April 28 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR APRIL 28, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Hefner: April 28. Elevation normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 3-6 ft. moving into the points. White bass fair on grubs and sassy shad shallow around windy points. Channel catfish good on prepared baits and cut baits at 6-12 ft.. Blue catfish fair on cut baits at 12-25 ft. off the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. in rocky areas. Walleye fair on crankbaits, grubs and sassy shad at 2-10 ft. in rocky areas early and late. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
 
Overholser: April 25. Water 64 and murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair to good on jigs, minnows and ghost minnows. Catfish fair on cut shad, worms and liver. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: April 25. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water 57 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs shallow around structure. Saugeye good on med-diving crankbaits, sassy shad and jigs at 6-10 ft. off points. Largemouth bass good on tandem spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 3-7 ft. in coves on weed beds and other structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: April 26. Elevation slightly above normal, water 66-68, clear on east side and murky on west side. Crappie and white bass good on minnows. Largemouth bass good near the shoreline. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: April 25. Elevation normal, water 63 and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic tube baits. Channel catfish fair on doughbaits and chicken liver. Crappie good on minnows at docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: April 25. Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Flathead catfish good on sunfish. Crappie good on minnows and jigs all around the lake. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: April 26. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 68 and muddy. Crappie good on jigs shallow. Saugeye good on jigs and crankbaits off windy points and rocks. Striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits. Catfish good on all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: April 25. Elevation normal, water 64 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows at the dam. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: April 27. Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. Channel catfish good on cut shad and worms below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow areas and creeks. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: April 27. Elevation slightly above normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and spinnerbaits off rocky points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft. Gibson: April 25. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 58 and clear. White bass slow and moving back to the main lake after the spawn. Crappie good in shallow water on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits around shallow brush and structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Grand: April 26. Elevation slightly above normal, water 68 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, green jigs and worms at all depths. White bass excellent on Texas slabs, rooster tails and white or green grubs in upper Spring and Elk rivers. Catfish good on shad, night crawlers, brooders, minnows and shrimp at 30 ft. along banks. Crappie excellent on Bobby Garland jigs, Grandpas jigs, tube skirts in all colors and minnows at 10 ft. along banks. Paddlefish fair at Miami Bridge. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sports Center.
 
Greenleaf: April 26. Elevation normal, water 57 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, bill baits and jig and worm along shorelines, rocky points and creek channels. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and yellow jigs at 4-8 ft. around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: April 25. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 61 and murky. Largemouth bass good on topwater in shallow areas early and late. White bass good on sassy shad and bucktail jigs. Crappie good on blue and white jigs and minnows in shallow areas early and late and at 5-8 ft. under docks during the day. Paddlefish good below Pensacola Dam. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: April 27. Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. Channel catfish good on garlic chicken liver and worms below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow areas. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: April 26. Elevation below normal, water lower 60s and stained. Blue and channel catfish good 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 Beaver Creek. Try Beaver, Otter, and Wolf Creeks for crappie and white bass making a run up these creeks. The majority of the white bass run is over in the lake and tributaries, but fishing below the dam should pick up. Paddlefish slow below the dam with very few fish available. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Lower Illinois: April 26. Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. in mouths of creeks and coves. White bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent on flies at the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on power bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: April 25. Elevation normal, water lower 60s and murky. White bass fair on jigs in Verdigris River and Big Creek above the lake. 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.
 
Sooner: April 26. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair 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: April 27. Elevation slightly above normal, water 66 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Tenkiller: April 26. Elevation normal and steady, water 61-67 and clear. Largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass good on small crankbaits, soft plastics and spinnerbaits in shallow water. Crappie fair trolling deep running lures mid-lake to Horseshoe Bend. Some crappie moving into shallow water. White bass fair trolling deep running lures from Cherokee Landing to Carters Landing and on grubs near the channels. Sunfish fair near docks or brush on small jigs and night crawlers. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: April 26. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 57 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in creek channels and riprap. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on yellow, green and red jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: April 25. Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on crawdad tails, night crawlers and small sunfish along thunder road. Channel catfish good on night crawlers and shad near big bend. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in upper end of lake. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: April 26. Elevation above normal, water clear. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits in the upper end of the lake. Walleye fair on minnows, jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: April 25. Elevation normal, water 66-68 and clear. White bass being caught on small jigs and roadrunners off points of larger coves. Crappie being caught on white jigs under small corks at 3 ft. in the shallows. Bass being caught on jerk baits, smaller jigs and soft plastics shallow. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: April 27. Elevation normal, water 67 and clear.  Bass good on crawdad imitating lures and grubs off of sand and gravel bars. Channel catfish good on minnows, stinkbait and crawdads. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in deeper holes at night. Trout fair on power bait and spinnerbaits around waterfalls and swifter channels. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: April 25. Water mid to high 50s and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on baby brush hogs and spinnerbaits at 6-7 ft. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-5 ft. in grass beds and on steep banks. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: April 25. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass being caught on crankbaits and plastic baits at 1-6 ft. in shallow rocky areas and brushy areas. White bass good on jigs at 4-10 ft. below the dam when running water. Blue catfish good on shad at 4-10 ft. on the flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-5 ft. in areas close to the bank with brush or rocks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: April 25. Elevation normal, water 64. Crappie and black bass good on minnows and spinnerbaits around the brush. Catfish good on trotlines baited with sunfish and cut bait in the main lake. Blue catfish good on suspended cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: April 25. Elevation normal, water 66 and clear.  Largemouth bass good on Carolina rigged plastic worms and crankbaits at 5-8 ft. along points and roadbeds.  Channel catfish good on shad or stinkbait at 5-10 ft. in the coves. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal early a.m. and late afternoon. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: April 25. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 68 and murky. 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 spinner baits from 2-6 ft. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.  Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: April 25. Elevation normal, water 60-62 and clear to muddy in the north end. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good. White bass fair trolling on crankbaits and jigs in the Martin’s Landing area. Channel catfish being caught on stinkbait, liver and worms in the north end. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Walleye good on minnows and jigs near the dam before dark. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: April 25. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie excellent on white mini-king spinnerbaits at 4 ft. near gravel or rocky points. Bass great on baby brush hogs near timber. Catfish fair on liver. White bass fair on crankbaits near the mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: April 27. Elevation normal, water 70 and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft baits. White bass fair on minnows and jigs in the upper San Bois Creek channel. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with shad and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along the shorelines. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: April 25. Water 67 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 2-4 ft. in beds. Channel and blue catfish good on stinkbaits, minnows and cut baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. along banks and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: April 25. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 63 and clear south and murky to muddy north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic combination baits and deep diving crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels with clear water. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats south. Channel and blue catfish fair to good at 5-10 ft. from Catfish Bay to the north including the Washita River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. in Widow Moore, Kansas, upper Rock and Little Glasses creeks. Sunfish good on worms at 1-5 ft. around the shorelines and fish attractors. Paddlefish fair to good below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: April 26. Elevation normal, water 58 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, worms and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. around structure. White bass good on white roadrunners in the upper Poteau River. 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: April 25. Elevation 10 3/4 ft. below normal and rising steadily. Walleye good near Hicks Mountain. Crappie good to very good on minnows. White bass good on minnows off points near the dam. Use caution when near dam. The Main, Hicks Mountain and Beach Haven boat ramps all have water. The Lakeview boat ramp is closed. The irrigation canal is closed. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: April 25. Elevation above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow water on rocks and brush. Saugeye fair on minnows and small spinnerbaits at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: April 27. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal with one gate open, water 50s and clear. Walleye fair along dam in rocks. White bass fair in the river. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: April 25. Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. Striped bass hybrids excellent on crawdad tails and night crawlers off the dam and windy points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits near brush. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Lawtonka: April 25. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boathouses. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Tom Steed: April 27. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 62 and slightly murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows and peeled crawdad tails on bottom off points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. all around the lake. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: April 26. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal with flood gates open one ft. Blue catfish fair on cut shad and stinkbait along windy shorelines. Crappie slow to fair at fishing docks over brush and at Walker Creek Bridge and Corum Bridge. 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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