June 2, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR JUNE 2, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Overholser: May 29. Elevation slightly above normal, water 77-79 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, minnows and topwater lures. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair to good on minnows, worms, ghost minnows, grubs and roadrunners. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, punch bait, chicken liver and beef liver. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: May 30. Elevation normal, water clear. Boat ramps at South Dam, Clearbay, N. Sentinal and Hog creek are open. All other ramps closed for repair. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. Saugeye good on minnows, jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits off points and shelves. Channel catfish good on cut baits and sponge baits in twin bridges area and drift fishing. Bass fair to good on tandem spinnerbaits and plastic worms in coves on structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: May 31. Elevation normal and rising, water 74 and clear. White bass good trolling main lake. Crappie fair. Channel catfish good on shrimp and worms near shore. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: May 30. Elevation above normal, water 79 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on doughbait, chicken liver and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Carl Blackwell: May 31. Elevation normal, water 80 and muddy. Catfish good on all baits. Saugeye fair trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: May 30. Elevation normal, water 81 and muddy. Bass good on plastic bait, spinnerbaits and topwater lures in the evening when water is still. Channel catfish good on cut bait and chicken liver. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: May 30 Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs at 8-12 ft. near structure in flooded timber. Channel and blue catfish good on garlic chicken liver and cut shad below the dam and on juglines with shad and small sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: June 1. Elevation slightly above normal, water 81 and clear. Bluegill good on crickets and worms at 4-8 ft. around grass beds. Catfish being caught on limb lines with cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft. Gibson: June 1. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures, buzz baits and crankbaits early and late. White bass good on white grubs and small crankbaits while trolling windy points. Crappie good on minnows, chartreuse and black tube jigs at 10-15 ft. around structure and docks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Greenleaf: May 31. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines, creek channels and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait at 16-20 ft. along the spillway and upper end creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and green, white and red jigs at fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: June 1. Elevation normal, water 80 and slightly murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines with cut bait and blood bait. Crappie fair on small jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: May 30. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: May 31. Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water 78 and muddy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-8 ft. around Washunga Bay Bridge. White bass good on crankbaits and shad colored jigs around Sarge Creek Bridge and trolling sandy flats. Spotted and largemouth bass fair around Osage, and NOC coves on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 2-6 ft. 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. 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.
 
Keystone: June 2. Elevation 3 2/3 ft. above normal, water murky. Catfish good on shad guts and goldfish below the dam and on juglines. Crappie and white bass good on orange and chartreuse jigs or rosy red minnows in the river when running water. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Lower Illinois: June 1. Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-2 ft. in coves. White bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish excellent 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, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on power bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: May 31. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. above normal and falling slowly, water mid to upper 70s and muddy north and murky on the south end. Channel catfish good on worms, shrimp and livers at 4-8 ft. along rocky banks and 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 at 10-18 ft on flats near creeks and river channels. Flathead and blue catfish fair on live shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: June 1. Elevation normal, water upper 70s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids good drifting live shad at 15-20 ft. around Skiatook point. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. over brush piles. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: June 1. Largemouth bass fair off crappie point. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad along riprap. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: June 1. Elevation slightly above normal, water 82 and clear. Bluegill good on crickets and worms. Catfish fair on juglines with chicken liver. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Webbers Falls: May 31. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along shorelines, brush structure and weed beds. Catfish good on cut shad on bottom drifting and around rocky points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-16 ft. around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: May 30 Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 81 and clear. White bass good on minnows and jigs along dam after sundown. Channel catfish good on crickets and stinkbait along the dam early morning. Striped bass hybrids and walleye good on slabs near drop offs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: June 1. Elevation 1-1 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair to good on stinkbaits, cut bait and worms all over the lake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: May 30. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 74 and clear to stained up creeks. Crappie being caught on minnows and chartreuse jigs off docks and marked brush piles. White bass being caught on rattletraps and sassy shad surfacing near dam. Largemouth and spotted bass being caught on small lizard baits. Smallmouth being caught on grubs and plastic worms off bluffs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Broken Bow: May 29. 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 30. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 77 and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits flipping the flooded brush and on Carolina-rigged plastic baits off points. White bass good on jigs at 4-10 ft. around bridges and culverts. Blue catfish good on a variety of baits at 2-8 ft. in rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-14 ft. under bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: May 30. Elevation normal, water 68. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-18 ft. Catfish good on juglines with sunfish and cut bait. Blue catfish good on shad and liver below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: May 30. Elevation normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Carolina-rigged plastic worms at 5-10 ft. around points and road beds and on topwater lures at 5-10 ft. in weed beds. Channel catfish good on stinkbait at 10-15 ft. around points and discharge canal. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
Lower Mt. Fork: May 26. Fishing has been very good in Zones 1 and 3. Very small flies have been working well in Zone 1. Adams, Blue winged olives, midge patterns, small caddis, etc. have been working well. Report submitted by Sid Ingram, Beavers Bend Fly Shop.
 
McGee Creek: May 30. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 83 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 spinnerbaits 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 31. Elevation normal, water 74 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on various baits. White bass fair to good on topwater lures, jigs, crankbaits and trolling. Channel catfish good on juglines with worms, shad, stinkbait and chicken liver. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: May 30. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on watermelon colored jigs around points. Catfish good on cut shad. Crappie fair on minnows around the half bridge. White bass fair on deep diving crankbaits around the river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: May 31. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 83 and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits along the shorelines. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with shad and night crawlers. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: May 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 86 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, worms and plastic baits at 2-6 ft. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on juglines and trotlines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. Walleye fair on minnows, jigs and crankbaits around rocks. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: May 30. Elevation normal, water 82 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits and shad colored lures at 5-15 ft. in creek channels and around riprap. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and thunder stick surface lures at 5-20 ft. from the Hwy 70 bridge to east burns run. Channel and blue catfish good on worms, cut bait and live bait at 5-15 ft. above Hwy 70 Bridge and Platter Flats to east burns run. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. in Widow Moore and Little Glasses creek and around underwater structure. Sunfish good on worms and small spinnerbaits at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: May 31. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 73 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 and night crawlers. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: May 30. Elevation 6 1/3 ft. below normal and rising steadily. Crappie fair to good. White bass fair. Walleye good near Hicks Mountain. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: May 30. Elevation above normal, water 83 and murky. Catfish good on cut bait in shallow water on rocks around Ralph’s Resort. Saugeye good on crankbaits while trolling around islands. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Lawtonka: May 30. Elevation normal, water 81 and clear. Saugeye good on crankbaits while trolling the north end. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Tom Steed: June 1. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 70 and murky. Catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait near rocky areas. White bass good on minnows off the points. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: May 31. Elevation slightly above normal with gates closed, water 80 and murky to muddy. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs in the main part of the lake. Blue catfish fair on cut shad and stinkbait along windy shorelines and points and on juglines with cut shad and shrimp. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton 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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