July 21, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR JULY 21, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: July 20. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good on cut shad, worms and liver. Flathead catfish good on live bluegill. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Hefner: July 19. Elevation above normal and rising, water 85-90 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs at 5-10 ft. around rocky areas. Smallmouth bass slow on crankbaits and jigs at 10-15 ft. around rocks. White bass good on sassy shad, grubs and crankbaits at 8-15 ft. along windy points and trolling near surfacing shad. Striped bass hybrids slow on deep running crankbaits and lipless baits at 8-20 ft. trolling drop-off areas on the lake. 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 at 5-10 ft. off of the dam. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. off the dam. Walleye fair trolling deep running crankbaits and drifting night crawlers on Lindy Rigs at 15-25 ft. along deep humps on the lake. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms at 2-6 ft. all around the lake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
 
Overholser: July 18. Elevation normal with dam releasing water, water 84-88 and murky. Catfish good on punchbait, cut shad and worms all over the lake. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: July 18. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-6 ft. White bass fair to good on medium-diving crankbaits trolling 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.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow; July 18. Elevation normal, water 87 and murky. Channel catfish excellent on doughbait. Crappie good on jigs and sparkly power bait. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Carl Blackwell: July 19. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 84 and muddy. Channel catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: July 18. Elevation normal, water 87 and murky. Channel catfish excellent on doughbait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: July 18. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs at 10-15 ft. in the timber on the north end of the lake. Blue and channel catfish good on shad and worms along the dam and flooded area. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: July 20. Elevation slightly below normal, water 90 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits off rocky points. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft. Gibson: July 18. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. above normal, water 86 and stained. Largemouth bass good on buzzbaits and crankbaits in the flooded timber and around the docks. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Catfish good on juglines and rod and reel with cut bait and shad. White bass good when surfacing on white jigs and rooster tails. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Greenleaf: July 20. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig and worm along shorelines, creek channels and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: July 19. Elevation normal, water 88 and partly murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits along brush piles and flooded vegetation. White bass fair on slabs at 10-15 ft. near the river channel. Channel catfish fair on worms and shrimp at 5-9 ft. along rocky banks. Blue catfish fair to good on juglines with shad at 11-17 ft. in the river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 11-14 ft. in standing timber. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: July 18. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs at 10-12 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: July 19. Elevation 6 ft. above normal and dropping, water 87 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 juglines with shad and drift fishing in the Arkansas River arm. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and cut bait. Noodling is fair. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids being caught on bucktails, sassy shad and drifting live bait below the dam. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut shad, carp, live bluegill, shad and goldfish below the dam. Most anglers are catching shad for bait in the Arkansas River arm. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Lower Illinois: July 19. Elevation normal, water 54 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 good on live shad at 1-3 ft. below Gore Landing. 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 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.
 
Oologah: July 19. 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 at 4-8 ft. along rocky banks. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics 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 the 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: July 19. Elevation above normal, water mid 80s and clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad at 15-20 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: July 19. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: July 20. Elevation slightly above normal, water 90 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Tenkiller: July 19. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. above normal and steady, water 89 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures and spinnerbaits early. Catfish fair on minnows and cut bait at 10-20 ft. drifting. Sunfish good on night crawlers in or near docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: July 20. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits in creek channels, mudflats and brush piles. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom over mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: July 17. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 84 and clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair drifting slabs and shad. Channel catfish good on small sunfish and waterdogs in upper end of lake. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: July 17. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Channel catfish good on doughbait and liver over baited holes. Crappie good on chartreuse jigs at 25-30 ft. over brush piles. White bass surfacing along the south side of lake every evening. Bass hitting cranks, rattletraps and lizards. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: July 20. Elevation normal, water 85 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics around waterfalls and structure in deeper pools. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait, chicken liver and worms in deeper pools around current. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish fished around structure at night. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: July 18. Water mid 80s and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on black plastic baits after dark around points and structure. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. around structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: July 18. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 84 and clear east and murky west. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina-rigged plastic baits off windy points. White bass fair trolling shallow flats near windy points. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along deeper flats and creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-20 ft. under bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: July 18. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: July 17. Elevation normal, water 92 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures at 5-10 ft. in schooling fish in coves early and late. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and chicken liver at 10-15 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: July 18. Elevation 1 ½ ft. above normal, water 86 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-20 ft. around cedar brush, off main creek channels. Largemouth bass fair on dark colored soft plastic lures and topwater lures early and late in shallow water, and schooling bass on top water baits in open water. White bass fair on sassy shad and top water baits around open points. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines on live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: July 18. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass slow early and late. White bass slow late trolling areas where fish are schooling. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait at night. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: July 18. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on jigs around rocky points and creek inlets. Catfish good on night crawlers. Crappie fair on minnows in deeper water near surface. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: July 19. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 85 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: July 17. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. Largemouth bass good on buzzbaits, topwater lures and swim baits early and late. White bass fair on minnows and jigs in deep water in creek channels. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait. Flathead catfish good on live bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: July 18. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 84 and clear south and murky to muddy north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on surface lures, deep diving crankbaits and plastic combination baits at 5-20 ft. in the creek channels and around riprap. Striped and white bass fair to good on surface lures, live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 5-30 ft. in the river channels from Platter Flats to the south and west. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on worms, cut baits and live bait at 5-20 ft. from Alberta Creek to the north. Crappie fair on minnows at 10-20 ft. around the fish attractors and fishing docks with brush. Sunfish good on worms at 5-10 ft. from the fishing docks and around riprap. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: July 19. Elevation normal, water 85 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 stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: July 18. Elevation 3 1/3 ft. below normal and steady. All boat ramps are open. Irrigation canal is closed. Catfish fair to poor. Crappie slow to fair. White bass slow to fair. Walleye slow to fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Waurika: July 19. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal with gates open, water 82-86 and murky to muddy. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on shad, trolling crankbaits and on various baits when surfacing early and late. Blue catfish slow to fair on juglines with shad, punchbait and crawdads early and late. 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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