May 6 2010

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Shad stocked at Lake Texoma
Personnel from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have made efforts to stabilize Lake Texoma threadfin shad populations that substantially declined due to a winter die-off.
“We were able to stock more than 39,000 adult threadfin into Lake Texoma this week,” said Matt Mauck, south-central fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We expect these shad to begin spawning soon and really jumpstart the threadfin population.”
The shad were stocked in numerous areas in the lake and according Mauck, they are a critical part of the food system in the lake.
"The threadfin is an important prey species for stripers and other sportfish in Lake Texoma," said Mauck. "This winter it just got too cold for the shad to survive and the population took a hard hit. They will come back on their own over time, but we felt additional stockings would speed up the recovery process."
The die-off occurred when water temperatures in the lake dropped to 40 degrees or below for several weeks this past winter and dramatically impacted threadfin populations, Mauck added. Fishing guides and anglers have had difficult time collecting bait for trips and have had to rely on collecting gizzard shad or purchasing shiners if they did not wish to fish artificial lures.
Lake Texoma is nationally recognized as a premier striped bass fishing destination. Additionally, numerous other species thrive in the lake including trophy populations of smallmouth bass and blue catfish. This resource offers countless hours of recreational opportunities but is also important economically with many businesses and fishing guides relying on the continued success of the fishery.  While sport fish generally get most of the attention, they are all reliant upon available forage within the lake.  
“While there are many different forage species within the lake, shad are a staple food item for many of the most sought after fish, especially stripers,” Mauck said. “In fact, striped bass eat almost exclusively threadfin and gizzard shad, avoiding other food items in many cases.”
While gizzard shad are a readily available staple in the lake, threadfin remain smaller than the gizzard shad and therefore can offer more forage variety to smaller predator species as well as stripers.
Similar cases of mass die-offs have been reported three other times in Lake Texoma history, the latest being in the winter of 2001. In all cases, the threadfin shad made a successful comeback between the remnant population that survived the winter and supplemental stockings from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
 
FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 5, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Overholser: May 2. Water 66-67 and murky. White bass and striped bass fair to good on minnows, jigs and ghost minnows all over the lake. Catfish slow to fair on chicken liver, gizzards and cut shad. Crappie fair to good. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: May 2. Elevation normal, water 57 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-4 ft. around structure. Saugeye good on med-diving crankbaits, sassy shad, earthworms and jigs at 4-8 ft. off points; fishermen are catching saugeye on minnows while fishing for crappie. Largemouth bass good on tandem spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 3-7 ft. in coves on weed beds and other structure. Channel catfish fair to good on minnows and sponge bait around rock outcroppings. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: May 2. Elevation normal, water 68 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits. White bass and crappie fair. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: May 2. Elevation normal, water 66 and murky. Bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic baits. Channel catfish good on cut bait. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs around the docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: May 3. Elevation normal, water 65 and stained. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: May 3. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 68 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-9 ft. Saugeye good trolling crankbaits and grubs. Striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits. Catfish good on all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: May 2. Elevation normal, water 67 and clear to murky. Bass good on spinnerbaits. Catfish good on cut bait and chicken liver. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around the dam and docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: May 2. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow areas as crappie are finishing spawning. Many anglers are reporting large stringers of fish in Cotton Creek. Channel catfish being caught below the dam on worms and chicken livers. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: May 4. Elevation slightly above normal, water 67 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft Gibson: May 4. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and chartreuse and black jigs in shallow water. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. Catfish being caught on shrimp and cut bait around the rocks and below the dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Grand: May 3. Elevation normal, water 68-70 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, tubes and 6-inch worms in green, brown and blue at 2-10 ft. along fallen trees, brush and rock piles. White bass excellent on white and sparkle tail Texas slabs, small crankbaits and grubs in white or chartreuse at 6-10 ft. in Elk and Spring rivers. Catfish good on night crawlers, brooders, shrimp, goldfish and shad at 3-30 ft. all over the lake. Crappie good on minnows, tube skirts, jigs and Bobby Garlands in chartreuse, red, silver and orange in deeper water. Sunfish good on crickets and worms along the shorelines. Carp fair to good. Paddlefish fair in Neosho River near Miami. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sport’s Center.
 
Greenleaf: May 3. Elevation normal, water 67 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig and worm in creek channels and rocky points and shorelines. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom near the spillway and up creek channels. Crappie good on purple jigs at 3-6 ft. around fishing dock and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: May 3. Elevation normal, water 63 and murky. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and spinnerbaits early and late. White bass good on small jigs and lures in the upper end. Crappie good on blue and white jigs at 8-10 ft. around brush pile areas in coves and shallows. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: May 2. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow areas. Catfish fair below the dam on worms and cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: May 3. Elevation normal, water mid to upper 60s and stained. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines and rod and reel with cut bait and worms at 4-10 ft. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 1-5 ft. over structure. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs up Arkansas Arm. Try Beaver, Otter, and Wolf creeks for crappie as well as main-lake coves with rocky shorelines. The majority of the white bass run is over in the lake and tributaries, but fishing below the dam is picking up for striped bass hybrids and white bass. Paddlefish slow below the dam with few fish available. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Lower Illinois: May 3. Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stinkbaits at 3 ft. all along the river. White bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout good on flies on the surface, rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on power bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: May 2. Elevation normal, water lower 60s and murky. White bass fair in Verdigris River and Big Creek above the lake on jigs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. around standing timber in creeks around the lake. Channel and blue catfish fair on shad at 10-15 ft. on flats. White bass and crappie fair on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: May 4. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 60s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits along rocky shorelines and mouths of creeks. Striped bass hybrids fair on live shad at 5-15 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. over brush piles. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: May 3. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs and on ghost minnows in the channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along Hwy 15. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: May 4. Elevation slightly above normal, water 66 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Tenkiller: May 3. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and steady, water 65-70 and clear. Largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass fair in shallow water on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures. Crappie slow on minnows or jigs with some action in shallow water or around docks and on minnows at 35-40 ft. under lights. White bass fair trolling deep running crankbaits in daytime and on minnows at 35-40 ft. at night under lights. Report by Monte Brooks Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: May 3. Elevation normal, water 67 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap and creek channels. Catfish good on fresh cut bait drifting the mud flats. Crappie good on minnows and purple jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: May 2. Elevation normal, water 67 and clear. Walleye good on jigs, night crawlers and crankbaits in upper end of lake. Striped bass hybrids good on night crawlers and crawdad tails along Thunder Road. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits in upper end of lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in flooded vegetation. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: May 3. Elevation normal, water clear. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits all over the lake. Crappie fair on minnows at the jetties. Walleye fair on minnows, jigs and spinnerbaits trolling and at the edge of the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: May 2. Elevation normal, water 67 and clear. White bass good on spoons and jigs with wiggle tails at 10-15 ft. in mouths of coves and off the points. Crappie good on small jigs in shallow areas and on minnows and jigs off the docks in early a.m. Bass being caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and small worms off points. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: May 4. Elevation normal, water 60 and clear. Bass fair on minnows and flies. Catfish fair to good on liver and worms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: May 5. Water mid 60s and clear. Bass good on brush hogs, spinnerbaits and shallows. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut bait and sunfish. Crappie good on jigs at 5-10 ft. around structure in the upper end and baited holes. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: May 3. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 2-6 ft. in rocky and brushy areas. White bass good below the dam when running water. Blue catfish fair on shad at 4-8 ft. in the flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-6 ft. in rocky and brushy areas near shorelines. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: May 2. Elevation normal, water 63. Crappie fair on minnows at 6-10 ft. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and soft plastics along creek channels and on crankbaits along drop offs. Catfish fair on goldfish and sunfish in the main lake. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: May 3. Elevation normal, water 71 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 2-5 ft. along weed beds and cattails. Channel catfish good on chicken liver at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: May 2. Elevation 4 inches above normal, water 69 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. along button brush. Largemouth bass good on green soft plastic lures and yellow and black spinnerbaits at 1-5 ft. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Pine Creek: May 2. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on jigs and crankbaits near rocky points. Crappie fair on minnows. Catfish great on worms and are moving into shallow water. Saugeye good on spinnerbaits along pockets. White bass good on crankbaits near the river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: May 3. Elevation normal, water 73 and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft baits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with fresh shad and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. along shorelines. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: May 3. Elevation normal, water 69 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, swim baits, plastic baits and plastic worms. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and minnows. Flathead catfish good on live sunfish. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: May 2. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 66 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic combination baits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. around the drop offs. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut shad, stinkbaits and worms at 5-15 ft. from Platter Flats north to the Washita River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels. Sunfish good on worms at 5-10 ft. around the fish attractors. Paddlefish fair to good below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: May 2. Elevation normal, water 67 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, worms and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. around structure. Channel catfish good on juglines with cut shad and liver. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: May 4. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. below normal and rising steadily. Walleye good to very good near Hicks Mtn. Crappie good on minnows. White bass have been good on minnows off points near the dam. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: May 2. Elevation above normal, water murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs around brush and structure. Catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: May 4. Elevation 1/8 ft. above normal with one gate open 1/2 ft., water mid 70s and clear. Walleye fair on live bait and shad colored lures in front of dam on rocks. Striped bass hybrids fair in river above lake. Catfish fair in channels. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: May 2. Elevation normal, water 67 and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on night crawlers and crawdad tails along the dam. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics near shallow cover. Crappie good on minnows and jigs near brush and flooded vegetation. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Lawtonka: May 2. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Tom Steed: May 4. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 65 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-8 ft. at Otter and Glen creeks. Walleye good on minnows on bottom off the points. White bass good on jigs at 4-8 ft. at the old highway. Striped bass hybrids good on crawdad tails on bottom around windy points. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: May 3. Elevation normal and gates closed, water murky. White bass fair on jigs and cut shad around windy points and shorelines and along the dam early and late. Blue catfish good on cut shad and stinkbaits along windy shorelines and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at Corum Bridge and Walker Creek Bridge, along the rocks at Chisholm, brush piles and structure in the lake and in shallow areas. 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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