Weekly Regional Oklahoma Fishing Reports – 5/28/2008

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Central
Arcadia: May 26. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastics. Channel catfish good on cut baits around rocky points. Crappie good on minnows at 10-12 ft. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Draper: May 26. Elevation 1  1/2 ft. above normal and clear. All fishing slow.  Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Hefner: May 27. Elevation above normal, water 78 and murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, White bass good on 2 in. grubs. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Overholser: May 27. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits. White bass good on 2 in. white grubs. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Thunderbird: May 26. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Saugeye good on jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits off windy points early and late day. Crappie slowing down now to fair on minnows on structure at 3-6 ft. White bass good on jigs, minnows, and medium-diving crankbaits trolling or casting off points and humps.  Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins:  No report submitted this week.

 

Northeast
Bell Cow: May 25. Elevation normal, water murky. Bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastics. Channel catfish fair on worms. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: May 26. Elevation 1ft. above normal with no gate changes.  Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near submerged structure at 10-15 ft. Channel catfish are good on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Carl Blackwell:  May 26. Elevation normal, water 77 and muddy. Crappie fair on jigs at 8-12 ft. Catfish good on cur bait and worms. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: May 25. Elevation normal, water muddy. Bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastics. Channel catfish slow. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: May 26. Elevation 2 ft. above normal with 1 low flow valve open at 60%. Water murky. Crappie good on minnow and jigs near submerged structure at 10-15 ft. Channel catfish are good on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 18. Elevation slightly above normal, water 70 and murky. Bluegill good on crickets and worms on gravel bars at 2-6 ft.  Crappie fair on jigs and minnows.  Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Catfish fair on jug lines using cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

Ft. Gibson: May 25. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 72 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and salt crawls in flooding trees and grass. White bass good trolling rat-l-traps in open flats and bridges with structure above the dam; good to excellent on minnows and jigs below the dam. Catfish good on cut baits, worms and chicken livers along mud flats and rocky outcrops. Crappie fair on minnows suspended at 10 ft. above the dam; good on minnows below the dam. Paddle fish good below the dam. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand:  Grand-upper end: April 29. Elevation above normal and dropping, water 64 and clearing. Largemouth bass good on dark colored plastic worms shallow along shorelines. White bass and crappie fair to good on minnows, spinnerbaits and jigs with power baits in Elk River. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on brooders, shad and stinkbaits at 30-40 ft. Paddle fish slow, smaller fish are being caught. Report submitted by Sam Williams, Grand Lake Sports Center.

Grand: May 27. Elevation normal, water 70-76 and murky from Horse Creek to above Sailboat Bridge and stained from Horse Creek to the dam. Bass good on crankbaits, Carolina rigs, jigs, topwaters baits and spinnerbaits off main lake and secondary points. Crappie slow with some being caught around brush piles and docks.   Catfish being caught on jug mid-lake and Horse creek area on shad and gold fish. White bass are being caught in Horse Creek on jigging spoons at 12-25 ft.  Report submitted by Littlefield’s Sporting Goods & Greg Lamb’s Guide Service.

Greenleaf: May 27. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms in grass beds. Catfish fair on cut baits and stinkbaits on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the fishing dock and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: No report submitted this week.

Hulah:  May 26. Elevation 3ft. above normal with 2 low flow valves open at 28% and 3 sluice gates open 1/2 feet. Water is murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs near submerged structure at 10-15 ft. Channel catfish are good on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: May 26. Elevation 4 ft. above normal and rising, Water muddy. Channel and blue catfish good on rod and reel, juglines and trolling with shad, stinkbait, worms from Coon Creek north to the state line in the Arkansas River. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: May 20. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and dark colored plastics at 4-8 ft. in flooded cover in coves. Smallmouth bass slow on chartreuse crankbaits, dark jigs and chunkbaits at 8-12 ft. around points. Spotted bass fair on small chrome crankbaits at 6-10 ft. around bluffs and deep coves. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. below the dam and mouths of creeks. Striped bass fair on buck tails, sassy shad and rattle baits at 3-6 ft. below the dam. Channel catfish good on chicken livers and worms at 4-8 ft. in creeks and coves. Blue catfish good on punch baits and cut shad at 5-10 ft. halfway back in coves. Flathead catfish good on punch baits and cut shad at 6-12 ft. around bluffs, riprap and below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and bright colored jigs at 3-10 ft. along spawning banks that are gravel with rocky areas. Report submitted by Woody’s Bait and Tackle.

Lower Illinois: No report submitted this week.

Oologah: May 26. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 70 and muddy. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits in Spencer and Blue creeks at 10 ft.. Channel catfish fair on worms along rocky banks at 5-10 ft. White bass fair on white and yellow jigs below the dam. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad below the dam.  Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Pawhuska Lake: No report submitted this week.

Skiatook: May 27. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 70 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on white spinnerbaits and crankbaits at the lower end of the lake. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair drifting live shad in the main body of the lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in riprap. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County. For more information about Skiatook Lake.

Sooner: May 25. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs off Highways 177 and 15. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw:  May 18. Elevation slightly above normal, water 68 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area.  Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Catfish fair on jug lines using cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

Tenkiller:  May 19. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 72 and clearing. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair in shallow water of soft bass jigs or spinnerbaits.  Crappie slow with some action on gravel points at 4-8 ft. Catfish slow with some action on juglines with shad for bait. Sunfish fair around docks or gravel banks with worms.  Report by Monte Brooks Cookson Village Resort. For more information about  Lake Tenkiller.

Webbers Falls: May 27. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in creek channels and riprap. Catfish fair on cut baits. Crappie fair on minnows around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Northwest
Canton: May 26. Elevation normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow water. Walleye good in upper end of lake on shallow running crankbaits. Channel catfish good along dam on stink bait and live bait. White bass and striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits and drifting slabs.  Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: May 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good on jigs and minnows along the jetties in the shallows. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Great Salt Plains:  High temperatures and prolonged drought during the summer of 2006 resulted in a significant fish kill. Fisheries personnel has stocked catfish into the lake. The catfish should grow to catchable size by this summer or next, if water levels are favorable. The Wildlife Department is going to monitor fish populations in the lake very closely over the next few years and make management decisions to ensure this fishery is as healthy as it can be. This report will be updated as conditions change.
Southeast
Arbuckle: May 26. Elevation normal, water 73 and clear. Crappie are biting at 18-24 ft. around brush piles. White bass are off most main lake points. Bass hitting lizards, spinnerbaits and crankbaits near shore. Channel catfish good in baited holes.  Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 28. Elevation slightly above normal, water 73 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on minnows and flies. Channel catfish fair to good on liver and worms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow:  May 25. Water clear. Largemouth  and smallmouth bass good on soft plastics at 4-5 ft. Catfish being caught on juglines and trotlines with cut bait and shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure at the upper end and mouth of creeks. Walleye slowing but still being caught on fire tiger crankbaits and soft plastics around points and rocky ledges. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 25. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits flipping the brush. White bass good on jigs at 6-10 ft. in riprap at bridges. Blue catfish fair on shad at 6-10 ft. on flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-15 ft. in brush under the boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 26. Elevation normal and water 66. Largemouth bass and crappie good on minnows along the river channel and in brush piles. Catfish fair to good on trotlines with cut shad and green sunfish for bait. Crappie and blue catfish good to very good in the tailwaters Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: May 25. Elevation normal, water 79 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms at 3-6 ft. in weed beds. Channel catfish good on shad and stinkbaits at 5-8 ft. in coves. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork River: May 29.  Trout fair on a brightly colored streamer, while the other was using mostly small emergers. Report submitted by Beavers Bend Fly Shop.

McGee Creek: May 26. Elevation 1 1/3 ft above normal, water 73 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic craws and crawfish colored crankbaits at 4-5 ft. right against the bank. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-18 ft. over cedar brush. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 28. Water 74. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, worms, minnows and jerk baits. White bass fair on minnows, jigs and crankbaits. Channel catfish good on worms, stinkbaits, shrimp and liver. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Walleye fair on minnows, jigs and crankbaits. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 26. Elevation normal and murky.  Bass good on soft plastics when jigged around flooded timber at 4-8 ft. Crappie good on jigs and minnows. Channel catfish good on night crawlers around the lake as well as the spillway.  Anglers are also catching flathead catfish on minnows at the spillway.  Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 26. Elevation normal, water 76 and murky. Largemouth bass good at 2-6 ft. using plastic baits and spinnerbaits fishing the weed, rock and woody shorelines. Crappie fair at 5-8 ft. using minnows fishing the deeper water just off the spawning areas.White bass fair at 6-8 ft trolling crankbaits and jigs fishing in the Applegate Cove and Short Mountain areas. Blue and flathead catfish good at 3-10 ft. using fresh cut bait and live bait fishing the rocky shorelines. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis Lake: May 26. Elevation slightly above normal. Bass excellent on spinnerbaits in weeds and along banks and plastic worms around points. White bass good trolling crankbaits. Blue catfish good to excellent on juglines and trotlines with cut shad and shrimp. Flathead catfish good to excellent on juglines and trotlines with live bluegill and whole shad. Crappie fair on live minnows around bridges and the tower. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits around the islands. Report submitted by Alan Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 26. Elevation normal, water 73 and clear south and murky to muddy north. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad from Catfish Bay to the south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on deep diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits near the riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, cut baits and worms north of the hwy 70 bridge. Crappie fair to good on minnows around the fish attractors and underwater structures. Sunfish good on worms from the fishing docks. All other fishing is slow. Report submitted by Danny Club, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 26. Elevation 2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. Crappie good with minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish good cut shad and liver. Flathead catfish excellent on sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.      
Southwest
Altus-Lugert: May 26. Elevation 2 ft. below normal and steady. Crappie good to very good. Walleye good to very good though they tend to be small. Striped bass hybrids good but also many are small. White bass have slowed to fair. Blue catfish fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.

Ellsworth: May 25. Elevation above normal and murky. Crappie fair at Ralph’s Resort on minnows. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County

Foss: May 26. Elevation normal, water 70 and clear. Gates closed. The holiday weekend slowed fishing with many boaters on the water. Walleye and striped hybrid bass fair. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair.   Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Cobb: May 26. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Catfish slow to fair on juglines and cut bait. Saugeye slow to fair drifting night crawlers or trolling crankbaits. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on shad. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County

Lawtonka: May 25. Elevation above normal and clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: May 26.  Elevation normal, water 65 and murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows near the old highway. Catfish fair all over lake. Crappie fair on minnows in creeks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: May 25. Elevation normal, water 68 and murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on jigs and shad. Blue catfish fair on jigs and shad and on juglines with cut baits and live shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at Wichita Ridge, Chisholm, and the marina boat ramps. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.