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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: July 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm •  Published: July 17, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: July 15. Elevation 2 ft above normal and muddy. Hybrid striped bass fair on drifting shad and spoons over humps and off points. Catfish good on blood baits and stinkbait. Black bass good on plastic worms and top waters early and late. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma/Canadian Counties.
Arcadia: July 16. Elevation 2 ft above normal, water 84 and murky. All fishing fair to good. Bass and catfish fair to good on worms at 4-6 ft. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: July 16. Elevation above normal, water 77-83 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, jigs, and top waters at 2-8 ft in weeds and along rocky shoreline. White bass good on lipless baits and small grubs at 4-8 ft. Hybrid striped bass good on lipless baits and small grubs at 4-8 ft. Channel catfish fair on punch baits at 4-10 ft along windy shoreline. Blue catfish fair on punch baits at 4-10 ft along windy shoreline. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-15 ft around docks. Walleye fair on crankbaits and drifting live bait at 8-14 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: July 15. Elevation normal and murky. Catfish fair on worms and stinkbait behind the dam. Hybrid striped bass fair on chicken liver or minnows. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma/Canadian Counties.
Thunderbird: July 14. Elevation 1 ft above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs 6-8 ft on dam and structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stink baits. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: July 15. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish good on worms and punch bait on windy points. Crappie best in morning in standing timber. White bass fair while trolling in main lake. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: July 15. Elevation normal, water 86 and clear. Bass fair on spinner and plastic bait. Catfish good on cut bait at night. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: July 16. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Carl Blackwell: July 15. Elevation 4 ft below normal, water 78-80. Crappie best in early morning on jigs, after 9 A.M. live bait is best at 5-12 ft or just on the bottom around the crappie dock. Saugeye and hybrid striped bass are both being caught on the shallow flats in the middle of the lake from boats on varied baits. The hybrid striped bass good on any artificial bait that resembles shad or crawfish. Saugeye are being caught on slab jigging spoons and large live shiners. Channel catfish are being caught in the highest numbers around rocky structure on either dead or cut bait. Flatheads are also still very active. The best results for flatheads are coming from areas that the fish are staging in after spawning and recuperating from the stress. The biggest flatheads are being found around the largest rock piles and any large brush piles on large live baits and live goldfish on circle hooks are yielding good results. Largemouth bass are being picked up in the early or late on “shakey head” style baits around transition areas from rocky points into deeper water, as well as on topwater baits in the evenings. All carp species good to excellent with homemade dough baits as well as the occasional fly fisherman targeting them. Report Submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside store.
Chandler: July 15. Elevation normal, water 86 and clear. Bass fair spinner baits. Channel catfish good on cut and stink bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: July 16. Elevation slightly above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish slow and being caught using cut bait, chicken livers and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: July 17. Elevation 1 ft below normal, water 84 and dingy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 14-16 ft. Largemouth bass fair on top water baits. Bluegill good on worms and crickets around grass beds. Catfish fair on trotlines and limb lines using cut bait. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: July 15. Elevation 1.5 ft above normal 84 and clear. Catfish good using rod and reel and Jug lines with shad or cut bait in the main channel while drifting. Crappie fair using minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft of water. White bass are good while trolling the flats and windy points all around the lake. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Grand: July 14. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair on rubber worms on main lake points with good access to deeper water. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on fresh cut bait. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Hudson: July 15. Elevation normal. White bass fair to good on small and topwater lure early and late schooling. Black bass good on plastic and crank baits. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and gizzard shad in main river channel. Crappie fair. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: July 16. Elevation slightly above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish slow and being caught using cut bait, chicken livers and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: July 16. Elevation normal, water 81. Channel catfish slow on rod and reel with stink bait and cut shad. Blue Catfish fair on jug lines with fresh cut bait. Hybrid striped bass slow. Paddlefish slow below dam. Stripped bass slow below dam unless rooster tails are open on cut shad. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant Counties. Lower Illinois: July 14. Elevation is normal with water releases occurring regularly. Water is clear and mid 60′s. Fishing good all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and small stripers are biting well at the mouth and the dam on white jigs and curly tail grubs. Some sauger are being caught in deep holes on jigs and minnows. Trout biting well at the dam and Watts area on power bait, rapalas and rooster tails mainly in deeper holes. Fly fishing is good on wooly buggers being stripped and dry flies early in the morning, especially in the Watts Area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Oologah: July 14. Elevation 6 inches above normal, water mid to upper 70′s murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles at 10-15 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15 ft. White Bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits on flats at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Skiatook: July 15.Elevation 7 ft below normal, water clear. White and hybrid striped bass fair on topwater lures in the evening along the dam. Crappie fair using minnows and jigs around structure in 5-15 ft. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Spavinaw: July 17. Elevation slightly below normal, water 83 and dingy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on top water baits. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around docks. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: July 16. Elevation 1.5 ft above normal, water 83, clear and steady. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on topwater, spinnerbaits, or soft plastics. Catfish good on juglines, trotlines, or flipflops with cut baits in 30-40 ft. Sunfish good on nightcrawlers on gravel banks or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: July 15. Elevation 13.5 ft below normal. Channel catfish good on grasshoppers and minnows. White bass good on trolling crankbaits. Walleye fair on drifting slabs and night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Fort Supply: July 15. Elevation normal. Only channel catfish being caught, good on stink, cut bait or any other catfish bait in shallow water along dam and shore. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: July 13. Elevation 2 ft below normal, water 82 and stained. Crappie excellent off docks using small chartreuse jigs and minnows; brush piles on lake are good in the 25ft range 1/8 oz. chartreuse/pearl jigs good. White bass surfacing chasing shad from back end of Buck horn creek to dam, use small crank baits or wiggle tail grubs. Channel catfish good early morning using dough and cut baits. Sunfish excellent in shade pocket late evening on fly rod popping bugs. Bass good using crank bait, creature baits, and Carolina rig; buzz baits has been good early morning along with Chug bugs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: July 15. Elevation normal, water 76 and clear. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait around obstructions near current in larger pools. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics around brush in larger pools and fair on topwaters early and late. Sunfish excellent on crickets, mealworms and small jigs in slack water areas. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in large pools.Report Submitted by Matt Gamble, fisheries biologist, Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: July 15. 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 15-25 ft around brush piles. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: July 14. Elevation 6 inches above normal and murky. Black bass fair on soft plastic and crank baits around points and in deep rocky areas. White bass fair near bridges when there is a current. Blue catfish fair on shad, liver, and stink bait in rip-rap and shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges and rip-rap. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: July 14. 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. Blue catfish fair to good on stink bait below dam in shallow water. Black bass fair on spinner and topwater baits early and late around the button brush. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: July 14. Elevation 6 inches above normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth Bass good on plastic worm and top water lure around weed beds and at 5-8 ft. Channel Catfish are good on cut shad around points and south cove at 5-10 ft. White bass fair on topwater lures and jigs, schooling early and late in south cove 5-10 ft. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: July 14. 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 we also caught fish on the Light Cahills. Otherwise, there isn’t a particular hatch that is strong at this point. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
McGee Creek: July 14. Elevation normal, water clear near the dam and in potapo creek arm. Water gets murky the further you travel up McGee creek . Bass good when throwing a shad colored shallow lure in these areas. Schooling bass may chase shad to the top in evenings. Other times you may want to try soft plastic lures off rocky points at 20 ft. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs around cedar trees close to creek channels or near deep water. Catfish fair to good on liver and commercial prepared bait at 10-20 ft. Report submitted by Joe Young, game warden stationed in Atoka County
Murray: July15. Elevation 4-5 ft below normal, water 82 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 3-4 ft around rocky structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft around brush structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: July 14. Elevation above normal, water clear. Bass fair on watermelon brush hogs. Crappie good on white, blue, and pink jigs. Catfish good on nightcrawlers. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: July 15. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and rip-rap around river also good in cutoffs in river. Largemouth good around windy points on plastic bait in grass. Spotted bass 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 also good up river around submerged brush and rip-rap. 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 on trotlines. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Texoma: Elevation 1.5 ft below normal, water 81 degrees and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good at 5 -20 ft in upper creeks on surface lures, plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped and white bass good at 5-30 ft from Burns Run to the Islands on surface lures, slabs and live bait. Channel and blue catfish good from 10-20 ft from Johnson creek to Platter flats and Sanders Island View on Red River on live bait, worms and stinkbait. Crappie fair to good at 5-15 ft around the fish attractors and underwater brush on minnows and jigs. Sunfish good at 5-10 ft on fishing docks on small tube jigs, worms and shrimp. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: July 14. Elevation 6 inches above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on black 12-inch worms, white tips, spinner baits, crankbaits and zara spooks early and late. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white/pink jigs at 10-12 ft at brushy cover. Catfish excellent on rod-and-reel with live sunfish and on juglines and trot lines baited with cut bait and dead minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Tom Steed: July 15. Elevation is 14 ft below normal, water 82 and murky. White and hybrid striped bass slow. Saugeye fair on deep running cranks and trolling. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait and shad. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: July 15. Elevation 13 ft below normal, water murky. Hybrid striped bass and crappie fishing slow. Blue and channel catfish fair with best results in 6-20 feet of water on shad, crawfish and grasshoppers. Walleye slow with a few fish being taken in deep water along the dam by trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden assigned to 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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