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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: July 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm •  Published: July 25, 2013
Craig Lewis of Harrah poses at Lucky Lure Tackle in Oklahoma City with a 5.9-pound saugeye that he caught at El Reno Lake for the new lake record.
Craig Lewis of Harrah poses at Lucky Lure Tackle in Oklahoma City with a 5.9-pound saugeye that he caught at El Reno Lake for the new lake record.

CENTRAL
Arcadia: July 22. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Largemouth bass good flipping crankbaits along rocky shorelines. Striped bass hybrids fair drifting shad along the dam. Catfish fair on stinkbait and shad off points at night. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
Arcadia: July 23. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 86 and murky. Crappie fair to good on jigs and worms at 6-10 ft. around docks. Largemouth bass fair to good on creature baits at 8-10 ft. along shorelines early morning and evening. Striped bass hybrids fair to good on crankbaits and worms at 10 ft. early morning and evening. Catfish fair to good on worms and shad deep along north shoreline. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: July 23. Elevation above normal and dropping, water 79-84 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures, jigs and spinnerbaits at 2-8 ft. along weeds and rocky shorelines early. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on grubs and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on prepared baits and cut baits at 8-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows at 8-15 ft. around docks at night. Walleye slow on grubs and live bait. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: July 22. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water muddy. Catfish good on shad and worms behind the dam after dark. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
Thunderbird: July 21. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: July 22. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows in standing timber early morning. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Birch: July 21. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Blue catfish good cut shad. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Carl Blackwell: July 23. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 81. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic baits Carolina-rigged around woody structure early and late. White bass and striped bass hybrids are schooling chasing bait fish watch your sonars for schools of bait fish or follow the birds that are diving onto the water use heavy plastic swim baits, crankbaits or spinnerbaits to get down to the feeding fish. Crappie good on jigs tipped with live bait most of the day. Channel and flatheads catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with large live bait. Catfish on rod-and-reel in the daylight hours is becoming a finesse game, weightless frozen shrimp on a 5/0 Khale hook worked around rocks is being reported as the best daytime approach. For the best catfishing by rod-and-reel fish the early morning hours or after dark with traditional setups. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside store.
Copan: July 21. Elevation slightly above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait, chicken liver and worms below the dam and fair on juglines baited with sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: July 23. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 84 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early morning and late evening. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: July 22. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 85 and clear. White bass fair on small crankbaits and spinnerbaits around windy points. Catfish good on whole shad and cut shad Carolina rigged drifting the main channel, along flats of the main lake and below the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and 10-inch finesse worms around the points at dark. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Grand: July 20. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 10-20 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on fresh cut bait below the Pensacola Dam when discharges are right. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Hudson: July 22. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures early and late. White bass good schooling in the middle of the lake early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad and cut bait in river channels. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: July 21. Elevation slightly above 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: July 23. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81. Channel catfish slow on rod-and-reel with stinkbait and cut shad. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with fresh cut bait. Striped bass slow on rooster tails and cut shad below the dam. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant Counties.
Keystone: July 21. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and soft plastic baits at 3-10 ft. along rocky shorelines early and late. White bass good on jigs and crankbaits around windy points and humps early and late. Striped bass good trolling deep diving crankbaits at 25-27 ft. along the north side of the Hwy. 412 Bridge early morning and at 20-25 ft. in the Salt Creek arm along humps. Catfish good on juglines and rod-and-reel with live bait. Crappie slow to fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around bridge areas. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: July 21. Elevation normal with water releases occurring regularly, water mid-60s. Fishing is good 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. Sauger fair on minnows and jigs in deep holes. Trout good on Power Bait in deeper holes at the dam and Watts area and on rooster tails and Rapalas as the river begins to flow. Fly fishing is good on wooly buggers being stripped and dry flies early in the morning, especially in the Watts areas. Nymph fishing in deeper holes is doing well when the sun gets up. Fly fishing becomes difficult as the water swiftness increases, with some fish being caught in eddies. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Oologah: July 21. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water mid to upper 70s and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15 ft. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits at 15-20 ft. along flats. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Spavinaw: July 23. Elevation slightly below normal, water 84 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Largemouth bass fair on Zara spooks, torpedoes, poppers, buzz baits and jigs on the surface mornings and evenings. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: July 22. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on topwater lures and spinnerbaits early morning. Catfish fair on juglines and flip-flops baited with cut bait at 30-40 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers along gravel banks and near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: July 20. Elevation 13 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and minnows. White bass and walleye fair on slabs and trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
SOUTHEAST
Blue River: July 23. Elevation normal, water 86 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastic baits around structure and on topwater lures in open water early morning and late evening. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait and chicken liver around current in large pools. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in large, deep pools at night. Sunfish excellent on mealworms, crickets and small jigs in slack water areas. Report Submitted by Matt Gamble, fisheries biologist, Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: July 21. Water mid to high 90s. Bass schooling early and late. White bass being caught on white crankbaits at 10-20 ft. around points and ridges and on shaky heads with watermelon seed finesse worms in plum or green around rock walls and points. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on jigs and spoons moving to deeper water. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: July 21. Elevation normal, water stained. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around points. White bass fair on jigs around bridges and points off bridges. Blue catfish good on shad and liver drifting the flats and rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around standing timber and under bridges. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: July 21. Elevation normal. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs along the river channel. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures in and around the vegetation and brush. Catfish fair on worms and cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: July 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures at 5-10 ft. around points and moss beds early and late. Channel catfish good on cut shad at 5-15 ft. around points and the south cove. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: July 21. The next trout stocking date is July 25 and then every three weeks thereafter. Fly fishing patterns include olive and brown hoppers (size 10 and 12), stimulators, light cahills or PMD’s (size 12-14). Pheasant tail with flashback (size 18-20). Small midges (size 20-22) in red, brown and copper. Also try crayfish patterns, streamers and ants. The hexagenias should be working in early evening in the Evening Hole area. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
McGee Creek: July 21. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures and rattling crankbaits at 6-20 ft. and fair to good on shad colored topwater lures in open water in schooling fish early and late. Crappie fair to good on minnows over trees right off creek channels. White bass fair to good on crankbaits at 28-35 ft. Report submitted by Joe Young, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: July 23. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on soft plastic baits and jerk baits early morning, late evening and at night. Channel catfish slow to fair on chicken liver , worms and stinkbait at 3-4 ft. Crappie slow to fair at 10 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: July 21. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie good on jigs around tops. Catfish fair on punch bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: July 22. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap along the river and good in cutoffs in the river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up the Canadian River. White bass congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair around deeper submerged brush locations. 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 the river and in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Texoma: July 21. Elevation 1 1/4 ft. below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on surface lures, crankbaits and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. along riprap and underwater brush. Striped and white bass good on live bait, surface lures and slabs at 10-30 ft. from Burns Run to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 5-20 ft. from the Washita River to Platter Flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush and fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: July 21. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on black 12-inch worms, white tips and watermelon, spinnerbaits and crankbaits and on Zara Spooks early and late. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white, blue and pink jigs at 10-15 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish excellent on live shad sunfish and goldfish 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: July 22. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on live bait and Thin Fins. Catfish fair on trotlines. Walleye fair on live bait. Crappie slow. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Tom Steed: July 22. Elevation 15 ft. below normal, water 80 and murky. White bass and saugeye fair trolling deep diving lures. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: July 23. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish good on grasshoppers at 3-9 ft. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden assigned to 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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