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Oklahoma Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: October 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm •  Published: October 2, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: October 1. Elevation normal, water 76 and murky. Crappie and white bass good on jigs, nibbles and worms at 8-14 ft. around open docks, brush piles, rocks and points. Catfish good on cut bait and dough bait. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: September 30. Elevation normal, water 75-80 and clear. Largemouth bass fair. Smallmouth bass fair. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on gay blades at 3-6 ft. Channel catfish good on prepared baits at 8-15 at the dam. Blue catfish good on cut bait at 8-15 ft. at the dam. Crappie good on minnows and white jigs at 10-18 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: September 30. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait on the south side of the lake in the evening. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
Thunderbird: September 29. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 4-6 ft. off fishing docks and the dam. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: September 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water murky. Bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Channel catfish good on cut bait and chicken liver at night. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Carl Blackwell: October 1. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 80-76 and murky at best. Crappie fair to good on small-medium shiners and rosy red minnows at 5-14 ft. in the enclosed crappie dock. Saugeye fair on live bait. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow to fair on large live shiners and nightcrawlers on traditional walleye rigs in scattered schools around the lake. Channel catfish slow to fair on traditional baits. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside store.
Chandler: September 29. Elevation normal, water murky. Bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good on dough bait and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: October 1. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, chicken liver and worms below the dam and fair on juglines baited with sunfish. Channel catfish fair on worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: October 1. Elevation 2/3 ft. below normal, water 73 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Catfish fair on limb-lines baited with live sunfish. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Grand: September 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Hudson: September 29. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good plastic baits, spinnerbaits and buzz baits early. White bass fair on small lures in the upper end of the lake. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and tight-lines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: October 1. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. near Skull Creek around brush piles. Blue and flathead catfish good on cut bait and worms below the dam. Channel catfish fair on worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: October 1. Elevation normal, water 79. Catfish good on juglines on the north end of the lake up into the Arkansas River and excellent on fresh cut shad below the dam when gates are open. White bass, striped bass and crappie excellent on jigs. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: October 1. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 72. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. White bass fair. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: September 29. Elevation normal with occasional releases, water mid 60s and cloudy. Fishing is decent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and striped bass and white bass congregated toward the mouth of the river. Striped bass being caught on shad, trout and some jerk baits in deep holes. Trout fair to good, slowing some due to cloudy water, being caught bright Power Bait, rooster tails and Rapalas at the dam and Watts’s area in deeper holes as the river begins to flow. Fly fishing is good on olive wooly buggars with gold head at the dam below riffles and the Watts area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Skiatook: September 30. Elevation 6 2/3 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on topwater lures in the lower end of the lake early and late. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: October 1. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs in the lake near the north end of the dam. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait around points and channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: October 1. Elevation slightly below normal, water 74 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on juglines baited with live sunfish. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: September 30. Elevation normal, water low 80s and clear. Crappie fair on tube jigs around docks. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: September 28. Elevation 12 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on shad and stinkbait along the dam. White bass and striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits at 5-10 ft. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: October 1. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait all over the lake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: October 1. Lake closed. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: September 29. Bass good on crankbaits, Alabama rigs and spinnerbaits in the river, good on Carolina-rigged white flukes and Alabama rigs on walls and schooling fish and good on topwater spooks and poppers early morning. Crappie good on spoons and jigs in deeper water around structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: September 29. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and crankbaits around points and flipping plastic baits around boat docks. White bass good around windy points and flats early and late. Blue catfish fair on shad drifting deeper flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks, bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Konawa: September 29. Elevation normal, water 76 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 5-10 ft. along weed beds. Channel catfish good on cut shad at 10-12 ft. along points and in the south cove. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: September 25. Stocked 2,403 lbs. approximately 2,742 rainbow trout on September 19. Report submitted by April Drake, southeast regional office secretary.
Robert S. Kerr: September 30. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoff of the river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up Canadian River, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair in 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 and on cut bait, pole fishing in the river channel. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live bait up river or in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Texoma: September 29. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, plastic worms baits and surface lures at 5-15 ft. in creek channels and around riprap. Striped and white bass fair to good on surface lures, live bait and slabs at 10-25 ft. from Platter Flats to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Catfish Bay and Sanders Island view on Red River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors and underwater brush. Sunfish fair to good on worms and shrimp at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: September 29. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits and good on Zara spooks. Crappie fair on minnows, white/blue and pink jigs at 15-20ft. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore 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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