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State Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: November 15, 2012

Here is the fishing report as of Nov. 14 as compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
CENTRAL
Hefner: November 13. Elevation below normal, water 58-63 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs at 3-9 ft. around the dam and east shore. Smallmouth bass slow on crankbaits and jerk baits at 4-8 ft. around dam and east shore. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on gay blades and grubs at 2-10 ft. around dam and off the east shore. Striped bass hybrids being caught wading points. Channel catfish good on punch baits and cut bait at 15-20 ft. west of the dam area. Blue catfish good on cut bait both at 15-20 ft. west of the dam area. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around dam. Walleye fair on jerk baits and grubs at 3-6 ft. around dam and east shore. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
NORTHEAST
Eucha: November 13. Elevation 12 1/4 ft. below normal, water 55 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnow and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: November 10. Elevation normal, water 58 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and worms at 5-15 ft. Catfish good on sunfish and shad drifting and on juglines in the main channel north of Taylors Ferry Bridge. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. around any underwater structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Greenleaf: November 13. Bass good on chatter and lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs with plastic imitation baits. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
Hudson: November 13. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Crappie fair to good on small black jigs and minnows around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Lower Illinois: November 12. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. in coves. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on trout and shad at 1-3 ft. along 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. in coves and under bridge. 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: November 11. Elevation 3 1/4 ft. below normal, water upper 50s and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush piles and standing timber. Blue catfish fair on shad and liver around standing timber in the north end of the lake. White bass fair trolling shad-colored crankbaits at 10-15 ft. near creek channels. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed Rogers County.
Pawhuska: November 11. Trout good on Power Bait and Super Dupers. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: November 12. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad and slabs in the lake and fair on topwater lures and sassy shad in the discharge. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: November 13. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 54 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: November 12. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water 64-66, water clear and steady. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good in 3-6 ft. on soft plastics. Crappie good at 5-10 ft. on tube jigs or minnows. Sunfish good in docks on worm-tipped jigs at 5-10 ft. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
Webbers Falls: November 13. Bass good on spinner baits, shad and chatter baits. Striped bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
NORTHWEST
Canton: November 3. Elevation 9 ft. below normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near brush along dam. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair trolling on crankbaits near drop-offs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: November 10. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 63 and stained. Algae bloom in backs of creeks and coves in shallow water. Hydrilla beds holding lots of different species of fish. Crappie and white bass being caught on small grubs and jigs. Bass being caught on flukes and crankbaits around the hydrilla beds and on crankbaits in shad patterns, shakey head worms and jigs along bluff banks and up creek arms. Crappie slow around docks and fair on minnows or chartreuse/white jigs. White bass being caught on rattletraps, long johns and small crankbaits at 12-15 ft. Sunfish slow on flies near the shores. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: November 11. Elevation normal, water 67 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastics around cover in deeper pools and around waterfalls. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait around current in larger deeper holes. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Eufaula: November 11. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Striped bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits in rocky areas. Channel catfish fair on shad in shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in riprap and around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: November 11. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. below normal, water 74. Boating is extremely hazardous, no open ramps. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: November 10. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 61 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 5-10 ft. around points and weed beds. Channel catfish fair on liver and shad at 10-15 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: November 11. Flies that are now working in zone: Zone I: Light Cahills – 22 and 20; Yellow and Hare’s Ear Soft Hackles – 20; Miracle Midges – 20; BWO’s – 18 and 20; Pink egg patterns – 12. Try trailing the miracle midges under a pheasant tail nymph, stimulator or other dry fly. Zone II and III: Wooly Buggers (olive) 12. Report submitted by Jesse King, Owner, Three Rivers Fly Shop.
McGee Creek: November 11. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal, water 64 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits at 6-12 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-20 ft. over cedar brush piles in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: November 11. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on jigs around creek inlets. Catfish good on trot lines baited with cut chad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: November 12. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points and along creek channels. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush. White and striped bass good on minnows and shad crankbaits up river 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: November 9. Elevation 2 ft. below normal. Largemouth bass good on stick baits and crankbaits at 4-6 ft. in creek channels. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-14 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 8-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: November 11. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water 68 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on surface lures, plastic worms and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 10-30 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-15 ft. from the Washita River to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around fishing docks and fish attractors. Sunfish fair to good at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: November 13. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on silver crankbaits and fair on black/blue plastic worms. Crappie fair on white-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: November 11. Elevation 26 1/2 ft. below normal. Crappie fair on minnows. Striped bass hybrids and walleye fair. No trout season at Quartz Mountain due to Golden Algae fish kills in February and March. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Ellsworth: November 11. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Lawtonka: November 11. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass fair on minnows and spinnerbaits at the pipeline morning and evening. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche 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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