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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: April 18, 2013

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

Arcadia:  April 15. Elevation above normal, water 54 and murky. Largemouth bass good on worms at 5-6 ft. along north shore. White bass fair. Blue catfish fair to good on shad at 6-10 ft. in the evenings. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 7-10 ft. early and late. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner:  April 15. Elevation below normal and rising, water 56-58 and murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs at 3-6 ft. along rocky banks. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs at 3-6 ft. along rocky banks. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on grubs and sassy shad at 2-6 ft. along inlets and rocky shorelines. Channel and blue catfish fair. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-12 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair on jerk baits and grubs at 2-6 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser:  April 15. Water below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on whole shrimp and chicken liver. Catfish fair on punch bait off the floating dock. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird:  April 14. 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.
Wes Watkins:  April 15. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water stained. All boat ramps are closed due to low water. Crappie fair on jigs. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow:  April 14. Elevation below normal, water 59 and muddy. Bass good on plastic baits and minnows at night around the dock. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch:  April 17. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water 50s and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms along shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Carl Blackwell:  April 16. Elevation below normal, water 58 and murky. Crappie good on live bait and jigs around structure. Striped bass hybrids excellent on swim baits on bottom around rocks. Report submitted by Wade Farrar, game warden stationed in Logan County.
Chandler:  April 14. Elevation below normal, water 59 and muddy. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits. Crappie good on small crankbaits and jigs off the dam. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan:  April 11. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-8 ft. White bass good on minnows and jigs in white and hot pink near the mouth of creeks and inlets. Blue catfish being caught on cut bait. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha:  April 16. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal, water 60 and clear. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson:  April 15. Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water 59 and murky. Catfish excellent on cut bait and shad at 10-15 ft. drifting the flats. Paddlefish excellent in the Chouteau Bend and low water dam area. White bass are spawning and found in all the creeks and the Chouteau Bend area of Grand River. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1 ft. at dusk; they are starting to go into the shallows. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: April 14. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water mid-50s. Largemouth bass good on jigs, jerk baits, Alabama rigs and crankbaits in pre-spawn patterns. Catfish good on fresh cut bait at 10-20 ft. White bass good on small lures up creeks and rivers and below the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Greenleaf:  April 15. Bass good to excellent on soft jerk baits and chatter baits moving up the lake. Crappie good on Bobby Garland lures, Strike King lures and minnows around brush and covers. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
Hudson:  April 15. Elevation normal, water 53. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. White bass good on small lures. Crappie fair to good on small jigs around brush pile areas. Paddlefish fair to good. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah:  April 11. Elevation 1 ft. below normal and slowly rising, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. White bass good on minnows and jigs in white and hot pink near the mouth of creeks and inlets. Blue catfish good on Acut bait and worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw:  April 16. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 56. White bass good along the Arkansas River. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and rod-and-reel with cut bait. Crappie slow 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 16. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 54. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. White bass good in creeks. Catfish fair on cut bait. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois:  April 15. Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows at 2 ft. in coves. White bass fair on jigs and white rooster tails at 2-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 2-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Blue catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom at the dam. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. below Gore Landing. Trout excellent on flies on the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
Oologah:  April 14. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water lower to mid-50s and clear. Crappie fair at 10 ft. around brush piles. Blue catfish fair on worms and shad at 10-15 ft. along 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 16. Elevation 13 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits in back of coves. 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 15. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs in the lake and at the north end of the dam. Striped bass good on sassy shad in the discharge. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the discharge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs off Hwy 15. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw:  April 16. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat houses. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller:  April 16. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. above normal, water 61-63 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair to good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastic baits in shallow water. Crappie fair to good, staging at 10 ft. White bass fair on spinnerbaits, spoons and jigs in the upper end of the lake. Sunfish good on night crawlers in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
Webbers Falls:  April 15. Bass good to excellent on soft jerk baits, flip baits and spinnerbaits up creeks and back waters. White bass fair to good moving up into the creeks and around Grand River bridges. Striped bass hybrids fair to good around Grand River bridges. Report submitted by Mike Hicks with Mike’s Outdoors.
NORTHWEST
Canton:  April 12. Elevation 14 ft. below normal, water clear. No useable boat ramps on the lake at this time. Walleye fair on crankbaits and jigs along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Ft. Supply:  April 14. Elevation normal. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at the south end of the lake. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait off the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along jetties early and late. Walleye fair to good trolling the sandbars and fair on worms and minnows off banks. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle:  April 13. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 59. Crappie fair on minnows and small feathered jigs around docks early and late and in the lake at the mouths of coves. White bass being caught on small rattletraps and wiggle-tailed grubs in back of creeks along channels. Bass being caught on shaky heads, flukes, Alabama rigs and sunfish colored crankbaits. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
Blue River:  April 16. Elevation normal, water 72 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastic baits and small crankbaits around rocks and structure. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, minnows and chicken liver around current in small pools. Sunfish good on crickets, small jigs and small spinnerbaits in shallow slack water areas. Trout fair on garlic Power Bait in large pools around waterfalls. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow:  April 14. Elevation slightly above normal, water mid-60s. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastic baits and crankbaits in shallower water around points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. around structure. Walleye should start being caught on crawdad type crankbaits in deeper water later in the month near the full moon. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula:  April 14. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 59 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits flipping the brush. White bass good on small spinnerbaits and jigs along feeder creeks where water is running. Blue catfish good on various baits along shallow flats and where water is entering the lake from rivers. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-7 ft. moving on and off banks with changing water levels and temperatures. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo:  April 14. Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Crappie fair to good on minnows around button brush along the creek channels. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastic baits in and around the flooded brush. Crappie and white bass fair to good on jigs at 10-13 ft. below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa:  April 15. Elevation normal, water 60 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms at 3-6 ft. along cattails and moss beds. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs and shad at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver at 5-10 ft. around points. submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork:  April 14. 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.
McGee Creek: April 14. 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 15. Elevation 7-8 ft. below normal, water 62. The marina boat ramp is the only ramp open. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on soft plastic baits, spinnerbaits, worms and crankbaits at 2-4 ft. Channel catfish fair to good on worms, stinkbait and chicken liver. Crappie slow to fair at 3-4 ft. around brush piles, rock structure and habitat buoys. Walleye fir on minnows and jigs right before dark off the dam. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek:  April 14. Elevation above normal, water 52 and clear. Bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows near the banks. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr:  April 16. 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 14. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water 61. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms in shallows. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 7-8 ft. Walleye good trolling at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma:  April 14. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 55 and murky in the north and clear to the south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits and jig combination baits at 10-15 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on slabs, live bait and sassy shad at 10-30 ft. from Platter Flats to the islands. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, cut bait 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 underwater brush and in the upper creeks. Sunfish fair to good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs around fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister:  April 14. Elevation 9 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fair to good on minnows and white grubs at 10-12 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish fair to good 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
Ellsworth: April 14. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish fair on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boathouses at Ralph’s Resort. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss:  April 15. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water lower 55 and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slab and live bait. Walleye good on live bait near the south end of the dam. Bass fair on live bait and jigs. Catfish good. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Lawtonka:  April 14. 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 15. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water 54 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. near rocks and brush piles. White bass good on minnows off points. Catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: April 15. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water muddy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged timber. Blue and channel catfish good on cut shad and punch bait at 3-12 ft. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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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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