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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: December 21, 2012

Here is this week’s fishing report 

CENTRAL
Hefner: December 18. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 48-55 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits at 4-10 ft. along the dam and jetties. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair to good on grubs and jigs at 10-20 ft. along the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait at 20-30 ft. along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair on jerk baits and crankbaits at 6-10 ft. along the dam and jetties. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
NORTHEAST
Eucha: December 17. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water 50 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: December 14. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around docks. Catfish good on shad and cut bait drifting the main river. Bass slow on crankbaits and Sinkos at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Hudson: December 18. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits. Crappie good on small minnows and jigs around brush pile areas. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: December 17. Blue catfish fair along river channels. Crappie good on small jigs in black, purple and green at 18-22 ft. around brush piles in the Washunga Bay and Sarge Creek areas. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Keystone: December 18. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 51. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows at the docks. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: December 17. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-2 ft. in coves. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. 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: December 17. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water mid-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. in near creek channels. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Pawhuska: December 17. Trout good on Power Bait and Super Dupers. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: December 16. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on sassy shad, ghost minnows and topwater lures in the discharge. Catfish good on cut bait and live bait off points and channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: December 18. Elevation slightly below normal, water 47 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: December 17. Elevation 9 1/3 ft. below normal, water 56-58 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on soft plastic bass jigs in the back of coves. Crappie fair on tube jigs at 20-25 ft. around docks. Sunfish fair on worm-tipped jigs at 10-15 ft. around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: December 15. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait near big bend. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: December 17. Elevation 3-4 ft. below normal. Crappie slow to fair jigging at the intake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: December 15. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 55 and clear to stained in upper arms. Algae bloom present on calm days. White bass excellent on CC Spoons at 17-35 ft. near drop-offs in creek channels. Crappie fair off docks early morning and on white/chartreuse jigs around brush piles. Bass being caught on smaller crankbaits in perch and chartreuse/pearl patterns, shaky heads, tube jigs and jerk baits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: December 18. Elevation normal, water 47 and clear. Trout good on garlic scented Power Bait, power eggs and in-line spinnerbaits around falls and current. Fly fishing good on woolly buggers, elk hair caddis flies, hare’s ears and zebra nymphs around breaks in current. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics in deeper pools around structure. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and cut bait around current in deeper pools. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Blue River: December 18. Approximately 2,405 rainbow trout were stocked on December 5 and approximately 2,405 rainbow trout were stocked on December 13. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: December 16. Elevation below normal, water clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on spinner and crankbaits in 10-15 ft. around structure. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with live sunfish and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. around points and dead standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: December 16. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Blue catfish fair on shad in the shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks with brush and along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: December 16. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. below normal. Boating extremely hazardous. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: December 17. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the discharge canal and around points. 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 River: December 16. Try mayfly nymphs in sizes 16, 18 and 20. Size 20 soft hackles in yellow, olive and orange are working in all three zones as well as pink and yellow egg patterns. Report submitted by Jesse King, Three Rivers Fly Shop.
Lower Mountain Fork: December 17. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 1,896, rainbow trout. Stocked 8,000, 11-inch rainbow trout from Norfork Federal Hatchery throughout the 12 mile reach of the designated trout stream. The number of fish stocked per Zone are as follows: Zone I, including Evening Hole area and Lost Creek, 2,600 total fish; Zone II, between the Old Park Dam and Regulation Dam, 4,000 total fish; Zone III, below the Regulation Dam, 1,400 total fish. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries supervisor.
McGee Creek: December 16. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water 60 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits at 6-20 ft. Crappie fair on minnows 12-20 ft. over cedar brush piles in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: December 16. All public boat ramps have been closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. No fishing activity to report due to extremely low water levels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robber’s Cave State Park: December 17. Stocked 385 lbs., approximately 490, rainbow trout. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries supervisor.
Robert S. Kerr: December 19. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and up river in coves. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush. White bass and striped bass fair 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 Lake: December 14. Elevation 1 1/2 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: December 16. Elevation 5 3/4 ft. below normal, water 59 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits and plastic worms at 10-20 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, cut shad and sassy shad at 10-30 ft. from Platter Flats to East Burns Run. Channel and blue catfish fair to good at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Catfish Bay on live bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: December 16. Elevation 2 1/2ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on black/blue plastic worms and good on silver crankbaits. 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
Ellsworth: December 16. 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.
Foss: December 18. Elevation 11 3/4 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid-50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair on slabs in deep water. Walleye fair on live bait. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Lawtonka: December 16. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass fair on minnows and spinnerbaits at the pipeline in morning and evening. Saugeye good on minnows and spinnerbaits at the pipeline in 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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