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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: March 1, 2013

Here is this week’s fishing report as compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
CENTRAL
Arcadia: February 25. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water semi-clear. Channel catfish good on dough bait at 15 ft. around the northeast cove in mornings. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. around south enclosed docks at midday. Report by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.
Hefner: February 26. Elevation below normal and rising, water 44-47 and murky to muddy. White bass fair on grubs and gay blades at 2-5 ft. at the dam and water intake. Striped bass hybrids fair on jigs and grubs at 2-5 ft. at the dam and water intake. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and punch bait at the dam and water intake. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and grubs at 15-25 ft. at the dam. Walleye fair on grubs and gay blades at 2-5 ft. at the dam and water intake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
NORTHEAST
Eucha: February 26. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 42 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 16-18 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits at 18-20 ft. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: February 22. Elevation normal, water clear. Catfish good on juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish on a Carolina rig and drifting the main channel. Paddlefish good in the main channel and deep holes around the Mission Bend and Mazie Landing area. White bass good on small whole shad on Carolina rigs on bottom in the main channel around the Mission Bend area. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. around boat docks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Greenleaf: February 26. Bass good on jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on 1/32 ounce jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
Hudson: February 20. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush pile areas. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: February 25. Elevation normal, water 46. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around Sarge Creek. Blue catfish fair on juglines. Channel catfish good on fresh cut shad north on the Arkansas River. Largemouth and spotted bass good on white spinnerbaits on the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: February 26. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 45. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. White bass fair. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: February 25. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 2-3 ft. along coves and bridges. White bass slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. Trout excellent on flies on 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: February 24. Elevation 4 1/4 ft. below normal, water mid to upper 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.
Spavinaw: February 26.Elevation slightly above normal, water 42. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: February 25. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastics, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
Webbers Falls: February 26. Bass fair to good on jigs with trailers and crankbaits along the riprap. Catfish good on cut shad on the river. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
NORTHWEST
Canton: February 25. Elevation 16.5 ft. below normal, water clear. There are no useable boat ramps on the lake at this time. Channel catfish good on shad in the river channel near Canadian Campground. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: February 23.Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear to stained in the upper creek arms. Crappie good around docks in early morning and being caught on chartreuse/brown jigs and CC Spoons while moving from deep water; use of locators important in locating movement. White bass are also on the move; they can be in 30-40 ft. along creek channel bends or at 5 ft. chasing shad; gulls are a clue they are in the shallows. Bass being caught on crankbaits, jerk baits, Alabama rigs and jigs at 5-20 ft. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: February 26. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Trout good on green and rainbow Power Bait below the falls in slack water and good on inline spinnerbaits and jigs in current below falls and around structure. Fly fishing good on caddis flies, zebra nymphs, woolly buggers and egg patterns near slow current or riffles. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, minnows and night crawlers around structure in deeper pools. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics and jerk baits fished slowly in deeper pools around structure in current. Approximately 2,000 rainbow trout were stocked on 2/25/2013. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: February 24. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water low 50s. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on jigs, plastic baits and sinking jerk baits in deeper water. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait in deeper water. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in schools in open water. Walleye are in full spawn and excellent on jerk baits, shallow diving crankbaits, rogues, Long A lures and grubs with 1/4 ounce jig heads in shallower water in the upper end of the lake, along points with rocky outcroppings, mouths of creeks and the head of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: February 24. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits around rocky deeper areas. Blue catfish fair on shad along the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below docks with brush and riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: February 24. Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel. Catfish fair on trot lines baited with cut bait and live bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: February 24. Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. along the edge of the cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: February 24. Fishing has been great. In addition to midges and blue-winged olive mayflies, March Browns and tan caddis flies are beginning to take trout throughout the river. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Lower Mountain Fork: February 26. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 2,540 rainbow trout. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast regional office.
McGee Creek: February 24. Elevation 10 2/3 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic baits and jig-and-pig combinations at 15-30 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: February 24. Elevation below normal, water clear. Boat ramps have been reopened. Bass good on most jerk baits. Crappie good on jigs. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robber’s Cave State Park: February 26. Stocked 385 lbs., approximately 618 rainbow trout. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast regional office.
Robert S. Kerr: February 26. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and in coves up river. Spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair up Big San Bois Creek around deeper submerged brush. As water clears from recent rains look, for improvement. White bass and striped bass fair on minnows and shad crankbaits upriver 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.
Sardis Lake: February 22. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on shad and dead minnows at 8-14 ft. White bass fair on jigs and live minnows at 10-14 ft. Walleye fair trolling and on jigs at 8-9 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: February 24. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 15-20 ft. in creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad at 20-40 ft. from Platter Flats to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and stinkbait at 15-30 ft. from Johnson Creek to Burns Run. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around underwater brush piles. Sunfish fair to good on worms and tiny tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: February 24. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on silver deep diving crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white grubs at 10-12 ft. around brushy cover. 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: February 24. Elevation 27 ft. below normal and steady. Quartz Mountain Nature Park and Lake Altus-Lugert have had another fish kill as a result of a Golden Algae bloom. Golden Algae blooms are not a public health threat; healthy fish are safe to eat. Overall, fishing is slow. Walleye, striped bass hybrids, crappie and catfish all slow. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Medicine Creek: February 26.Water 45. Trout slow on salmon eggs in the Bath Lake area to Gondola Dam and fair on minnows, salmon eggs, orange and yellow floating Power Baits, Super Dupers and small white inline spinnerbaits on the south end towards the Hwy 49 Bridge. There will a trout festival with more trout stocked this weekend, March 1-3. Report submitted by Jimmy Miller with Gone Fishin’.
Waurika: February 25. Elevation 11 ft. below normal. Water murky. Channel catfish fair on punch bait and chicken liver in flooded timber. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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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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