Aug 18, 2010

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WEEKLY FISHING REPORT AUGUST 18, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: August 13. Elevation below normal, water 90 and clear. Channel catfish fair on punchbait at 10-12 ft. along south central streams in the mornings. Bluegill excellent on plastic worms at 1-2 ft. along north cove in the mornings. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.
 
Hefner: August 17. Elevation above normal, water 88-89 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics at 8-20 ft. near deep banks. Smallmouth bass slow on jigs and soft plastics at 10-20 ft. along weeds, wood and rocky shorelines early and late. White bass slow on crankbaits, lipless baits and grubs at 10-20 ft. Striped bass hybrids slow on crankbaits at 10-20 ft. trolling drop-offs in the lake. Channel catfish slow on cut bait, shrimp and punchbait at 20-25 ft. off the dam. Blue catfish slow on cut bait at 20-30 ft. off the dam. Flathead catfish slow on live bait at 20 ft. off the dam. Crappie slow on jigs at 15-25 ft. off the dam. Walleye slow trolling crankbaits at 10-20 ft. Sunfish and bluegill fair on worms and small jigs at 2-6 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
 
Overholser: August 15. Elevation normal, water 90 and clear. Channel catfish slow on stinkbait, liver, shad gizzard and cut bait in the lake and tail waters. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
 
Thunderbird: August 15. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass good on jigs and sassy shad off points, surfacing early mornings. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: August 16. Elevation slightly below normal, water 92 and clear. White bass fair trolling the main lake. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad along deep drop-offs. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: August 15. Elevation below normal, water 91 and clear. Channel catfish fair on doughbait. Crappie fair on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Chandler: August 15. Elevation below normal, water 91 and clear. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and doughbait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: August 16. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms below the dam. Crappie fair on jigs in deep water in the flooded timber on the north end of the lake. Blue catfish fair on juglines in the evenings and at night. White bass being caught on jigs and rattletraps. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: August 17. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 86 and clear. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 10-12 ft. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits off rocky points. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft. Gibson: August 15. Elevation normal, water 90 and clear. White bass good vertical jigging white spoons and roadrunners in deep water along structure. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, jig and pig and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around structure. Catfish slow on juglines in the deep channels and rod and reels baited with cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Greenleaf: August 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines and creek channels. 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: August 17. Elevation normal, water 89. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and spinnerbaits early and late. White bass good on rooster tails in running water and the lake and on small lures when they are schooling. Blue catfish good on cut bait in running water below the dam. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: August 16. Elevation normal, water clear. Flathead and channel catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines near the mouth of Hulah Cove. Crappie fair on jigs around structure in deeper water. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: August 16. Elevation normal, water 95 and stained. The lake has been dropped down for aerial seeding of Japanese millet; extreme caution should be used when operating boats in the upper end of the lake. Even experienced boaters can become stranded on mudflats as they have drastically changed. Bear Creek boat ramp is inaccessible, Coon Creek boat ramp is only accessible with small/light boats and trolling motors or push poles should be used to get into the main lake. All other ramps are open and usable. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. under Washunga Bay Bridge. White bass fair on topwater lures, 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 excellent on stinkbait, worms and cut bait near rocky banks with quick drop-offs. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids being caught on topwater, bucktails, streamers, sassy shad and drifting live bait below the dam. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow 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 slow 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 16. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits around structure and drop-offs. White bass good on rooster tails at 3-8 ft. near the dam. Channel catfish good on cut shad in the lake and main channels. Blue catfish good on shad heads at the dam. Flathead catfish good on juglines baited with sunfish. Crappie fair on minnows at 3-6 ft. along the dam. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.
 
Lower Illinois: August 16. Elevation normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures in creek channels and coves. White bass slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on live shad at 1-3 ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly fishing 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: August 17. Elevation 2 ft above normal and slowly falling, water 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. 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 baited 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 17. Elevation 1 ft. below normal. 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 17. Elevation slightly below normal, water 88 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 17. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along creek channels and riprap. Catfish good on fresh cut bait along mudflats on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: August 16. Elevation normal, water 87 and clear. Channel catfish good on grasshoppers and shad in the upper end of the lake. White bass and striped bass hybrids good drifting shad and slabs near drop-offs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: August 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait and cut bait all over the lake and below the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: August 15. Elevation normal, water mid 80s. Channel catfish good on cut bait and doughbait at 18-20 ft. Bluegill excellent on fly rod poppers along deeper banks. Crappie good on minnows and jigs over brush piles at night. White bass surfacing near the dam at night. On topwater lures and shaky head worms early morning. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: August 17. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on topwater, plastic grubs and shallow diving crankbaits around falls or structure in deeper pools. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, liver and minnows in larger pools around current. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish around structure at night. Sunfish excellent on small spinnerbaits, flies and crickets. Report submitted Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: August 15. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on dark plastic baits Texas or Carolina-rigged early morning, late evening and after dark around structure and rocky points. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 18-20 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: August 16. Elevation normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits along deeper flats and windy points. White bass fair trolling windy points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around standing timber and under bridges. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: August 15. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 85. Crappie and white bass fair on minnows at 12-20 ft. along the river channel. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with sunfish and cut bait. Watch for submerged stumps. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: August 16. Elevation normal, water 99 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and topwater lures at 5-8 ft. along weed beds. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver at 10-12 ft. around points and the south cove. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: August 16. Elevation 7 inches above normal, water 90 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; schooling bass being caught on topwater baits in open water. White bass fair on sassy shad and topwater baits around open points. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: August 17. 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 15. Elevation extremely below normal, water clear. Bass great on spinnerbaits around structure. Crappie good on minnows near creek channels. Catfish fair on chicken liver. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: August 17. Elevation normal, water 90 and murky. White bass fair trolling the mouth area of the Big Sans Bois Creek and the junction of the Arkansas River. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged brush structure. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: August 15. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 93 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swim baits along humps and weed beds early and late and on 12-inch worms at 12-14 ft. off humps at midday. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 14-18 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: August 15. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on surface lures and deep diving crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on surface lures, live baits and sassy shad at 1-20 ft. from Platter flats to Burns Run and to the west in Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut shad, worms and stinkbait at 5-15 ft. from the Hwy 70 Bridge to the south. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms and shrimp at 5-15 ft. around the fishing docks and riprap. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: August 16. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 87 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
 
Foss: August 17. Elevation 1/4 ft. below normal with gates closed, water high 80s. Striped bass fair on live bait and surfacing early mornings. Walleye fair. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Tom Steed: August 17. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 85 and slightly murky. Catfish fair on juglines with live bait. 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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