper 50s to lower 60s.

Channel and blue catfish good on shad near the mouth of the Verdigris River. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around standing timber at 10 ft. Crappie are suspended up off the bottom due to falling water levels. Crappie and white bass fair on jigs below the dam. Channel and blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Skiatook: Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 65 and murky to muddy. Striped bass hybrids fair to good in creeks and on points, on sassy shad, pearl white and chartreuse colors working well. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs in shallow water. Crappie fair on minnows, in creek channels, at docks and at Hwy 20 bridge. Catfish fair on cut baits and large minnows in most of the creeks. Report submitted by Greenwood Fishing Center.

 

Spavinaw: Elevation slightly below normal, water 58 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

 

Tenkiller: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 55-57 and clear. Largemouth bass fair in deep brush on bass jigs and fair on drop-offs with spinnerbaits, crankbaits or soft bass jigs. Crappie fair mid-lake trolling deep in the main channel and coves on jigs or minnows at 15-25 ft. Catfish fair in the upper ends of coves on cut baits. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.  

 

Webbers Falls: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinners and jig and worms along riprap, creek channels and stumps. Channel and flathead catfish good on cut shad and sunfish on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-9 ft. around brush structure and bridges at 16 ft. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Canton: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair trolling crankbaits. Channel catfish fair on cut shad. Walleye fair on night crawlers near the beach. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

 

Ft. Supply: Elevation above normal. White bass fair on jigs. Walleye fair on jigs below the dam on the west side. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Arbuckle: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 61 and stained to muddy up creeks. Crappie good around brush piles. White bass are in coves and up creeks. Bass good using crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs in new grassy water. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

 

Arbuckle: Elevation 2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good. Crappie good. White bass slow. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, state game warden stationed in Carter County.

 

Blue River: Elevation normal, water 52 and murky. White bass fair on minnows and flies. Channel catfish slow on worms and liver. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

 

Broken Bow: Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics in the mouths of creeks and off points. White bass fair on white or chartreuse grubs with 1/4 oz. lead heads. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Walleye slow. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Eufaula: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear to the east and murky to the west. Largemouth bass good on soft baits at 3-8 ft. off points and around rocky areas. White bass good below the dam on jigs when discharging. Blue catfish good on fresh cut shad at 4-10 ft. on the flats. Crappie fair on minnows or jigs at 2-4 ft. along the banks. Report submitted Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 61 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie good on live minnows and jigs. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and liver. Report submitted by Wendell Smalling, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

 

Konawa: Elevation normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and spinnerbaits at 5-8 ft. in the weed beds. Channel catfish good on chicken liver in the discharge at 15 ft. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

Lower Mountain Fork River: Trout fair in zone three. Fishing has been a little slow, but productive nonetheless. Lots of small brown being caught in zone two on  # 10 olive woolly buggers kept working really well. Report submitted by Sid Ingram, Beavers Bend Fly Shop.

 

McGee Creek: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 60 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures at 4-12 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs over submerged cedar trees off main creek channels. Channel catfish fair on jugs baited with carp and goldfish. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Murray: Water 63. Bass good on various baits. Channel catfish picking up. Crappie fair on jigs or worms. Walleye slow. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, state game warden stationed in Carter County.

 

Pine Creek: Elevation slightly above normal and clear. Bass excellent on spinnerbaits, plastic worms and salt-impregnated soft plastics. Crappie fair on minnows at the old bridge. Catfish fair on rod and reel and trotlines baited with magic bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 64 and stained. Largemouth bass good at 2-4 ft. using plastic baits and spinnerbaits fishing the weed, rock and woody shorelines. Crappie fair 3-6 ft. using minnows. Fish are suspended over deeper water next to the spawning areas. White bass fair 8-10 ft. using jigs and shad imitation crankbaits fishing below

Webbers Falls dam and off the rock jetties downstream. Blue catfish good at 10-15 ft. using fresh cut bait and jigs fishing below Webbers Falls and Kerr dams. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Sardis Lake: Bass excellent on spinnerbaits in grass beds. White bass good up creeks on grubs and sassy shad. Blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows along gravel beds and around bridges. Walleye fair up creeks and around islands on grubs. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 60 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. in creek channels. Striped and white bass fair on live bait and sassy shad at 15-20 ft. at Platter and the Islands. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on stinkbait and live minnows above the Hwy 70 bridge. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. in Widow Moore and Kansas creeks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-6 ft. Channel catfish good on liver and cut baits. Flathead catfish good on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Altus-Lugert: Elevation 13 ft. below normal. Lake level still rising. White bass and striped bass hybrids good off the main swim beach. Crappie good near the old fish-o-rama. Walleye good but most are not long enough to keep - must be 18 inches. Boat ramp status: north shore boat ramp is getting some water but not yet functional. Main and Hicks mountain are good. You may want to check for current depth by going to: http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ALTU.lakepage.html Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.

 

Ellsworth: Elevation 5 ft. and muddy. Catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

 

Foss: Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 55 and clear. Plenty of incoming water. Walleye and striped bass hybrids slow to fair. Crappie fair. Catfish good. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

Tom Steed: Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. off the rocks near the dam. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

 

Waurika: Elevation normal, water 52 and murky. White bass and catfish good on live bait like shad and crawfish tails. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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