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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: May 23, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: May 20. Elevation normal, water muddy. Catfish fair on cut bait and blood bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs off the docks. Striped bass hybrids fair on shad near the dam. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Arcadia: May 20. Elevation normal, water 65 and murky. Bass good on spinnerbaits along shorelines. Striped bass hybrids fair on shad and blood bait. White bass fair to good on crankbaits. Catfish slow to fair on shad and stinkbait off points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. along rocky shorelines and structure early and late. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 68-72 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, soft plastic baits and crankbaits at 2-5 ft. Smallmouth bass good on crankbaits and jigs at 3-8 ft. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on grubs and gay blades at 2-6 ft. along shorelines and the intake. Channel catfish good on cut bait, live bait and prepared bait at the intake and the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. along the dam and rocks. Walleye fair on grubs and gay blades at 2-6 ft. along shorelines and the intake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: May 20. Elevation normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on shrimp and chicken liver all around the lake. Catfish fair on stinkbait, cut bait and worms. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Thunderbird: May 19. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water muddy. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. around structure. Bass fair to good on tandem spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 2-6 ft. near structure in coves. Catfish fair to good on stinkbait and cut bait at 4-8 ft. near drop-offs. Saugeye good on medium diving crankbaits, jigs and sassy shad off points early and late. Report by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: May 19. Elevation below normal, water 72 and muddy. Bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, worms and dough bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: May 17. Elevation below normal, water upper 60s and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-8 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Carl Blackwell: May 21. Elevation below normal, water 65-68 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Channel catfish good on stinkbait around rocks. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and other artificial baits in shallow water. Report submitted by Wade Farrar, game warden stationed in Logan County.
Chandler: May 19. Elevation above normal, water 72 and muddy. Bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic baits. Channel catfish fair on dough bait, stinkbait and chicken liver. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: May 18. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-4 ft. White bass fair on minnows and jigs near the mouth of creeks and inlets. Blue and channel catfish being caught on cut bait and chicken liver. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: May 21. Elevation slightly above normal, water 68 and dingy. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Catfish good on live sunfish. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: May 19. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water stained. Catfish excellent on whole shad and drift fishing the flats and main channel. Paddlefish good below the main dam and the low water dam. White bass good on white spinnerbaits and white grubs below both dams from the bank and from boats. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 1 ft. early and late. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and jig-and -craw combinations. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: May 18. Elevation normal, water low 60s. Largemouth bass good on jigs with craw trailers. White bass good on small jigs up Elk River, Drowning Creek and Honey Creek. Crappie good on minnows and jigs shallow around structure. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Greenleaf: May 21. Bass good on soft jerk baits, Yum Dingers, Sinkos, spinnerbaits and jigs with plastic trailers shallow in grassy areas. White bass excellent on imitation shad while chasing shad. Crappie good on minnows, Bobby Garland jigs, Strike King Jokers and hand tied jigs. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
Hudson: May 20. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic baits. White bass fair to good on small lures in the upper end. Channel and blue catfish good on chicken liver. Crappie good on small jigs and minnows. Paddlefish fair in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: May 18. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. White bass fair on minnows and jigs in white and 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.
Keystone: May 21. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 61. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs along shorelines. Catfish good on cut bait at 40-50 ft. Bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Skiatook: May 20. 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 2-5 ft. along shorelines. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Spavinaw: May 21. Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal, water 72 and dingy. Largemouth bass fair on plastic lizards and crayfish. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around the dam area. Catfish fair on live sunfish. Walleye slow to fair along drop-offs into deep water early and late. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: May 20. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal and steady, water clearing. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastic baits at 5-10 ft. Crappie fair on tube jigs and minnows at 5-10 ft. Catfish good on flip-flops or juglines baited with cut bait near the main channel. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
Webbers Falls: May 21. Bass good on Sweet Beaver lures and pitching baits shallow up creeks around logs and stumps. Catfish good on cut shad and dough bait starting to move around. Crappie good on minnows and jigs shallow. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
NORTHWEST
Canton: May 18. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. Walleye excellent drifting night crawlers at 4-8 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the dam. Channel catfish fair on minnows and crickets along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: May 19. Elevation normal. White bass fair trolling all over the lake. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait along shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs along jetties. Walleye fair trolling the sandbars. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: May 18. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 70 and clear to stained in the upper arms. Crappie good on chartreuse and white jigs 6-10 ft. in coves and fair around docks early morning. White bass being caught on small crankbaits, topwater lures and wiggle-tailed grubs along bluff banks with wind blowing across. Bass being caught on topwater lures, flukes, shaky worms and crankbaits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: May 21. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 68. Channel catfish excellent on stinkbait and cut minnows behind boulders in heavy current. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in large pools at night. All other fishing poor due to high water conditions. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: May 18. Water upper 60s. Bass good on flukes, shaky heads, swim baits and Carolina rigs in pink, green pumpkin and white at 5-15 ft. and on topwater lures and spinnerbaits along shallows early and late. Crappie good on chartreuse/orange and green weenie jigs at 15-30 ft. in creeks around timber. Walleye good on jerk baits and swim baits around islands and main lake points at night. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: May 19. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 65 and clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits around brushy areas. White bass good below the dam when running water. Blue catfish good on various baits around rocky areas and shallow flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-5 ft. around brushy areas and traditional spawning areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: May 19. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 67 and muddy. White bass fair on jigs below the dam. Catfish fair to good on trotlines baited with goldfish and cut bait. Blue catfish fair on cut bait below the dam. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel and fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: May 18. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 73 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 3-6 ft. along weed beds and cattails. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: May 19. 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: May 16. Stocked 1,577 lbs., approximately 2,160 rainbow trout on May 3. Report submitted by April Drake, southeast region fisheries secretary.
McGee Creek: May 19. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 65. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. Crappie fair on minnows over cedar trees next to creek channels. Channel catfish fair to good on liver and stinkbait in upper creek channels where fresh water is coming in. White bass fair to good on white curly tail jigs in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: May 19. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie great on jigs at 6-8 ft. Bass good on pumpkin seed grubs and craw jigs near flooded timber and points. Catfish picking up on night crawlers off the half bridge. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: May 21.Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoffs in the river. Spotted and white bass excellent up Canadian River; look for concentrations of gulls, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair close to creek channels on submerged brush. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live bait up rivers and in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis: May 18. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass slow to fair on swim baits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms at 2-10 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait at 4-10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-10 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: May 19. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 63 and clear in the south and murky in the north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, plastic combination baits and surface lures at 5-15 ft. in creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good at 10-30 ft. from Platter Flats to the islands. 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 5-15 ft. in the upper creeks and around underwater brush. Sunfish fair to good on shrimp, worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: May 19. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits, R2 best. Crappie good on minnows and jigs and fair on white/pink grubs Catfish 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: Fishery is still affected by the Golden Algae blooms from this past winter. Fisheries personnel are continuing to monitor the situation.
Ellsworth: May 19. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water muddy. Catfish fair to good on cut bait off rocky points. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in shallow water around structure. Saugeye fair on minnows and grubs off rocks. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: May 20. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water low 60s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on live bait. Bass fair. Walleye good on live bait. Crappie fair. Catfish good. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Ft. Cobb: May 21. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 69 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and live bait at 3-8 ft. Striped bass hybrids good on swim baits, cut bait, live bait and slabs at 4-8 ft. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits, swim baits, crankbaits and live bait at 2-6 ft. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Lawtonka: May 19. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish fair to good on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Tom Steed: May 20. Elevation 9 ft. below normal and rising, water 64 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. near rock by the dam. Catfish good on stinkbait at 3-6 ft. at island rocks where the gar are spawning. White bass good on minnows and spinnerbaits off rocky points. Saugeye good trolling crankbaits near the old highway. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: May 20. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around marina and rocks along Corum Bridge. Blue catfish good on fresh shad and punch bait. Striped bass hybrids fair on crawfish and silver spoons. 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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