APRIL 23 2008

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FISHING REPORT FOR APRIL 23, 2008
 

 
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. White bass good. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good at heated docks. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Hefner: Elevation below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. White bass good. Channel catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on the dam. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Overholser: Elevation normal, water murky. White bass good on 2 in. white grubs and minnows. Striped bass hybrids good on 2 in. white grubs. Channel catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs on the rocks. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: Elevation above normal and murky. Channel catfish fair on dough bait. Crappie fair on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 57 and muddy. Striped bass hybrids good on cut baits and live baits. Crappie good on jigs in shallow water. Saugeye fair on crankbaits around docks. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Copan: Elevation 6 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie good on minnow and jigs near submerged structure at 10-15 ft. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Channel catfish good in flooded areas on worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal, water 61 and murky. The upper end of the lake is slowly clearing while the lower end continues to be muddy. Largemouth bass have been active on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass good on the upper end. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Grand: North end - elevation above normal, water 58-64 and murky to muddy, clearing in Elk River. Largemouth bass fair to good on crankbaits and jigs at 8-10 ft. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on shad, worms, brooders and goldfish at all depths. Paddlefish slow, with mainly smaller fish being caught. Report submitted by Sam Williams, Grand Lake Sports Center.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along shoreline and creek channels. Catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at fishing dock and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: Elevation above normal. White bass fair to good on small lures in creeks. 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 13 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs near submerged structure at 10-15ft. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.


Kaw: Elevation 12 ft. above normal and murky. White bass excellent on in-line spinnerbaits and sassy shad in the upper portions of Little and Big Beaver Creeks. Channel and blue catfish good in the Bear Creek flats on juglines and trotlines at 5-14 ft. using fresh cut shad for bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in flooded brush and timber areas of the major creeks and on the Washunga Bay riprap. Paddlefish snagging is very slow below the dam due to lack of released water. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Keystone: Elevation 16 ft. above normal, water muddy. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, jigs and chunkbaits at 3-6 ft. in back of coves with flooded cover. Smallmouth bass slow on crankbaits at 8-12 ft. around points. Spotted bass slow on rattletraps at 4-8 ft. around points. White bass fair on minnows and tube jigs at 3-8 ft. in creeks and below the dam. Striped bass fair on buck tails and sassy shad at 3-8 ft. below the dam. Channel catfish good on worms at 5-10 ft. in back of coves and creeks. Blue catfish good on cut shad at 5-10 ft. below the dam and in the mouths of creeks. Flathead catfish good on goldfish and large shiners at 5-10 ft. below the dam and in riprap areas. Crappie fair on minnows and bright-colored jigs at 4-10 ft. below the dam and along riprap across creeks. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Oologah: Elevation 13 1/2 ft. above normal, water 60 and muddy. Channel catfish good on worms and dough baits fishing around flooded willows and flooded fields. Blue catfish fair on shad using juglines on flats in upper end of the lake at 10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around flooded trees at 5-8 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits along windy points on the lower half of the lake. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair in open water. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Spavinaw: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 60 and muddy. Muddy conditions have slowed fishing. Largemouth bass being caught on spinnerbaits with Colorado blades. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 20 ft. above normal, water 60-62 and steady. Smallmouth bass good off creek banks on small plastic worms on jig heads. White bass fair in creeks on spinners or spoons. Report by Monte Brooks Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along riprap, creek channels and rocky points. Catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at brush structure at bridges and along shoreline. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NOTHWEST
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation normal, water clear. Walleye fair on jigs and minnows below dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle
: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 61 and stained to muddy. Crappie good on small jigs in most coves. White bass being caught up Guy Sandy hitting rattletraps. Bass being caught in coves using jerk baits, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged lizards. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. Bas 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: Elevation 22 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on worms, plastics and crankbaits. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with sunfish. Crappie being caught around structure. The only open boat ramp is south of Smithville at the narrows. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 9 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits flipping into flooded timber. White bass good on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad in shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows or jigs at 4-10 ft. in deeper brushy areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation 10 ft. above normal, water 61. Crappie fair to good on minnows at 6-10 ft. Largemouth bass fair on plastics in flooded vegetation. Crappie and blue catfish good on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan Counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 73 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 5-8 ft. in weed beds. White bass and hybrid striped bass fair on crankbaits at 8-10 ft. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 8 ft. above normal, water 62 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures and crawfish-colored crankbaits at 6-12 ft. along brush. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-18 ft. over cedar brush. Channel catfish fair to good on stinkbait in flooded timber. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: Water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on soft plastic baits, crankbaits and jerk baits in shallow water. Channel catfish fair on worms, minnows and stinkbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow water. Walleye good on minnows, jigs and soft crankbaits around the dam. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal and murky. Bass good on crankbaits in submerged road beds. Crappie fair in flooded timber and great at the spillway on jigs. Catfish being caught on night crawlers around Turkey Creek and in the upper river channel. Lake is elevated and many structures could be hidden. Many boat ramps are closed also. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 66 and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits at 1-3 ft. in the weed and rocky spawning areas. Crappie good on minnows at 1 ft. in the weed and stumpy spawning areas. White bass fair on jigs below Webbers Falls and Kerr dams. Blue catfish good on fresh cut bait and worms at 3-10 ft. in the rocky and weedy areas the wind has stirred up. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis Lake: Elevation 5 ft. above normal and muddy. Bass fair on plastics around shallow structure at 2-3 ft. White bass fair in creek channels using plastic bait and yellow and white grubs. Catfish excellent on worms in flooded fields. Crappie fair on minnows around brush piles, tower and bridges. Walleye fair trolling islands. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 60 and clear south and murky north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on combination baits on the south half of the lake. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shade on the south half of lake. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and cut baits from Platter flats north. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in Widow Moore and upper Rock Creeks. Report submitted by Danny Club, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 24 1/2 ft. above normal, water is 3 ft. over spillway and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good with minnows and jigs below dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 2.57 ft. below normal and rising slowly. Crappie poor. Walleye, white bass and striped bass hybrids fair to good. Blue catfish good to very good around the old fish-o-rama. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation above normal with three floodgates open. Catfish fair on cut bait. Walleye fair on jigs behind the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 55 and clear. Striped bass hybrids good with live bait along dam. Walleye fair near rocks. Crappie fair with minnows. Catfish good. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal and falling. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow. Catfish slow on cut bait. Saugeye slow. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation above normal with one floodgate open. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Waurika: Elevation above normal, water 55 and murky. White bass and hybrid striped bass fair on pearl-colored jigs and live bait. Blue catfish fair on juglines and rod and reel with cut bait. Crappie fair in shallows around rock and structure. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson 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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