May 27, 2009

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FISHING REPORT FOR MAY 27, 2009
 
CENTRAL
 
Draper: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs off fishing docks. Channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbait. Bass fair around shallow structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Hefner: Elevation above normal. White bass good on crankbaits around points. Channel catfish good on cut shad and worms. Crappie good on minnows or jigs along the dam. Walleye good trolling the flats. Carp good on corn. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Overholser: Striped bass hybrids good on minnows and white plastic grubs. Channel catfish good on worms and chicken livers on the north end of the lake. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian County.
 
Thunderbird: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie good on small minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. around structure. Catfish good on stinkbait and cut baits off points and drop-offs. Bass fair on tandem spinnerbaits and medium-diving crankbaits in coves and around structure. Bass are beginning to move into shallow water. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic lures. Channel catfish good on doughbaits and punchbait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: Elevation above normal, water 74 and stained. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastic lures at 1-3 ft. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in shallow water early and late, and trolling mid-lake humps. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver and worms up the creeks. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. off the docks and 8-10 ft. around brush. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: Elevation normal, water 75 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass hybrids fair on jigs. Saugeye fair on night crawlers. Catfish good on all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastics. Channel catfish good on punchbait and doughbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: Elevation 13 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 10-14 ft. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait and cut shad below the dam. Boaters should take extra precaution due to the increased amount of floating logs and trees due to high water. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 18 ft. above normal and falling slowly, water murky. White bass are still biting in the river area at 20 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms in the brush. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. in the rocky areas. Report submitted by Rick Stafford with 3riverguideservice.com
 
Greenleaf: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on jig and pig, spinnerbaits and crankbaits along the shoreline, grassy beds and creek channels. Catfish good on shad near the spillway. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal. White bass good in the upper end of the lake on small minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and liver. Paddlefish fair. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: Elevation 16 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 10-14 ft. Channel catfish fair on cut shad below the dam. Boaters should use caution due to high water. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.


Oologah: Elevation 12 ft. above normal and falling, water 67-73 and muddy. Channel catfish good on livers, worms and doughbaits around flooded trees. White bass fair on minnows and jigs in the creeks where the water is clear. Blue catfish fair on juglines and drifting with shad on flats at 15 ft. Blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water upper 70s and clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad in Dad's Creek and around islands. Crappie fair on minnows around bridge pilings. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: Largemouth bass good along riprap. White bass and striped bass good on live shad. Channel catfish good on worms in shallow water. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation 4 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jig and pig along creek channels. Catfish good on herring and shad in oxbow. Crappie fair on minnows and purple jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow water. White bass and striped bass hybrids good drifting slabs and trolling crankbaits near submerged islands. Walleye good drifting night crawlers in upper end of lake. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and crawdads near riprap. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: Elevation 4 ft. above normal and dropping, water 68-70 and stained. White bass being caught on curly tailed grubs and roadrunners along dam and points. Crappie being caught around brush piles and baited docks. Bass hitting spinnerbaits and flukes in shallows, crankbaits and Texas-rigged blue fleck power worms. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation normal, water 69 and murky. Bass fair on soft plastics and small spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good to excellent on stinkbait, chicken livers and minnows. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 5 1/2 ft. above normal, clear to the east and murky to the west. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits flipping flooded brush. White bass good on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish good on shad in the mouth of creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around brush and riprap. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation 23 ft. above normal, water 62. Crappie good on minnows around Highway 93 riprap and in flooded timber. Catfish fair to good on trotlines with sunfish and cut bait. Blue catfish good below the dam on shad. Boating access still very limited. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and topwater lures at 5-8 ft. in moss beds. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. at the mouth of the discharge canal. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbaits at 4-6 ft. along points and the dam. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 11 ft. above normal, water 65 and murky in upper end of lake and clear in lower end. Largemouth bass fair on black and blue jigs, green colored whoodaddys and flukes fished in flooded timber. Crappie fair on minnows around cedar brush. Channel catfish fair to good on stinkbaits in upper end of lake where fresh water is coming in. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Sardis Lake: Elevation above normal and murky. Bass good in grass beds or shallows at 1-5 ft. on chatter bait, spinnerbaits and plugs also good on watermelon lizards. Crappie excellent shallow on pink grubs or green and black around cover and off of Jack Fork Bridge, half bridge and on live minnows at the tower. Flathead catfish fair on juglines or trotlines with shad, sunfish or goldfish. Blue and channel catfish excellent on juglines and trotlines with cut bait, shrimp or shad. White bass fair trolling and excellent when found surfacing on lake. Walleye fair trolling around islands on rattletraps. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 10 ft. above normal and falling, water 65 and clear south and murky to muddy north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good in the south half of the lake. Striped and white bass fair to good in the south part of the lake. Channel and blue catfish fair to good in the north part of the lake and Washita River. Crappie fair to good in the oxbows that have cleared up. Sunfish good around the shorelines. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 19 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie good on small chartreuse spinnerbaits and pink jigs and on minnows and grubs below the dam area. Channel catfish good on doughbaits, cut shad and liver; best on cut shad below dam area. Flathead catfish good on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 4 ft. below normal. Crappie good. Walleye and striped bass hybrids good. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation full with 1 floodgate open. Crappie good in shallow water on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair to good on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation above normal, water 66 and clear. Gates closed. Walleye good drifting with minnows or small jigs in reserve. White bass good along dam with dark curly tail jigs. Catfish good in the creeks. Striped bass hybrid good. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and falling. Crappie slow on jigs in shallow water. Saugeye slow on jigs and crankbaits. Catfish slow on cut baits and stinkbaits. Striped bass hybrids slow on jigs and crankbaits. Report submitted by James L. Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation full with all floodgates closed. Walleye fair to good on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Tom Steed: Elevation 4 ft. below normal. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair off points on minnows and trolling with crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in Glen and Otter creeks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: Elevation 3 ft. above normal and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs, cut bait or jigging. Blue catfish good on juglines with shad. Crappie fair. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Cotton 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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