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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: July 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm •  Published: July 3, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: July 1. Elevation 1ft above normal. Hybrid striped bass good on spoons and shad drifting over humps and off points. Catfish good on shad and cut baits on bottom early and late. Report submitted by David Rempe.
Arcadia: July 2. Elevation 1ft above normal, water 84 and muddy. All fishing fair to good. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: July 1. Elevation is above normal, water is 78-83 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits and crank baits at 2-6ft around willows and rocky shoreline. Smallmouth bass fair on crank baits around rocky shoreline. White bass good on lipless baits at 4-8ft. Channel Catfish good on Punch Baits, minnows, and worms in 8-15. Blue catfish fair on punch baits, minnows, and worms at 10-20ft. Flathead catfish fair on live bait at 6-12ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20ft around the dam and docks. Walleye good on grubs, crank baits, and drift rigs in 8-14ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: July 1. Elevation normal and water is murky. Catfish good on worms below dam and off the fishing dock. Hybrid striped bass fair on worms and chicken liver off the dam and points.
Thunderbird: June 30. Elevation 1.5 ft. above normal, water muddy. Saugeye good on medium diving crankbaits, jigs and sassy shad off windy points early and late. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: July 1. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie biting fair to good using minnows and jigs at 12-15ft in standing timber in morning. White bass fair trolling in main lake. Channel Catfish fair using worms and chicken liver. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Carl Blackwell: July 2. The water 80 and cloudy to stained in color. Catfish active along rocky shorelines that provide spawning habitat.  The most noted area for targeting large Flatheads with large live bait on rod and reel has been the rocky shoreline of the Turkey Hollow camping area on the north end of the dam with good results. Flatheads are being caught in nearly all areas of the lake by jug fishermen and trotline fishermen as well. Also using large live bait (large Shiners and Goldfish). Channel catfish are excellent in the same types of areas with chicken livers, frozen shad or night crawlers being the preferred bait by rod and reel fishermen. Crappie fishing remains good to excellent from daylight until 9 a.m. using jigs at 6-12ft around the enclosed fishing dock. The remainder of the day crappie are slow to good at 6-12ft using live bait. All small sunfish are actively spawning and feeding in the shallows. All bass are good to excellent after dark on top water baits. Anglers have reported fair to good success when targeting saugeyes throughout the lake. Traditional sauger/saugeye/walleye techniques, jigs tipped with live bait, crank baits and trolling under planer boards. Report submitted by: Chris Pulchny, -The H2O Lakeside Store.
Chandler: June 30. Elevation normal, water 84 and muddy. All fishing slow.
Copan: June 30. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish being caught on cut bait, worms and chicken liver below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: July 2. Elevation slightly above normal, water 80 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms. Catfish fair on trotlines and limb lines baited with live sunfish. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: June 28. Elevation 4ft above normal, water 85 and stained. Catfish excellent in main channel and creek mouths with whole and cut shad on rod and reel and jug lines. Crappie slow under docks and brush in 15ft using minnows and chartreuse jigs. White bass good with white grubs and spinners wading windy points. Black bass fair on crank baits and spinner baits in 10-15ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand: June 30. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish excellent on fresh cut bait shallow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Greenleaf:  July 2. Fishing good around deep structures, 7.5-10 inch worms work best. In middle of lake deep dive crank bait works best. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
Hudson: July 1. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on top water and plastic baits. White bass good on small lures below the dam. Channel catfish and blue catfish good on liver and cut shad around rocky points and flats. Blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: June 30. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and flathead catfish slow on cut bait and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: June 30. Elevation 1.5ft. above normal, water 81. Channel catfish slow on rod and reel with stink bait. Catfish fair on jug lines with fresh cut bait. Hybrid striped bass good on south end of lake on spoons. Paddlefish slow below dam. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: July 2. Elevation 2ft above normal, water 82. Catfish excellent on cutbait in 30-45ft. Crappie good on minnows in 5-15ft. White bass and striped good on sassy shad at 10-15 ft. Black bass good on plugs particularly chartreuse colored in shallow water. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: June 30. Elevation normal with water releases occurring regularly, water low 60s and clear. Fishing is excellent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and small striped bass good on white jigs and curly tail grubs at the mouth and the dam. Sauger are being caught in deep holes on jigs and minnows. Trout good at dam and Watts area on power bait, rapalas and rooster tails. Fly fishing good on wooly buggers being stripped and dry flies early in morning, in Watts Area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Oologah: June 29. Elevation 2ft above normal and falling slowly, water low 70s and muddy. Blue and channel catfish fair on jug lines baited with shad 10ft. Blue and channel catfish fair below the dam on shad. White bass fair below dam on jigs. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Spavinaw: July 2. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush at 10-15ft. Catfish are good in upper end drifting at 8-15ft. Bluegill are good around shore near brush and around boat houses. Largemouth bass slow. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: July 1. Elevation 3ft above normal, water 78, clear and steady. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair in shallow water on soft plastic, crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Catfish good on flipflops with cutbaits in 40-50ft of water. Crappie fair on minnows or tube jigs in docks and brush. Sunfish good on nightcrawlers on gravel banks or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: June 29. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on grasshoppers and minnows near humps and along dam. Walleye fair on night crawlers at 4-10ft. White bass and hybrid striped bass fair on trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed Blaine County.
Webbers Falls: July 1. Black bass biting well in Arkansas River and moving to mouths of the creek. Good around flipping stumps, down logs, and log jams; brush hog, sweep beaver and tube bait work best. Catfish are good on river around bends with shad. White bass good on Grand River below Ft. Gibson Dam. Report submitted by Mike’s Outdoors.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: June 29. Elevation 1 3/4 ft. below normal, water 80 and clear. Crappie good off docks and brush piles in 12-20ft using minnows and small chartreuse jigs. White bass are chasing shad in all parts of lake and small crankbaits, grubs and rattletrap baits good. Channel catfish are hitting cut baits and dough baits on the baited holes up Rock Creek and Guy Sandy arms. Sunfish in the shallows hitting live worms and small fly rod bugs. Bass are hitting a chartreuse worms rigged on shakey head, crankbaits, tubes and topwater early. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: June 30. Elevation rising, water upper 70s. Bass good on spook lures, Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits in watermelon seed and pumpkin around deep points and rock walls and on big white crankbaits around ridges in the upper end of the river and around main lake points. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and sunfish. Crappie good on small grubs in white, chartreuse and orange at 15-25ft around brush piles. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: June 30. Elevation 2ft above normal, water 79 and murky. Black bass fair on crank baits and spinners around rocky points and brush areas. White bass fair on jigs near bridges. Channel catfish good on shad and worms in the rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges, riprap, and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: June 30. Elevation normal, flood gates closed. Crappie fair on minnows along river channels. Catfish good on trotlines baited with sunfish and/or goldfish in the main lake. Black bass fair on spinnerbaits and topwaters early and late around the button brush. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: June 29. Elevation 6 inches above normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth Bass good on plastic worm and top water lure around moss beds and at 10ft. Channel Catfish are fair on chicken liver and stink bait around points and at 10-15ft. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: June 30. Crayfish and minnow patterns (size 10-12) and Light Cahills (size 16) have been working well in Zone I. Zones II and III have experienced high water from generation periodically during the day. But when the water isn’t too high to fish in Zone II, try streamers and midges. In Zone III fish were also caught on the Light Cahills. Otherwise, there isn’t a particular hatch that is strong at this point. Report submitted by Three Rivers Fly Shop.
McGee Creek: June 30. Elevation is normal, water is 81 and clear. Black bass fair on soft plastic lures and rattling crank baits at 2-10ft. Crappie fair on minnows over cedar trees, white bass fair to good on crank bait at 28-35ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: July 1. Elevation 4-5 ft. below normal, water 78 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass, schooling just before dark, good on plastic baits, worms, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs early and late. Channel catfish good at 3-4ft around rocky structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15ft around brush structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: June 30. Elevation above normal, water clear. Bass fair on watermelon brush hogs. Crappie good on white, blue and pink jigs. Catfish good on night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: July 1. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoffs in the river and good on plastic baits in grass around windy points. 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 and riprap. 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 up river or in coves on live bait and trotlines. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis: June 28. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. White bass fair to good in early morning and late evening on top water, swimmer, and spinner bait. Channel catfish and blue catfish are good on cut bait and minnows. Flathead Catfish is fair to good in shallow water. Crappie is fair at8-14 ft. Walleye poor. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: June 30. Elevation 1ft below normal, water 79 and clear to the south and murky to the north. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and surface lures in 5-15 feet in creek channels. Striped and white bass good on sassy shad, livebaits, and surface lures in 10-30ft from Burns Run to Islands. Channel and blue catfish good form 10-20ft from Washita River to Catfish bay and Sanders Island View on Red River on livebait, worms and stinkbaits. Crappie good from 5-15ft around fishing docks and fish attractors on minnows and jigs. Sunfish good 5-15ft on fishing docks and around riprap on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: June 30. Elevation 3 1/2ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on 12-inch black worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and pumpkinseed craws and grubs. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white/pink jigs at 4-10ft. aro nd brushy cover. Catfish good on rod-and-reel with live sunfish and on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and dead minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Foss: July 1. Elevation 12ft below normal and gates closed, water highs 70s and clear. Hybrid Striped Bass good on live bait while drifting. Walleye fair to good on live bait. Catfish good on trot lines. Crappie fair around fish house. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Tom Steed: July 1. Elevation is 14ft below normal, water murky. Crappie biting around brush piles on minnows and jigs. Catfish being caught on minnows or cut bait. Walleye slow, can be caught trolling. Report submitted by Brandon Lehman, game warden stationed in Greer County.
Waurika:July 2. . Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped hybrid bass slow. Crappie fair on minnows and dark jigs around submerged timber. Blue and channel catfish good on shad, crawfish and punch bait near Corum Bridge and around 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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