June 25, 2009

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FISHING REPORT FOR JUNE 24, 2009
 
CENTRAL
 
Draper: June 22. Elevation normal and clear. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs off fishing docks. Channel catfish good on cut baits and stinkbait. Bass being caught on tandem spinnerbaits, plastic worms and shallow diving crankbaits in shallow water around structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Thunderbird: June 22. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good on small jigs and minnows at 7-9 ft. around structure. Catfish good on stinkbait and cut baits off points and drops. Bass fair on tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and medium-diving crankbaits in coves and near structure. Saugeye good on medium-diving crankbaits, earthworms and sassy shad at 5-8 ft. off points and drop offs early and late day. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: June 21. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on plastic baits. Channel catfish good on doughbait and stinkbait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: June 22. Elevation normal, water 81 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures at 3-5 ft. and on buzzbaits early and late. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits trolling mid-lake humps and on live shad 15-20 ft. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, and worms along the rocky banks. Flathead slow on live sunfish at 4-6 ft. near big structure. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 12-15 ft. around brush and in spillway below dam. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: June 21. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 79 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. Saugeye fair trolling crankbaits and plastic grubs. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling with crankbaits. Catfish good on all types of baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: June 21. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass fair on plastic baits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, doughbait and stinkbait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: June 22. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. near structure. Blue catfish good on cut shad below the dam. Channel catfish good on chicken livers below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: June 21. Elevation slightly above normal, water 84 and murky. Bluegill good on crickets and worms at the edge of grass beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on juglines with cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Ft. Gibson: June 21. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water stained. Catfish good on corks with night crawlers and garlic hot dog chunks in the rocky bank areas. White bass good on rattletraps, curl tail grubs and crankbaits around the windy points. Largemouth bass great on frogs, jig and pig combinations and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. in the brush. Report submitted by Rick Stafford with www.3riverguideservice.com <
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Grand: June 22. Elevation above normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth bass good on jigs, frogs and crankbaits at 2-10 ft. Smallmouth bass fair on green plastic worms, spinnerbaits and grubs up rivers. White bass excellent trolling white sparkle rooster tails. Catfish fair to good on dip bait, fresh shad and worms at 60 ft. in lake and log jams in the rivers. Bluegill fair to good on crickets and red worms along the banks. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sport's Center.
 
Greenleaf: June 22. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits around rocky points and creeks. Catfish good on cut bait on bottom near the spillway. Crappie fair on minnows and purple jigs around the fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: June 22. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Channel catfish good on shrimp and cut shad. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: June 22. Elevation slightly below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. near structure. Blue and flathead catfish good on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: June 22. Crappie good on dark colored jigs and minnows at 15-20 ft. in Washunga Bay around riprap. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with sunfish north of Kaw City. Striped bass, striped bass hybrids and blue catfish good on live shad below the dam. Report submitted by Marshall Reigh, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.
 
Lower Illinois: June 18. Elevation normal, water 57 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits all along the river. White bass good on jigs at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on plugs at 2-3 ft. and on live bait at 4 ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie good on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Sunfish good on worms at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent on flies at the surface, on roster tails at 1-2 ft. and on power bait on bottom all along the river. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Skiatook: June 23. Elevation normal, water lower 80s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Channel catfish fair to good on juglines with live shad at 10-20 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: June 23. Bass good in shallow water along riprap. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad in the cold water side of the lake. Channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait and live bait in the channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: June 23. Elevation slightly above normal, water 86 and clear. Bluegill good on crickets and worms at the edge of grass beds. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.
 
Tenkiller: June 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on finesse worms in the early morning in shallow water. Catfish good on worms or minnows along windy shorelines. Sunfish good on worms along gravel banks. Report by Monte Brooks Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: June 22. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in creeks, moss beds and riprap. Catfish good on cut bait and shad. Crappie fair on minnows and purple and pink jigs around brush. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: June 22. Elevation normal. Channel catfish good along dam on punch bait and crickets. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on slabs and crankbaits near submerged islands. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: June 22. 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: June 22. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 79 and stained. Crappie hitting on jigs and minnows around docks and brush piles at 6-12 ft. White bass can be found in the lake with some action on topwater along south bank. Bass are hitting drop shot, crankbaits, flukes and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish are being caught on prepared baits at 15 ft. in baited holes. Sunfish good on earthworms and fly-rod bugs in the shallows. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: June 23. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows and flies. Catfish good on stinkbaits and liver. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: June 21. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on baby brush hogs around clay points. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in the upper end of the lake around structure. Walleye slow to fair on deep running crankbaits around rocky points. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: June 21. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along rocky areas. White bass fair in the riprap around bridges. Blue catfish good on a variety of baits in shallow rocky areas. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. under bridges and long standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: June 22. Elevation 4 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures around flooded brush. Crappie fair on minnows around brush piles. Blue catfish good on cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: June 22. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms at 5-8 ft. along weed beds. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait at 8-10 ft. along points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: June 22. Elevation 1 1/4 ft. above normal, water 81 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures at 2-6 ft. and on topwater baits early and late for schooling fish. Crappie fair to good around cedar brush on minnows. Channel catfish fair on cut bait along riprap. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: June 22. Water 79 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass excellent on various baits. White bass very good trolling the surface early and late. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: June 22. Elevation above normal and murky. Bass fair on baby brush hogs around points. Crappie great on minnows around flooded timber and tops. Catfish good on juglines and yo-yos with stinkbait. White bass fair on white grubs around the spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: June 23. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 86 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and small jigs at 8-12 ft. around brush piles. Largemouth bass good on rubber worms and spinnerbaits at 2-5 ft. along the grass beds. Catfish slow at this time but the smaller fish are being caught on earthworms, fresh shad and punchbait. Flathead catfish good on live and fresh sunfish at 3-7 ft. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis Lake: June 22. Elevation above normal, water murky. Bass good on chatter bait, spinnerbaits and plugs also good on watermelon lizards at 1-5 ft. in grass beds. Crappie excellent on pink grubs or green and black around cover and on live minnows off of Jack Fork Bridge, half bridge and 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 excellent trolling around islands and east side lake by tower 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: June 22. Elevation normal, water 80 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good in the creek channels. Striped and white bass good from Catfish Bay south. Channel and blue catfish good from Platter Flats north to the Washita River. Sunfish good around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: June 21. Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on chartreuse spinnerbaits. Crappie good on small chartreuse spinnerbaits, pink jigs and minnows. Channel and blue catfish good on punchbait, cut shad and liver. Flathead catfish excellent on live sunfish and night crawlers. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: June22. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal and rising. Walleye and crappie fair. Striped bass hybrids fair. Catfish good. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Ft. Cobb: June 21. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and steady. Saugeye slow to fair trolling crankbaits or drifting night crawlers. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on crankbaits or live shad. Catfish slow to fair on stinkbaits or cut baits. Report submitted by James L. Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 




 


New Lake Records  2009

Lake Thunderbird
Flathead catfish
Weight: 57 lbs.
Angler: Brad Adkisson
Date: May 11
Bait: Trotline


Konawa
Largemouth bass
Weight: 9.1 lbs.
Angler: Brent Dempsey
Date: May 7
Bait: Soft plastic


 

Lake Tenkiller
Smallmouth bass
Weight: 6.4 lbs.
Angler: Monty Bollinger
Date: April 21
Bait: Soft plastic


Hefner Lake
Largemouth bass
Weight: 10.5 lbs.
Angler: Kevin Barnicoat
Date: April 21
Bait: Jig


McGee Creek
Largemouth bass
Weight: 12.2 lbs.
Angler: Ray Earley
Date: April 18
Bait: Jig


Canton Lake
Striped bass
Weight: 24.1 lbs.
Angler: Kevin Deal
Date: April 15
Bait: Natural bait


Sardis
Largemouth bass
Weight: 11.2 lbs.
Angler: Charles Carter
Date: April 14
Bait: Spinner


Sooner Lake
Blue catfish
Weight: 66.9 lbs.
Angler: Paul Shakula
Date: April 14
Bait: Processed bait


Skiatook
Flathead catfish
Weight: 43.6 lbs.
Angler: Nathan Coyle
Date: April 10
Bait: Natural bait


Fort Gibson
Crappie
Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Angler: Marshall Jones
Date: April 9
Bait: Soft plastic


Oologah
Blue catfish
Weight: 62 lbs.
Angler: Tom Applegate
Date: April 7
Bait: Natural bait


Lake Murray
Largemouth bass
Weight: 10.9 lbs.
Angler: Charles Samuel Jewell, Jr.
Date: March 24
Bait: Soft plastic


Grand Lake
Crappie
Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Angler: Paul J. Youngblood
Date: March 9
Bait: Jig



 

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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