June 16, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR JUNE 16, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: June 16. Elevation above normal, water 80 and muddy. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits. White bass good on spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad, CJ’s punchbait and worms. Flathead catfish good on sunfish. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Overholser: June 13. Elevation normal, water 78-80 and murky. Bass fair to good on worms. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows, ghost minnows, white jigs with green or yellow tails and worms along the rocks. Catfish good on cut shad, liver, punchbait, stinkbait and worms. Crappie fair. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: June 14. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on tandem spinnerbaits and plastic worms in coves over structure. Channel catfish good on cut bait and sponge bait at twin bridges and drift fishing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. around structure. Saugeye good on earthworms, jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits off points and drop-offs. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: June 14. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. White bass good trolling the lake. Channel catfish good on worms and chicken liver along shorelines in the evening. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: June 13. Elevation normal, water 84 and murky. Bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and doughbait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: June 15. Elevation normal, water 80 and stained. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and topwater lures. Channel catfish good on liver and worms. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-15 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: June 14. Elevation normal, water 80 and muddy. Catfish good on all types of bait. Saugeye good trolling crankbaits and night crawlers. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: June 13. Elevation normal, water 84 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits. Channel catfish good on doughbait, stinkbait and chicken liver. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Eucha: June 16. Elevation slightly below normal, water 80 and clear. Bluegill sunfish good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Crappie becoming more active on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits off rocky points. Catfish good on juglines with cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft Gibson; June 13. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 83 and clear. Be very careful of shallow water conditions and underwater hazards because of low water levels. Largemouth bass excellent on buzz baits and crankbaits early and late fishing rocky shorelines. White bass good on rattletraps and small crankbaits around windy points. Catfish excellent on jug lines and rod and reels using cut shad and garlic hot dog chunks. Crappie good on minnows and small jigs fishing deep structure and docks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
 
Grand: June 15. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal and rising, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits at 17-20 ft. Smallmouth bass good on small spinnerbaits, chick worms and crawdads in rivers and creeks. White bass excellent on rooster tails, grubs and slab spoons. Striped bass hybrids good on large sassy shad and spoons. Catfish good on shad, night crawlers, goldfish and shrimp at 10-60 ft. Crappie good on minnows and Bobby Garland jigs at 20 ft. around brush piles. Sunfish and bluegill sunfish good on crickets and mealworms. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sports Center.
 
Greenleaf: June 15. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along shorelines, creek channel and rocky points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Kaw: June 14. Elevation 8 ft. above normal and rising, water 85 and muddy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. under Washunga Bay Bridge and Sarge Creek Bridge over brush. White bass good on crankbaits and shad colored jigs around Sarge Creek Bridge and Washunga Bay Bridge and trolling sandy flats. Blue catfish being caught on cut shad suspended in 15-30 ft of water. Anglers should try Coon Creek and Washunga areas. Channel catfish fair along the rocks on worms, shrimp and cut bait. Flathead catfish fair to good on trotlines with goldfish or bluegill. Noodling has picked up with fishermen finding a lot of blue catfish in the holes and a few flatheads. 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. Recent heavy rains will dramatically alter fishing success; anglers should focus on flooded willow trees in the Arkansas River arm for blue and channel catfish and below the dam for all species. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Lower Illinois: June 14. Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on shad and jigs at 2-5 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 on 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: June 14. Elevation 5 ft. above normal and rising, water upper 70s and muddy north and murky on the south end. Channel catfish good on worms, shrimp and liver along rocky banks and around flooded willows at 4-8 ft. 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 channel. Flathead and blue catfish fair on live shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: June 14. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water low 80s 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 13. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Catfish good on cut bait and live bait off points and channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: June 16. Elevation slightly above normal, water 81 and clear. Bluegill sunfish 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: June 15. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits in creek channels and oxbows. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom on the mud flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: June 14. Elevation normal, water 89 and clear. Channel catfish good on live bait and stinkbait along the dam. White bass, striped bass hybrids and walleye good trolling crankbaits and drifting slabs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: June 14. Elevation above normal. Channel catfish fair on shad, cut bait and stinkbait. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: June 12. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 84 and clear. Crappie being caught on minnows and chartreuse wiggle tailed jigs around brush piles and at night. White bass being caught on wiggle tailed grubs in white/pearl surfacing around the dam area. Bass being caught on Carolina-rigged lizards with green/chartreuse tails around points and on topwater lures early morning. Channel catfish being caught on baited holes up Guy Sandy creek. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Broken Bow: June 13. Water 82-83 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and worms around brush piles and structure. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut bait and gizzard shad. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: June 15. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits flipping the willows and on Carolina rigs off points. White bass good on jigs around bridges. Blue catfish fair on a variety of baits at 4-10 ft. in rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-20 ft. under bridges and boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo Lake: June 14. Elevation normal, temp 75. Crappie fair to good on jigs at 12-18 ft. along ledges. Catfish good on juglines with cut bait and live sunfish. Blue catfish good on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: June 13. Elevation normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms at 5-8 ft. in weed beds. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait at 8-10 ft. around points. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: June 14. Elevation 4 inches above normal, water 85 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around cedar brush off main creek channels. Largemouth bass good on dark colored soft plastic lures, spinnerbaits and topwater lures early and late in shallow water. Schooling largemouth bass are starting to hit on top water baits in open water early and late. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: June 15. Elevation normal, water 73-73 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good to excellent on various baits early and late. White bass good on topwater lures trolling during the day. Channel catfish good on worms and stinkbait with juglines, trotlines and rod and reels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: June 14. Bass good on red crankbaits in deep water. White bass fair on crankbaits. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with cut shad. Crappie good on minnows at 12-16 ft. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: June 15. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 85 and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits at 2-5 ft. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with fresh cut bait, shad and night crawlers. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around submerged brush structure. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: June 13. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, plastic baits, worms and frogs. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait at 10-12 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: June 14. Elevation one half foot below normal, water 82 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on plastic baits, shad colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-10 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad and some topwater lures at 5-30 ft. in the river channel. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and cut baits at 5-20 ft. from Platter Flat to Caney Creek. Crappie-fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. deep in Widow Moore and Little Glasses creeks and around the fishing docks. Sunfish good on worms and shrimp at 5-10 ft. around the fish attractors and fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: June 13. Elevation 5 3/4 ft. below normal and rising slowly. Crappie good. White bass fair to good. Walleye fair. Catfish fair to good. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Foss: June 15. Elevation normal with gates closed, water 70s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair to good on live bait in deep water. Walleye fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Tom Steed: June 14. Elevation normal, water 78 and muddy. Catfish good on juglines with live bait. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: June 15. Elevation normal with gates closed, water 80-84 and murky. White bass good on minnows in the rocks at Wichita Ridge at sundown, on jigs and crankbaits trolling the lake and on jigs and liver when breaking the surface. Blue catfish good on cut shad and stinkbait around windy points and shorelines, on juglines in the lake and along the rocks at Wichita Ridge at sundown. Crappie slow to fair on minnows and jigs in deep water around tree stumps. 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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