May 07 2008

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FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 07, 2008
 


 FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 7, 2008
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass slow. Catfish slow. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation normal, water 65 and muddy. Striped bass hybrid fair on live bait and crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: Elevation normal and muddy. Largemouth bass slow. Crappie good to excellent on jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: Elevation normal and murky. Crappie fair on minnow and jigs near submerged structure at 10-15 ft Blue catfish fair on cut shad. Channel catfish are good below the dam on worms and cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal level, water 65 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish fair on trotlines using cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 8 ft. above normal, water 62 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits in flooded grass and structure. White bass good upstream in running water. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around brush piles and structure. Paddlefish good snagging at Chouteau Bend. Below the dam, fishing for white bass is good to excellent on jigs in the tailwaters. Crappie good on jigs and minnows. Catfish good on shad. Paddlefish snagging good on the east and west sides. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.
 
Grand: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 64-70 and murky. Bass being caught on spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits from boats and around rock banks. Crappie slow up shallow. Catfish good in the rivers on shad. White bass are being caught on jigging spoons in Elk River at 12-25 ft. Paddlefish snagging has slowed. A few are being caught in both rivers, but the run is over. Report submitted by Littlefield’s Sporting Goods & Greg Lamb’s Guide Service.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits on the upper end of lake. Catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbaits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at fishing dock and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hulah: Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. near submerged structure. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and muddy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in Little Beaver, Five Fingers, McFadden and Osage coves at 3-10 ft. White bass good on jigs, sassy shads, and in-line-spinnerbaits in Little Beaver, Wolf and Bear creeks. Blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut shad and sunfish in the Pioneer, Bear, and Coon creek areas on juglines and trotlines. Paddlefish snagging fair below the 1,000 ft. marker of Kaw Dam. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Oologah: Elevation 9 ft. above normal and falling, water 60 and muddy. Blue and channel catfish fair drifting flats with shad 10 ft. Blue and flathead catfish fair on live goldfish and shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water stained. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on cut shad at 30 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-10 ft. in riprap. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: White bass and striped bass hybrids good on slabs and live shad. Channel catfish fair in channels and off points on cut and live bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs off Hwy 15. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: Elevation slightly above normal level, water 65 and muddy. Muddy conditions have slowed fishing, but some nice largemouth bass have been caught on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 12 ft. above normal, water 65 and clearing above Cookson. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow, with some action on spinnerbaits or bass assassins in flooded brush. Catfish hitting on minnows or worms in shallow water. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits near riprap and creek channels. Catfish fair on shad and stinkbaits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton
: Elevation normal. Crappie good in the upper end of the lake on minnows and jigs. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad. Walleye good on minnows and night crawlers in deeper holes in upper end of the lake. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good trolling crankbaits along dam and over submerged islands. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation normal, water clear. White bass fair on jigs and spinners along the dam. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows along the jetties in the shallows. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle
: Elevation normal, water 66 and stained to muddy. White bass good on points of south coves and along dam. Crappie good on brush piles. Bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Carolina-rigged lizards. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 66 and clear. Catfish good on liver and worms. Bass fair to good on minnows and flies. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: Largemouth bass being caught on soft plastics around structure. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in flooded timber. Walleye being caught after dark around islands and off rocky points. North Carson Creek boat ramp is open. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 3 1/2 ft, above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and jigs flipping flooded brush. White bass good around bridges and culverts. Blue catfish fair on shad on shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows or jigs at 3-10 ft. in culverts and around brush piles. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation normal, water 63. Crappie good on minnows in creek arms. White bass fair trolling crankbaits in the river channel. Catfish good on green sunfish and goldfish. Fishing below the dam still good on jigs and cut bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan Counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms at 3-6 ft. in cattails and weed beds. Channel catfish good on shad and stinkbait at 5-10 ft. along points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 1 ˝ ft above normal, water 65 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures and crawfish-colored crank baits at 4-8 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 59 and clear. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, minnows and worms. White bass fair trolling minnows and jigs. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and worms. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs shallow. Walleye fair on minnows and jigs around dark. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal and murky. Bass fair on soft plastics when jigged around flooded roadbeds. Crappie good at the spillway on jigs and minnows. Catfish good on nightcrawlers around the lake as well as the spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation above normal, water 71 and murky. Largemouth bass good at 2-4 ft. using plastic baits and spinnerbaits fishing the weed and woody shoreline spawning areas. Crappie good at 2-5 ft. using minnows and jigs fishing just off the spawning areas, some fish are still moving in and out of the weed beds. White bass fair on jigs at 10-15 ft. below Webbers Falls and Kerr dams. Blue catfish good on fresh cut shad and worms at 3-10 ft. fishing the windy shorelines with weed or rock cover. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis Lake: Elevation 2 ft. above normal and clear to murky. Largemouth bass excellent on plastics around points and spinnerbaits that are white with red flecks around timber. White bass excellent up creeks and trolling lake. Blue catfish good to excellent on cut bait and shrimp on juglines and trotlines and around islands and in flooded fields. Flathead catfish good to excellent on trotlines and juglines with small baitfish. Crappie excellent around bridges and brush piles on minnows. Walleye fair trolling islands. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 65 and clear south and murky north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and jig combination baits from platter flats south. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad near the islands. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and cut baits from the railroad bridge north. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at Widow Moore Creek and the north and south dikes. Report submitted by Danny Club, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 15 ft .above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below dam. White bass excellent below the 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 1/3 ft. below normal and rising. Recent high winds have limited fishing. Crappie poor. Walleye are improving to good; fish tend to be small. Striped bass hybrids fair to good; also tend to be small. White bass 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 and murky. Crappie slow to fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish fair to good on cut bait in creeks. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal. Walleye fair along rocks on dam with live bait. Striped bass hybrids fair on live bait and white or chartreuse jigs. White bass slow. Catfish good with Danny King stinkbait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal. Catfish fair on cut baits. Saugeye slow to fair on sassy shad and drifting night crawlers. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow to fair on sassy shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation above normal and clear. Crappie fair to good off rocks around the dam on minnows. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Tom Steed: Elevation normal, water 64. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs off the old highway. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: Elevation normal, water 65 and murky. White bass being caught on artificial baits and live baits. Catfish being caught on juglines and rod and reel on live bait and punch bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around Walker Creek Bridge and Wichita Ridge. 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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