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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: June 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm •  Published: June 26, 2013
Michael Snapp of Midwest City caught this 52-pound flathead catfish on June 19 from Lake Overholser in Oklahoma City.
Michael Snapp of Midwest City caught this 52-pound flathead catfish on June 19 from Lake Overholser in Oklahoma City.

CENTRAL
Arcadia: June 25. Elevation above normal, water 82 and muddy. Bass good on spinnerbaits and worms along the shorelines early and late. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait and worms early and late. Crappie good on jigs and worms along riprap and docks early and late. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: June 24. Elevation above normal, water 73-76 and murky. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and spinnerbaits at 2-6 ft. along weeds and willows. White bass and striped bass hybrids excellent on grubs and gay blades at 2-6 ft. along shorelines. Channel and blue catfish excellent on punch bait and dough bait at 3-8 ft. along rocky shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. along the dam and docks. Walleye good on grubs, minnows and worms at 4-8 ft. at the fishing dock and the jetty. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Thunderbird: June 23. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Saugeye good on medium diving crankbaits, jigs and sassy shad off windy points early and late. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: June 25. Elevation normal, water clear. All boat ramps are now open. White bass good trolling the main lake. Crappie fair to good at 10-15 ft. near standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Carl Blackwell: June 25. Elevation 4 ft. below normal and rising slowly with each rain, water 79 and stained. Crappie fair to good on jigs at 6-12 ft. early morning to midmorning and slow to fair on live bait and jigs the rest of the day. Channel catfish excellent on frozen whole small shad, chicken liver, cut bait, night crawlers and various dough baits with rod-and-reel, juglines and trotlines along rocky shorelines that provide nesting habitat for the spawning fish. Flathead catfish excellent on large shiners and goldfish with rod-and-reel, juglines and trot lines. Saugeye fair to good along the dam on crankbaits, white soft plastic swim-baits and live baits rigged on walleye style spinner minnow rigs. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good to excellent in the evenings on large live baits, plastic swim baits and crankbaits in various colors. Spawning sunfish beds can be seen in circular rings in the shallows during sunny days. Carp fair to good on dough baits with strawberry flavoring. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic crayfish baits, crankbaits in crayfish patterns and soft plastic creature baits rigged on a shaky head along rocky shorelines. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, the H2O Lakeside Store.
Copan: June 25. 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: June 25. Elevation slightly above normal, water 80 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and topwater lures early and late. Catfish fair on trotlines and limb lines baited with live sunfish. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Fort Gibson: June 24. Elevation 9 ft. above normal and falling. White bass good on crankbaits and white spinnerbaits trolling and wading the windy points. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. Catfish good on whole shad and cut bait in the main channel and below the dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: June 23. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish excellent on fresh cut bait shallow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Hudson: June 24. Elevation 2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits around rocky points early and late. White bass good on small lures below the dam. Channel catfish good on liver and cut shad around rocky points and flats. Blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad. Crappie fair to good on small jigs and minnows below the dam and in inlet areas. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: June 25. 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.
Kaw: June 24. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 80. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on juglines and rod-and-reel. Striped bass slow below the dam. Paddlefish slow below the dam. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: June 25. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 78 and muddy. Catfish fair on cut bait. Largemouth bass good on plugs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois:  June 24. Elevation normal with water releases occurring regularly, water upper 50s and slightly murky. Fishing is excellent all 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. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Trout good on Power Bait, Rapalas and rooster tails at the dam and Watts area. Fly fishing is good on nymphs below a strike indicator in current and dry flies early in the morning, especially in the Watts area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Skiatook: June 24. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: June 25. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on sassy shad and rattletraps in the discharge and good on live shad and slabs in the lake. Catfish good on cut bait and live bait in the discharge. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: June 25. Elevation slightly above normal, water 82 and dingy. Largemouth bass fair on topwater baits early and late. Catfish good drifting night crawlers and cut bait at 8-15 ft. and on limb lines and trotlines baited with live sunfish. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around docks. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: June 24. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water upper 70s and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits at 5-10 ft. Catfish fair on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 40-50 ft. Crappie fair around docks and on minnows and tube jigs at 10-15 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers along gravel banks and around docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: June 22. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on punch bait and crickets along the dam. Walleye good drifting night crawlers. White bass and striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: June 22. Elevation 1 3/4 ft. below normal, water 78 and clear. Channel catfish biting on grasshoppers and cut baits around baited holes. Crappie being caught on small chartreuses jigs at 12-15 ft. around brush piles and good around docks early morning. White bass being caught chasing shad around windblown points. Sunfish being caught on worms and small fly rod bugs. Bass good on topwater lures, crankbaits, swim baits and shaky jig worms early and good on flukes on cloudy days. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: June 23. 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.
Hugo: June 23. Elevation normal. Crappie and white bass fair on minnows along the river channel. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits around the button brush. Fishing below the dam is slow due to the flood gates being closed. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: June 23. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 5-10 ft. along creek channels and road beds. White bass fair on topwater lures and spoons at 10-15 ft. in schooling fish in creek channels early and late. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and cut shad at 5-10 ft. around points and south cove. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: June 23.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. Otherwise, there isn’t a particular hatch that is strong at this point. Report submitted by Three Rivers Fly Shop.
Lower Mountain Fork: June 21. Stocked 2,362 lbs., approximately 3,343 rainbow trout on June 13. Report submitted by April Drake, southeast region fisheries secretary.
McGee Creek: June 23. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water 81 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures, spinnerbaits and rattling crankbaits at 2-10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows over cedar trees next to creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: June 24. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 77 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass 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: June 23. 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.
Robert S. Kerr: June 24. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoffs in the river and good on plastic baits in grass around windy points. Spotted and white bass excellent up Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls; white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair close to creek channels on submerged brush. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live bait up rivers and in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis: June 23. Elevation normal, water 84 and dingy. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, swim baits and topwater lures early and late. White bass fair to good on topwater lures in the afternoons. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish shallow. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: June 23. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 77 and clear to the south and murky to the north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on plastic worms, crankbaits, combinations baits and surface lures at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels and riprap. Striped and white bass good on surface lures, live bait and sassy shad at 10-30 ft. from Burns Run to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 10-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to the north to the Washita River and Sanders Island view on the Red River arm. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-20 ft. around fish attractors and underwater brush. Sunfish good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. at the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: June 23. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on 12-inch black worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and pumpkinseed craws and grubs. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white/pink jigs at 4-10 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish good on rod-and-reel with live sunfish and on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and dead minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Foss: June 26. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water 78 and clear. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on live bait. Walleye fair on live bait. Catfish good on trotlines baited with dough bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair around fish house. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Ft. Cobb:  June 25. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 82. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and live bait at 4-8 ft. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Tom Steed: June 24. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water 75 and murky. Catfish fair on shad and stinkbait. White bass fair on trolling silver lures. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: June 24. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and dark jigs near submerged timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad and punch bait. Flathead catfish slow to fair on goldfish and sunfish. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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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