June 03, 2009

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FISHING REPORT FOR JUNE 3, 2009
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 8-12 ft. in standing timber. White bass good early when surfacing on spinnerbaits and white grubs, and fair in afternoon on slabs at 15-20 ft. on structure and on slopes of underwater islands. Channel and blue catfish fair on whole shad, cut shad and punchbaits near rocks and riprap. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Draper: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs off fishing docks. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait. Bass being caught on tandem spinnerbaits, plastic worms and shallow-diving crankbaits around shallow structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Overholser: Elevation normal, water murky. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms in the shallows. Crappie good on minnows along the west side of the lake. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian County.
 
Thunderbird: Elevation normal and clear. Crappie good on minnows and small jigs at 6-8 ft. on structure. Catfish good on stinkbait and cut baits off points and drops. Bass fair on tandem spinnerbaits and medium-diving crankbaits in coves and structure- bass are beginning to move into shallow water. Saugeye good on medium-diving crankbaits, earthworms and sassy shad off points and drop offs at 7-10 ft. about a 1 ft. off bottom with slow retrieve. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: Elevation normal, water, clear. Bass good on plastic baits. Channel catfish good on doughbaits, chicken liver and stinkbaits. Crappie good on jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: Elevation above normal, water 77 and stained. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures at 3-5 ft. and on topwater lures early and late. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits trolling mid-lake humps and on live shad. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver and worms up the creeks. Flathead fair on live sunfish at 4-6 ft. 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 76. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12 ft. Catfish good on all types of baits shallow. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on plastic baits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and blood baits. Crappie good on jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed Lincoln County.
 
Copan: Elevation 3 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie fair on minnows at 8-10 ft. near structure. Channel and flathead catfish good on worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal, water 76 and stained. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits off rocky points. White bass good on rooster tails. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Catfish fair on limb lines with cut shad. Bluegill good on crickets and worms. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Ft. Gibson: Elevation 2 ft. above normal and falling. Catfish fair on night crawlers and shad in the main channel and around the golf course at Sequoyah State Park. White bass are beginning to return to the main lake and biting around the bridge and trolling off of the windy points. Largemouth bass excellent on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 2-5 ft. and in the brush piles with plastic worms. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow water. Report submitted by Rick Stafford with 3riverguideservice.com
 
Grand: Elevation above normal, water 75 and clear to murky. Largemouth bass good on green colored crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits at 3-15 ft. White bass excellent on chartreuse and white grubs and rooster tails and on Texas-slab spoons for vertical jigging in Elk River. Catfish good on shad, secret seven dip bait, sunfish and night crawlers at 15-20 ft. Crappie fair to good on Grandpa's jigs, Bobby Garland's and minnows. Sunfish good on crickets and worms at 2-5 ft. around the banks. Paddlefish fair. Report submitted by Sam Wilson, Grand Lake Sports Center.
 
Greenleaf: Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and worms along shorelines, grass beds and rocky points early and late. Catfish good on fresh cut baits, fresh herring and fresh shad on bottom near the spillway. Crappie fair on minnows and yellow and white jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hulah: Elevation 4 ft. above normal and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. near structure. Channel and blue catfish good below the dam on worms and cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: Elevation 6 ft. above normal and 73. Crappie excellent on minnows and dark colored 1/16th ounce tube jigs at 14-16 ft. around riprap. White bass fair on gold or silver slabs or minnows under bridges. Catfish fair on juglines with live sunfish or goldfish at 15-25 ft. around Sarge Creek and Washunga Bay. Striped bass fair on swim baits or buck tails in tailwaters during times of release. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait in tailwaters. Crappie good on jigs in tailwaters. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.
 
Oologah: Elevation 10 ft. above normal, water 70-73 and muddy. Channel catfish good around flooded trees on livers, worms and doughbaits. White bass fair on minnows and jigs in the creeks where the water is clear. Blue catfish fair on juglines and drifting with shad at 15 ft. on flats. 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 mid to 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: White bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad in the discharge canal on the warm water side of the lake and on chicken liver in the intake. Catfish good on cut baits and live baits around points. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: Elevation slightly above normal, water 76 and stained. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Bluegill sunfish fair on crickets and worms. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Tenkiller: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 71 and clear. Largemouth bass slow with some action on crankbaits or spinnerbaits at 3-10 ft. Catfish good in shallow water on worms, minnows or cut baits. Sunfish good around docks on worms at 10-15 ft. Report by Monte Brooks Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in riprap and creek channels. Catfish good on fresh herring and fresh shad on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and purple jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal. Walleye good trolling crankbaits and drifting night crawlers near submerged islands. Channel catfish good on live bait and stink bait along dam. White bass and striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits and drifting slabs near submerged islands. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and cut baits all over the lake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: Elevation above normal 3 1/2 ft. water 72 and stained. Crappie hitting minnows and jigs off docks and brush piles. White bass are starting to chase shad on top using chugbug, blue/chrome and small swim baits. Bass are hitting flukes, swim baits, drop-shot rigs and some topwater lures early in the morning. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Elevation above normal, water 70 and clear. Bass fair on minnows and flies. Catfish fair to good on liver and worms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: Spotted bass are schooling and being caught on topwater early and late. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines. Crappie slow to fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Walleye good on jigs around boat ramps and structure on the east side of the lake, early and late during the moon phase for the next 4-5 days. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits flipping the flooded brush. White bass good on jigs around bridges. Blue catfish good on shad in rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around bridges and riprap. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: Elevation 20 ft above normal, water 63. Crappie good on minnows along Highway 93 riprap and around brush piles. Catfish fair on sunfish on trotlines. Blue catfish good on shad below the dam. Boating access is still limited but the ramps at Frazier Creek and Rattan Landing are open. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth bass god on topwater lures and plastic worms at 5-8 ft. in weed beds. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbaits at 8-10 ft. along points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 69 and murky in upper end of lake and clear in lower end. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures and on top water baits early and late. Crappie fair on minnows around cedar brush. Channel catfish fair to good on commercial baits in upper end of lake where fresh water is coming in. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County
 
Murray: Elevation normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass very good on various baits, crankbaits, soft plastic jigs and soft plastic jerk baits. White bass good trolling minnows, jigs and crankbaits early and late. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits, minnows and chicken liver with juglines and rod and reel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Walleye slow trolling jigs and crankbaits. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: Elevation extremely high, water murky. Bass fair on jigs and soft plastics around submerged structures and points. Crappie fair on small spinner baits and jigs in flooded timber. Catfish good on cut shad in flooded timber. Overall fishing remains tough due to fluctuating water levels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 78 and murky. Crappie have moved away from the shallow water and moved into 5-8 ft. on minnows and small jigs. Largemouth bass good at 1-3 ft. along the grass beds and on rubber worms and spinnerbaits. Blue catfish good on fresh shad, worms and fresh cut bait; they are ready to start spawning. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell 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 spawning and excellent shallow on pink grubs or green and black around cover and off of Jack Fork Bridge, half bridge and tower using live minnows. Flathead catfish fair on shad, sunfish or goldfish on jugs or trotlines. Blue and channel catfish excellent on jugs and trotlines on cut bait or shrimp or shad White bass excellent trolling around islands east side lake by tower and excellent when found surfacing on lake. Walleye fair trolling rattletraps around islands. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 72 and clear south and murky north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good from Catfish Bay south in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good from Platter Flats south. Channel and blue catfish fair to good from the highway 70 bridge north. Crappie fair to good in the oxbow lakes that have cleared up. Sunfish good around the rocky shorelines. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: Elevation 16 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie good on small chartreuse spinnerbaits, minnows and pink jigs. Channel catfish and blue catfish good on punchbait, cut shad and liver. Flathead catfish excellent on sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: Elevation 4 ft. below normal. Walleye and crappie good. Striped bass hybrids fair to good. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ellsworth: Elevation full with 1 floodgate open, water murky. Crappie good on jigs in shallow water. Walleye fair trolling. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
 
Foss: Elevation normal, water 69 and clear. Walleye good in north end of lake. White bass fair near dam. Catfish good. Striped bass hybrids fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb: Elevation 3/4 ft above normal and steady. Catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits. Saugeye slow to fair on crankbaits and trolling or drifting night crawlers. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on crankbaits and jigs. Report submitted by James L. Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Lawtonka: Elevation full with all floodgates closed. Walleye fair to good while trolling. 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 normal and spillway is open with both gates at 2 ft. Striped bass hybrids good on spoons and whole shad off points. Blue catfish good on juglines with cut shad and whole shad and on cut shad with rod and reel. All boat ramps are open. 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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