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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: July 7, 2013 at 6:20 am •  Published: March 14, 2013
This 20.5-pound striped bass hybrid was caught March 4 from Hudson Lake below the Pensacola Dam on a spinning rod by Chad Blackman of Langley. It is the new lake record.
This 20.5-pound striped bass hybrid was caught March 4 from Hudson Lake below the Pensacola Dam on a spinning rod by Chad Blackman of Langley. It is the new lake record.

Here is this week’s fishing report as compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
CENTRAL
Arcadia: March 10. Elevation normal. Channel catfish fair to good on punch bait and chicken liver around points and flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs suspended early morning and midday. Carp good on hotdogs. Report by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Arcadia: March 12. Elevation normal, water 46 and muddy. All fishing fair. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. along shorelines and docks early morning. Bass fair. Catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Overholser: March 11. Elevation below normal. Catfish fair on night crawlers and cut shad. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: March 9. Elevation 7 1/3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 8-10 ft. around structure. Bass fair on spinnerbaits around structure. Report by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
NORTHEAST
Ft. Gibson: March 9. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 49 and clear. White bass fair on whole shad on a Carolina rig in the main channel in the Mission Bend area. Catfish good on whole shad at 10-20 ft. drifting the flats. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. around the docks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Hudson: March 11. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. White bass fair to good in the lower of the creeks and below the dams. Blue catfish fair to good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Kaw: March 11. Elevation normal, water 44. 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 the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: March 12. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 46. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish fair on cut bait. Striped bass good on shad-colored jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: March 11. Elevation normal, water 44 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. and minnows with corks at 1 ft. around bridges, coves and the mouth of the river. White bass slow on spinnerbaits and jigs at 2-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on spinnerbaits and jigs at 3 ft. around bridges and 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: March 13. Stocked 2,329 rainbow trout. 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: March 10. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water upper 40s to lower 50s. Crappie fair at 10-15 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.
Sooner: March 13. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on ghost minnows, sassy shad and topwater lures in the discharge. Saugeye fair on minnows and sassy shad. Fishing fair on live shad, cut shad and slabs where pumping water at the dam. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller: March 11. Elevation 4 ft. below normal and rising, water 50 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on deep running crankbaits, soft plastics and spinnerbaits around main lake points. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: March 9. Elevation 15 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on shad in the river channel near Canadian campground. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: March 9. Elevation 5 3/4 ft. below normal, water 51 and clear to stained in upper creek arms and back of feeder coves. Crappie slow around docks and fair on minnows and jigs scattered around the lake at 25 ft. around brush piles. White bass are on the move and being caught at 20 ft. in back of creek arms off creek channel ledges. Bass being caught on crankbaits, jerk baits and Alabama rigs off points and bluffs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: March 10. Elevation near normal and rising, water low 30s. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on plastic baits, jerk baits and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in deeper water around structure. Walleye good on jigs and rogues in the upper end of the lake and mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: March 10. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and plastic baits along rocky areas. Blue catfish good on shad along flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below docks and along riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: March 10. Elevation 2 ft. above normal. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel. Catfish fair on trot lines baited with cut shad and live bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: March 11. Elevation normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. along the outside edge of weed beds and cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: March 10. 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.
Lower Mountain Fork: March 7. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 2,472 rainbow trout. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region fisheries supervisor.
McGee Creek: March 10. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 52 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic bait 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.
Pine Creek: March 10. 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.
Robber’s Cave State Park: March 7. Stocked 351 lbs., approximately 547 rainbow trout. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary southeast region fisheries.
Sardis Lake: March 8. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, stick baits and spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead shad. Crappie fair to good at 8-10 ft. Walleye fair trolling and on jigs in shallows. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: March 10. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits and plastic combination baits at 10-20 ft. off the points. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and salt craws at 10-30 ft. from Washita Point to the islands. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, cut bait and stinkbait at 10-30 ft. from Johnson Creek to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. along creeks and around underwater brush. Sunfish fair on tube jigs and shrimp at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: March 10. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and fair on 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 9. Elevation 27 ft. below normal and steady. Overall fishing is very slow. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Medicine Creek: March 11. Trout good on salmon eggs in Bath Lake to Gondola Dam and fair on small in-line spinnerbaits and Super Dupers. Trout good on small black flies with fly equipment from the Hwy 49 Bridge to the south and fair on minnows, floating Power Baits and small spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Jimmy Miller with Gone Fishin’.
Tom Steed: March 12. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. near the dam. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: March 11. Elevation 11 ft. below normal. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut shad along north shorelines during strong south winds. Striped bass hybrids and crappie slow on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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