May 3rd, 2006

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FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 3, 2006

 

CENTRAL

Draper: Elevation 2 ft. above normal and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. around structure. Largemouth bass good on tandem spinners, medium divers and plastic worms at 3-6 ft. in coves. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Hefner: Elevation 3-4 ft. below normal, water 72. Channel catfish being caught slip corking off the dam at 4-8 ft. on punch bait and stinkbait. Walleye being caught on the west side of the dam on minnows fishing the bottom at 12 ft. Bluegill being caught using crickets. Report submitted by Bob Martin, OKC Fisheries.

Thunderbird: Elevation 5 ft. below normal and clear. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. around structure. Largemouth bass good on tandem spinners, medium divers and plastic worms at 3-6 ft. Saugeye fair to good on jigs and medium divers (green) off points and old road beds. White bass good on minnows, jigs and medium divers off points. Catfish slow. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: Elevation 3 ft. below normal and muddy in feeder creeks and clear around roadbed area and main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 16-18 ft. around underwater structure. Catfish fair to good on minnows and chicken liver in the shallows back in the west end of the lake. White bass fair trolling with crankbaits at 7-10 ft. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits, lizards, tubes and assorted soft plastic in grassy beds and mossy areas with some action on topwater lures early morning. Report submitted by M.M. Fowler.

 

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: The only fishing method allowed at Bell Cow is rod and reel fishing. Elevation 3 ft. below. Crappie good on minnows. Catfish fair on the east side of the islands on dough baits. Report submitted by lake ranger.

Carl Blackwell: Water 70 and murky. Crappie have picked back up after the storms and are biting well in shallows in the morning and evening on jigs, road runners, and minnows. Saugeye have been caught roaming the shorelines with minnows and jigs, trolling with crawler rigs and worms. Largemouth bass are biting on spinners and crankbaits. Striped bass hybrids have slowed down but are still being caught on large minnows, shad imitations and rattle traps. Channel catfish good fishing the shallows at night with stinkbait, minnows and worms. Report submitted by Tyler Gann, lake ranger.

Chandler: Elevation 3 ft. below normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by lake ranger.

Copan: Elevation 3 ft. above normal with two gates open below the dam. Water is muddy. Crappie good on medium minnows in and around the coves and creek channels at 6 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on worms, shad, and large minnows. Report submitted by Jason Cain, Copan Handi Mart.

Eucha: Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water 60 and murky. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush at 5-10 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on night crawlers. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

Ft. Gibson: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinners. White bass good on minnows and jigs in creek channels. Catfish excellent on prepared baits and worms. Reported submitted Don Cole, game warden stationed in Wagoner

Grand: Elevation normal and murky. Channel catfish fair to good on worms and shad guts in lake tributaries. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. Report submitted by Jim Littlefield, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: May 2. Elevation normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along shoreline. Catfish good on cut bait on bottom. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs around fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut shad in river channel. Crappie slow to fair on plastic jigs at 3-8 ft. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Kaw: Elevation is 5 ft. above normal, water 62 and stained. Blue and channel catfish excellent in upper end of the lake on shad, stinkbait and goldfish. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows at 10-12 ft. Bluecat in tailwaters reported excellent on live shad.Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.

Keystone: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 65-70 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastics at 2-8 ft. around buck brush in coves. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits and jig and chunk at 5-10 ft. around rocky deep coves. Spotted bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. in deep rocky coves. White bass fair on rooster tails and rattle traps at 4-8 ft. in coves with feeder creeks. Striped bass good on buck tails and large sassy shad at 3-6 ft. below the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on worms and crawdads at 4-8 ft. along banks in shallow coves. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. around flooded brush. Report submitted by Larry Sellers, Woody's Bait and Tackle.

Oologah: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 60, muddy on the north end and clear on the south end. Channel catfish good on worms and dough baits in creeks running into the lake and also in the Verdigris River itself. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged structure at 4-8 ft. deep. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and bass tubes around flooded brush at 2-4 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 65 and murky. Smallmouth and largemouth bass fair to good, in the shallows, on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and some plastics at 4-6 ft. in the creeks. Crappie fair to good on small and medium minnows at 15-25 ft. around bridges and other structure, and in the creeks. Striped bass hybrids fair in creeks. Catfish fair on trotlines with very large minnows. Report submitted by Greenwood Fishing Center.

Spavinaw: Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 58 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around dam area. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

Tenkiller: Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water 69. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass fair in coves and off points on spinnerbaits or crankbaits at 3-15 ft. Crappie fair at 3-10 ft. on minnows or jigs and good trolling the main channel with deep runner and at night under lights at 10-15 ft. on small minnows. White bass good trolling main channel on deep runners and good under lights at night on small minnows at 10-15 ft. Sunfish good on shallow gravel banks with worms. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: Elevation normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits along riprap and creek channel. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom. Crappie good around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: Elevation normal. Crappie good in upper end of lake on minnows and jigs. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows, jigs and crankbaits along dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: Crappie and walleye fair on jigs and spinners in the shallows. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Great Salt Plains: Elevation below normal and murky. Catfish good on trotlines baited with shad in the spillway and Coon Hollow on shrimp, shad or stinkbait. Report submitted by R.C Nickols, Great Plains State Park.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 68-70 and clear. Crappie fair off docks and around brush piles. White bass are spawning up creeks and along dam. Bass good to fair on jigs, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics off points and in coves. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: Elevation normal, water 68 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows and flies. Catfish fair on liver and worms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow. Elevation 10-12 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits in the mouths of creeks. White bass good on white and yellow grubs and rooster tails along Panther Creek. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure and in the upper-end of Holly Creek. Walleye good on rouges late evening and early morning in the upper end of Holly Creek. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: Elevation 4 ft. below normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits at 1-6 ft. along the rocks. White bass good on crankbaits at 3-8 ft. trolling. Blue catfish good on shad at 4-10 ft. on the flats. Crappie good on jigs at 2-10 ft. along the banks. Report submitted Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 63 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastic lures. Crappie good on live minnows. Channel catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Wendell Smalling, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 4-6 ft. along weed beds. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge channel. Channel catfish good on stinkbait at 8-10 ft. along points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

McGee Creek: Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures at 2-8 ft. around standing timber. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: Elevation above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on blue and black jigs. Bass fair on spinnerbaits around points at 8-12 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad on juglines. Report Submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 71 and stained. Largemouth bass good at 2-4 ft. using plastic baits and spinnerbaits fishing the weed, rock and wood shorelines. Crappie fair at 6-8 ft using minnow fishing the edge of the channels. White bass good at 5-10 ft. using jigs and shad imitation lures fishing below Webbers Falls and Kerr dam. Blue catfish good at 3-10 ft. using fresh cut shad fishing the windy shorelines. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis Lake: Elevation normal. White bass good in Jack Fork Creek. Crappie good on minnows around bridges and tower. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and rising. Water 64 and murky to north and clear to the south. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits at 10-15 ft. in creek channels. White bass and striped bass fair to good on sassy shad at 15-20 ft. in Burns Run. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut shad at 5-10 ft. in Little Glasses Creek. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. around structure on the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

SOUTHWEST

Ellsworth: Elevation 10 ft. below normal, and murky. Crappie good in shallow water around structure on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Foss: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 70 and clear. Walleye and saugeye fair on live bait or small jigs in front of the dam. White bass good. Hybrid striped bass fair. Catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Tom Steed: Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 62 and murky. White bass good on minnows off points and trolling crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows at 4-8 ft. around rocks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: Elevation below normal, water 69 and clear. White bass excellent on shad and white jigs. Hybrid striped bass fair. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around boat docks. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

 

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Ictalurus furcatus

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Oklahoma Record: 85lbs. 4ozs.
 



World Record: 109.25 pounds, caught in the Cooper River, Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in 1991.
 



Description: Adult fish have stout bodies with prominently humped backs in front of the dorsal fin. They resemble channel catfish by having deeply forked tails, but are dissimilar because they are unspotted and have a long, straight-edged anal fin with 30 to 35 rays. The back and upper sides are blue to slate gray, and the lower sides and belly are white. The internal air bladder has a constriction in the middle, giving it a two-chambered appearance.
 



Other Names: channel cat,
Mississippi White, hump-back blue, fork tail cat, great blue cat, silver cat, blues, chucklehead cat, blue fulton
 



Subspecies: There are no recognized subspecies. They are known to naturally hybridize with channel catfish. The channel-blue hybrid is popular among aqua culturists.
 



Range: Found throughout the State of Oklahoma.  
 



Habitat: Blues occupy most big rivers and in the lower reaches of major tributaries. They are found in Farm Ponds and most major impoundments in Oklahoma. They prefer clearer, swifter water than other catfish, and are usually found over sand, gravel or rock bottoms. Their preferred water temperature is 77 to 82 degrees.  
 



Spawning Habits: Spawning and nesting behavior is similar to others of its family. In late spring, males commonly choose and clear a nest site, usually in drift piles, logs, root systems or other dark, secluded areas near the bank. The eggs hatch in about a week, and males guard the fry in the nest until they swim away a week or so later.  
 



Feeding Habits: Young blues eat aquatic insects and small fish while larger blues prefer crayfish, mussels and other fish. They feed primarily at night.
 



Growth: Blue catfish grow faster and live longer than channel catfish. They are the largest member of the catfish family. Blues may grow to lengths of over 55 inches and may weigh more than 100 pounds. Maximum life span for blues is unknown but is probably 20-25 years.  
 



Sporting Quality: One of the strongest freshwater fish; blues are caught on bush hooks or trotlines as well as rod and reel. The most effective baits are cut fish, live fish and night crawlers, and the Ole OkieFish favorite: homemade stink bait! (recipe on bottom of page) They will take a variety of  prepared and rotting baits. Most are caught while bottom fishing with cut fish, rigged on large hooks weighted down by heavy lead sinkers.
 



Eating Quality: Considered an excellent food fish with white, firm, delicately flavored flesh.  
 

 

 

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