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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: March 7, 2013
Billy Lemon of Sand Springs caught this 12.3 pound largemouth bass March 3 that is the new record for Grand Lake. Lemon caught the fish on an Alabama rig in the Duck Creek area of the lake during the Nichols Marine Series Team Tournament.
Billy Lemon of Sand Springs caught this 12.3 pound largemouth bass March 3 that is the new record for Grand Lake. Lemon caught the fish on an Alabama rig in the Duck Creek area of the lake during the Nichols Marine Series Team Tournament.

Here is this week’s fishing report as compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
CENTRAL
Arcadia: March 3. Elevation normal. Channel catfish good on punch bait, stinkbait and liver around points, especially on windy days. Report by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: March 3. Elevation below normal, water 44 and muddy. Bass good on crankbaits at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Eucha: March 5. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 44 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 16-18 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: March 2. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. Catfish good on juglines and drifting at 10-20 ft. along the flats. White bass good on Carolina rigs with whole shad in the holes south of Mission Bend. Paddlefish good in the Mission Bend and Mazie Landing areas in deep holes in the main river. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: February 5. Water 38-40 in the north end and 40-43 in the south end. Paddlefish excellent in the Grey’s Ranch Area and some reports some being caught all the way up to the Conner’s Bridge. Catfish good to excellent on cut shad at10-30 ft. on the north end of the lake around Sailboat Bridge area. Catfish being caught at 40-70 ft. in winter pattern on ledges. Bass good on Alabama rigs, jigs and jerk baits around secondary points in mid-lake to the dam. Report submitted by Rusty Pritchard, Pritchard’s Guide Service.
Hudson: March 4. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits around rocky points and shorelines. Catfish fair on cut bait. Crappie good on small jigs and minnows at 10-18 ft. around brush pile areas and heated docks. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: March 4. Elevation normal, water 59. 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: March 5. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 43. Striped bass good on jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: March 4. Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. along coves and bridges. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-3 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Note: some big trout are left over from the trout tournament. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
Lower Illinois: March 5. Stocked 2,329 rainbow trout. The Corps of Engineers will be doing turbine inspections on Tenkiller Dam during March and April and the turbines will be out of use for 4-6 weeks. Report submitted by Josh Johnston, biologist stationed in the east central region.
Oologah: March 3. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 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.
Pawhuska: March 5. Trout fair on Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Skiatook: March 5. Elevation 12 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastics along rocky shorelines. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: March 4. Striped bass hybrids fair on ghost minnows and sassy shad in the discharge canal and good on cut bait and live bait along the dam. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: March 5. Elevation slightly below normal, water 43 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: March 4. Elevation 5 1/4 below normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, deep diving crankbaits and soft plastic baits near main lake points. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Ft. Supply: March 4. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal. White bass fair on Kastmaster lures and spinnerbaits along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
Watonga: March 1. Stocked 700 lbs. of rainbow trout on March 1. Report submitted by Jody Laubhan, secretary at Byron State Fish Hatchery.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: March 2. Elevation 5 3/4 ft. below normal, water48 and clear in the main lake and stained in the feeder coves and upper end of creeks. Crappie slow around docks early morning; moving from deep water. White bass also on the move, some are in the upper creek arms, gulls and terns will sometimes show you where to fish. Bass slow on crankbaits in shad patterns, jigs, jerk baits and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: March 5. Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. Trout good on rainbow, orange and yellow Power Bait, in-line spinnerbaits with hook dressing and gold spoons. Fly fishing good on egg patterns, green woolly bugger, caddis flies and midges around riffles and current in larger pools and below falls. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, chicken liver and minnows in larger pools around breaks in the current. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on small crankbaits fished slowly in deeper pools around structure. Approximately 2,000 rainbow trout were stocked on March 5. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: March 3. 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: March 3. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits along rocky areas near the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad along the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks with brush and around riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: March 3. 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: March 4. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. along the edge of the cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids 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: March 3. 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.
McGee Creek: March 3. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic bait at 15-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-28 ft. over cedar brush in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: March 3. 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.
Robert S. Kerr: March 5. 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: March 1. Elevation slightly above normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic worms and jerk bait at 5-10 ft. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 10-12 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: March 3. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on large crankbaits, plastic combination baits and spinnerbaits at 10-20 ft. around the river channel drop-offs. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and salt craws at 10-30 ft. from Burns Run to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, stinkbait and cut shad at 10-30 ft. from Johnson Creek to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. in underwater brush and fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: March 3. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and 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 dead minnows at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Ellsworth: March 3. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie slow to fair on minnows around boathouses at Ralph’s Resort. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: March 4. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water lower 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water. Walleye good on live bait and small jigs near the shore. Crappie fair on live bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Lawtonka: March 3. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs. Catfish good on cut bait at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Medicine Creek: March 4. Trout good on minnows, Super Dupers and small in-line spinnerbaits all through Medicine Creek and fair on Power Bait and salmon eggs. Report submitted by Jimmy Miller with Gone Fishin’.
Tom Steed: March 4. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water 45 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows at 15-20 ft. near the dam. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
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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