Aug 25, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR AUGUST 25, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: August 23. Elevation below normal, water 94 and murky. Largemouth and white bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms. Channel and blue catfish excellent on cut shad and liver. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
 
Hefner: August 23. Elevation above normal, water 87-94 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina rigs, crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits at 8-20 ft. near deep banks. Smallmouth bass slow on jigs and soft plastic baits at 10-20 ft. along weeds, wood and rocky shorelines early and late. White bass good on curl tail grubs, swimming minnows and lipless baits at 5-15 ft. off the dam and riprap areas. Striped bass hybrids good on deep diving crankbaits at 10-20 ft. trolling drop-offs in the lake. Channel catfish fair on cut bait, shrimp and punchbait at 20-25 ft. off the dam. Blue catfish fair on cut baits at 20-30 ft. off the dam. Crappie slow on jigs at 15-25 ft. off the dam. Walleye slow on crankbaits at 10-20 ft. trolling. Sunfish and bluegill fair on worms and small jigs at 2-6 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
 
Wes Watkins: August 23. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 93 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows and spinnerbaits along vegetation line. Channel and blue catfish cut shad at 15 ft. along drop-offs. Crappie good on minnows along standing timber. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Copan: August 22. 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 Copan Lake and near the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: August 24. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 88 and clear. Crappie good on jigs around brush and structure at 10-12 feet. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Ft. Gibson: August 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear and 90. White bass good trolling rooster tails and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and topwater lures early and late. Catfish fair on juglines and cut bait at 20 ft. in the main channels. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
 
Grand: August 23. Elevation normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth bass good on red worms and red and brown deep diving crankbaits at 17-20 ft. White bass good on Texas slabs, white or chartreuse rooster tails, grubs and sassy shad at 10-12 ft. around islands and bridges. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on shad, nitro worms, shrimp, turkey gizzards and chicken hearts at night. Crappie good on minnows and orange and chartreuse jigs at 10-12 ft. around docks and brush piles. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms, crickets and small jigs in shallow water. Carp good on stinkbait in shallow water in the coves. Report submitted by Grand Lake Sport’s Center.
 
Greenleaf: August 23. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures along shorelines, creek channels and brush structure early. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait 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 23. Elevation normal, water 88. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. White bass good on rooster tails and small crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait below the tailraces of the dam. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: August 22. Elevation near normal. Blue catfish being caught on cut shad and worms near the dam. Crappie slow on minnows in creeks entering into the lake. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: August 23. 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 and Trader's Bend boat ramps are 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 good 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. 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.
 
Lower Illinois: August 23. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures all along the river. White bass slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on live shad at 1-2 ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish slow on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout good on flies at the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on power bait on bottom above Gore Landing.
 
Oologah: August 22. Elevation normal, water 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. 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. Channel and blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: August 23. Elevation 1 1/2 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.
 
Sooner: August 24. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on topwater lures, live shad and slabs. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: August 24. Elevation slightly below normal, water 88 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Tenkiller:  August 23. Elevation slightly below normal and steady water 90 and clear. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait at 18-20 ft. Sunfish good on worms in coves near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: August 23. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Channel catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait along mudflats 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: August 22. Elevation normal, water 85 and clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair drifting shad and slabs. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers and trolling deep running crankbaits. Channel catfish good on grasshoppers in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: August 23. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait all over the lake in the evenings. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Broken Bow: August 22. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water high 80s. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass being caught on Texas or Carolina-rigged motor oil colored worms early morning, late evening and after dark around points and structure. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with cut bait and shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 18-20 ft. around brush piles and structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Eufaula: August 22. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 87 and clear. Largemouth bas fair on Carolina-rigged plastic lures around deep points. White bas fair on crankbaits trolling the shallow flats and points early and late. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. under bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: August 22. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, temp 85. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-20 ft. along the river channel. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with sunfish. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: August 22. Elevation normal, water 101 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. in coves around schooling fish early and late. Channel catfish fair on cut shad and stinkbait at 10-15 ft. around points. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: August 22. Elevation 5 inches below 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 and on topwater lures in schooling bass in open water. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County
 
Murray: August 23. Elevation normal, water 87 and clear. Largemouth bass slow early morning, late evening and at night. White bass slow on topwater lures schooling late. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, worms and stinkbaits at night. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: August 22. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: August 24. Elevation normal, water 91 and murky. White bass fair trolling and slabbing the mouth of Big Sans Bois Creek and the Arkansas River. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines with cut bait and fresh shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: August 22. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 92. Largemouth bass fair to good on swim baits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
                                
Texoma: August 22. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on surface lures, spinnerbaits and deep diving crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around riprap and in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and surface lures from surface to 20 ft. around points and in river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, worms and stinkbaits at 5-15 ft. from Platter Flats to the north. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-10 ft. around fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms around the fishing docks and riprap. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: August 23. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 88 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures, worms and jigs early and late. Channel catfish slow on juglines baited with cut shad and minnows around structure. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around structure early and late. Flathead catfish slow on live sunfish and night crawlers. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: August 22. Elevation 13 1/2 ft. below normal and dropping. Most boat ramps are open; Northshore’s Lakeview boat ramp is closed. Catfish slow to fair. Crappie fair in deep water. White bass fair to good in deep water. Walleye fair to good in deep water. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 



 


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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