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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: January 31, 2013
Jarret Cofer of Norman with a nice trout from Oklahoma's newest winter trout fishery in Medicine Park.
Jarret Cofer of Norman with a nice trout from Oklahoma's newest winter trout fishery in Medicine Park.

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

NORTHEAST
Ft. Gibson: January 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Catfish good on juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish and drifting the main river channel and open flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. around docks. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and Sink-O worms at all depths around structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand: January 27. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastics and jigs but should pickup with warmer weather. Crappie good on Fle Fly jigs in black and chartreuse around brush piles in the Neosho River. White bass good on bottom up the Neosho and Spring rivers. Blue catfish excellent on cut shad at 75 ft. on deep ledges in the main river channel. Paddlefish excellent from Patricia Island all the way to the mouth of Elk River; stay in the main river channel and you will find them. Report submitted by Rusty Pritchard, Pritchard’s Guide Service.

Greenleaf: January 29. Bass good on square bill spinnerbaits and jigs. Crappie good around brush piles. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.

Hudson: January 30. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the Hwy 20 bridge, around heated docks and brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Kaw: January 28. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 44. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around Sarge Creek towers. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.

Keystone: January 29. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 46. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Catfish good on cut bait near channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks and brush piles. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: January 28. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stinkbait at 1-3 ft. around coves and bridges. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at 1-5 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. at the mouth of the river. Trout good fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: January 27. Elevation 4 1/4 ft. below normal, water low to mid 40s and clear. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on worms and shad at 10-15 ft. on flats. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Pawhuska: January 30. Trout good on Super Dupers and Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: January 29. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on ghost minnows, topwater lures and sassy shad in the discharge early and late. Catfish fair on cut and live bait around points. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: January 28. Elevation 10 1/4 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastic baits. Sunfish fair on night crawlers at 15-20 ft. around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.

Webbers Falls: January 29. Bass good on spinnerbaits, square bill crankbaits and jigs with trailers. Catfish good in channels and bends. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.

NORTHWEST

Canton: January 26. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait near Big Bend. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: January 28. Elevation 3 ft. below normal. White bass fair on jigs along the dam and intake. Crappie fair on jigs along the dam and the intake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

Watonga: January 28. Stocked 710 lbs. of trout on January 17. Report submitted by Jody Laubhan, Byron State Fish Hatchery/Northwest Region

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: January 26. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 45 and clear. Crappie slow around docks and fair on minnows and jigging spoons at 55-60 ft. on mid-lake knolls and drop-offs. White bass being caught on drop-offs in mid-lake and in coves where gulls are working. Bass being caught on jerk baits, crankbaits and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: January 28. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Trout good on salmon eggs, in-line spinnerbaits and mealworms around structure in current. Channel catfish good on blood bait, stinkbait and liver in deeper holes around slow current. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: January 28. Elevation 9-10 ft. below normal, water 50. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair to good on jerk baits and crankbaits around structure and points. Walleye good on rogues, rattletraps and 5-inch twirl-tail grubs with 1/4 ounce jig heads in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: January 27. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair on shad on the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: January 27. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 48. Blue catfish fair on trotlines baited with shad. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: January 28. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 42 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 8-10 ft. around points and fair on jigs and jigging spoons at 15-20 ft. along creek channels. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: January 27. Blue Zone rainbows are attacking soft plastic baits, and small browns are biting dry flies near the spillway. Fishing activity is up but there is still plenty of room for new anglers. Report submitted by Jesse King, Three Rivers Fly Shop.

Lower Mountain Fork River: January 25. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 2,210 rainbow trout. An additional 2, 600 10-inch rainbow trout were stocked in Zone II. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries supervisor.

McGee Creek: January 27. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water 48 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 cedar brush piles in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: January 27. Elevation below normal, water clear. Boat ramps have been reopened. Bass good on jerk baits. Crappie good on jigs. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robber’s Cave State Park: January 25. Stocked 385 lbs., approximately 644 rainbow trout. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries supervisor.

Texoma: January 27. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on slow moving crankbaits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. in creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to Johnson Creek. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. in upper creeks. Sunfish fair on tube jigs and worms at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: January 27. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on black plastic worms with white tail tip and fair on silver crankbaits. Crappie fair to good on minnows and fair on white/pink tail grubs at 15-20 ft. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: January 27. Elevation 26 3/4 ft. below normal and rising. Catfish, crappie, walleye and striped bass hybrids fair. Report submitted by J. D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Harmon County.

Ellsworth: January 27. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie slow to fair on minnows around the boathouse at Ralph’s Resort. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Foss: January 28. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water low 50s and clear. The main ramp is still open. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water near the marina. Walleye fair to good on jigs around docks. Crappie slow to fair around the marina. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Medicine Creek Park: January 23. Trout fair on Gulp Power Bait, in-line spinnerbaits and flies and good on Super Dupers and small minnows using light line and ultra-light pole. Report submitted by Larry Cofer, southwest region supervisor.

Waurika: January 28. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish good on fresh shad at 25-30 ft. near the dam. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson 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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