May 18th, 2006

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 June 3-4 Marks Oklahoma Free Fishing Days!


In case you needed an excuse to take your family fishing, here is a good one - the first weekend in June (June 3-4) is Free Fishing Days in Oklahoma.
"Free fishing days are a great opportunity to introduce family and friends to fishing," said David Warren, information and education chief for the Wildlife Department.
Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to offer free fishing days 24 years ago and has since been followed by dozens of other states that have established similar free fishing days.
Resident and non-resident fishing licenses (including trout licenses and fishing and hunting legacy permits) are not required on the free fishing days, although anglers should note that local or municipal permits might be required on those days.
Texoma Lake anglers should be aware that the Texas free fishing day is Saturday, June 3 only. Unless exempt due to age, anglers fishing on the Texas portion of Lake Texoma on Sunday, June 4 must either possess the special Lake Texoma license or a fishing license issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Anglers must also follow all other fishing regulations.

Take A KID FISHING!

Why Take A kid Fishing?

Just look at those faces!

 

OkieFish's DAD'S Wisdom

 

"If you wish to be happy for an hour, get intoxicated. If you wish to be happy for three days, get married. If you wish to be happy for eight days, kill your pig and eat it. But.......If you wish to be happy forever, learn to fish."

                                  OkieFish's Dad

 

And I Did, and I'am Happy I did!

                                 OkieFish 


Biologists examine blue catfish populations:


During a recent research project, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation fisheries biologists collected a 24-year-old blue catfish. More surprising than the fish's impressive age was its diminutive weight. The catfish weighed only two pounds.
"That fish was not normal but, in short, we found that it takes a long time for a blue cat to grow very large. Generally speaking, it takes 13-16 years for a blue catfish to reach 10 pounds. They have a long lifespan compared to most Oklahoma fish, but they grow slowly," said Jeff Boxrucker, senior fisheries research biologist for the Wildlife Department. "We still have a lot to learn about blue catfish, but this research will help us better understand these great fish."
Biologists spent months gathering samples and analyzing data from blue catfish populations on seven Oklahoma lakes. However, all is not equal in the realm of blue cats. That 24-year-old, two-pound fish was caught in Lake Ellsworth in southwest Oklahoma, but this spring, biologists aged a 78-pound fish caught by an anglerfrom Texoma that was 19 years old.
"Some fish, particularly blue catfish in certain lakes, just grow slower than others," Boxrucker said. "In our study we found that blue catfish grow faster in Texoma, Waurika, Grand and Keystone lakes. On the flip side, they grow relatively slower in Hugo, Ellsworth and Eufaula lakes."
Boxrucker and his fellow biologists will continue to study these unique fish in order to give fisheries managers the knowledge they need to make informed management decisions. In the meantime Boxrucker has one suggestion for anglers.
"Keep all the small blue cats that you can eat and the law allows. But consider releasing the really big fish. These trophy blues are a great resource for all anglers and because of their age they can be hard to replace," Boxrucker said.

 


Fishing Reports For May 18th, 2006

CENTRAL

Arcadia: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 70. Largemouth bass good off northeast banks around trees mid-day to evening at 2-5 ft. on artificial lures. Channel catfish being caught off the north banks in the morning on worms and raw bacon just off bottom. Crappie good in coves and around rocks and docks on minnows, worms, roadrunners at 3-8 ft. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.

Draper: Elevation 2 ft. above normal and clear. Largemouth bass good in coves with structure on plastic worms and tandem spinners. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Hefner: Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 72. Walleye good on worms and bottom bouncing sinkers. Crappie being caught on the east side of the lake and the south end off cement and riprap break on medium size minnows at 12-13 ft. Catfish being caught on the northwest bend of the dam slip corking punch bait, stinkbait and minnows at 2-8 ft. Report submitted by Bob Martin, OKC Fisheries.

Thunderbird: Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal and clear. Crappie good at 3-6 ft. on minnows and jigs around structure. White bass good on jigs, spinners and medium diving crankbaits off points. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and tandem spinners in coves on structure. Saugeye fair to good on medium diving crankbaits and jigs at 4-8 ft. off points and old road beds. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

NORTHEAST

Birch: Elevation normal and clear. Crappie good off of the birch cove dock using minnows. Largemouth bass fair and can be found around rocky points using crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass hybrids good while trolling with live shad and crankbaits. Catfish fair on cut fish in the creek channel. Report submitted by Ben Bickerstaff, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: Water 68 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs in 10-12 ft. of water. Saugeye and striped bass hybrids fair trolling with crankbaits. Channel catfish good on cut bait and punch bait around rocks. Report submitted by Tyler Gann, lake ranger.

Eucha: Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 64 and clear. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush and structure. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and Carolina rigged plastic baits off rocky points. Catfish fair on night crawlers. Bluegill being caught crickets and worms. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

Grand: Elevation normal and murky. White bass good on spinnerbaits and jigs in the tributaries. Channel catfish good on worms and shad guts in the mud flats and the tributaries. Crappie fair on minnows at 15 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Jim Littlefield, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish good on cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: Elevation 4 ft. above normal and murky. White bass fair to good on small gizzard shad and lures in the upper end of the lake and around rocky gravel pits, Channel catfish good on cut shad in the river channel and rocky points. Crappie fair to good on minnows at 3-6 ft. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: Elevation 13 ft. above normal and murky. Fishing in the lake is slow. Flathead catfish are being caught below the dam cut fish and live shad. Report submitted by Ben Bickerstaff, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Kaw: Elevation 7 ft. above normal and rising with stained water. Blue and channel catfish fair on stinkbait and cut shad in upper end of lake and Arkansas River. Blue catfish fair in tail waters on whole and cut shad. White bass fair in tail waters on minnows. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.

Keystone: Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water 60 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastics and spinnerbaits at 3-8 ft. in flooded brush. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits and jig and chunk at 5-10 ft. off secondary points and in rocky coves. White bass fair on minnows and rooster tails at 4-8 ft. below dam and in creeks. Striped bass good on buck tails at 3-6 ft. below the dam. Channel catfish good on worms and minnows at 4-8 ft. off rocky banks. Blue catfish good on cut shad and large minnows at 5-10 ft. in the flats and coves. Flathead catfish fair on minnows and jigs at 3-8 ft. in calm coves. Report submitted by Larry Sellers, Woody's Bait and Tackle.

Oologah: Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 60 and muddy in the upper half and murky in the lower half of the lake. Channel catfish good on dough bait and worms upper areas of the lake around flooded vegetation. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged structure at 4-8 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics around flooded brush. Channel and blue catfish also fair below the dam on shad. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Sooner: Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 64 and clear. Striped bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad on mid-lake humps at 27-40 ft. Crappie fair using minnows along highways. White bass good trolling crank baits and using jigs or slabs. Report submitted by Paul Tennies, Pete's Place.

Great Salt Plains: Bass good in weed beds on Carolina Rigs and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass hybrids good in the upper end of the lake on shad and fair on slabs. Crappie fair on the rip-rap with minnows in 5-10 ft. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.

Spavinaw: Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 64 and clear. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Catfish good on chicken livers. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

Tenkiller: Elevation normal, water 72 and stained. Crappie fair trolling the main channel with deep runners and around docks or brush at 8-10 ft. on minnows or jigs. Catfish fair with some action on minnows and worms in coves. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

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

NORTHWEST

Canton: Elevation slightly above normal. White bass and striped bass hybrids and walleye good along drifting slabs and trolling crankbaits. Crappie fair in the upper end of the lake on minnows and jigs. Channel catfish fair in the upper end of the lake on cut shad and crawfish. May 18-21 is the annual Canton Lake Walleye Rodeo. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: Elevation normal and clear. Channel catfish good shallow on stinkbait. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Great Salt Plains: Channel catfish fair to good on trotlines baited with shad, slow to fair around the spillway on shad and stinkbait. Report submitted by R.C Nickols, Great Plains State Park.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: Fishing can be good. Bass fair on jigs and plastic worms. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: Elevation slightly below normal, water 65 and muddy. 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 normal, water 71 and clear. Largemouth bass good off rocky points on dark soft plastics. Crappie good in south Holly Creek on minnows and jigs around standing timber. Walleye fair in Egypt Creek south towards main body of lake off rocky points after dark on deep running crankbaits. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits at 2-8 ft. around brush. White bass good on jigs at 6-10 ft. around bridges. Blue catfish good on worms at 2-6 ft. along the rocks. Crappie fair on jigs at 3-8 ft. around brush. Report submitted Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 64 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. Crappie good on live minnows. Channel catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Wendell Smalling, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: Elevation normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits at 5-10 ft. along the points and road bed. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

McGee Creek: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 68 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures at 2-6 ft. in standing timber. Channel catfish good on juglines with sunfish and good on red worms with rod and reel off rip rap. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: Elevation above normal and murky. Bass fair on spinnerbaits around points and creek channels. Crappie fair on pink, red, and yellow jigs around timber. Catfish good on liver in upper end of lake. Report Submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 72 and stained. Largemouth bass good at 2-4 ft. using plastic baits and spinnerbaits fishing the rock, weed and woody shorelines. Crappie good at 8-10 ft. using minnows fishing the edge of the old creek channels. White bass good at 8-10 ft. using jigs fishing below Webbers Falls and Kerr dams. Blue catfish good at 3-10 ft. using fresh cut bait and goldfish fishing the edges of the current in the upper part of the lake. Flathead catfish good at 10-20 ft. using live bait on trotlines and juglines. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis Lake: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Catfish good on cut bait. Bass fair on weed beds. Crappie good around bridges and brush piles. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 68 and clear to the south and murky to the north. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits at 5-10 ft. around shoreline and structure. White bass and striped bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 15-25 ft. around the islands. Catfish fair to good on live bait and cut shad at 5-15 ft. in Little Glasses Creek. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: Elevation 3 1/4 ft. above normal, water 68 degrees and muddy. Channel and blue catfish good on the rip rap areas with shad at 3-8 ft. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live sunfish 1at 0-15 ft. Crappie good on the banks with minnows at 3-6 ft. Largemouth bass fair around the points on dark crankbaits. Report submitted by D.G. Belcher, game warden stationed in Latimer County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: Elevation 14 ft. below normal and murky. North shore boat ramp is high and dry. Crappie are being caught using minnows. White bass, walleye and hybrid striped bass fair to good. Report compiled by Quartz Mountain Grocery.

Ellsworth: Elevation 10 ft. below normal and murky. Crappie have slowed but are still being caught in shallow water on jigs and minnows. 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 68 and clear. Walleye and saugeye good along dam with live bait. White bass good. Catfish fair with cut shad or shad gizzards. Bass and crappie fair. Watch for the birds working and you will generally find fish. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/4 ft. above elevation and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in shallow water. Catfish fair on cut baits. White bass fair on jigs and minnows. Saugeye fair on night crawlers and jigs or sassy shad drifting or trolling. Report submitted by James L. Edwards, Jr., game warden station in Caddo County.

Tom Steed: Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 68 and murky. Catfish good on cut bait. White bass good trolling crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows around the rocks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: Elevation below normal, water 70 and murky. White bass good on jigs and shad off windy points. Catfish good on juglines or trotlines baited with shad and goldfish. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at Washita Bridge. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.
 

 

 

 

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