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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: February 20, 2013
Heather Fink of Grove snagged this 110-pound paddlefish Feb. 7 on Grand Lake around Patricia Island.
Heather Fink of Grove snagged this 110-pound paddlefish Feb. 7 on Grand Lake around Patricia Island.

Here is this week’s fishing report as compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

CENTRAL
Hefner: February 19. Elevation below normal and rising, water 45-47 and murky. White bass good on grubs and gay blades at 2-5 ft. at the water intake. Striped bass hybrids good on jigs and grubs at 2-5 ft. along the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and punch bait at the dam and the water intake. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and grubs at 15-25 ft. along the dam. Walleye good on grubs and gay blades at 2-5 ft. at the water intake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

NORTHEAST

Ft. Gibson: February 16. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Paddlefish good in the Mission Bend and Mazie Landing areas in deep holes in the main river. Catfish good on whole shad drifting the flats and on juglines at 15-25 ft. on the flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. around the docks in the Paradise Cove. Largemouth bass good on Biffle Bugs and crankbaits in all depths around structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Kaw: February 17. Elevation normal, water 59. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around Sarge Creek. Blue catfish fair on juglines. Channel catfish good on fresh cut shad north on the Arkansas River. Largemouth and spotted bass good on white spinnerbaits on the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.

Keystone: February 19. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 46. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: February 18. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on stinkbait at 3 ft. in coves and at the mouth of the river. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 2-3 ft. around jetties and coves. Striped bass slow on shad at 1-4 ft. at 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 the coves. Trout excellent on flies at 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.

Lower Illinois: February 19. Stocked 2,329 rainbow trout on February 19. The Corps of Engineers will be doing turbine inspections on Tenkiller Dam during March and April and the turbines will be out of use for 4-6 weeks. Report submitted by Josh Johnston, biologist stationed in the east central region.

Oologah: February 17. Elevation 4 1/4 ft. below normal, water mid to upper 40s and clear. Crappie fair at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on worms and shad at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Pawhuska: February 16. Trout good on Power Bait. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Skiatook: February 20. Elevation 12 3/4 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around standing timber. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Tenkiller: February 18. Elevation 7 3/4 ft. below normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.

NORTHWEST

Canton: February 16. Elevation 14 ft. below normal. There are no useable boat ramps on the lake at this time. Channel catfish good on shad in the river channel near the spillway. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: February 18. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass fair on spinnerbaits at the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

Watonga: February 15. Stocked 710 lbs. of rainbow trout on February 14. Report submitted by Jody Laubhan, secretary at Byron State Fish Hatchery.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: February 16. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear to stained in the upper arms of the lake. Crappie good on brown/chartreuse jigs and CC Spoons at 35 ft. off ledges and brush piles and fair around docks early morning. White bass being caught on CC Spoons under the gulls and on long Johns in the upper creek arms. Bas being caught on crankbaits, jerk baits, jigs and Alabama rigs at 12-20 ft. on cooler days and in shallows on sunny days. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: February 20. Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Trout good on yellow and peach Power Bait, in-line spinnerbaits and Super Dupers with hook dressing when fishing around waterfalls and structure in current. Fly fishing good on zebra midge, soft hackles, caddis flies and woolly buggers. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait, chicken livers and shrimp fished in deeper pools around current and structure. Approximately 2,000 rainbow trout were stocked February 19. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: February 17. Elevation 9-10 ft. below normal, water 50. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair to good on jerk baits and crankbaits around structure and points. Walleye good on rogues, rattletraps and 5-inch twirl-tail grubs with 1/4 ounce jig heads in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: February 17. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth fair on jerk baits and plastic baits in rocky areas. Blue catfish good on shad in the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in riprap and around boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: February 17. Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel. Catfish fair on trot lines baited with cut bait and live bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: February 16. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 53 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic bait in the cattails and along moss beds at 5-8 ft. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. early and late at the discharge. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: February 17. Fishing has been great. In addition to midges and blue-winged olive mayflies, March Browns and tan caddis flies are beginning to take trout throughout the river. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: February 17. Elevation 11 2/3 ft. below normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic baits and jig-and-pig combinations at 15-30 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-28 ft. over cedar brush piles in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: February 17. Elevation below normal, water clear. Boat ramps have been reopened. Bass good on most jerk baits. Crappie good on jigs. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: February 19. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and in coves up river. Spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair up Big San Bois Creek around deeper submerged brush. As water clears from recent rains look, for improvement. White bass and striped bass fair on minnows and shad crankbaits upriver 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: February 15. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on shad and dead minnows at 8-14 ft. White bass fair on jigs and live minnows at 10-14 ft. Walleye fair trolling and on jigs at 8-9 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: February 17. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits at 10-20 ft. around the points. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 10-30 ft. from Johnson Creek to Platter Flats. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, cut shad and stinkbait at 10-30 ft. from Johnson Creek to Burns Run. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. in the creek channels. Sunfish fair on worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: February 17. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on black plastic worms with white tail tips and fair on silver crankbaits. Crappie fair to good on minnows and fair on white/pink 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: February 17. Elevation 27 ft. below normal and rising. Quartz Mountain Nature Park and Lake Altus-Lugert have had another fish kill as a result of a Golden Algae bloom. Golden Algae blooms are not a public health threat; healthy fish are safe to eat. Overall, fishing is slow. Walleye, striped bass hybrids, crappie and catfish all slow. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.

Ellsworth: February 17. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie slow to fair on minnows around boat houses at Ralph’s Resort. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Lawtonka: February 17. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Medicine Creek: February 18. Water 40. Trout good on floating Power Baits and salmon eggs on light tackle and fair on Super Dupers, small in-line spinnerbaits and minnows. Fly fishing good on black flies and Maribou jigs. Trout were stocked last week. Report submitted by Jimmy Miller with Gone Fishin’.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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