Sept 1, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
 
CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: August 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 86 and semi-clear. Channel catfish good on shrimp and minnows on bottom along southern shorelines in the mornings. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.
 
Hefner: August 30. Elevation normal, water 84-90 and clear. 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 trolling deep diving crankbaits at 10-20 ft. along 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 bait at 20-30 ft. off the dam. Crappie slow on jigs at 15-25 ft. off the dam. Sunfish and bluegill fair on worms and small jigs at 2-6 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
 
Wes Watkins: August 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 91 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad and punchbait at 15 ft. along drop-offs. Crappie good on minnows along the dam. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Birch: August 30. Elevation normal, water 88 and murky. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and doughbait. Crappie slow at the fishing docks. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Copan: August 29. Elevation normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair on worms and cut shad near Washington Cove and Osage Plains. Crappie good in the Caney River below the dam and in the flooded timber. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Eucha: August 31. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 82 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits at night. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
 
Greenleaf: August 29. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines, creek channels and rocky points. 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 29. Elevation normal, water 84. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures early and late. White bass fair to good on rooster tails, sassy shad and small jigs in the upper end of the lake below the dam at the tailraces. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait and stinkbait. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
 
Hulah: August 29. Elevation normal, water clearing. Blue catfish being caught on cut shad and worms. Crappie being caught in deeper water near structure. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
 
Kaw: August 31. Elevation normal, water 89 and stained. The lake has been dropped down for 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. 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.
 
Oologah: August 29. Elevation normal, water lower 80s and muddy north and murky on the south end. White bass fair trolling crankbaits at 10-15 ft on flats near the main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs 15-20 ft. around standing timber. Channel and blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad on flats at 15-20 ft. near the river channel and on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: August 30. Elevation 1 ft. below 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: August 29. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
 
Spavinaw August 31. Elevation slightly below normal, water 82 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.
 
Tenkiller: August 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal and steady, water 89 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on slab spoons along drop-offs. White bass slow trolling around the islands mid-lake. Sunfish good on night crawlers in or near docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
 
Webbers Falls: August 29. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits in creek channels and shorelines. Catfish good on stinkbait and fresh cut bait on bottom and along mud flats. 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 27. Elevation normal, water 81 and clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids good drifting shad and slabs. Channel catfish good on shad and grasshoppers in the upper end of the lake. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers and slabs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
Ft. Supply: August 30. Elevation normal. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait and cut bait all over the lake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: August 28. Elevation normal, water 87-90. Crappie good under lights at night. White bass are chasing shad around the dam up Buckhorn Creek areas. Bass being caught on worms at 20-25 ft. and on crankbaits and topwater lures early. Channel catfish good on fly rods off baited holes up Guy Sandy arm. Sunfish good on fly rods. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Broken Bow: August 30. 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 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits along deeper points. White bass good trolling deep points and deeper flats early and late. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. along standing timber and under bridges. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
 
Hugo: August 29. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 86. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and soft plastics in the stump beds along the creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows in submerged timber. Catfish fair to good on juglines and trotlines baited with sunfish. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: August 31. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 98 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and topwater lures at 5-15 ft. in schooling fish in the coves early and late. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and shad at 5-10 ft. along points. Report by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
McGee Creek: August 29. Elevation 8 inches below 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 in shallow water early and late and schooling bass on topwater lures in open water. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
 
Murray: August 30. Elevation normal, water lower 80s and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow to fair early morning, late evening and at night. White bass being caught on topwater lures and trolling schooling fish late in evening. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, worms and chicken liver late at night. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: August 29. Elevation extremely low, water clear. Bass good on Carolina-rigged worms near points. Crappie good on minnows. Catfish fair on worms. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: August 31. Elevation normal, water 87 and murky. White bass fair trolling and slabbing near the Big Sans Bois Creek arm and the Arkansas River. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with fresh shad and cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: August 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 89 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, swim baits, topwater lures and plastic worms in shallow water early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: August 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fair to good on surface lures, crankbaits and plastic combination baits from the surface to 15 ft. around riprap and points. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and surface lures from the surface to 15 ft. in the river channels and around the points. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut baits, worms and shrimp at 5-15 ft. from Catfish Bay to the south and west. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-10 ft. deep around the fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms at 5-10 ft. around riprap and shrimp. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: August 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 88 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures, worms and jigs early and late. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around structure. Channel catfish slow on juglines baited with cut shad and liver. Flathead catfish slow on live sunfish and night crawlers. Report submitted Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Altus Lugert: August 29. Elevation 16 1/2 ft. below normal and dropping. Catfish slow to fair. Crappie fair to good in deep water. White bass fair in deep water. Walleye fair in deep water. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.
 
Foss: September 1. Elevation 1/4 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid 80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair on live bait in deep water. Catfish fair in channels. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Ft. Cobb:  August 30. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear and 84. Crappie slow on jigs near docks. Report submitted by James Edwards, game warden stationed in Caddo County.
 
Waurika: August 30. Elevation slightly above normal, water 86-88 and clear to murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on spoons in deeper water in the lake and on minnows and jigs along the rocks early and late. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad and stinkbait in the lake early and late and on juglines baited with cut shad and sunfish. 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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