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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: July 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: July 11, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: July 8. Elevation 1 ft above normal. Hybrid striped bass good on spoons and shad drifting over humps and off points. Catfish good on shad and cut bait on bottom early and late. Report submitted by David Rempe.
Arcadia: July 9. Elevation1 ft above normal, water 84 and murky. All fishing fair to good. Bass and catfish fair to good on worms at 4-6 ft. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: July 9. Elevation above normal, water 79-84 and clear. Largemouth Bass good on soft plastic, spinners, and topwater baits in 2-8 ft around willows and rocky shoreline. White bass good on gay blades and grubs at 4-8 ft. Hybrid striped bass good on gay blades at 4-8 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on punch baits at 2-5 ft in shallow weedy areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-15ft around docks. Walleye fair on drifting live bait at 8-14 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: July 9. Elevation normal and water murky. Catfish good on worms below dam and off the fishing dock. Hybrid striped bass fair on worms and chicken liver off the dam and points. Report submitted by David Rempe.
Thunderbird: July 7. Elevation 1.5 ft above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs in 6-8 ft by dam and structure. Channel catfish fair on cut and stink baits. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: July 7. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on worms and punch bait on windy points. Crappie best in morning in standing timber. White bass fair while trolling in main lake. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: July 7. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Bass good early on plastic bait. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stink bait. Crappie fair at night on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Carl Blackwell: July 9. Elevation 4-5 ft below normal, water 80 and clearing. Catfish remain to be the most active type of fish to target on the lake while all other fish remain fair to good on varying days. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside Store.
Chandler: July 7. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Bass fair early and late on spinner and plastic baits. Channel catfish fair on worms, chicken liver, and stink bait. Crappie fair at night on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: July 10. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish being caught on cut bait, worms and chicken liver below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: July 9. Elevation 1 ft below normal, water 80 and dingy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 12-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early and late. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: July 8. Elevation 2 ft above normal, water 84 and stained. Catfish good in main channel drifting using whole shad and below the dam using rod and reel with whole or cut shad for bait. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. White bass good using white spinners and small crank baits in shallow flats in 10-15 ft while trolling or wading windy points. Black bass fair using plastic worms and crank baits at 5-15 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: July 9. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish excellent on fresh cut bait shallow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Hudson: July 8. Elevation normal. White bass fair on small lure below the dam. Black bass good on plastic, crank, and buzz baits early morning. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad below the dam and good in main river channel on jug line and trot line. Crappie fair on small jigs and minnows. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: July 10. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft Blue and flathead catfish slow on cut bait and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Keystone: July 9. Elevation normal, water 84. Catfish good on cut bait in 40-60 ft. Crappie fair on minnows in 10-15 ft. Black bass good on crank bait in shallow water. Striped bass good on shad at 15-25 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: July 7. Elevation normal with water releases occurring regularly, water low 60s and clear. Fishing is good along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and small striped bass good on white jigs and curly tail grubs at the mouth and the dam. Sauger being caught in deep holes on jigs and minnows. Trout good at dam and Watts area on power bait, rappels and rooster tails. Fly fishing good on wooly buggers being stripped and dry flies early in morning, in Watts Area. Report submitted by David Robertson, game warden stationed in Okmulgee/McIntosh County.
Lower Illinois: July 9.Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinner baits at all depths in the channel. Striped bass good on live bait at mouth of Arkansas River. Channel catfish good on shad in the channel. Sunfish good on worms in the channel. Trout excellent on rooster tails and power bait in the channel. Report submitted by Horace Lindley of Gore.
Oologah: July 7. Elevation 1 ft above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 10-15 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15 ft. White Bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits on flats at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Skiatook: July 9.Elevation 7 ft above normal, water clear. Crappie fair using minnows and jigs around structure in 5-15 ft. All other fishing slow. Reported submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: July 8.White bass and hybrid striped bass fair on sassy shad, rattle trap, and live trap early and late near discharge. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: July 9. Elevation slightly above normal, water 81 and dingy. Catfish good on shrimp and cut bait east of Wickcliff Point drifting upper end of lake at 10-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early and late. Bow Fishermen are taking some carp in upper end of lake in the shallows. Crappie fair on minnows over shelters and brush. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: July 9. Elevation 2.5 ft above normal, water 78, clear and steady. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair in shallow water on soft plastic, crankbaits or spinnerbaits at 5-10 ft. Catfish fair on flip-flops with cut bait in 40-50 ft of water. Sunfish good on nightcrawlers on gravel banks or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: July 6. Elevation 13.5 ft below normal, water 83 and clear. Channel catfish excellent along dam on stink bait and minnows. White and hybrid striped bass good on trolling crankbaits. Walleye good on drifting night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Fort Supply: July 8. Elevation normal. Only channel catfish being caught, fair on stink or cut bait. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: July 7. Elevation 2 ft below normal, water 81 and stained to clear. Crappie good off docks using minnows and chartreuse jigs 4-12 ft and off lake brush piles on jigs in 10-25 ft. White bass are chasing the shad off windblown points and banks. White grubs seem to be good, also small crank baits. Channel catfish good off baited hole up Guy Sandy using cut baits and grasshoppers. Sunfish good around docks using worms, also fly rod bugs good in shaded areas. Bass are biting shaky head worms, crank baits, top water and weighted flukes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: July 8. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on topwater bait early and late and soft plastics around structure off of riffles. Channel catfish fair on chicken livers and stinkbait in deeper holes around current. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish at night in larger pools. Sunfish excellent on meal worms, crickets. And small grubs in slack water areas. Report Submitted by Matt Gamble, fisheries biologist, Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: July 7. Elevation rising, water upper 70s. Bass good on spook lures, Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits in watermelon seed and pumpkin around deep points and rock walls and on big white crankbaits around ridges in the upper end of the river and around main lake points. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and sunfish. Crappie good on small grubs in white, chartreuse and orange at 15-25 ft around brush piles. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: July 7. Elevation 1.5 ft above normal and murky. Black bass fair on plastic and spinners baits around rocky points. White bass fair on jigs near bridges. Blue catfish fair on shad and catfish bait along rocky areas of the shore. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks, riprap, and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: July 7. Elevation normal, flood gates closed. Crappie fair on minnows along river channels. Catfish good on trotlines baited with sunfish and/or goldfish in the main lake. Blue catfish fair to good on stink bait below dam in shallow water. Black bass fair on spinner and topwater baits early and late around the button brush. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: July 8. Elevation normal, water 87 and clear. Largemouth Bass good on plastic worm and top water lure around moss beds and at 5-10 ft. Channel Catfish are good on chicken liver and cut shad around points and south cove at 10-12 ft. White and hybrid striped bass fair on spoons and jigs, schooling early and late in south cove. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: July 8.Crayfish and minnow patterns (size 10-12) and Light Cahills (size 16) have been working well in Zone I. Zones II and III have experienced high water from generation periodically during the day. But when the water isn’t too high to fish in Zone II, try streamers and midges. In Zone III fish were also caught on the Light Cahills. Report submitted by Three Rivers Fly Shop.
McGee Creek: July 8. Elevation is normal, water is 81 and clear. Black bass fair on soft plastic lures and rattling crank baits at 2-10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows over cedar trees. White bass fair to good on crank bait at 28-35 ft. Report submitted by Arthur Young, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: July 8. Elevation 4-5 ft below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass schooling just before dark, good on plastic baits, worms, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs early and late. Channel catfish good at 3-4 ft around rocky structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft around brush structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: July 8. Elevation above normal, water clear. Bass fair on watermelon brush hogs. Crappie good on white, blue and pink jigs. Catfish good on night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Texoma: July 7. Elevation 1.5 ft below normal, water 79 and murky far north and clear south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good 5-15 ft in creek channels on surface lures, crankbaits and plastic baits. Striped and white bass good 10-30 ft from Burns Run to Caney Creek on live bait, surface lures and sassy shad. Channel and blue catfish good 10- 20 ft from the Washita river to Catfishbay and Sanders Island View on Red River on Live bait, worms and stink baits. Crappie good 5-15 ft in underwater brush and around the fish attractors on minnows and jigs. Sunfish good 5-10 ft around the fishing docks and fish attractors on shrimp, worms and small tube jigs. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: July 7. Elevation 1 ft above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on 12-inch worms, spinner baits, crankbaits, white tips and grubs. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white/pink jigs at 10-12 ft around brushy cover. Catfish excellent on rod-and-reel with live sunfish and on juglines and trot lines baited with cut bait and dead minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Foss: July 8. Elevation 12.5 ft below normal. Main ramp open. Cutbearth open for smaller boats. Hybrid striped bass surfacing early and late for topwater fishing. Walleye slow to fair on live bait. Catfish good on trot lines. Crappie fair around marina. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Tom Steed: July 8. Elevation is 14 ft below normal, water 85 and murky. Crappie fair around brush piles on minnows and jigs. Saugeye and white bass fair trolling. Channel and blue catfish fair on stink bait. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: July 9. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped hybrid bass slow. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around marina. Blue and channel catfish good on shad, punch bait and grasshoppers. Walleye fair on crank baits trolled in deep water along 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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