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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: August 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm •  Published: August 22, 2013
Janet Howard of Chickasha caught this 15.5-pound striper from Lake Texoma on June 21.
Janet Howard of Chickasha caught this 15.5-pound striper from Lake Texoma on June 21.

CENTRAL
Arcadia: August 20. Elevation slightly above normal, water 83-85. Channel and blue catfish slow to fair on cut shad and stinkbait along windy shorelines and points. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.
Arcadia: August 20. Elevation above normal, water 83 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, minnows, worms and topwater lures at 8-12 ft. around vegetation in the north cove early and late. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids fair on worms, shad, lipless baits and silver spoons at 6-12 ft. along shorelines and the dam. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait, stinkbait, dough bait and shad at 8-15 ft. along windy shorelines and points early and late. Flathead catfish fair on live bait and cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs, worms and silver spoons at 8-10 ft. around docks, structure and riprap early and late. Sunfish fair on jigs and worms shallow along shorelines and riprap. Carp fair on dough bait. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Hefner: August 20. Elevation above normal, water 80-84 and clear. Largemouth bass fair. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on grubs, minnows and spinnerbaits at 4-8 ft. along south shorelines and fishing docks. Channel and blue catfish good on prepared baits at 10-15 ft. along rocky banks. Flathead catfish fair on minnows and goldfish. Walleye fair on crankbaits, minnows and worms at 8-15 ft. drifting and trolling. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms at 1-3 ft. along south shorelines. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Thunderbird: August 18. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair to good on stinkbait and cut bait at 4-8 ft. in coves and points. White bass fair to good on jigs and spoons early and late. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: August 19. Elevation normal, water 85 and clear. Catfish good on whole and cut sunfish around windy points. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Birch: August 19. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water mid-70s and murky. Channel and blue catfish good on chicken liver and shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Carl Blackwell: August 19. Elevation is 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 81 and clear to stained. Crappie fair at 16 ft.; all crappie fishermen should be prepared to downsize their traditional baits due to an excellent fry hatch for all species of fish in the lake. Jig fishermen should be prepared to use small feather, marabou or hair jigs in the 1/132 oz. size range. Plastic bodied jig fishermen can get away with jigs in the 1/64 oz. size range on small tube jig bodies. Channel catfish fair on dough baits, punch baits, chicken liver, worms and cut baits along riprap areas. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside store.
Copan: August 19. Elevation 5 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 7-10 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, chicken liver and worms below the dam and fair on juglines baited with sunfish. Channel catfish fair on worms in flooded areas. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: August 20. Elevation slightly above normal, water 74 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Catfish good on worms. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: August 19. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 78 and murky. Catfish good on cut shad and night crawlers along the banks and the main channel. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. White bass good on white rooster tails around windy points and below the dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Grand: August 17. Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. White bass good on spoons and jigs anywhere you can find schooling fish in the main lake. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Hudson: August 20. Elevation 3 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines, tight-lines and trotlines baited with cut shad and worms along the edge of the river channel and along flats. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: August 19. Elevation 14 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush piles near Skull Creek. Blue and flathead catfish good on cut bait and worms below the dam. Channel catfish fair on worms in flooded areas. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: August 20. Elevation 11 1/2 ft. above normal. Catfish excellent on juglines on the north end of the lake up into the Arkansas River and good on fresh cut shad below the dam when gates are open half way. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grand counties. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: August 20. Elevation 7 ft. above normal, water 83. Channel catfish fair on worms and cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: August 18. Elevation above normal with water releases, water upper 60s to low 70s and murky. Fishing is decent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. Striped bass fair on shad and trout in deep holes. Sauger being caught on jigs and minnows in deep holes toward the mouth. Trout good on Power Bait, on rooster tails and rapalas at the dam and Watts area in deeper holes as the river begins to flow. Fly fishing is 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. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Oologah: August 18. Elevation 10 ft. above normal and slowly falling, water mid to upper 70s and muddy. Channel and blue catfish fair on shad and liver around flooded willows, juglines and shad below the dam. White bass fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Break Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Skiatook: August 20. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around structure. Reported submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Spavinaw: August 20. Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal, water 80 and dingy. Catfish good on cut bait at 8-10 ft. Crappie good on minnows at 6-10 ft. over brush piles. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around the north end of the dam, brush piles and docks. Walleye good on crankbaits up the creeks. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: August 19. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastic baits. Catfish fair drifting cut shad and on flip-flops. Sunfish good on night crawlers in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: August 18. Elevation 12.5 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish and walleye good on small sunfish in the river channel near Big Bend. White bass and striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits and drifting slabs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: August 19. Elevation slightly above normal. White bass fair trolling off boats in the lake. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait along shorelines. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: August 17. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 83 and stained. Crappie slow off docks and fair on 1/8 oz. white/chartreuse jigs at 25-32 ft. around brush piles. Sunfish and catfish fair off docks. White bass good on shallow runner baits and topwater lures chasing shad in the mid-lake area. Bass slow on creature baits Carolina-rigged early morning. Sunfish good on poppers in shaded areas in evenings. Channel catfish good on cut bait at night and on dough bait and sponge bait around baited holes in mornings. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: August 19. Water upper 80s. Largemouth bass good on Zara Spooks and poppers around points and islands early and late, on white or shad colored crankbaits at 5-15 ft. around points and humps, on Carolina rigs, creature baits, finesse worms in water melon seed and green pumpkin colors and on peanut butter and jelly jigs at 5-20 ft. and around walls and points and in the Sand Springs bend and south lake near the spillway and the dam. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. in creeks and brush piles. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: August 18. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water clearing. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and crankbaits around points. White bass fair under bridges at night and along curves of riprap around bridges. Blue catfish fair on shad drifting flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges and around standing timber. Report submitted by David Robertson, game warden stationed in McIntosh and Okmulgee counties.
Hugo: August 18. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 85. Crappie fair on minnows along the Kiamichi River channel. Catfish fair on fair on cut bait and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: August 18. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms at 5-10 ft. along weed beds and coves. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and chicken liver at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: August 18. 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: August 20. Stocked 2,360 lbs. approximately 2,726 rainbow trout on August 15. Report submitted by April Drake, southeast regional office secretary.
McGee Creek: August 18. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures and rattling crankbaits at 2-10 ft. and fair to good on shad colored topwater baits and buzz baits on schooling fish in open water and around rock ledges early and late. Crappie good on minnows over cedar trees off creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: August 19. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on soft plastic baits early morning, late evening and at night. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: August 18. 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: August 19. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoff of the river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up Canadian River, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie 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 on trotlines baited with live bait up river or in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis: August 17. Elevation normal, water 88 and stained. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 12-18 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: August 18. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on surface lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-20 ft. in upper creeks. Striped and white bass good on surface lures, slabs and live baits at 5-20 ft. from Burns Run to the islands. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Catfish Bay and Sanders Island view on Red River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-20 ft. around underwater brush in the creeks and fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms and tiny tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: August 18. . Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on black 12-inch worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits on the surface early and late. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white/blue, pink jigs at 10-15 ft. around brushy cover. Catfish fair to good on rod-and-reel baited with live shad and best with night crawlers and on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and dead minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Ellsworth: August 18. Elevation normal, water muddy. Catfish fair on cut bait and punch bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: August 21. Elevation 12 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair on live bait drifting near Sandy Beach points. Walleye slow on live bait. Catfish good on trotlines in the north end of the lake. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Waurika: August 20. Elevation 12 ft. below normal, water murky. Blue catfish very good on punch bait and shad at 4-10 ft. around stickups on the north side of the lake. Striped bass hybrids and crappie fair early morning and late evening. 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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