FOR DECEMBER 29, 2010
Water level several feet below normal clear. Crappie good on lakeside of the
dam using jigs fishing deep. Caution should be taken while fishing and
waterfowl hunting from boat in shallow areas due to low water levels. Report
submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Gibson: Water level1/2 ft below normal and clear. Crappie good in 15 to 25
ft using minnows and black and chartreuse jigs while fishing under and
around the docks. Catfish fair below the dam during generation using cut
shad and shrimp. Stripers good using whole shad and balloons below the dam
during generation. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Hudson: December 28. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at
10-18 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game
warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Water level below normal and clear. Crappie fair on jigs along the south
side of the lake fishing 10-12 feet. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game
warden stationed in Washington County.
December 27. Elevation above normal, water 37 and clear. Bear Creek boat
ramp is inaccessible; all other ramps are open and usable. The north end of
the lake has been locked up with ice after bitter cold nights. Crappie good
on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. under Washunga Bay Bridge and over brush
piles throughout the lake. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad in
the Arkansas River arm and fair on stinkbait in the Beaver Creek arm at
15-20 ft. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay
Illinois: December 24. Elevation normal, water flow is normal and clear.
Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Trout
excellent using fly-fishing methods on the surface, using rooster tails,
super dupers, Power Bait, and salmon eggs on bottom above Gore Landing.
Crappie, largemouth bass and striped bass are slow. Report submitted by D.
Tracy, Town of Gore.
Spavinaw: December 28. Elevation slightly below normal. Water dingy and 40
degrees. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth
fair on spinner baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
- Elevation 6.4 feet below normal. Water dingy and 44 degrees. Crappie fair
on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 14-16 feet. Report
submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
of the Arbuckles: December. 25. Lake level 2 ft below normal, 49 degrees and
clear to stained in areas. Crappie being caught on 3/8 oz spoons near creek
ledges in 39-60 ft of water. Sand bass caught in same areas 33-45 ft deep on
spoons. Black bass being caught on crankbaits, shakey head worms & jerk
baits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Bow: December 28. Elevation 10 ft. below normal, water mid 50s. Largemouth,
smallmouth and spotted bass good on shakey-head jigs with finesse worms and
on finesse jigs at 5-20 ft. along creek channels, bluff walls and river
points. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie
good on minnows and jigs at 20-30 ft. in the upper end. Report submitted by
Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: December 28. Elevation below normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair
on fresh shad in the shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-18
ft. around boat docks with brush and standing timber. Largemouth bass,
smallmouth bass, and white bass are slow. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush,
game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Creek: December 26. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 54 degrees and
clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 16-24 ft. around cedar brush off
main creek channels. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures around
structure and off rocky points, 12-25 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman,
game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Creek: Elevation below normal, water clear. Crappie good on jigs near
structure. Catfish good on cut shad on trot lines. Bass fair on spoons in
deeper waters. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in
Sardis: December 28. Elevation below normal, water murky. Crappie fair to
good on minnows and jigs at 18-25 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game
warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: Lake level 1 ft. below normal, water 52 degrees and clear.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass-fair to good- from 10 to 20 feet deep on
plastic combination baits in the drop offs in the creek channels. Striped
and white bass fair to good from 15 to 20 feet deep on live bait and sassy
shad in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live
bait and cut shad from Catfish bay to the Washita River. Crappie fair to
good from 10 to 20 feet deep on small minnows and jigs around the fish
attractors and brush piles. Paddlefish fair to good while generating below
the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan
Wister: December 28. Elevation 2 ft. below normal and murky. Largemouth bass
fair on soft plastic baits, worms and jigs. Crappie fair to good on minnows
and jigs at 8-25 ft. around structure. Channel catfish fair on juglines
baited with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game
warden stationed in LeFlore County.
December 26. Elevation 17 ft. below normal and holding steady. Walleye fair
to good. Sand bass fair to good. Catfish fair to good. Crappies fair. Trout
season started Nov. 1. Everyone fishing in the North Fork within Park
boundaries must have a trout stamp until Jan. 1, 2011, when they are no
longer required. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.
program operates free from discrimination on the basis of political or
religious opinion or affiliation, race, creed, color, gender, age, ancestry,
marital status or disability. A person who feels he or she may have been
discriminated against or would like further information should write:
Director, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465,
Oklahoma City, OK 73152, or Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of
Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.
Oklahoma Spoonbill Fishing
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
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
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
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.