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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: November 28, 2012
Anthony Anderson of Oklahoma City caught this 41.9-pound blue cat on a rod and reel below the Hefner Dam on Nov. 11 that is the new lake record for Lake Hefner.
Anthony Anderson of Oklahoma City caught this 41.9-pound blue cat on a rod and reel below the Hefner Dam on Nov. 11 that is the new lake record for Lake Hefner.

CENTRAL
Hefner: November 27. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 53-58 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and lipless baits at 4-10 ft. along the dam, east shore and jetties. Smallmouth bass fair on jerk baits at 4-8 ft. along the dam and east shore. White and hybrid bass fair on Gay Blades and small grubs at 4-10 ft., white bass found on west side of dam, hybrids found around dam and wading points. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait at 15-20 ft. north of dam area. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. north of dam. Walleye fair on jerk baits and crank baits at 4-10 ft. along the dam, east shore and jetties. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
NORTHEAST
Eucha: November 27. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water 53 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows 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 25. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 54 and clear. Catfish good on cut bait and shad in main channel while drifting. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. in and around docks at Paradise Cove area of State Park. Black bass fair on crankbaits and Biffle Bugs at 5-15 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Hudson: November 26. Crappie good on small minnows and jigs around brush pile areas and the boat docks. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Keystone: November 27. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 55. Sand bass fair off points. Blue catfish fair on jugs baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: November 26. Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits around bridges and coves. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on live trout and shad at 1-4 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at river mouth. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
- 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.
Pawhuska: November 26. Trout good on Power Bait, Super Dupers and small spinners. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Skiatook: November 27. Elevation 12 1/4 ft. below normal, water clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County
Spavinaw: November 20. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 53 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: November 26. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. below normal, water 60, water clear and steady. Crappie good in docks on minnows and soft plastic jigs at 5-10 ft. Sunfish good in docks on worm-tipped jigs at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.
NORTHWEST
Canton: November 24. Elevation 9 ft. below normal. Sand bass and hybrids good on slabs near drop offs. Crappie fair near brush along dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
SOUTHEAST
Lake of the Arbuckles: November 24. Elevation 4 3/4 ft. below normal, stained, algae bloom present on calm days. Bass being caught on shaky head jigs, bass jigs and crankbaits in 6-15 ft., also good around outer edges of hydrilla beds. Crappie good at 25 ft. of water around brush piles, crappie slow around docks. White bass excellent. White bass fair to good on small grubs and CC spoons in 35 ft. water near creek channel bends. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: November 27. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Fly fishing excellent on elk hair caddis flies, zebra nymphs and San Juan worms. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics in deeper pools around structure. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, minnows and cutbait. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
- Trout good on in-line spinners, garlic powerbait, and mealworms around current. Approximately 4,810 Rainbow trout were stocks on November 20.
Broken Bow: November 26. 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 25. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. White and black bass slow. Blue catfish good on a variety of baits in the shallow flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around boat docks and along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Konawa: November 25. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. around points and weed beds. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork River: November 25. With the growing moon and clear skies, fishing has been tough. Try these flies: Zone I Light Cahills – size 22 and 20; Yellow and Hare’s Ear Soft Hackles – size 20; Miracle Midges – size 20; BWO’s – size 18 and 20; Pink egg patterns – size 12. Try trailing the miracle midges under a pheasant tail nymph, stimulator or other dry fly. Zone II and III Wooly Buggers (olive) – size 12 Report Submitted by Jesse King Owner, Three Rivers Fly Shop.
McGee Creek: November 25. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water 60 and clear. Black bass fair on soft plastic baits at 6-20 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-20 ft. over cedar brush piles at in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: November 25. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass good on jigs around creek inlets. Catfish good on cut shad on trotlines. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: November 27. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points and along creek channels. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass good on minnows and shad colored 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 Lake: November 22. 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 25. Elevation 5 3/4 ft. below normal, water 64 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 10-30 ft. in river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on minnows, worms and cut baits at 10-15 ft. from the Washita River to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush and fish attractors. Sunfish fair to good on worms and small tube jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
Wister: November 25. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on silver crankbaits and fair on black/blue plastic worms. Crappie fair to good 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 25. Elevation 26 3/4 ft. below normal and falling. No trout season due to golden algae fish kills in February and March. Overall fishing has been slow. Catfish fair to good. Crappie fair on minnows. Hybrid bass and walleye fair. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Ellsworth: November 25. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Lawtonka: November 25. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass hybrid and saugeye fair to good on minnows and spinnerbaits at the pipeline in the morning and evening. All other fishing slow. 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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