Dec 29, 2010

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FISHING REPORT FOR DECEMBER 29, 2010
 
NORTHEAST
 
Copan: 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.
 
Ft 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.
 
Hulah: 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.
 
Kaw: 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 County.
 
Lower 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.
Eucha - 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.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Lake 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.
 
Broken 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.
 
McGee 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.
 
Pine 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 McCurtain County.
 
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 County.
 
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.
 
SOUTWEST
 
Altus-Lugert: 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.
 
 
This 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

 

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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