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This week's fishing report

by Ed Godfrey Published: March 28, 2012
Justin Franks of Durant caught this 3.2-pound white bass March 22 on a spinning rod at Lake Texoma. It is a new lake record.
Justin Franks of Durant caught this 3.2-pound white bass March 22 on a spinning rod at Lake Texoma. It is a new lake record.

Here is this week’s fishing report compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

CENTRAL

Arcadia: March 23. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on cut bait off bottom along northeast banks in the evenings. Crappie starting to move in. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.

Arcadia: March 25. All fishing is starting to pick up. Catfish good on liver along flats and secondary points. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: March 26. Elevation normal and rising, water 56-60 and murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits and worms at 4-15 ft. White bass good on grubs and lipless baits at 6-20 ft. along shallow shorelines and the inlet. Channel catfish good on cut bait at 8-12 ft. in inlet area. Blue catfish good on cut bait at 10-20 ft. in the inlet area. Crappie good on jigs at 2-10 ft. around docks and the dam. Walleye excellent on grubs and sassy shad at 2-8 ft. along rocky banks and the inlet. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: March 26. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the floating dock in the evening and at night. Catfish slow on worms, shad and stinkbait all around the lake. Striped bass hybrids fair on jigs in front of the dam in the evening. Report by David Rempe, game warden in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Thunderbird: March 25. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water muddy. Crappie fair on small minnows and small jigs at 8-10 ft. off the dam, Willow Creek cove and Little Axe boat ramp. White bass have moved up little river with the rain this past week and are being caught on jigs. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: March 26. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 58 and murky. Northwest boat ramp still closed due to low water. Largemouth bass fair. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver at 12 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 7 1/2 ft. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: March 27. Elevation below normal, water 58 and clear. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: March 26. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 55 and stained. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Crappie good on minnows and jigs over structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: March 26. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 62 and muddy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Saugeye good around riprap and rocky points. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Copan: March 25. Elevation 7 ft. above normal, water clearing. Boaters should use caution because of increased amount of debris due to high water levels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. from boats around the lake and on jigs from the new fishing dock at Copan Point. Channel catfish good near and around flooded grassy areas like the Copan Point loop and on the rocks. Blue catfish and fair number of blue catfish being caught near and around flooded grassy areas like Copan Point loop and on the rocks around Washington Cove. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Ft. Gibson: March 27. Elevation 18 ft. above normal, water 64 and muddy. One boat ramp is open at Chouteau Bend. White bass good on white grubs and swim baits on bottom in feeder creeks. Catfish good on shad and cut bait. Paddlefish being caught below both dam at Markham Ferry, Ft. Gibson and the low water areas. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: March 26. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 58. Bass fair on worms and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. around points. White bass fair up streams and creeks. Crappie fair at 5-10 ft. Paddlefish good up the Neosho River. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Hudson: March 26. Elevation 11 ft. above normal. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait in flooded areas. Paddlefish good on the upper end of the lake near the Pensacola dam. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: March 25. Elevation 10 ft. above normal, water murky. Boaters should use caution because of increased amount of debris due to high water levels. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. Catfish slow on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: March 26. Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water 60s. Generating below Kaw dam all week. White bass excellent on small jigs in Beaver Creek and old Vickory Crossing and excellent on shad, jigs and small crankbaits below Kaw dam. Blue catfish good to excellent on cut shad at 2-5 ft. in the upper end. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: March 27. Elevation 4 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. and at the mouths of feeder creeks. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: March 26. Elevation normal, water 44 and murky. Largemouth bass fair at 3 ft. in coves. White bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits at 3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie good on jigs and spinnerbaits at 2-3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: March 25. Elevation 8 ft. above normal and rising slowly, water upper 50s and muddy on the north end and murky on the south end. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad at 10 ft. in the upper end of the lake near the mouth of the river. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. around flooded willows. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits at 3-5 ft. around flooded trees and brush. White bass fair on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: March 27. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water low to mid 50s murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along rocky shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: March 27. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait by the dam at the north end. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: March 26. Elevation 10 ft. above normal, water murky in the upper end and clear towards the lower end. Catfish good on cut baits and flip-flops at 15-20 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers around docks. Bass fair on spinnerbaits, soft plastics and crankbaits in flooded brush. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

NORTHWEST

Canton: March 24. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water clear. Walleye and white bass fair on jigs and crankbaits along the dam after sundown. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: March 26. Elevation normal. White bass good on jigs all over the lake. Crappie good on jigs all over the lake. Walleye fair to good on roadrunners and spinnerbaits all over the lake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: March 24. Elevation 5-inches above normal, water 61 and stained. Crappie good starting to move to shallows. Crappie and bluegill good dock fishing. White bass being caught on rattletraps and wiggle-tailed jigs at 12 ft.; they are using the coves to spawn. Bass being caught on jerk baits, crankbaits, shaky heads and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: March 26. Elevation slightly above normal. Bass good along structure. White bass being caught on yellow and white roadrunners and yellow and white grubs, they are in full run in the upper end of the Mt. Fork, all creeks and feeder creeks on the lake. Crappie good at 3-5 ft. in the willows and structure along the banks and mouths of creeks. Walleye fair on rogues and witches brew grubs in the upper end. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: March 25. Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water 52 and clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits flipping the flooded brush. White bass good on minnows, jigs and small spinnerbaits up feeder creeks. Blue catfish good on various baits in creeks and rivers. Crappie fair on minnows at 4-10 ft. in feeder creeks and riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: March 25. Elevation 13 ft. above normal, water 53. Lake access limited. Catfish good on cut bait and shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

Konawa: March 25. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 64 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Carolina rigs and plastic worms at 4-8 ft. in weed beds and cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mt. Fork: March 25. Water flow 100 c.f.s. above Powerhouse, visibility 3 ft., water 58 and clear. Big rainbows and browns have been caught this week on March Brown Dry flies on smooth water High Stick presentation with nymphs in fast water. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: March 25. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. above normal, water 56 and clear to murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits at 1-6 ft. Crappie fair at 8-20 ft. around cedar brush just off the main creek channels. Channel and flathead catfish good on juglines and trotlines on live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County

Murray: March 27. Elevation below normal, water 52 and stained. Largemouth bass good. Smallmouth bass good. Channel catfish good. Crappie good. Walleye good. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed Carter County.

Pine Creek: March 25. Elevation above normal and rising, water clear. Bass fair on crankbaits at 15 ft. Crappie excellent on minnows near brush and timber and on chartreuse and orange rooster tails in the shallows. Catfish very good on liver and cut shad near creek channels and flooded timber. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: March 27. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 65 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft baits. White bass fair on spinnerbaits. Catfish good on shad and cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-6 ft. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: March 25. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 60. Largemouth bass good on swim baits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4-9 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on crankbaits and dead minnows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-14 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 8-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: March 25. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 54 and murky in the north and clear in the south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic combination baits at 5-15 ft. around the drop-offs and creek channels. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-25 ft. from Alberta Creek to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 15-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to the north. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors and in the creek channels. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: March 25. Elevation 14 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass good on black 6-inch plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: March 25. Elevation 25 1/2 ft. below normal and rising slowly. Crappie, white bass and walleye being caught off Horsehead. Walleye and white bass being caught on minnows and jigs off the main swim beach and little Hicks. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Ft. Cobb: March 27. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 59 and murky. White bass good on crankbaits and rattletraps at 4-5 ft. in mornings and evenings. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. in the evenings. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Tom Steed: March 26. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 52 and murky. Saugeye fair on chartreuse curly tails near the rocks. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows off windy points. Crappie slow on minnows in the creeks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: March 27. Elevation below normal, water murky to muddy. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on jigs and cut shad. Blue catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut shad and worms at 6-12 ft. along windy shorelines and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along the rocks at Corum and the fishing dock at Wichita Ridge. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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