Aug 4, 2010

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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT AUGUST 4, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: August 2. Elevation normal, water 88 and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 10-15 ft. at the south end of the dam in the mornings. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.
 
Hefner: August 2. Elevation above normal and rising, water 88-89 and clear in the lake and murky near the intake. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics at 6-10 ft. around weeds, wood and rocky shorelines early and late. Smallmouth bass fair on jigs and soft plastics at 6-10 ft. around weeds, wood and rocky shorelines early and late. White bass good on crankbaits and grubs at 5-20 ft. chasing bait fish around the lake. Striped bass hybrids slow on deep diving crankbaits at 10-20 ft. along drop-offs in the lake. Channel catfish good on cut bait, shrimp and punchbait at 12-20 ft. off the dam. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 20-30 ft. off riprap areas of the dam. Flathead catfish good on live bait and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. near rocks. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. off the dam. Walleye fair on deep diving crankbaits and night crawlers at 10-20 ft. along deep humps on the lake. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms and small jigs at 2-6 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
 
Overholser: August 1. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 88-90 and murky. Striped bass slow to fair on minnows and jigs in the evenings. Catfish fair to good on shad, liver and punchbait across the Route 66 bridge, around points, along the rocks on the east and west sides of the lake and behind the spillway.
 
Wes Watkins: August 2. Elevation normal, water 92 and clear. White bass fair trolling main part of lake. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: August 1. Elevation normal, water 92 and clear. Channel catfish fair to good on doughbait and stinkbait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Chandler: August 1. Elevation normal, water 92 and clear. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait. Crappie fair on jigs and power bait. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: August 2. Elevation slightly below normal. Blue catfish fair on worms and cut shad near Copan Point and Washington Cove. Crappie slow in creeks running into the lake and near the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: August 2. Elevation 1 ft. 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: August 2. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 89 and stained. White bass being caught on spinnerbaits and small crankbaits at 13-20 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. Largemouth Bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 10-12 ft. around docks and underwater structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Grand: August 3. Elevation above normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth bass good on purple or red worms, jigs and deep running crankbaits. Smallmouth bass fair on small trick worms and small spinnerbaits. White bass excellent on white and chartreuse slab spoons and rooster tails at 15 ft. around bridges and islands during the day. Catfish good on secret seven dip bait, nitro worms, shad, shrimp and minnows 10-30 ft. Crappie excellent on minnows and chartreuse and orange jigs at 10-12 ft. Sunfish and bluegill good on crickets, worms and mealworms. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sport’s Center.
 
Greenleaf: August 2. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and bill baits early morning. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom at the spillway and up creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and red, yellow and green jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: August 2. Elevation normal, water 89. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits early and late. White bass good on white spinnerbaits with red head early along south shorelines of the lake in the mornings and around points in the evenings. Channel catfish good on stinkbaits in the lake. Blue and channel catfish good on cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: August 2. Elevation near normal. Blue catfish being caught on cut shad and worms near the dam. Crappie slow on minnows in the creeks entering the lake. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: August 2. Elevation 1 ft below normal and dropping, water 94 and muddy. The lake has been dropped below conservation pool for aerial seeding of Japanese millet. The lake should stabilize around August 7. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. under Washunga Bay Bridge. White bass fair on crankbaits, slabbing spoons, shad colored jigs and minnows around Sarge Creek Bridge and Washunga Bay Bridge. Blue catfish excellent on juglines with shad and drift fishing in the Arkansas River and Beaver Creek arms. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, worms and cut bait near rocky banks with quick drop-offs. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids being caught on bucktails, streamers, sassy shad and drifting live bait below the dam. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut shad, carp, live bluegill, shad and goldfish below the dam. Most anglers are catching shad for bait near the Coon Creek boat ramp, and near the Washunga Boat ramp. Spotted Bass fair on crankbaits at 3-8 ft. on rocky points and chunk rock banks south of Kaw City Bridge. Largemouth good on chatter baits and spinnerbaits along riprap near bridges and the dam. Rough fish are plentiful on surface throughout the lake and below the dam presenting good opportunities for bow fishing. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
 
Keystone: August 3. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on minnows and finesse worms at Salt Creek. White bass excellent on minnows and rooster tails around sandy points and below the dam. Striped bass fair on bucktails at the dam. Channel catfish good on secret seven on juglines and in the lake. Blue catfish good on shad guts in main channels and lake. Flathead catfish fair on goldfish on juglines and in the lake. Crappie slow on tube jigs at 12 ft. around docks. Sunfish good on worms at 1-4 ft. along banks and coves. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Lower Illinois: August 2. Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on live shad at 1-2 ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and power bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 
Oologah: August 1. Elevation 6 ft. above normal and falling slowly, water lower 80s and muddy in the north and murky on the south end. White bass fair trolling with crankbaits at 10-15 ft. on flats near the main lake. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics around flooded vegetation. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. suspended around standing timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines with shad at 15-20 ft. on flats near the river channel and on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: August 3. 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.
 
Spavinaw: August 2. Elevation slightly below normal, water 90 and dingy. 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: August 2. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig and worms in riprap and creek channels. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom along mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: August 1. Elevation normal, water mid 80s and clear. Sunfish are being caught on popping bugs along shaded shorelines near deep water. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around docks and brush pile at night under lights. White bass surfacing near dam and east up Buckhorn Creek. Channel catfish being caught on doughbait around baited holes. Bass being caught on topwater lures early morning and on crankbaits, Carolina-rigged lizards and Hoo-Daddys. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: August 2. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastics and small crankbaits around current in larger pools. Channel catfish excellent on stinkbait and chicken livers. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish. Report submitted Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: August 2. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on motor oil colored worms Texas or Carolina-rigged around points and structure late evening into the night. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines with shad and cut bait. Crappie good on blue and black jigs with pumpkin seed or chartreuse tails at 18-22 ft. in the upper end around brush piles and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: August 1. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and crankbaits around deep points. White bass fair on crankbaits trolling deeper flats and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. around bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: August 2. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 86. Crappie fair on minnows. Catfish fair on cut bait along the river channel. Blue catfish fair on cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: August 3. Elevation normal, water 100 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures at 5-10 ft. in coves early and late. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: August 1. Elevation 10 inches above normal, water 87 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 topwater baits in open water. White bass fair on sassy shad and topwater baits around open points. Channel cat fair on juglines and trotlines with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: August 3. Elevation slightly below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good early morning and at night. White bass being caught on topwater lures trolling and when surfacing at night. Channel catfish fair on minnows, worms and chicken liver at night. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: August 1. Elevation 10 ft. below normal, water clear. Bass good on jigs fished around rocky points and creek inlets. Catfish good at night. Crappie fair on minnows in deeper water near surface. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: August 3. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 89 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: August 1. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 86 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits, swim baits and spinnerbaits early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: August 1. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 86 and mostly clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on topwater lures and deep diving crankbaits from the surface to 20 ft. around the drop-offs and riprap. Striped and white bass fair to good on surface lures, slabs, sassy shad and live bait from the surface to 25 ft. from Alberta Creek to the west and the south. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on worms, live bait and stinkbaits at 5-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to the south. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. deep around the fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms and shrimp around the fishing docks and riprap. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Bob Wingo, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: August 1. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures, worms and jigs early and late. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around structure early and late. Channel catfish slow on juglines with cut shad and liver. Flathead catfish slow on live sunfish and night crawlers. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: August 1. Elevation 7 ft. below normal and dropping. Catfish slow to fair. Crappie slow to fair. White bass slow to fair. Walleye slow to fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Waurika: August 3. Elevation slightly above normal with both flood gates open one inch, water 86-88 and clear to murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair to good surfacing and fair trolling. Channel catfish good on punchbait and doughbait. Blue catfish fair on juglines with cut shad. 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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