May 21 2008

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FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 21, 2008
 


 FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 21, 2008
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. Blue catfish good around rocky points at night. Crappie fair on minnows at 10-12 ft. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Arcadia: Elevation normal, water 70. White bass being caught on white grubs. Channel and blue catfish being caught on cut shad. Crappie being caught on minnows at the heated dock and around rocks. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Hefner: Water 73. Smallmouth and white bass being caught. Crappie being caught on minnows. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Thunderbird: Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie being caught on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. around structure. Saugeye good on medium-diving crankbaits, sassy shad and jigs off windy points early and late in the day. White bass good on jigs, sassy shad, medium-diving crankbaits and in-line spinnerbaits. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and tandem spinners in the weed beds in shallow coves. Catfish slow. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: Elevation normal, water muddy. Bass fair on plastic worms. Catfish fair on dough baits. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation normal, water 72 and murky. Crappie fair at 8-10 ft. on jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait around rocks. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: Elevation normal, water muddy. Bass being caught on plastic lures. Catfish fair on live baits. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal, water 70 and murky. Bluegill good on crickets and worms at 2-6 ft. on gravel bars. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish fair on jug lines using cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 7 ft. above normal and dropping, water 69 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits in flooded grass and around woody plants. White bass good trolling jigs, spinnerbaits and rat-l-traps above the dam; below the dam white bass are good to excellent on jigs and minnows. Catfish good on cut shad, worms and crawdads over mud flats above the dam; catfish good on cut shad and rolling baits below the dam. Crappie slow. Paddlefish good below the dam. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.
 
Grand: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 68-74. Horse Creek to above Sailboat Bridge dirty. Horse Creek to the dam is stained to lightly stained. Bass being caught on crankbaits, Carolina rigs, and spinnerbaits on main lake and secondary points. Jigs and topwater lures continue to produce. Crappie being caught up shallow, around the docks and brush piles at 6-12 ft. White bass good in Elk River on jigging spoons at 12-25 ft. Catfish good on shad and gold fish in the rivers, mid-lake and Horse Creek area. Report submitted by Littlefield’s Sporting Goods & Greg Lamb’s Guide Service.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in creek channels and along shoreline. Catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at the fishing dock and around brush. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Keystone: Elevation 7 1/2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and dark-colored plastics at 4-8 ft. in flooded cover in coves. Smallmouth bass slow on chartreuse crankbaits, dark jigs and chunkbaits at 8-12 ft. around points. Spotted bass fair on small chrome crankbaits at 6-10 ft. around bluffs and deep coves. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. below the dam and mouths of creeks. Striped bass fair on buck tails, sassy shad and rattle baits at 3-6 ft. below the dam. Channel catfish good on chicken livers and worms at 4-8 ft. in creeks and coves. Blue catfish good on punch baits and cut shad at 5-10 ft. halfway back in coves. Flathead catfish good on punch baits and cut shad at 6-12 ft. around bluffs, riprap and below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and bright-colored jigs at 3-10 ft. along gravel spawning banks with rocky areas. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Oologah: Elevation 7 ft. above normal and falling, water mid-60s to near 70 and muddy. White bass good trolling with shad-colored crankbaits at 10-15 ft. in the Blue and Spencer Creek areas. Channel catfish good on worms and livers at 5-10 ft. along rocky banks. Crappie fair on minnows around standing timber. Crappie suspended at 10-15 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 70 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on white spinnerbaits and crankbaits at the lower end of the lake. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair drifting live shad in the main body of the lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in riprap. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: White bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad in deep water along flats. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: Elevation slightly above normal, water 68 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish fair on jug lines using cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 72 and clearing. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair in shallow water on soft bass jigs or spinnerbaits. Crappie slow with some action at 4-8 ft. on gravel points. Catfish slow with some action on juglines with shad. Sunfish fair on worms around docks or gravel banks. Report by Monte Brooks Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in weed beds and riprap. Catfish good on stinkbaits and cut sunfish. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges and brush. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good 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 69 and stained. Crappie have moved to brush piles at 12-24 ft. White bass are chasing shad on ends of points. Bass being caught on Carolina-rigged lizards, tubes Texas-rigged and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish being caught. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 70 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on minnows and flies. Channel catfish fair on liver, worms and stinkbaits. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 71 and clearing. Largemouth and smallmouth bass being caught on soft plastic lures at 5-7 ft. along banks. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with sunfish. Crappie slow. Walleye good on deep running crawdad colored crankbaits at 10-15 ft. around islands and points. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures flipping flooded brush. White bass good on jigs at 3-8 ft. around bridges and culverts. Blue catfish good on shad at 4-10 ft. over shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. around brush. Report submitted Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation normal, water 64. Crappie and bass good on minnows around brush. Catfish fair on cut bait. Crappie and blue catfish good below the dam during water releases. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 76 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 3-6 ft. in weed beds and cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits at 8-10 ft. around points and coves. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
Lower Mountain Fork River: Trout very good in all three zones at various times on wooly buggers, soft hackles, midges and various streamers. Zones 2 and 3 are dependent on the water releases from the powerhouse. Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.


McGee Creek: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, 70 degrees, and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic craws at 4-5 ft. right against the bank. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-18 ft. over cedar brush. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: Elevation normal, water 70 and stained. Largemouth and smallmouth bass excellent. White bass good on minnows and jigs. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits, minnows and worms. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation normal, water 73 and murky. Largemouth bass good at 2-5 ft. using plastic baits, spinnerbaits and shad type crankbaits fishing the weed, rock and woody shorelines. Crappie good at 3-6 ft. using minnows fishing for suspended fish just off the spawning areas. White bass fair at 10 ft. trolling crankbaits in the Applegate Cove area. Blue catfish good on fresh cut bait at 3-8 ft. near the rocky shorelines. Flathead catfish good on trotlines and juglines with live bait at 8-10 ft. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis Lake: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 69 and murky. Bass excellent on spinnerbaits in weeds and along banks and plastic worms around points. White bass good trolling crankbaits. Blue catfish good to excellent on juglines and trotlines with cut shad and shrimp. Flathead catfish good to excellent on juglines and trotlines with live bluegill and whole shad. Crappie fair on live minnows around bridges and the tower. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits around the islands. Report submitted by Alan Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 70 and clear south and murky to muddy north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good in the coves at the south end of lake. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad from Platter Flats south. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, cut baits and worms with the majority of fish being caught above the Highway 70 Bridge. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs around underwater brush and fish attractors. Sunfish fair to good on worms around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 4 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good with minnows and jigs below dam. Channel and blue good on cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 2 ft. below normal and rising. Crappie poor compared to walleyes and white bass being caught when trolling. Walleye good, tend to be small. White bass good. Blue catfish fair around the old fish-o-rama. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Foss: Elevation normal with gates closed, water 70 and clear. Striped bass hybrids good near buoy line at 5 ft. near Lakeview. Walleye fair along dam on live bait. Crappie fair in marina area. Catfish good on prepared bait near Cutberth Creek. Bass fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal. Crappie slow to fair on jigs and minnows. Saugeye slow to fair drifting night crawlers. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on shad. White bass slow to fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish slow to fair on cut bait. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Tom Steed: Elevation normal, water 65 and murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows near the old highway. Catfish fair all over lake. Crappie fair on minnows in creeks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: Elevation above normal, water 68 and murky. Both gates are open and water is being released. White bass fair on artificial baits and live baits. 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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