July 14, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR JULY 14, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: July 12. Elevation above normal. White bass fair to good on spinnerbaits at 2-3 ft. along banks in the mornings. Channel catfish good on punchbait at 5-6 ft. along north and south shorelines in the mornings. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. around the fishing dock. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.
 
Arcadia: July 13. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Catfish excellent on cut shad and sunfish. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Hefner: July 12. Elevation above normal, water 80-90 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and spinnerbaits around windy points, south necks and rocky points in shallow water early and late. Smallmouth bass slow on jigs, worms and deep diving crankbaits at 10-15 ft. around rocks. White bass fair on crankbaits and lipless baits at 3-10 ft. trolling and off points. Striped bass hybrids fair on deep running crankbaits and lipless baits at 8-20 ft. trolling drop-off areas. Channel catfish good on cut bait, doughbait, punchbait and slip corking at 12-20 ft. off the dam. Blue catfish slow 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. off the dam. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. off the dam. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits, drifting night crawlers and sassy shad at 5-20 ft. along humps on the lake. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms at 2-5 ft. Carp slow on carp dough at 5-10 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
 
Overholser: July 10. Elevation normal, water 80-85 and murky. Channel and blue catfish slow to fair on punchbait, chicken liver and cut shad. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: July 11. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-6 ft. Saugeye good on jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits off points and drop-offs. White bass fair to good trolling on medium-diving crankbaits off points, also look for surfacing activity early mornings. 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, also hitting topwater poppers and buzzbaits early in the morning in shallows. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: July 9. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81 and murky west and clear east. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. White bas good trolling main part of the lake. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver. Crappie fair on minnows around deep structure. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: July 11. Elevation normal water 87 and murky. Channel catfish excellent on doughbait and cut bait. Crappie good on jigs and power bait around the docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Carl Blackwell: July 13. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 82 and muddy. Crappie fair on jigs. Striped bass hybrids and saugeye fair trolling crankbaits. Catfish good on all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: July 11. Elevation normal, water 87 and murky. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: July 12. Elevation above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on jigs at 8-12 ft. near structure in flooded timber. Blue catfish good on chicken liver and cut shad below the dam and on juglines with cut shad and small sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: July 14. Elevation slightly below normal, water 84 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth fair on crankbaits. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft. Gibson: July 11. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 85 and stained. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish excellent on juglines and rod and reel using cut shad and white bass sides. Crappie fair on minnows and Bobby Garland jigs under docks and deep brush. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
 
Hudson: July 12. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 78 and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic bait and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: July 12. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: July 12. Elevation 12 ft. above normal and dropping, water 81 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 fair on shad with juglines and drift fishing in the Arkansas River arm. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and cut bait. Noodling is poor, because 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 12. Elevation normal, water 51 and muddy. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. White bass slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on live shad at 1-3 ft. ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout fair on flies at the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on power bait on bottom below Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: July 11. Elevation 8 ft. above normal and slowly falling, water upper 70s to lower 80s and muddy north and murky on the south end. White bass fair on crankbaits at 10-15 ft. trolling flats near the main lake. Channel catfish fair on worms, shrimp and livers along rocky banks 4-8 ft. Black bass fair on soft plastics around flooded vegetation. Crappie fair around standing timber at 10-15 ft. on minnows and jigs. Blue catfish fair on jugs baited with shad on flats near the river channel at 10-18 ft. Flathead and Blue catfish fair on live shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Spavinaw: July 14. Elevation slightly below normal, water 85 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Tenkiller: July 12. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and steady, water clear. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures early morning. Catfish fair on minnows and cut shad at 10-20 ft. drifting. Sunfish good on worms in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: July 10. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Channel catfish good on shad and waterdogs in upper end of lake. White bass and hybrids good drifting shad and slabs near drop-offs. Walleye good on night crawlers near drop-offs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Broken Bow: July 11. 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 12. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 83 and murky in the west and stained in the east. Largemouth bass good on Carolina rigs and crankbaits off points. White bass fair on crankbaits trolling areas west of the dam. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad drifting the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: July 11. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-20 ft. Catfish fair to good on juglines and trotlines with sunfish. Blue catfish fair below the dam on cut bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: July 13. Elevation normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and crankbaits at 5-8 ft. along weed beds. Channel catfish good on chicken liver at 10-12 ft. around points. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: July 10. Elevation 2 ft. 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 top water lures early and late in shallow water; and schooling bass on top water baits in open water. Channel cat fair on jug lines and trotlines on live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: July 11. Water 84. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow to fair early and late. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait, chicken liver, worms and minnows. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: July 11. 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 13. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 75 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft baits along shorelines. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with fresh shad, fresh cut bait and earthworms. Crappie good around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: July 13. Elevation normal, water 84 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, plastic baits, worms and jigs. White bass good on live bait and jigs. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: July 11. Elevation 1 ft. below normal and rising, water 84 and clear south and murky north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on plastic combination baits, deep diving crankbaits and some surface lures at 5-15 ft. in creek channels and around riprap. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and some surface lures at 5-25 ft. from Platter Flats to the south and the west. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 5-15 ft. from Platter Flats to the north. Crappie fair to good on minnows at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms, small spinnerbaits and jigs at 5-15 ft. at the fishing docks and shorelines with riprap. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: July 13. 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 11. Elevation 4 1/3 ft. below normal and rising. All boat ramps are open. Use caution near the dam. Catfish fair. Crappie fair. White bass fair. Walleye fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Tom Steed: July 12. Elevation normal and rising, water 82 and muddy. Catfish good on worms and cut bait in Otter and Glen creeks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa 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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