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FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 26, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: May 20. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water 68 and semi-clear. White bass fair on minnows at 5-6 ft. at the heated dock morning and evening. Channel catfish fair to good on worms just off bottom along north-central banks. Crappie excellent on spinnerbaits, minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. along docks and north-central points in the evening. Sunfish fair to good on spinnerbaits and jigs at 2-3 ft. along north-central points in the evening. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.
 
Overholser: May 25. Elevation normal, water 66 and clear to murky. White and striped bass good on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair to good on cut shad, liver and worms. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: May 23. Elevation normal, water murky. Boat ramps were re-opened Friday (5/21/10) at South Dam, Clearbay, N. Sentinel and Hog creek; all other ramps closed for repair. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. Saugeye good on minnows, jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits. Fishermen are catching a few Saugeye while fishing for Crappie. Channel catfish fair to good on cut baits and sponge baits in twin bridges area. Bass fair to good on tandem spinnerbaits and plastic worms in coves around structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: May 24. Elevation normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic worms and white spinnerbaits. Channel catfish fair on worms and chicken liver. Crappie fair on minnows along the dam. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: May 23. Elevation above normal, water 72 and muddy. Bass good on spinnerbaits, plastic worms and crawdads. Catfish good on doughbaits, cut shad and shrimp. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs all over the lake. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: May 25. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 73 and stained. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: May 25. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 71 and muddy. Catfish excellent on all baits. Crappie fair on jigs. Saugeye and striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: May 23. Elevation above normal, water 70 and muddy. Bass good on spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and doughbait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and the dam. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Eucha: May 25. Elevation slightly above normal, water 75 and clear. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft. Gibson: May 24. Elevation 4 ft. above, water 74 and murky. Catfish good on cut shad, shrimp, juglines and limb lines. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and spinnerbaits in the buck brush. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around the docks and shallow banks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Grand: May 24. Elevation above normal with full generation and 8 gates open, water 70-75 and clear to murky. Largemouth bass good on chartreuse and citrus crankbaits at 1-10 ft. Smallmouth bass fair on small worms and crawdads in rivers and creeks. White bass good on slab spoons, rooster tails and minnows around bridges. Catfish good on shad, worms, minnows, shrimp and goldfish in shallow water. Crappie good on Grandpa’s jigs, minnows and Bobby Garland’s in chartreuse, pink and purple along banks. Sunfish good on crickets and mealworms along banks. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sport’s Center.
 
Grand: May 25. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics by the willow trees and on medium-diving crankbaits around the points. White bass good on white or chrome crankbaits at 6-8 ft. trolling and on spoons with one ounce silver rainbow minnows around humps and points. Catfish good on shrimp, cut shad and night crawlers at 1-10 ft. Crappie good on minnows and 1/16 ounce Grandpa's jigs in red/white/red around the docks. Sunfish good on worms and Gulp Alive Red worms around docks. Report submitted by Littlefield’s Sporting Goods.
 
Greenleaf: May 24. Elevation normal, water 70 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along shorelines, creek channels and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait up creek channels on bottom and near the spillway. Crappie good on minnows and yellow, green and red jigs around fishing dock and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: May 24. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 72 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on purple and black plastic baits. White bass good on jigs, bucktails and spinnerbaits under docks and in the upper end of the lake. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and blood bait shallow along mud flats. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Kaw: May 24. Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water 70 and muddy in upper end, stained in lower. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-8 ft. around Washunga Bay bridge, Copperhead Cove, Beaver, McFadden, Bear, and Otter Creeks. White bass good on crankbaits and shad colored jigs around Sarge Creek Bridge. Spotted and Largemouth fair around Osage, and NOC coves on spinnerbaits and crankbaits 2-6ft. Blue and channel catfish being caught on cut shad and stinkbait; they are starting to move shallow and feed for the upcoming spawn. Anglers should try Coon Creek, Beaver Creek, and Bear Creek areas. Flathead catfish fair to good on trotlines with goldfish or bluegill. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids being caught on bucktails, sassy shad and drifting live bait below the dam during water release. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut shad, carp, live bluegill, shad and goldfish below the dam. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Lower Illinois: May 24. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-2 ft. in coves and weed beds. 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, rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on power bait on bottom above Gore Landing.
 
Oologah: May 23. Elevation 6 ft above normal and rising slowly, water 60s-70s and muddy. Channel catfish good on worms, shrimp and livers along rocky banks and at 4-8 ft. around flooded willows. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits around flooded vegetation. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around standing timber. Blue catfish fair on juglines with shad on flats near creeks and river channel at 10-18 ft. Flathead and blue catfish fair on live shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: May 25. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water mid 70s and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits along windy shorelines and backs of coves and on crankbaits and soft plastic lures along mouths of creeks. White bass good on rooster tails and grubs in Hominy Creek. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Spavinaw: May 25. Elevation slightly above normal, water 71 and clear. Bluegill good on crickets and worms. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Webbers Falls: May 24. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap, jetties, oxbows and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait drifting the bottom. Crappie good on minnows and black and purple jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: May 23. Elevation 1/2 ft below normal, water 70 and clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits near drop offs. Channel catfish fair on night crawlers and cut bait along dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in upper end of lake. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: May 24. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Channel catfish fair on cut shad and stinkbait all over the lake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: May 22. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 72 and clear to stained up all three creeks. Crappie good on docks, early a.m. best and around marked brush piles. White bass being caught on rattletraps and wiggle-tail jigs surfacing in main lake. Largemouth and spotted bass being caught on smaller soft plastics. Smallmouth bass being caught on flukes. Channel catfish being caught on earthworms in creeks. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Broken Bow: May 23. Elevation normal, water low 70s and murky in the upper end. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Carolina-rigs and crankbaits in natural colors at 5-20 ft. along main creek channel points, ledges and flats. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with sunfish and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-25 ft. around brush piles and structure. Walleye being caught on jerk baits and crankbaits in shad or chartreuse colors at 10-20 ft. around rocky points; should pick up with the full moon. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: May 23. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 78 and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits flipping the flooded willows and buck brush. White bass good on spinnerbaits and jigs around culverts and under bridges. Blue catfish good on a variety of baits at 2-6 ft. in rocky areas. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. around brushy and rocky areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: May 23. Elevation 3 ft. above normal and rising, water 67. Blue catfish good on cut bait below the dam. Crappie, white bass and striped bass good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 74 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 around cedar brush, off main creek channels. Largemouth bass good on Sluggos and yellow and black spinner baits at 1-3 ft. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: May 24. Elevation normal, water 72 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on various lures. White bass fair trolling crankbaits, minnows and jigs. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, stinkbaits, worms and minnows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around structure. Walleye slow to fair along the dam off the rocks before dark. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: May 23. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass fair on soft plastics and jigs around stumps and rocky points.  Crappie good on jigs around brush piles. Flathead, blue and channel catfish being caught on trotlines with sunfish. White bass good on crankbaits near the river channel. Saugeye fair on spinnerbaits near creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: May 25. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 75 and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits along shorelines. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with fresh shad and night crawlers. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: May 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 73 and murky. Largemouth bass good on worms and spinnerbaits at 8-10 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and minnows at 4-6 ft. along banks. Crappie good on minnows and tube jigs at 10-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: May 23. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 73 and clear south and murky to muddy north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on surface lures, spinnerbaits and shad colored crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass good on live bait, surface lures, and sassy shad from 5-20 ft. from Platter Flats to burns run. Channel and blue catfish good on doughbait, worms, stinkbait and cut shad at 5-15 ft. from the Washita River to Catfish Bay. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fishing docks. Sunfish good on worms around the fishing docks and riprap. Paddlefish fair to good below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: May 23. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. above normal, water 71 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, worms and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Channel catfish good on juglines with cut shad and liver. Flathead catfish good on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: May 23. Elevation 8 1/5 ft. below normal and rising steadily. All boat ramps are open. The irrigation canal is closed. Crappie good. White bass fair to good. Walleye good near Hicks Mtn. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: May 23. Elevation above normal, water 74 and murky. Catfish good on shrimp and cut bait in the rocks on east side of railroad trestle at Ralph’s Resort. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: May 25. Elevation 1/4 ft. below normal with gates open, water 70 and clear. Walleye good on live bait. Striped bass hybrids fair. Crappie fair. Catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: May 24. Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal, water 75 and murky. Catfish slow to fair on cut baits. Striped bass hybrids and striped bass slow to fair on crankbaits. Report submitted by James L. Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Tom Steed: May 25. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 70 and muddy. Crappie fair on minnows near the rocks. Catfish fair on cut bait on the west side. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling deep diving crankbaits. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa 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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