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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: May 30, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: May 28. Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Channel and blue catfish fair on stinkbait and cut bait off points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the floating dock and submerged timber. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Arcadia: May 28. Elevation above normal, water 73 and muddy. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits at 3-8 ft. along the north shore. White bass fair to good on crankbaits. Striped bass and striped bass hybrids fair to good on shad and blood bait near the dam and off points. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and blood bait around points and the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along rocky shores and docks early and late. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: May 28. Elevation above normal, water 70-74 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, soft plastic baits and crankbaits at 2-5 ft. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits at 3-8 ft. White bass good on white grubs at 2-6 ft. along shorelines. Striped bass hybrids fair on white grubs at 2-6 ft. along shorelines. Channel catfish good on cut bait and punch bait along rocky shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-8 ft. along the dam and docks. Walleye fair on white grubs at 2-6 ft. along shorelines and the intake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: May 28. Striped bass hybrids good on chicken liver and shrimp of the dam and on the north side near the spillway when water is running. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: May 26. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. around structure. Bass a fair to good on tandem spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 2-6 ft. near structure in coves. Catfish fair to good on stinkbait and cut bait at 4-8 ft. near drop-offs. Saugeye good on medium diving crankbaits, jigs and sassy shad off points early and late. Report by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: May 27. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water stained. Main boat ramp on the north side is open. Channel catfish fair on worms and chicken liver. White bass good trolling the main part of lake. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: May 27. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 72 and muddy. Bass good on plastic baits along weeds. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and dough bait. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs early morning. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: May 28. Elevation below normal, water 70 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits along shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-8 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Carl Blackwell: May 28. Elevation below normal, water warming and clear. Catfish excellent on various baits in shallow water close to banks, particularly near rocks. Crappie fair to good on live bait. Report submitted by Wade Farrar, game warden stationed in Logan County.
Chandler: May 27. Elevation above normal, water 72 and muddy. Bas good on spinnerbaits and plastic baits. Channel catfish good on dough bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: May 26. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. White bass slow on minnows and jigs near the mouth of creeks and inlets. Blue and channel catfish being caught on cut bait and chicken liver. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: May 29. Elevation slightly above normal, water 72 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. around grass beds. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits. Bluegill good on crickets and worms. Catfish good on live sunfish. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: May 24. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 62 and stained. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-5 ft. early and late. Catfish excellent drifting the main lake and on whole shad along the bank. Paddlefish good. Catfish good on whole shad and cut bait below the low water dam and the main dam. White bass good on white grubs and rooster tails during generation below the dams. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, Sinkos and jig-and-pig combinations at 2-5 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: May 26. Elevation normal, water 67. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. White bass good on jigs up Honey Creek, Elk River and Drowning Creek. Catfish good on fresh cut bait. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Greenleaf: May 28. Largemouth bass good on soft jerk baits, Sinkos, Yum Dingers and jigs in black and blue. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
Hudson: May 28. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits. White bass good in the upper end around creeks where they enter the river. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad and liver. Crappie good on small jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: May 26. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. White bass slow on minnows and jigs in white and pink near the mouth of creeks and inlets. Blue catfish good on cut bait and worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: May 29. Crappie fair at 2-4 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair on flats. Noodling slow. Carp good bow fishing up creeks and in flats. Striped bass and striped bass hybrids fair below the dam. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: May 28. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 61. Catfish good on cut bait at 20-30 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. Largemouth bass slow. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: May 27. Elevation above normal with 8,900 CFS being released at the dam around the clock, water 58 and clear. Fishing is excellent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and small striped bass good on jigs and curly tailed grubs at the mouth and the dam. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on plastics baits and spinnerbaits. Trout good on Power Bait and rooster tails at the dam and the Watts area where fishable. Fly fishing slow to fair on nymphs below a strike indicator in eddies; it has been difficult due to increased water flow. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Oologah: May 26. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water upper 60s to low 70s and muddy in the north end and murky in the south end. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. along rocky banks. Channel and blue catfish good on shad and liver at 5-10 ft. along rocky banks. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. around points. Blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. White bass fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Sooner: May 28. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on sassy shad and topwater lures in the discharge and fair on slabs and live shad in the lake. Catfish good on cut bait and live bait in the discharge. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: May 29. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal, water 72 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area and shelters. White bass good trolling the main lake. Bluegill good on crickets and worms. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: May 27. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water 68 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on a variety of baits at 3-10 ft. Crappie fair trolling and around docks. Catfish good on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 40-50 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers in coves and docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
Webbers Falls: May 28. Bass good on spinnerbaits and flipping soft baits around lay downs and stumps and on crankbaits in eddies. Catfish good on cut shad, punch bait, Secret 7 and Danny King. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
NORTHWEST
Canton: May 25. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the dam. Channel catfish good on crickets along the dam. Walleye excellent drifting night crawlers at 4-10 ft. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: May 28. Elevation normal. White bass fair. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along jetties. Walleye fair trolling the dam and sandbars. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: May 25. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 70 and muddy in upper creek arms and feeder creeks around the lake and clearing in mid-lake. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs around the dock and shallow and deep off brush piles. White bass being caught on small shad crankbaits chasing shad along windblown banks. Bass being caught on topwater lures, flukes and crankbaits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: May 26. Water upper 60s. Bass good on flukes, shaky heads, swim baits and Carolina rigs in pink, green pumpkin and white at 5-15 ft. and on topwater lures and spinnerbaits along shallows early and late. Crappie good on chartreuse/orange and green weenie jigs at 15-30 ft. in creeks around timber. Walleye good on jerk baits and swim baits around islands and main lake points at night. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: May 27. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. above normal, water 67 and clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around flooded buck brush and riprap. White bass good on jigs around bridges. Blue catfish fair on a variety of lures around rocky areas and shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. along riprap and boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: May 26. Elevation 8 ft. above normal, water very turbid. Blue and flathead catfish fair to good on cut bait and live bait below the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 13 ft. below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: May 28. Elevation normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 3-5 ft. around weed beds. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
McGee Creek: May 26. Elevation 12 ft. above normal, water 68 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. Crappie fair on minnows over cedar trees next to creek channels. Channel catfish fair to good on liver and stinkbait in upper creek channels and on juglines baited with cut bait along riprap. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: May 28. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 70. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on soft plastic baits, crankbaits, plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good to excellent on worms, stinkbait, chicken liver and minnows at 5-7 ft. around rocky structure. Crappie slow to fair at 10 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: May 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie great on jigs at 6-8 ft. Bass good on pumpkinseed grubs and craw jigs near flooded timber and points. Catfish picking up on night crawlers off the half bridge. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: May 28.Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoffs in the river and good on plastic baits around windy points. Spotted and white bass excellent up Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair close to creek channels on submerged brush. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live bait up rivers and in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis: May 25. Elevation 4 ft. above normal. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait, stinkbait, punch bait and dead minnows. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: May 29. Elevation 3-4 ft. below normal, water 63 and murky in the north and clear in the south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms and crankbaits at 10-15 ft. in the clear creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 10-30 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Catfish Bay and Sanders Island. Crappie fair to good at 5-15 ft. around fish attractors and around underwater brush. Sunfish fair to good on shrimp, worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: May 26. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white/pink grubs at 2-8 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and dead minnows at 8-12 ft. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Ellsworth: May 26. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water muddy. Catfish fair to good on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow around structure. Saugeye fair on minnows and grubs off rocks. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: May 27. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 65 and clear. Striped bass hybrids good near the south side in the channel. Walleye fair on live bait near the dam. Crappie good on live bait around the marina. Catfish good on trotlines baited with stinkbait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Lawtonka: May 26. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish fair to good on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Waurika: May 27. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. All fishing has been good. Crappie good on dark or chartreuse jigs and minnows. Blue and channel catfish very good on shad and punch bait along Corum Bridge. Striped bass hybrids very good on crawfish and shad off points and near the dam. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson 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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