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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: August 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm •  Published: August 2, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: July 29. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. along riprap. White bass fair on minnows and shad around points. Channel and blue catfish good on shad and stinkbait on bottom late evening. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma/Canadian Counties.
Arcadia: July 30. Elevation above normal, water 85 and murky. Largemouth bass slow to fair on crankbaits. White bass slow to fair on spoons and crankbaits at various depths late evening. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair drifting shad and spoons at 8-12 ft. Channel and blue catfish slow to fair on stinkbait, shad and blood bait deep along windy shorelines early and late. Crappie slow to fair on jigs, worms and minnows at 8-12 ft. around docks and structure early and late. Sunfish slow to fair on worms and jigs at 2-4 ft. along shorelines and docks. Carp slow to fair on stinkbait and dough bait. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: July 30. Elevation above normal and dropping, water 79-82 and clear to murky near the intake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at 2-8 ft. along weeds and rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on gay blades and grubs at 4-8 ft. around windy points. Channel and blue catfish good on punch bait at 8-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows at 8-15 ft. around docks at night. Walleye fair on gay blades and grubs at 4-8 ft. around windy points. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: July 29. Elevation normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on cut bait and white grubs along windy points evening and morning. Channel catfish good on worms and stinkbait behind the dam. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
Wes Watkins: July 29. Elevation normal, water clear. White bass fair trolling the main lake. Crappie fair to good on minnows in standing timber. Channel catfish fair on worms and grasshoppers from the banks. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: July 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Catfish fair on cut bait late. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: July 28. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water upper 70s and murky. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Carl Blackwell: July 29. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 78-81 and clear to stained due to boat traffic, winds and rain. Crappie are feeding heavily after a new shad hatch and heavy mayfly hatch. Crappie being caught on jigs or live bait at 1-10 ft. all hours of the day. Striped bass hybrids and white bass are schooling heavily on schools of older larger shad. Saugeye can be found in the same areas as the hybrid and White bass, typically on the shallow flats in the middle of the lake. Shad mimicking swim baits, spoons, crankbaits and spinnerbaits can all produce high numbers of fish. All black bass are in post spawn areas feeding heavily and also keying in on the new shad hatch. Spinnerbaits, buzz baits and soft plastic are all producing fish. Wacky rigged and Texas-rigged soft plastic are a good go to baits. Channel catfish still remain very active. Once again the most productive baits have been frozen shrimp, chicken livers and frozen shad along with cut baits and traditional night crawlers. Flathead catfish being caught on limb lines, jug lines, and trot line all on large live “natural” baits, large goldfish, large shiners as well as native sunfishes and crawfish. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside store.
Chandler: July 29. Elevation normal, water 85 and clear. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: July 29. Elevation slightly above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, chicken liver and worms below the dam and fair on juglines baited with sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: July 31. Elevation 1 1/4 ft. below normal, water 82 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early and late. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: July 30. Elevation 5 1/4 ft. above normal, water 85 and murky. Catfish good drifting and on juglines baited with shad and cut bait in the main channel and below the dam. White bass good on spinnerbaits around windy points. Largemouth bass good on finesse worms and Carolina rigs at 2-10 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Hudson: July 22. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic worms, spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and cut shad. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: July 29. Elevation slightly above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. near Skull Creek around brush piles. 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: July 29. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 79. Channel catfish slow on rod-and-reel with stinkbait and cut shad. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with fresh cut bait at 6-8 ft. in the north part of the lake. Paddlefish slow below the dam. Striped bass slow on cut shad below the dam unless the Corps is generating water. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant Counties.
Keystone: July 30. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 86. Catfish good on juglines baited with shad. White bass fair trolling. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: July 29. Elevation normal with occasional water releases, water upper 60s and clear. Fishing is good 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 fair on minnows and jigs in deep holes. Trout good on Power Bait at the dam and Watts area in deeper holes and on rooster tails and Rapalas as the river begins to flow. Fly fishing good on wooly buggers being stripped and dry flies early in the morning, especially in the Watts area. Nymph fishing in deeper holes is doing well when the sun gets up. Fly fishing becomes difficult as the water swiftness increases, with some fish being caught in eddies. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Oologah: July 28. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water murky. Water mid to upper 70′s. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles 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 15-20 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Spavinaw: July 31. Elevation slightly below normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: July 29. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures, large plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 30-50 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: July 27. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish excellent on grasshoppers. White bass, hybrid striped bass, and walleye fair on trolling crankbaits and drifting slabs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Ft. Supply:  July 29. White bass fair trolling shad on the lake. Channel slow to fair on stinkbait and cut bait in the lake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: July 27. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 83 and stained. Crappie off docks good early morning on minnows and chartreuse/pearl jigs. 25 ft. brush piles out on lake good using some form of a 1/8oz. chartreuse jig. White bass are surfacing and chasing shad in the mid lake area, good on small crank baits, wiggle tailed grub on lead head good. Channel catfish are hitting grasshoppers, dough baits and cut baits on or near baited holes. Sunfish excellent on popping bugs in shallow shaded areas. Largemouth and smallmouth bass at first light good on top water. Rest of day use of deep diving crank baits, Carolina rigs, and 3/4 oz. football jigs off deep ledges and points. Report submitted by Jack Melton
Blue River: July 29. Elevation normal, water 84 and murky. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, minnows and chicken liver in larger pools near current. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in larger pools near rocks and structure at night. Report Submitted by Matt Gamble, fisheries biologist, Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: July 28. Water mid to high 90s. Bass schooling early and late. White bass being caught on white crankbaits at 10-20 ft. around points and ridges and on shaky heads with watermelon seed finesse worms in plum or green around rock walls and points. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair on jigs and spoons moving to deeper water. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula:  July 28. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and crankbaits around points and deep rocks. White bass fair around bridges and points. Blue catfish good drifting shad along flats and deep rocks. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around timber and bridge piers. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: July 27. Elevation normal. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs along the river channel. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures in and around the vegetation and brush. Catfish fair on worms and cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa:  June 29. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 5-10 ft. along weed beds and around points. Channel catfish good on cut shad at 10-12 ft. in the south cove. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork:  July 28. The trout stocking dates have been changed. We understand that the hatchery will stock every three weeks which began on July 4. Therefore, the next stocking date is to be July 25 and then every three weeks thereafter. Fly fishing patterns would include olive and brown hoppers size 10 and 12, stimulators, light cahills or PMD’s also in size 12-14. Pheasant tail with flashback, size 18-20. Small midges size 20-22 in red, brown, copper. Also try crayfish patterns, streamers and ants. The hexagenias should be working in early evening in the Evening Hole area. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Lower Mountain Fork: July 30. Stocked 2,362 lbs. approximately 2,500 rainbow trout on July 25. Report submitted by April Drake, southeast regional office secretary.
McGee Creek: July 28. Lake Elevation normal, clear, 83 degrees. Fishing for black bass is fair to good on soft plastic lures and rattling crank baits, 2-10ft., also fair to good on schooling fish in open water and around rock ledges on shad colored topwater baits and buzz baits early and late. Crappie fair to good on minnows over cedar trees, right off creek channels. White bass is fair to good on crank baits 28-35 ft.
Murray: July 29. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on soft plastic baits and jerk baits early morning, late evening and at night. Channel catfish slow to fair on chicken liver, worms and stinkbait at 3-4 ft. Crappie slow to fair at 10 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: July 28. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie good on jigs around tops. Catfish fair on punch bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: July 29. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around river also good in cutoffs in river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up Canadian River, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fishing fair in deeper submerged brush locations. 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: July 28. Elevation 1.5 ft. below normal, water 79 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good from 5-20 ft. in the upper ends of the creek and around the points on surface lures, crankbaits and plastic combination baits. Striped and white bass good from 5-20 plus ft. from Burns run to Caney creek on surface lures, live bait and sassy shad. Channel and blue catfish good from10-20 ft. deep from the Washita River to Platter Flats and Sanders Island View on Red River on live baits, worms and stink bait. Crappie fair to good from 5-15 ft. deep around the fishing docks and fish attractors on minnows and tube jigs. Sunfish good around the fishing docks and rip-rap on worms and small tube jigs. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister:  July 28. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on black 12″ worms and white tips or watermelon spinner baits and crank baits. Zara Spooks, early and late. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Foss: July 30. Elevation 12 ft. below with gates closed, water 80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on live bait and lures near the points off Sandy Beach. Walleye fair on live bait. Catfish good on juglines baited with stinkbait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Waurika:  July 29. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water muddy. Striped bass hybrids good on sassy shad and rattletraps at 12-20 ft. early morning and late evening. Channel and blue catfish good on shad and crawfish at 4-12 ft. Report submitted by Ted Hasty, game warden assigned to Jefferson County.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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