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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: April 25, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: April 22. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 58 and murky. Largemouth bass good on worms at 5-6 ft. along north shores. White bass fair. Blue catfish good on shad at 6-10 ft. in evenings. Crappie fair to good on live and plastic minnows and jigs at 7-12 ft. around docks early and late. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: April 22. Elevation normal and rising, water 58-64 and muddy. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits at 3-6 ft. along rocky banks. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits at 3-6 ft. along rocky banks. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on white grubs 2-6 ft. at the water inlet. Channel and blue catfish fair. Crappie good on chartreuse jigs and minnows at 4-10 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair on jerk baits and grubs at 2-8 ft. along rocky shorelines. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: April 24. Striped bass hybrids fair to good on chicken liver and jigs on warm days. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: April 21. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water muddy. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait at 6-10 ft. Report by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: April 21. Elevation 7 ft. below normal and rising, water muddy. The main boat on the north side is now open. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: April 21. Elevation below normal, water 58 and muddy. Bass good on plastic baits in shallows. Channel catfish fair on dough bait. Crappie good on minnows around docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: April 22. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits along shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. around structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Carl Blackwell: April 23. Elevation below normal, water 59 and murky. Crappie fair at the enclosed dock and off rocks. Striped bass hybrids excellent along the dam in the afternoon. Report submitted by Wade Farrar, game warden stationed in Logan County.
Chandler: April 21. Elevation above normal, water 58 and muddy. Channel catfish fair on dough bait and stinkbait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs off the dam. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: April 21. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-8 ft. White bass slow 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.
Ft. Gibson: April 20. Elevation 10 ft. above normal, water 58 and murky. Catfish excellent on juglines, trotlines and drifting shad, shrimp and cut bait around Long Bay and Toppers areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the docks and rocky banks. White bass good in the main river channel around Chouteau Bend. Paddlefish excellent in the low water areas and below the main dam. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: April 21. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 58. Largemouth bass good on various baits shallow. White bass slow to fair on small crankbaits and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. Catfish good on fresh cut bait shallow. Paddlefish slow to fair up river. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Greenleaf: April 23. Bass good on soft jerk baits, lipless crankbaits, rattletraps and chatter baits; they have moved back just a little. Crappie good on Bobby Garland baby shad in blue thunder, electric chicken and red. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
Hudson: April 22. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits and crankbaits. White bass good in the upper end below Pensacola Dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad. Crappie fair on small lures and minnows. Paddlefish good in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: April 21. Elevation normal, 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 cut bait and worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: April 23. Elevation 1 1/2 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 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 23. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 60. Crappie fair on minnows. Catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: April 22. Elevation above normal and rising, water 44 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows at 3 ft. in coves. White bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits at 3 ft. all along 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 jigs at 3 ft. below Gore Landing to the mouth of the river. 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 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water lower to mid-50s and clear. Crappie fair at 6-10 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 22. Elevation 12 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 22. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids good on rattletraps, topwater lures and sassy shad in the discharge. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait at the intake at the north end of the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs off Hwy 15. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller: April 22. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 61-62 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastic baits. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 10-15 ft. in docks. White bass being caught on inline spinnerbaits and jigs. Sunfish fair on worm-Webbers Falls: April 23. Bass good on soft jerk baits, flukes, jigs with plastic trailers and spinnerbaits in back of creeks. White bass excellent on almost anything including jigs and redeye shad in back of creeks. Report submitted by Mike Hicks with Mike’s Outdoors.
NORTHWEST
Canton: April 20. Elevation 14 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass fair along the dam in evenings. Channel catfish fair on shad near Big Bend campground. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: April 21. Elevation normal, water 52. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along jetties. Walleye fair trolling the sandbars. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Broken Bow: April 22. 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 21. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear in the east and murky in the north and west. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits along brushy and rocky areas. White bass good on small spinnerbaits and jigs in feeder creeks that have substantial current flow. Blue catfish good on a variety of baits in shallow areas around brush and rocks. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 1-6 ft. moving with the cold fronts. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: April 21. 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 20. Elevation normal, water 64 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. around points and weed 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 and stinkbait at 5-10 ft. in coves. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: April 21. 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 21. Elevation 1/2 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. White bass being caught on grubs and jigs at the first shoal at the north end of McGee Creek. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: April 23. 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 fair on minnows and jigs right before dark off the dam. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: April 21. Elevation above normal, water 59 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 23. Bass fair on crankbaits, stick baits and topwater lures off points, along creek channels and in coves up river in coves. White and spotted bass excellent up the Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls; white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. up Big San Bois Creek, in strip pits and shallow weed areas. 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 20. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 68. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms in shallows. White bass fair in creek channels. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-8 ft. Walleye good trolling at 8-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma:  April 21. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 56 and clear in the south and murky in the north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic combination baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-20 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 10-30 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Catfish Bay. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. in underwater brush and gravel shorelines. Sunfish fair to good on worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: April 21. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fair to good on minnows and white grubs at 2-4 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish fair to good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and dead minnows at 8-12 ft. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Altus-Lugert: April 21. Elevation 26 3/4 ft. below normal and steady. Overall fishing is better but still slow. Catfish and walleye being caught near the dam. Crappie being caught near the low water dam. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park.
Ellsworth: April 21. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water muddy. Blue catfish fair to good on cut bait off rocky points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: April 23. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slab and live bait in deep water near the dam. Walleye fair to good on live bait near the marina. Largemouth bass fair on live bait. Catfish good on the north side of the lake. Crappie slow near brush around the lake. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Waurika: April 22. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids good on crawfish and jigs along the dam. Blue and channel catfish good on worms, shad and punch bait at 4-12 ft. near submerged timber. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden stationed in 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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