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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: March 28, 2013

Here is this week’s fishing report as compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
CENTRAL
Arcadia: March 24. Elevation normal. Channel catfish slow to fair various baits. Crappie slow on jigs off docks. Report by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Arcadia: March 26. Elevation normal, water 46 and murky. All fishing fair. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: March 25. Elevation below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits. White bass and crappie slow on chartreuse and red jigs at 20 ft. around the dam. Channel catfish slow on shad. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Overholser: March 25. Elevation below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on chicken liver and night crawlers. Crappie slow to fair on jigs off the fishing dock on warm days. Catfish fair on stinkbait off the fishing dock. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: March 24. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 8-10 ft. around structure. Bass fair on spinnerbaits around structure. Report by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: March 26. Elevation below normal, water 49 and muddy. Bass good on crankbaits at 6-10 ft. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: March 26. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water upper 40s to low 50s and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Chandler: March 26. Elevation below normal, water 50 and muddy. Bass fair on crankbaits and jigs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Ft. Gibson: March 25. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 51 and clear. White bass are staging for their spawning run in the Chouteau Bend area of the main river. Paddlefish slow in the Chouteau Bend area of the main river. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: February 24. Elevation normal, water 50. Largemouth bass good on swim baits and jerk baits at 15-25 ft. off main lake points. Crappie good on minnows and green jigs at 10-15 ft. around structure at night. Paddlefish excellent from Grey’s Ranch up river to Miami Park. Catfish excellent drifting or on juglines baited with cut shad at 20-30 ft. White bass fair on small crankbaits and jigs up creeks and streams. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Hudson: March 25. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass very good on crankbaits, jigs, swim minnow type baits and plastic baits. White bass fair to good on small lures and jigs in the upper end near Pensacola Dam and mouths of creeks leading into the lake. Paddlefish fair, the run has not started yet. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: March 24. Elevation normal, water 45. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around Sarge Creek. Largemouth and spotted bass good on the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Lower Illinois: March 25. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass good on minnows at 2 ft. in coves and weed beds. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on 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 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the deep branch. 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 24. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water upper 40s to lower 50s and clear. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on worms and shad at 10-15 ft. on flats. White bass fair on jigs in the river above the lake. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Sooner: March 26. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on slabs and live shad in the lake and fair on topwater lures, sassy shad and ghost minnows in the discharge. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait around points and channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller: March 25. Elevation slightly above normal, water 50 and stained. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on most types of shallow lures in shallow cover. White bass fair trolling deep running lures from mid lake to the upper end. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: March 24. Elevation 14 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Walleye slow on jigs and crankbaits along the dam after sundown. Channel catfish good on shad in the river channel near Canadian Campground. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: March 25. Elevation 1 ft. below normal. Crappie fair jigging at the intake and riprap at the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: March 23. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 58. Fish are still on the move from deep water to shallow water. Crappie slow around docks and fair on swim jigs at 10-12 ft. White bass are scattered and best up the creek in the shallows under the gulls and terns. Bass slow on crankbaits and jerk baits and fair on jigs and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: March 25. Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Trout good on orange, rainbow and pink Power Bait around current in larger pools. Fly fishing good on midges, woolly buggers, caddis flies and emergers below the falls and around riffles. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on small crankbaits and soft plastic baits around structure in large pools. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and chicken liver in larger pools around current and brush. Approximately 2,000 rainbow trout stocked on March 18. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: March 25. Elevation near normal, water low 30s. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on plastic baits, jerk baits and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in deeper water around structure. Walleye good on jigs and rogues in the upper end of the lake and mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: March 24. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits along rocky areas. White bass fair on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish good on shad along flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. below docks and along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: March 24. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 52. Largemouth bass and crappie fair on minnows along the river channels and drop-offs. White bass fair trolling crankbaits in the upper river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: March 25. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. along the cattails and points. 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: March 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.
McGee Creek: March 24. Elevation 5 2/3 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth bass fair 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 24. Elevation below normal, water 47 and clear. Bass fair on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows at the back of creek channels. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: March 26. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and in coves up river. White and spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. up Big San Bois Creek and in strip pits; look for improvement with warmer days. 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 22. Elevation normal, water 59. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits, shallow running crankbaits, Slug-Go lures, spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 4-6 ft. White bass fair on jigs. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. Walleye fair to good trolling at 8-12 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: March 24. Elevation 3 1/4 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms, spinnerbaits and large crankbaits at 10-15 ft. in creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad at 10-30 ft. from Alberta Creek to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, cut bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-20 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: March 24. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and 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
Altus-Lugert: March 24. Elevation 26 3/4 ft. below normal and steady. Overall fishing is slowly improving. Walleye and catfish slow near the dam. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Ellsworth: March 24. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around boathouses at Ralph’s Resort. Saugeye fair to good on spinnerbaits off the rocks by the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: March 25. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water low 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water. Walleye good on live bait. Crappie slow on live bait. Catfish good on live bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Ft. Cobb: March 26. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 53 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad around windy points. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Lawtonka: March 24. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Tom Steed: March 25. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water 48 and murky. Crappie slow on minnows at 15 ft. near the dam and brush piles. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: March 25. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids excellent on plastic white flukes at 3-4 ft. along the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and punch bait. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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