July 07, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR JULY 7, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: July 6. Elevation above normal, water muddy. White bass good on crankbaits and white grubs. Channel catfish good on cut shad, worms and liver. Blue catfish good on cut shad and CJ’s punchbait. Flathead catfish good on sunfish and bluegill. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around boat docks and fishing pier. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Hefner: July 5. Elevation above normal and rising, water 83-92 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and crankbaits in shallow water around brush and rocks. Smallmouth bass fair on worms and jigs at 15 ft. around rocks. White bass good on crankbaits, lipless baits and speck rigs at 3-10 ft. near surfacing shad around windy points and trolling. Striped bass hybrids fair on deep running crankbaits and lipless baits at 8-20 ft. near surfacing shad around windy points and trolling the humps. Channel catfish good on cut bait, doughbait and punchbait at 10-20 ft. in water intake areas and around the dam. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 20-30 ft. off riprap areas of the dam. Flathead catfish fair on live bait and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. in shallow rocky areas and spawning areas. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. on the dam. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits, drifting night crawlers and sassy shad at 5-20 ft. along humps on the lake early and late. Sunfish fair on worms at 2-6 ft. Bluegill good on worms at 2-6 ft. Carp fair on carp dough at 1-5 ft. in shallow areas. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
 
Hefner: July 6. Elevation normal, water murky. White bass good on white and chartreuse grubs. Channel catfish good on cut shad and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 25 ft. along the dam. Walleye good on worms on flats. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Overholser: July 4. Elevation normal, water 80-84 and murky. Catfish fair on worms, cut shad and liver. White bass and striped bass hybrids slow to fair on jigs with white or yellow tails behind the dam at the spillway. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: July 6. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. Saugeye good on jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits off points and drop-offs. Channel catfish good on sponge baits drift fishing and off rocky points. Bass fair to good on tandem spinnerbaits and plastic worms in coves on structure and on topwater poppers and buzzbaits early in the morning in shallows. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: July 5. Elevation above normal and rising, water 79 and stained. Channel catfish being caught on chicken livers and grasshoppers in mouth of creeks. White bass being caught trolling main lake. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: July 3. Elevation above normal, water 82 and muddy. Bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. White bass fair on jigs. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and doughbait. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: July 5. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 85 and stained. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and plastic baits. Striped bass hybrids good at 15 ft. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and doughbait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Carl Blackwell: July 5. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water muddy. Catfish good on all baits. Saugeye fair trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: July 3. Elevation above normal, water 82 and muddy. Bass good on spinnerbaits and small crankbaits. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: July 5. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs in the northern end of the lake. Blue catfish good along the rocks on the lake side of the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Greenleaf: July 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig and worms around rocky points, creek channels, shorelines and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and fishing docks. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: July 5. Elevation normal, water 78 and partly murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut shad and shrimp. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: July 5. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie slow around structure in the lake. Channel and blue catfish fair on juglines with shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: July 5. Elevation 6 ft. above normal and dropping, water 88 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, shad colored jigs and minnows around Sarge Creek Bridge and Washunga Bay Bridge and trolling sandy flats. Blue catfish excellent on cut shad, cut carp and drum in the Arkansas River Arm. Channel catfish fair on worms, shrimp and cut bait along drop-offs near creek and river channels. Flathead catfish fair to good on trotlines with goldfish or bluegill. Noodling is good, but many holes are still deep because of high water. 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. Most fishermen are catching shad for bait at the old bear creek bridge. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Lower Illinois: July 6. Elevation normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures all along the river. White bass good on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass good on live shad at 1-3 ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie good on jigs at 1-2 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.
 
Webbers Falls: July 6. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig and worms in creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: July 3. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids good drifting shad and trolling crankbaits. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers. Channel catfish good on shad and waterdogs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: July 3 Elevation 1ft. above normal, water 84 and stained some in upper creek arms. Crappie being caught on minnows and chartreuse jigs brush piles and docks. White bass hitting topwater and wiggle tailed jigs near pavilion point. Bass being caught on spinnerbaits and topwater lures in shallows. Channel catfish being caught up Guy Sandy arm on baited holes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: July 6. Elevation normal, water 79 and murky. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits, shrimp, minnows and worms in deeper holes around channel. Flathead catfish good on live sunfish in deeper holes around structure. Largemouth bass fair on jigs, small spinnerbaits and topwater lures early and late. Sunfish excellent on crickets, meal worms and small plastic worms. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: July 4. Water mid 80s and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on large plastic baits in motor oil color around rocky points and islands after dark. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut bait and shad at 15-20 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in deeper water around structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: July 4. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water 83 and clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits flipping the flooded brush. White bass good on minnows and jigs at 8-15 ft. under bridges and trolling crankbaits along the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad drifting the shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-18 ft. under bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: July 4. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-20 ft around brush. Catfish fair to good on trotlines and juglines along the main river channel. Blue catfish fair on cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: July 5. Elevation normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures at 4-8 ft. along weed beds. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: July 4. Elevation 2 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 fair on dark colored soft plastic lures, spinnerbaits and topwater lures in shallow water early and late. Schooling largemouth bass are starting to hit some in open water early and late on topwater baits. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: July 5. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass fair early and late; night fishing is picking up. Channel catfish good on worms, stinkbait and chicken liver. Crappie fair at 15-20 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: July 4. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass fair on deep running crankbaits near rocky structures. Crappie fair on minnows. Catfish good on night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: July 6. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 75 and murky. Bass fair on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with fresh shad and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: July 3. Elevation 10 inches below normal, water 86 and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and frogs off rocks. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Walleye fair on crankbaits at 10-12 ft. trolling. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: July 4. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 83 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on surface lures and deep diving crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels and weed beds. Striped and white bass good on surface lures, live bait and sassy shad at 5-25 ft. around the points and drop-offs from Platter Flats to the south and west. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait stinkbaits and worms at 5-20 ft. from the Hwy 70 bridge to the north. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms and punchbait at 5-10 ft. around rocky shoreline and fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: July 5. Elevation normal, water 84 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures, worms and jigs early and late. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure early and late. Channel catfish fair on juglines with cut shad and liver. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish and night crawlers. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: July 4. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal and dropping. Catfish good. Crappie good. White bass fair to good. Walleye fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Waurika: July 5. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal with flood gates open, water 80 and murky to muddy. White bass and striped bass hybrids slow to fair on topwater lures and jigs around windy points. 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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