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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: January 9, 2013
Ahglers fish for trout at Oklahoma's newest winter-time trout fishery, Medicine Creek in Medicine Park near Lake Lawtonka in southwest Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation opened the trout fishery on Jan. 1, putting 760 pounds of rainbow trout in Medicine Creek for the opener. Trout fishing will continue on Medicine Creek through March. Only a state fishing license is needed. Photo by Donny Carter
Ahglers fish for trout at Oklahoma's newest winter-time trout fishery, Medicine Creek in Medicine Park near Lake Lawtonka in southwest Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation opened the trout fishery on Jan. 1, putting 760 pounds of rainbow trout in Medicine Creek for the opener. Trout fishing will continue on Medicine Creek through March. Only a state fishing license is needed. Photo by Donny Carter

CENTRAL
Hefner: January 7. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 45-47 and clear. Largemouth bass slow. Smallmouth bass slow. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on grubs at 18-25 ft. along the dam. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait at 30 ft. around the dam. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 20 ft. along the dam. Walleye slow. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
NORTHEAST
Ft Gibson: January 7. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, and clear. Catfish excellent on jug lines and rod and reel on whole live shad and sunfish in 10-20 ft. on the flats. White bass good on silver spoons around piers under Taylor’s Ferry bridge. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks at 15-25 ft. Special caution to be taken due to low water levels and submerges obstructions. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Hudson: January 7. Elevation normal. Striped bass fair to good on crank baits and plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around boat docks and brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: January 7. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: January 8. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 47. Catfish fair on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows around docks and brush piles. Black bass fair on spinner baits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: January 7. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stick baits at 1-3 ft. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-4 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: January 6. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water lower 40s and clear. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on worms and shad at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Pawhuska: January 8. Trout good on small spinners, Super Dupers and Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: January 7. Sand bass and hybrid bass good on ghost minnows, top water lures and sassy shad at the discharge in the evening and morning. Catfish fair on cut and line bait around points. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller: January 7. Elevation 9 1/3 ft. below normal, water 50-52, clear and steady. Crappie fair on minors or tube jigs around docks at 20-25 ft. Sunfish fair on worm-tipped jigs at 10-15 ft. around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Watonga: January 4. Wildlife Departmenbt stocked 710 lbs. of trout on January 3. Report submitted by Jody Laubhan, Byron State Fish Hatchery/Northwest Region.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: January 6. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water 46 and clear in the lake and stained in upper creek arms. Crappie fair on minnows and white/chartreuse jigs at 25 ft. around brush piles and slow around docks. White bass good on CC spoons along mid-lake knolls and creek channel bends out from the dam. Bass fair on jerk baits, crank baits and drop-shot rigs and fair on Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: January 8. Elevation normal, water 41 and clear. Trout excellent on orange and garlic scented Power Bait, in-line spinners with hook dressing, and power worms. Fly fishing excellent on soft hackle pheasant tails, woolly buggers, San Juan worms, and caddis flies. Smallmouth and spotted bass slow. Channel catfish fair on blood bait in deeper pools around current. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Blue River: January 8. Approximately 2,405 rainbow trout were stocked on January 2 and approximately 4,000 rainbow trout were stocked on January 8. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: January 6. Elevation below normal. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crank baits and black #11 jig-and-pigs, in deeper water around points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Jug and trot lines baited with cut bait fair. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: January 6. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and black bass slow. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad drifting the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks with brush and along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: January 6. Elevation 8 ft. below normal. Boating extremely hazardous. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: January 5. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 44 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crank baits at 8-10 ft. around points and road beds. White bass and hybrid bass fair on minnows and jigs in the discharge canal at 15 ft. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork River: January 6. Try mayfly nymphs in sizes 16, 18 and 20. Size 20 soft hackles in yellow, olive and orange are working in all three zones as well as pink and yellow egg patterns. Report submitted by Jesse King, Three Rivers Fly Shop.
McGee Creek: January 6. Elevation 9 3/4 ft. below normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics and jig-and-pig combinations at 10-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-28 ft. over brush piles in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: January 6. All public boat ramps have been closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. No fishing activity to report due to extremely low water levels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: January 8. Bass fair on crank baits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and up river in coves. Spotted bass excellent up Canadian River, look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie good up Big Sanbio Creek around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass fair on minnows and shad crank baits up river in deeper holes and around rock ledges. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Texoma: January 6. Elevation 5 1/4 ft. below normal, water 58 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on deep diving crank baits and plastic worms at 15-30 ft. around drop-offs. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-30 ft. in river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to the Washita River. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on small tube jigs and worms at 5-10 ft. around fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: January 6. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on black plastic worms and silver crank baits. Crappie fair to good on white tail grubs at 15-20 ft. Catfish fair on jug lines and trotlines baited with cut bait and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Altus-Lugert: January 6. Elevation 27 ft. below normal. Catfish, crappie, walleye and hybrid bass fair. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by J. D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Harmon County.
Ellsworth: January 6. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: January 7. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Hybrid bass good on slabs in deep water. Walleye good around docks on jigs. Catfish fair. Crappie slow. Cold and damp weather has been good for fishing. The main ramp is the only one open at this time. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Lawtonka: January 6. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows off the dam. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Medicine Creek Park: January 7. Trout fair on Power Bait and spinners. Wildlife Department stocked 760 pounds of trout last week.

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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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