Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Oklahoma Fishing Report

CENTRAL

Arcadia: August 7. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water muddy. Largemouth bass good on
Connor Brady caught this nice
 bass on August 3 at Lake Eufaula
topwater lures near flooded vegetation in the early mornings. Striped bass hybrids fair drifting and trolling shad or shad-like lures along the dam. Catfish fair on stinkbait after dark. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Arcadia: August 6. Elevation above normal, water 85 and murky. Largemouth bass slow to fair on crankbaits. White bass slow to fair on spoons and crankbaits at various depths late evening. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair drifting shad and spoons at 8-12 ft. Channel and blue catfish slow to fair on stinkbait, shad and blood bait deep along windy shorelines early and late. Crappie slow to fair on jigs, worms and minnows at 8-12 ft. around docks and structure early and late. Sunfish slow to fair on worms and jigs at 2-4 ft. along shorelines and docks. Carp slow to fair on stinkbait and dough bait. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.

Hefner: August 6. Elevation above normal and dropping, water 80-85 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits at 2-8 ft. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on lipless baits and minnows at 4-8 ft. along windy points and docks. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait at 20-30 ft. along the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: July 29. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water murky. Catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait bait below the dam after dark. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Wes Watkins: August 4. Elevation normal, water 86 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows in standing timber early morning. White bass fair trolling the main lake. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: August 4. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 85 and muddy. Channel catfish good to excellent on cut bait at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Carl Blackwell: August 5. Elevation 3-4 ft. below normal, water 79-81 and clear to stained. Largemouth bass are taking advantage of the heavy shad hatch and abundance of crawfish. The best results are coming from fishermen whom mimic either of these food sources, using soft plastic swim baits of soft plastic creature baits, as for hard baits fishermen using spinnerbaits, crankbaits in the daylight hours and a transition from topwater baits in the early mornings and then late afternoons. Focusing on areas of flooded grasses and wooded structures as well as rocky banks and drop-offs that attract crawfish and smaller bait fish. Crappie fair on jigs in dark bodied colors with florescent colored tails or heads, live shiners and fathead minnows at 9-13 ft. very productive during mid-day. Channel catfish excellent along all rocky riprap structure. The best results are coming in the early mornings and into the evening's/ overnight fishing with chicken livers, night crawlers, cut bait, shad, and dough baits under a "bobber" or "float" 3 ft. deep. Flathead catfish are still very active; the best baits are large live baits such as large sunfish, large goldfish, large shiners in the 3-5 ft. all along the north shorelines and the dam. Jugline, trotline and limb line fishing is restricted to areas outside of the ski zone boundaries. Large hooks are being straightened out daily with these three methods. Rod-and-reel fishermen should be equipped to handle such large fish if targeting flatheads. Saugeye, striped bass hybrids and white bass are all congregated on the shallow flats of the lake on the edges of the drop-offs. The best results are coming from large live shiners and vertically jigging spoons. Also trolling crankbaits at just over one mile per hour. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside store.

Copan: August 5. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, chicken liver and worms below the dam and fair on juglines baited with sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: August 6. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 82 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: August 7. Elevation 4 ft. above normal and falling, water 85 and murky. Catfish good on whole shad and drifting the main channel using a Carolina rig and below the dam. White bass fair on white spinnerbaits around banks while wading. Largemouth bass good on 10 Tequila Sunrise Finesse worm at 5-15 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: August 4. Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 10-25 ft. depending on the time of day. White bass good on spoons and jigs anywhere you can find schooling shad. Catfish good on fresh cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Hudson: August 5. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water dingy. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits and stick baits early and late and on buzz baits and spinnerbaits along weed beds. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad and cut bait. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: July 29. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. near Skull Creek around brush piles. Blue and flathead catfish good on cut bait and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: August 5. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81. Channel catfish slow on rod-and-reel with stinkbait and cut shad. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with fresh cut bait at 6-8 ft. in the north part of the lake. Striped bass slow below the dam and in the lake. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant Counties.

Keystone: August 6. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 83. Catfish good on cut bait at 30-40 ft. White bass and striped bass fair trolling. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: August 5. Elevation normal with occasional water releases, water upper 60s and clear. Fishing is good all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and small striped bass good on white jigs and curly tail grubs at the mouth and the dam. Sauger being caught on minnows and jigs in deep holes. Trout good on Power Bait and rooster tails at the dam and Watts area in deeper holes and on Rapalas as the river begins to flow. Fly fishing good on wooly buggers being stripped and dry flies early in the morning, especially in the Watts Area. Nymph fishing in deeper holes is doing well when the sun gets up. Fly fishing becomes difficult as the water swiftness increases, with some fish being caught in eddies. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
 
Skiatook: August 6. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure. Reported submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Spavinaw: August 6. Elevation slightly below normal, water 82 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around boat houses. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

 
Tenkiller: August 5. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on topwater lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits early morning. Catfish fair on juglines and flip-flops baited with cut bait at 30-50 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.

NORTHWEST

Canton: August 3. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish excellent on grasshoppers. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on trolling crankbaits and drifting slabs. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers and trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: August 3. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 83 and clear to stained. Crappie good on minnows and white/chartreuse jigs around docks early morning and good on 1/8 ounce jigs in chartreuse at 30 ft. around brush piles. White bass being caught on small crankbaits in shad patterns or roadrunners with pearl wiggle tail. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits in shad patterns and creature baits in green pumpkin and fair on Carolina rigs at 20 ft. Channel catfish being caught on dough baits, cut baits and grasshoppers. Sunfish good on fly-rods popping bugs and black gnat flies in shaded areas late evening. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: August 5. Elevation normal, water 84 and murky. Channel catfish good on night crawlers, stinkbait and chicken liver around current in large pools; better in late evening. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastic baits, small crankbaits and topwater lures around waterfalls and structure in larger pools. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in larger pools at night. Sunfish excellent on crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms in slack water areas. Report Submitted by Matt Gamble, fisheries biologist, Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: August 5. Water upper 80s. Largemouth bass good on Zara Spooks and poppers around points and islands early and late, on white or shad colored crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around points and humps, on Carolina rigs, creature baits, finesse worms in water melon seed and green pumpkin colors and on peanut butter and jelly jigs at 5-20 ft. and around walls and points and in the Sand Springs bend and south lake near the spillway and the dam. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in creeks and brush piles. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: August 4. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair around points and timber. White bass good surfacing in open water early and late, around points and under bridges. Blue catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait around rocks and in creek channels. Crappie fair under bridges and around standing timber. Report submitted by David Robertson, game warden stationed in McIntosh and Okmulgee counties.

Hugo: August 5. Elevation normal, water 84. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and sunfish and fair on cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: August 5. Elevation normal, water 89 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures at 8-10 ft. in schooling bass in coves and weed beds early and late. Channel catfish good on cut shad at 5-10 ft. in south cove. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: August 4. The trout stocking dates have been changed. We understand that the hatchery will stock every three weeks which began on July 4. Therefore, the next stocking date is to be July 25 and then every three weeks thereafter. Fly fishing patterns would include olive and brown hoppers size 10 and 12, stimulators, light cahills or PMD's also in size 12-14. Pheasant tail with flashback, size 18-20. Small midges size 20-22 in red, brown, copper. Also try crayfish patterns, streamers and ants. The hexagenias should be working in early evening in the Evening Hole area. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: July 28. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures and rattling crank baits at 2-10ft. and fair to good on shad colored topwater baits and buzz baits on schooling fish in open water and around rock ledges early and late. Crappie fair to good on minnows over cedar trees off creek channels. White bass is fair to good on crankbaits at 28-35 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: August 6. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on soft plastic baits and jerk baits early morning, late evening and at night. Channel catfish slow to fair on chicken liver , worms and stinkbait at 3-4 ft. Crappie slow to fair at 10 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: August 4. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie good on jigs around tops. Catfish fair on punch bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: August 6. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around river also good in cutoffs in river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up Canadian River, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fishing fair in deeper submerged brush locations. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Flathead catfish good up river or in coves on live bait on trotlines. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: August 1. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 85 and dingy. Channel catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Flathead catfish good on live sunfish. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: August 4. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on surface lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-20 ft. Striped and white bass good on surface lures, live bait and sassy shad at 10-25 ft. from Burns Run to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Platter Flats and Sanders Island View on Red River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish good on shrimp, worms and grasshoppers at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: August 4. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on black 12-inch worms and white tips or watermelon spinnerbaits and crankbaits and on Zara Spooks early and late. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white/blue, pink jigs at 10-15 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish excellent on rod-and-reel baited with live shad and best with night crawlers, sunfish and goldfish and on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and dead minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Ellsworth: August 4. Elevation normal, water muddy. Catfish good on cut bait and punch bait. Saugeye fair trolling along the dam and around islands. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Lawtonka: August 4. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish fair to good on punch bait and cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Waurika: August 5. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish good on shad and punch bait around Corum Bridge and submerged timber. Striped bass hybrids good on sassy shad and rattletraps at 15-20 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair on 4-inch white curly tail grubs jigged along the dam. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden assigned to Jefferson County.