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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: April 11, 2013
Spring fishing has been excellent on the Lower Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County.
Spring fishing has been excellent on the Lower Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County.

Here is this week’s fishing report as compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation:

CENTRAL
Arcadia: April 7. Elevation normal. White bass fair to good on spoons into the wind. Catfish fair to good on dough bait around points into the wind and at night along flats and shoals. Crappie fair to good on minnows at various depths. Report by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Hefner: April 9. Elevation below normal, water 52-56 and murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs at 4-10 ft. along rocky banks. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on lipless crankbaits at 4-8 ft. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and liver at 10-20 ft. along the dam. Blue catfish good on cut bait and liver at 10-20 ft. along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-18 ft. along the dam. Walleye good on jerk baits and lipless baits at 2-6 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: April 8. Elevation below normal, water murky. 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: April 7. Elevation 6 1/3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 5-8 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: April 7. Elevation below normal, water 58 and muddy. Bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows at the fishing dock at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch:  April 9. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water upper 50s and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits along shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Chandler:  April 7. Elevation below normal, water 58 and muddy. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along the dam. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Ft. Gibson: April 7. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 51 and murky. Catfish excellent on night crawlers and whole shad on bottom along mouths of creeks and the main river. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1 ft. along the bank at dark. White bass good on white grubs, rattletraps and white/silver jigs all along the river; Chouteau Bend is the place to be in the next few weeks. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: April 7. Elevation normal, water 56. Largemouth bass good on rogues and Alabama rigs in pre-spawn patterns off main lake points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Catfish excellent on fresh cut bait on shallow flats. White bass good on small crankbaits and jigs up rivers and creeks. Paddlefish excellent from Ogeechee Flats to Miami Park. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Kaw: April 9. Elevation 1 ft. above normal. White bass good along the Arkansas River. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and rod-and-reel with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs 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 9. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 49. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits. 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 8. Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows at 2 ft. in creek channel coves. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits 2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 3 ft. in the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. 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:  April 7. Elevation 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 9. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. All fishing fair. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-20 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner:  April 8. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on slabs and live shad at the north end near the dam. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the discharge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs off Hwy 15 and 177. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller:  April 8. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 54-57 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair to good on shallow spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastic baits from mid-lake to the upper end. Crappie fair on small jigs around docks in mid-lake and good on minnows and jigs in the upper end in mornings. White bass good trolling from mid-lake to the upper end. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Ft. Supply:  April 7. Elevation slightly below normal. Channel catfish good on stinkbait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along shorelines. Walleye fair to good trolling sandbars. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle:  April 7. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal, water 59-61. Fishing has improved on all species. Crappie being caught around docks early and late and on minnows and jigs midway back in coves. White bass good on rattletraps and wiggle-tailed grub jigs in the shallows up creeks chasing shad. Bass being caught on crankbaits, jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow:  April 7. 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:  April 7. Elevation normal, water 59 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits flipping the brush and around rocky areas. White bass good on small jigs and spinnerbaits in feeder creeks when water is running from rain. Blue catfish good on shad along shallow flats and rocky areas. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-8 ft. along the north and south ends and at 1-3 ft. along the banks in the spawning areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Konawa: April 8. Elevation normal, water 64 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and spinnerbaits at 4-8 ft. along the cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad and minnows at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: April 7. 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:  April 9. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 1,855 rainbow trout on April 4. Stocked an additional 2,300 10-11 inch rainbow trout. Report submitted by April Drake, southeast region fisheries secretary.
McGee Creek: April 7. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 56 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits at 5-15 ft. Crappie fair on minnows at 10-18 ft. over cedar brush in creek channels. Channel catfish fair to good on liver and stinkbait in the upper creek channels where fresh water is coming in. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray:  April 8. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 53. The marina boat ramp is the only open ramp. 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:  April 7. Elevation above normal, water 52 and clear. Bass fair on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows near the banks. Bass good on soft plastic baits. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr:  April 9. 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:  April 6. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal and rising, water 59. Largemouth bass fair at 2-4 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma:  April 7. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic combination baits 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 Washita Point 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 Catfish Bay. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in upper creeks. Sunfish fair to good on worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister:  April 7. Elevation 12 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:  April 6. Elevation 26 3/4 ft. below normal and slowly rising. Overall fishing is fair. Catfish and walleye being caught near the dam. Crappie being caught. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Ellsworth: April 7. 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. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Lawtonka:  April 7. 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:  April 9. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water 53 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near the dam. Catfish fair on cut shad near islands. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: April 8. Elevation 11 3/4 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on jigs, cut shad and silver spoons along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged timber. Blue and channel catfish good on shad, crawfish and punch bait at 4-10 ft. near submerged timber. Walleye slow to fair on silver spoons along the dam. 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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