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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: April 6, 2013

Here is this week’s fishing report as compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
CENTRAL
Arcadia: March 31. Elevation normal. Channel catfish fair to good on punch bait, stinkbait and chicken liver around points and shelves. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at various depths. Report by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Arcadia: April 1. Elevation normal, water 46-48 and murky. Largemouth bass fair. Blue catfish fair to good on shad at 6-10 ft. in the evenings. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 7-10 ft. early and late. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: April 1. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 48-52 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on stick baits and jigs at 4-10 ft. along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on grubs and sassy shad at 4-8 ft. along the dam. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and punch bait at 15 ft. along the dam. Blue catfish good on cut bait and punch bait at 15 ft. along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-20 ft. along the dam. Walleye good on stick baits at 2-6 ft. along the dam in low light conditions. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Overholser: April 1. Elevation below normal. Catfish fair on stinkbait off the fishing dock. Striped bass hybrids fair on shrimp and chicken liver along the south side of the lake. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: March 31. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 8-10 ft. around structure. Bass fair on tandem spinnerbaits around structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait at 8-10 ft. around drop-offs. Report by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: March 31. Elevation below normal, water 51 and muddy. Bass good on crankbaits and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: April 2. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water low 50s and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-12 ft. around structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Copan: April 2. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-8 ft. around Copan Point. White bass being caught on jigs. Catfish good on sunfish with rod-and-reel. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: April 1. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 50 and stained. Catfish good on juglines baited with whole shad and drifting. White bass fair to good on white grubs and swim baits on bottom with slow retrieves in all creeks and the main river around Chouteau Bend Park. Crappie good on chartreuse and black tube jigs and minnows in the dead falls along the bank all around the lake. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Greenleaf: April 2. Bass good on hard jerk baits in the shallows and on chatter baits and lipless crankbaits if the water gets murky. Report submitted by Mike Hicks with Mike’s Outdoors.
Hudson: April 1. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits. White bass fair to good in the upper end, at mouths of creeks and below Pensacola Dam. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: April 2. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-8 ft. in Skull Creek. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: April 2. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 53 and clear. White bass good along the Arkansas River. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and rod-and-reel with cut bait. Crappie good on jigs and minnows at 15-20 ft. in the main lake. Paddlefish slow below the dam. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: April 4. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 48. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. White bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: April 1. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows at 2 ft. at Gore Landing. White bass fair 2 ft. at Gore Landing. Striped bass slow on shad at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom. 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: March 31. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water lower 50s and clear. Crappie fair at 10 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on worms and shad at 10-15 ft. on flats. White bass fair on jigs in the river above the lake. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Skiatook: April 2. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on rooster tails and spinnerbaits along shorelines in back coves. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around structures. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: April 2. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on slabs and live shad. Striped bass good on stump jumpers in the discharge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller: April 1. Elevation 1 1/3 ft. above normal, water 53 mid-lake and 56 in the upper end. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair mid-lake and good on spinnerbaits and soft plastic baits in the upper end in shallow cover. Crappie slow on small jigs and minnows in the upper end. White bass fair trolling from mid-lake to the upper end. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
Webbers Falls: April 2. Bass fair to good on plastic baits and pitching baits up creeks and holding on lay downs and stumps. White bass fair to good on the river and in creeks; they are preparing for the spawn. Report submitted by Mike Hicks with Mike’s Outdoors.
NORTHWEST
Canton: March 31. Elevation 14 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. All boat ramps are closed. Walleye fair on jigs and crankbaits along the dam after sundown. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: April 1. Elevation 1 ft. below normal. Crappie fair on white jigs all over the lake. Walleye fair along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: March 31. Elevation 6 1/3 ft. below normal, water 58-60 and clear. Fish are tough to find while moving from deep to shallow. Most fish can be found in both shallow and down to 25 ft. Crappie slow around docks; they were up one day in shallows – on the move. White bass are also on the move; use of electronics can aid the locating of fish. Bass fishing is tough also but some nice ones being caught on crankbaits, jerk baits, jigs and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: April 2. Elevation slightly above normal, water 58 and murky. Trout fair on garlic Power Bait, small in-line spinnerbaits and jigs. Fly fishing fair on woolly buggers, midges, emergers and caddis flies around falls and riffles. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastics around structure in deeper pools. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait. The final rainbow trout stocking occurred on March 18. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: March 31. Water mid 50s and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits and flukes in shallower water around structure. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallows along structure, banks and points. Walleye good on crawdad colored crankbaits and grubs at 8-10 ft. in the upper end of the lake, around islands and rocky structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: March 31. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits along rocky areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish fair on shad along shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. around docks and slow to fair at 1-3 ft. at the very south end and very north end of the lake along the banks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: March 31. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 52. Largemouth bass and crappie fair on minnows along the river channels and drop-offs. White bass fair trolling crankbaits in the upper river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: April 2. Elevation normal, water 62 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms 4-8 ft. along the cattails and points. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Channel catfish fair on cut shad at 15 ft. in discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: March 31. 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: March 31. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits at 15-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-28 ft. over cedar brush in creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: April 1. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 53. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastic baits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits shallow around rocky structure. White bass fair to good on minnows and jigs trolling the northeast end near Martin’s Landing. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 3-4 ft. around structure, brush and rocks. Walleye fair on minnows and jigs along the dam just before dark. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: March 31. Elevation below normal, water 47 and clear. Bass fair on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows at the back of creek channels. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: April 2. Bass fair on crankbaits and stick baits off points, along creek channels and in coves up river. White and spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. up Big San Bois Creek and in strip pits; look for improvement with warmer days. 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: March 29. Elevation normal, water 59. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits, shallow running crankbaits, Slug-Go lures, spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 4-6 ft. White bass fair on jigs. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. Walleye fair to good trolling at 8-12 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: March 31. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic worms and spinnerbaits at 10-15 ft. in creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, slabs and sassy shad at 10-30 ft. from Alberta Creek to the islands. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on worms and small tube jigs and worms at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: March 31. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and white grubs at 10-12 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and dead minnows at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Altus-Lugert: March 31. Elevation 26 3/4 ft. below normal and steady. Overall fishing is improving. Catfish and walleye being caught near the dam. Crappie being caught. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Ellsworth: March 31. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around boathouses at Ralph’s Resort. Saugeye fair to good on spinnerbaits off the rocks by the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: April 2. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water lower 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slab in the channel by the dam. Walleye fair on live bait in deeper water near the ramp and marina. Catfish slow on live bait on the north side. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Ft. Cobb: April 3. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal, water 54 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits and crankbaits at 3-6 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Lawtonka: March 31. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait at the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Tom Steed: March 25. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water 49 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around deep structure. White bass fair on minnows on bottom off points. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: April 1. Elevation 11 3/4 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs. Blue and channel catfish good on shad, punch bait and crawfish at 6-20 ft. A lot of blue catfish were caught last weekend by hybrid fishermen using plastic flukes/jigs. 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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