Monday, April 21, 2014

Michigan DNR awards Wildlife Habitat Grants for projects around the state

English: Ruffed Grouse
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The Department of Natural Resources today announced recipients of the 2014 Wildlife Habitat Grants. A total of $737,720 was awarded to various conservation and nonprofit organizations, units of government and landowners.

Examples of funded projects include planting native grasslands for pheasant habitat at Lake Hudson State Recreation Area, planting fruit trees for wild turkey and ruffed grouse food sources in several locations across the state, and improving accessibility for limited-mobility hunters and wildlife enthusiasts at Sharonville State Game Area.  

Below is a list of successful applicants, the award amount and the county in which the habitat projects will take place.

Applicant
Amount
County
Conservation Resource Alliance
$31,500
Benzie, Grand Traverse
Gratiot Conservation District
$16,900
Gratiot
Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club
$28,200
Mackinac
Huron-Manistee National Forests - Baldwin Ranger District
$15,500
Newaygo, Oceana
Kipple Creek Cliffs LLC
$53,900
Marquette
Mid-Forest Lodge
$16,800
Roscommon
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
$181,800
Statewide
Muskegon Conservation District
$59,200
Muskegon
Pheasants Forever, Inc.
$44,000
Lenawee
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
$18,200
Barry
Ruffed Grouse Society
$30,800
Gratiot, Ionia, Montcalm, Clinton
Sanilac Conservation District
$35,100
Sanilac
Superior Watershed Partnership
$40,300
Alger, Luce
The Nature Conservancy
$32,400
Van Buren
U.P. Whitetails Association, Inc.
$19,800
Delta
Zero Day
(Combat Veteran Job Skills Program)
$113,320
Jackson, Washtenaw
TOTAL
$737,720
 

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP), which began in October 2013, is funded with a portion of the revenue generated by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses each year. The WHGP is administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through a cooperative effort between the DNR's Wildlife Division and Grants Management Section.

The main objective of the WHGP is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of specific goals from the Wildlife Division’s strategic plan - The GPS. Those goals are:
  • GPS Goal 2 – Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations in a changing environment.
     
  • GPS Goal 4 – Increase public participation, acceptance, and support of hunting and trapping and increase participation in non-consumptive wildlife-related recreation. 
To learn more about the Wildlife Habitat Grants program visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife orwww.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 South Dakota Elk Seasons Set

Bull Elk
 (Photo credit: Odalaigh)
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2014 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.
The Custer State Park elk hunting season will run from Sept. 20-Oct. 5 with five “any elk” licenses available, one of which is set aside for a successful entrant in a raffle conducted by a nonprofit organization dedicated to big game management. The Custer State Park early archery elk hunting season will run from Sept. 1-30 with four “any elk” licenses available.
The Black Hills archery elk hunting season will have 92 “any elk” and 15 “antlerless elk” licenses available for the season running Sept. 1-30. Unit 7 for the archery season was also changed; with the area east of Interstate 90 being removed and placed in Unit 9 of the prairie elk hunting season.
The Black Hills elk hunting season will have 420 “any elk” and 250 “antlerless elk” licenses available for the season that will run Oct. 1-31 for “any elk” hunters and Oct. 16-31 and Dec. 1-15for “antlerless elk” hunters. Unit 7 for the Black Hills elk hunting season was also changed and follows the same adjustment as made to the Black Hills archery season.
The prairie elk hunting season will have 57 “any elk” and 36 “antlerless elk” licenses available. Season dates are unit specific.  Prairie Unit 9 was modified to include an area northeast of Highway 34 and the portion removed from Unit 7 for both the Black Hills and Black Hills archery seasons.
Online applications for the 2014 elk hunting seasons are now available and can be accessed here: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/elk/default.aspx.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

First Buffalo Calf of the Season Spotted at Custer State Park


CUSTER STATE PARK – The first buffalo calf of the spring, a bull calf, in Custer State Park was spotted on Tuesday, April 8. It was found by park staff off of Fisherman Flats Road in the interior of the Park. The calf is approximately 5 – 6 days old.
The park has about 860 head of bison going into the spring and is expecting around 400 calves. The herd size should be around 1,275 at the Annual Buffalo Roundup in September.
“Spring is a great time to view wildlife in the park,” said Chad Kremer, buffalo herd manager. “Deer, antelope, turkey and buffalo can be seen throughout the park right now, and sharp-tailed grouse are strutting on their leks.”
Visitors are advised to leave buffalo calves alone. It can be dangerous to approach baby animals, particularly buffalo calves. If a mother buffalo feels she or her calf is threatened, she may charge.
“Occasionally, people will think a buffalo calf has been orphaned and try to rescue it,” said Kremer. “This is rarely true; buffalo may roam up to one mile from their calves and come back later for them.”
Most buffalo calves are born in May, but a few arrive near the end of March into early April at Custer State Park.
For additional information on Custer State Park, please contact the park at 605-255-4515 or visit www.custerstatepark.com.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fishing season openers coming April 26 in Michigan


Anglers also need to be aware of all fishing rules and regulations, which are available in the 2014 Michigan Fishing Guide (including this year’s Inland Trout and Salmon Maps). Pick up a guide at any license retailer or visit the online version at http://www.eregulations.com/michigan/fishing/

The new fishing license season began on April 1, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new fishing license for this season. There are two simple ways to purchase your fishing license:

1.    Visit your local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center and make a purchase in person.
2.    Use the E-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Just visitwww.mdnr-elicense.com to get started.

We hope you’ll continue counting down the days until you can fish for your favorite species. For all things Fishing in Michigan – visitwww.michigan.gov/fishing. 

IOWA DNR SPAWNING FISH FOR BETTER FISHING

English: Northern pike (Esox lucius) Deutsch: ...
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The annual spring fish netting is underway at Lake Rathbun, Spirit Lake and Guttenberg and will begin Tuesday night at Storm Lake, as the spawning season picks up steam.
Staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources collects walleye, northern pike and muskies soon after ice out to provide quality sport fishing in Iowa lakes and streams that otherwise could not support it.
“If we didn’t stock walleyes and northern pike, the only place you could catch them would be on the Mississippi River,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa DNR. “And our muskie population is totally reliant on stocking.”
The DNR’s goal is to catch enough walleyes to fill hatcheries with about 750 quarts at Rathbun and 1,000 quarts at Spirit Lake. With a good hatch, that should equate to about 200 million walleye fry.
The muskie goal is to produce 1.5 million eggs and to produce 2 million northern pike each at Guttenberg and Spirit Lake.
Northern pike collection is in full swing collecting adult fish from the shallow water sloughs at Spirit Lake and backwaters of the Mississippi River near Guttenberg. Walleye and muskie collection is expected to begin next week at the Iowa Great Lakes after the ice off the main lakes. 
Hatcheries are running 24/7 during this time as fish are spawned and released. The fish are handled as little as possible and once spawned, are returned to the waters where they were caught, usually that same day. These large adult fish are highly valued because they can produce a large amount of eggs.
Walleyes, muskies and northern pike do not successfully reproduce in the wild even in the highest quality lakes.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Michigan Fishing Report

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Southeast Lower Peninsula
Southwest Lower Peninsula
Northeast Lower Peninsula
Northwest Lower Peninsula
Upper Peninsula



High water levels and strong flow are putting some rivers at dangerous levels. Some access sites are not accessible and the river banks may be saturated and unstable. Boat anglers will need to watch for floating debris.  

SOUTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Lake Erie:  Boat anglers are heading out but catch rates were slow.

Huron River:  Is producing the occasional steelhead up near Flat Rock.

Detroit River:  When the weather cooperates, walleye fishing is in full swing. A lot of limit catches were reported with numerous large females in the mix. The usual areas from the lower river at Trenton all the way up to Belle Isle are producing fish.

Lake St. Clair:  Some docks are in at the access sites but windy conditions have kept anglers on shore. Anglers will also find muddy water conditions for a few days as the wind has really stirred things up.  

St. Clair River:  Some good walleye reports are coming from Port Huron and Algonac. Some have caught the occasional trout or salmon as well. 

Lexington:  The ice just went out of the harbor. Pier anglers have caught coho, steelhead and brown trout when casting small spoons. A lot of minnows are starting to enter the harbor which is a sure sign of spring.

Harbor Beach:  The ice is gone. Anglers will want to get their boats on the water soon so they can take advantage of trout and salmon in close to shore. Pier anglers caught steelhead, coho and brown trout when casting small spoons.

Saginaw Bay:  Fishing was just getting started with lots of suckers being caught in the rivers. Perch were caught in the cuts and canals and some walleye were taken off the mouth of several area rivers. Then the rain came…and now the rivers are at or above flood stage so fishing is just about impossible. Muddy water near the mouth of the rivers will make walleye fishing more difficult.


SOUTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
St. Joseph River: 
 Limits of coho were caught at the mouth when boats can get out. Crappie fishing was fair to good near the dams.    

Kalamazoo River:  Has good steelhead fishing at the Allegan Dam.

Calhoun County:  Suckers are running in area creeks.

Grand Haven:  Ice around the piers is finally gone but fishing was slow with only the occasional brown trout caught. One boat was trolling the channel and around the piers.

Grand River in Grand Rapids:  Is producing a fair to good number of steelhead below the Sixth Street Dam. Boat anglers are bottom bouncing with yarn and flies or floating spawn bags. Shore anglers are casting wobble glows. Pink, chartreuse and white were good colors.

Grand River in Lansing:  More anglers are heading out but few fish were caught.

Maple River:  Dip netting has begun and a few suckers are being caught. Water levels were up so anglers need to use caution.
     
Muskegon:  Water around the piers has opened up. Those using spawn caught the occasional steelhead or brown trout.

Muskegon Lake:  The Cottage Grove boat launch is closed due to dredging.

Muskegon River:  Has extremely high water levels and the flow is fast and dangerous. Anglers should avoid the river until the water levels recede.    


NORTHEAST LOWER PENINSULA
Rogers City: 
 The marina still had some ice but hopefully it will be open by the end of the week. The rocks still had ice but the end of the marina where the boats go out is one area where anglers could cast a line.

Alpena:  Anglers are starting to come out however ice was still preventing access to the Lake Huron.

Thunder Bay River:  Is open, all the ice is gone. The water was high, muddy and had debris coming down after the rain. The access site on Fletcher Street is open and a dock is in. The marina was still iced up but the ice is going fast. Steelhead are being caught but anglers are waiting for some fresh fish to come in.
 
Harrisville:  The harbor has opened up enough to get small boats out. It will be hard to launch larger boats because the docks are not in yet. Steelhead and walleye should be in and around the harbor. The water level is up and there is a nice flow from the creek which seems to bring fish in.

Oscoda:  A few walleye have been caught off the pier. 

Au Sable River:  Water levels are up and the current was fast. The bite was a bit on the slow side as it appears the fish seem to be holding out for something more appealing. Those in drift boats seem to have better luck. Anglers are using spawn, body baits, flies, spinners, spoons and wax worms.

Higgins Lake:  The remaining ice is no longer safe. The shoreline has opened up.  

Houghton Lake:  Still has ice however it is no longer safe. The East Bay and the canals have opened up but no one is fishing as water temperatures are too cold.  

Rifle River:  Continues to produce a fair to good number of suckers. 


NORTHWEST LOWER PENINSULA
A few inland lakes were starting to open up but many were still 75 percent covered.  Rivers and streams in the region were at or near flood stage. Fishing will be almost impossible until water levels recede. 

Traverse City:  The East Bay had too much ice cover for boats but not enough for ice fishing. On the West Bay, an area near the Boardman River had enough open water for those surfcasting or boats accessing via the river. Catch rates were slow.

Elk River:  Steelhead fishing was slow. It looks like the spring run will likely be a couple weeks later than usual this year because of cold water temperatures. Elk Lake and Skegemog Lake still had ice.

Boardman River:  Had slow fishing with only the occasional steelhead or brown trout caught on spawn bags or jigs tipped with wax worms, wigglers or scented plastics. High water levels will make fishing more difficult.

Platte Bay: Was open but that could change in a day’s time.

Platte River:  Is producing some of the darker hold-over fish between the bridge at Pioneer Road and Henry Street. Some fresh fish have moved in and were seen in the holes near the El Dorado Access site.

Frankfort:  Betsie Bay is clear but there is still some ice moving around in the channel and between the piers. Anglers are fishing off both the Elberta and Frankfort piers when the wind allows. The boat launch is operational but the docks are not in. Those trolling body baits in the bay have caught some brown trout.

Onekama:  Is unfishable. Ice flow has the channel and the piers locked up.

Portage Lake:  Over half the lake is still covered in ice however it is not safe.  

Manistee:  Boats trolling the shoreline are catching brown trout on spoons and body baits. Orange and yellow were good colors. Pier anglers using spawn have caught a few brown trout. The dock was in at the Arthur Street ramp but not the First Street ramp.

Manistee River:  Continues to offer good steelhead fishing below Tippy Dam. Anglers are bottom bouncing and floating eggs or fly fishing.     

Ludington:  Brown trout have been caught by pier anglers using spawn and by those trolling the shoreline with orange spoons or body baits. The docks are not in yet at the Loomis Street Launch.

Pere Marquette River:  Had high water levels but steelhead were still caught.    


UPPER PENINSULA
Keweenaw Bay: 
 The bite was slow but those fishing out from the Falls River did catch a few whitefish and burbot. The occasional perch or splake were caught at the head of the bay and a couple lake trout were taken out from the old Tire Shop.  

Fall’s River:  Is producing a few rainbow trout for those using spawn bags. Water temperatures were still cold at 33 degrees. 

Little Bay De Noc:  Spring like weather did start to show signs that the ice was starting to break up. Ice around the shoreline was starting to open up but there was still enough ice for fishing. Perch fishing was fair near Kipling which is the only area being fished at this time. Try minnows or wigglers in six to 35 feet. Rivers in the area are starting to break up. The Rapid River and the Day’s River are cresting or near flood stage.
 
Ford River:   Water levels are very high with large ice dams throughout. The gates are open at the 1st Dam so water flow is very fast. Avoid the river at this time.

Big Bay De Noc:  Had no angler reports. Travel on the ice was difficult. The Sturgeon, Fish Dam and Ogontz Rivers are partially breaking up with high water levels. At Fairport, there is open water in the middle but the launches are not open.
Munising:  Catch rates were fair to poor. Those out fishing need to use caution when walking on the ice. Numerous holes especially near the Anna River and Sand Point may be hidden by thin layers of ice and snow. Open water near the beach at Sand Point was expanding. Salmon were caught in the eastern half of the bay. Try jigging spoons 20 to 30 feet down. Recent reports indicate that some bigger whitefish were moving into the shallows. For splake, try near Sand Point or the Anna River. Catch rates in Trout Bay were poor.

Two Hearted River:  Was producing an occasional steelhead.  

Cedarville and Hessel:  Still has ice fishing in Hessel Bay. Catch rates were fair to good in six to 10 feet along the east end and off the north shore. Musky Bay has improved with bigger perch hitting.  

Oklahoma Fishing Report

Becki caught this 10.11 pound, 26.5 inch largemouth bass at Sooner Lake on April 11. 
CENTRAL

Arcadia: April 15. Elevation normal. All fishing fair. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton.

Draper: April 13. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water 55 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 3-5 ft. around structure. White bass fair on jigs at the water inflow pipe. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Hefner: April 15. Elevation dropping, water 53-57 and clear to murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits and jigs at 3-6 ft. along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on grubs and gay blades at 6-10 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait at 15-20 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. along the dam and rocks. Walleye fair on jerk baits and crankbaits at 3-6 ft. along the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: April 15. Elevation 3-4 ft. below normal, water 59 and clear to murky. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Jerrod Davis, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Thunderbird: April 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. around structure. White bass fair on jigs and road runners in Little River. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: April 15. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 63-65 and stained. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass good at 1-4 ft. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: April 13. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Bass good on jigs and soft plastic baits at 3-4 ft. Channel catfish slow. Crappie fair to good on jigs at 3 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: April 15. Elevation normal, water mid 50s and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: April 14. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 59-60. Crappie fair on live bait and jigs at 3-6 ft. all over the lake. Channel catfish good to excellent on punch bait, chicken liver, shad and nightcrawlers early morning and late evening. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with large live shiners, night crawlers and cut shad. Saugeye, white bass and striped bass hybrids excellent on crankbaits, spoons and large casting jigs at 4-6 ft. around rocks and points or trolling the flats of the main lake and windy blown coves; the best times are early morning and late evening. Largemouth and spotted bass fair to good on football head jigs and Texas-rigged plastic baits in woody cover. Trout poor to nonexistent. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny.

Chandler: April 13. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water clear. Bass good on spinnerbaits, jigs and plastic baits. Channel catfish slow. Crappie fair on jigs at 3 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: April 14. Elevation normal, water 60s and clear. Crappie good on jigs at 2-5 ft. near submerged structure. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: April 15. Elevation slightly above normal, water 59 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 7-9 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Fort Gibson: April 15. Elevation 3 3/4 ft. above normal, water 58 and steady. White bass excellent on white grubs and white ice swim baits in the river around Chouteau Bend. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. staging for spawn. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and worms in shallow water. Paddlefish excellent in the upper river. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner, Okla.

Grand: April 14. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and jerk baits at 15 ft. off main lake points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. Paddlefish fair and should get better this week with the rain from up north coming downstream. White bass fair and should get better this week. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: April 14. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, bill baits and spinnerbaits along shorelines, creek channels, rocky points and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and electric chicken Strike King Jigs at 12-18 ft. around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: April 16. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass good on swim baits, plastic baits and jerk baits. White bas good in the upper end, at mouths of creeks and below the dams. Crappie fair to good on small jigs and minnows around brush piles. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end below the dams. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: April 14. Elevation normal, water 60s and clear. Crappie fair on jigs at 2-5 ft. near submerged structure. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: April 14 Elevation normal, water upper 50s in the creeks and low 50s in the main lake and clear. Crappie fair on minnow and jigs at 12-20 ft. all over the lake. Crappie excellent in the creeks 1-2 ft. around structure. Walleye fair on minnows and jigs in the creeks. White bass slow on jigs and small crankbaits east of Newkirk in the Arkansas River as they are still staging up to spawn in Kansas in Grouse creek. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on jerk baits and spinnerbaits at 6-10 ft. near rocks from south of Kaw City to the dam. Blue and channel catfish excellent on cut bait in the shallows of the Arkansas River arm, fair on juglines in the coon creek area and good on worms below Kaw Dam. Paddlefish fair off the east side after generation. Generation below the dam typically only occurs during the week unless there is a high water event. For up to date lake level and water release information on Kaw Lake call (580) 765-2151. The next good rain of 1-inch or more with runoff will cause the white bass to make their annual run up the creeks specifically Big Beaver, Little Beaver, Bear and Osage creeks. Be ready and remember to stay on maintained roads for bank fishing access. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: April 15. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 58. Crappie fair at 5 ft. while staging for spawn. White bass excellent while running in the feeder streams. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 13. Water upper 40s. Water releases are occurring with one unit running almost constantly. Trout slow on worms, rainbow Power Bait and rooster tails in eddies and below current breaks such as rocks. Fly fishing is difficult as well with small nymphs working the eddies. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: April 13. Elevation normal, water near 60 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. in creeks and fair on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. around brush piles in the main lake. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad at 10-15 ft. along the flats. White bass good on jigs in the river above the lake and fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: April 14. Elevation 9 3/4 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass fair on soft plastic baits and rooster tails in creek channels. Catfish fair on worms and cut shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along rocky shorelines. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: April 15. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: April 15. Elevation slightly above normal, water 57 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: April 14. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 58-60 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and deep crankbaits on main lake points. White bass good trolling deep runners in the main lake and good on spoons, spinnerbaits and jigs in the upper end. Catfish fair on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 20-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs moving into coves. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson, Okla.

Webbers Falls: April 14. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, bill baits, creature lures and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and buck tail jigs in green, red and yellow around bridges and brush structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Fort Supply: April 14. Elevation normal. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam. Crappie fair on jigs around brush piles and cattails. Walleye fair on minnows along the dam and the west side. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: April 12. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water 63-65 and stained. Crappie slow on the main lake brush piles and fair in the mouths and midway back in coves. White bass up creeks chasing shad. Bass fair to good on jigs, crankbaits and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: April 15. Elevation normal, water 63 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastic baits, small crankbaits and small flukes below current breaks and around large rocks. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver, blood bait and garlic scented baits in deeper pools in campground areas. Rainbow trout fair on small spinnerbaits and garlic scented Power Bait below waterfalls. Stocked approximately 3,000 channel catfish on March 31. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: April 13. Water high 50s to low 60s. Spotted bass good on minnows and red worms in the upper end. White bass good on yellow rooster tails and various colors of 3-5 inch1/4 ounce grubs in creeks. Crappie good on minnows and jigs moving into the shallows around structure. Walleye good on watermelon, smoke and witches brew grubs in the upper end at the head of the Mountain Fork. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: April 13. Elevation normal, water 61 and stained. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits along rocky areas and standing timber. White bass fair on small jigs and spinnerbaits up feeder creeks when water is running. Blue catfish fair on shad along deeper flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 1-5 ft. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: April 13. Elevation slightly above normal, water 59. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits along flooded vegetation. Blue catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait below the dam with flood water releases. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. around button brush. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: April 14. Elevation normal, water 62 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits and crankbaits along structure and vegetation. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits, jigs, cut bait and live bait in the discharge canal and along points. Channel catfish good on cut bait, dough bait and stinkbait around points. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: April 16. Water flow 100 c.f.s above the powerhouse. Visibility 52 inches, water 45 and clear. Best areas are Spillway Creek, Evening Hole and Zone 2. Best access points are Beaver Lodge Nature Trail, Evening Hole Bridge and Old Park Dam. Best fly fishing patterns are Sparkle Dun in BWO color - size 20, March Brown in natural color - size 14, in Phlamin Pheasant Tail in natural color - size 18, March Brown Wet in natural color - size 14, Elk Wing Caddis in tan color - size 16, Soft Hackle in olive color - size 16, Hare's Ear in natural color - size 14, Spillway Creek Caddis in olive color - size 14, and Flying Squirrel in natural color - size 16. Report submitted by Woodruff Guide Service.

McGee Creek: April 13. Elevation 2 2/3 ft. below normal, water 56 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on shad colored rattletraps, chartreuse spinnerbaits with a red blade and jerk baits at 2-5 ft. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: April 14. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 60 and stained. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. around brushy structure and fish habitat buoys. Walleye slow to fair on chartreuse jigs at the dam in the morning and last hour of daylight in evening. All other fishing slow. Boat ramps are hard to use due to lake level but are still open. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County

Pine Creek: April 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow water. Catfish good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: April 15. White bass excellent on white twist tail grubs up Big San Bois Creek all the way to Iron Bridge. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. up Big San Bois Creek, Hawthorn pits and Highway 9 port. Bass good on jigs along grass beds and on plugs around points. Catfish fair on cut bait on juglines, trotlines and rod-and-reel along flats close to river and creek channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: April 13. Elevation normal, water 64 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits at 2-4 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: April 13. Elevation 6 1/3 ft. below normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on buck tail jigs with trailers and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. around the points. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and cut shad at 10-20 ft. from East Burns Run to Fobb Bottom. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Washita River to Catfish Bay and around the cleaning docks and Sanders Island View on Red River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in Widowmoore, Kansas and Rock creeks and the south and north dikes. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: April 13. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on 12-inch black plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with live sunfish, goldfish and cut bait. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

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Ellsworth: April 13. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs over structure. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Fort Cobb: April 13. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 56 and stained. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs near structure. Catfish slow on cut bait off windy points. Saugeye slow on rattletraps and live bait. White bass and striped bass hybrids slow on swim baits, shrimp and crawfish tails off windy points. Reports submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Foss: April 16. Elevation 14 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on live bait. Walleye fair on live bait and jigs. Crappie slow on Bobby Garland jigs around the marina. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Lawtonka: April 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie and white bass fair to good on minnows and jigs off the dam. Catfish fair to good on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: April 14. Elevation 14 ft. below normal, water 52 and murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. near structure. Saugeye fair on minnows at 6 ft. near rocks. The boat ramp in the state park is still open. Use extreme caution while boating. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: April 13. Elevation below normal, water 54 and murky. Striped bass hybrids good on minnows and crankbaits along the dam and riprap. Catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. along riprap. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.