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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: October 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm •  Published: October 9, 2013

CENTRAL
Arcadia: October 8. Elevation normal, water 75 and murky. Channel and blue catfish fair on shrimp, punch bait, cut bait and minnows just off bottom early and late. White bass fair on silver blades. Crappie fair on nibble jigs and worms at 8-14 ft. along brush, open docks and off rocky points. Largemouth bass fair on worms and rattle lures. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
Overholser: October 8. Elevation normal, water murky. Catfish good on stink bait and hotdogs in mornings and evenings. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden in Oklahoma and Canadian County.
NORTHEAST
Carl Blackwell: October 7. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 67-70 and stained. Crappie slow to fair on small rosy red minnows and small/medium shiners at 13-16 ft. range and on jigs at 11-13 ft. around structure and topographical changes in the lake bed. The enclosed crappie dock offers both of these types of structure. Striped bass hybrids, white bass and saugeye good on jigs, crankbaits, large live shiners and goldfish in the backs of coves and off of points with good structure. Catfish slow on chicken liver, frozen shad, punch baits and nightcrawlers tight-lining from a rod-and-reel and on juglines or trotlines baited with large shiners or goldfish. Gulls are present and active on the lake tipping off the location of bait fish, as well as the occasional Bald Eagle. Largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits. Sunfish deep during the early mornings and evenings and in the shallows during the middle of the day. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside store.
Copan: October 8. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait, chicken liver and worms below the dam and fair on juglines baited with sunfish. Channel catfish fair on worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: October 9. Elevation 1 1/3 ft. below normal, water 73 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits. Catfish fair on juglines baited with live sunfish. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: October 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on pumpkin seed worms and crankbaits at 2-15 ft. around docks. Catfish good on cut bait and whole shad at 10-15 ft. along the flats and below the main dam. White bass good on Kastmaster lures in silver and white at 9 ft. along the flats and humps in the main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around docks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Hudson: October 8. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good spinnerbaits, topwater lures and buzz baits early. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs around brush piles. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: October 8. Elevation 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. Channel catfish fair on worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: October 9. Elevation normal. Catfish good on jug line in north end of lake up into the Arkansas River. Channel catfish and blue catfish good on fresh cut shad below the dam when gates are open. White bass, crappie and striped bass good on jigs. All fishing slow when dam gates are closed. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by game warden Emily Long, game warden in Kay and Grant County.
Keystone: October 8. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 70. Catfish fair on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. White bass good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: October 6. Elevation normal with occasional releases, water mid 60s and cloudy. Fishing is decent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and striped bass are abundant toward the mouth of the river where the Arkansas River water mixes. Striped bass being caught on shad and trout in deep holes. Trout good being caught Power Bait and rooster tails at the dam and Watts’s area in deeper holes. Fly fishing good on nymphs at the dam below an indicator, especially in the Watts area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Sooner: October 7. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: October 9. Elevation slightly below normal, water 71 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on juglines baited with live sunfish. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: October 7. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits and soft plastic baits at 3-10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs around brush and docks. Sunfish good on nightcrawlers in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
NORTHWEST
Canton: October 6. Elevation 12 1/2 ft. below normal. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair trolling crankbaits at 4-10 ft. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: October 7. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: October 5. Lake closed, no fishing access. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: October 6. Bass good on crankbaits, Alabama rigs and spinnerbaits in the river, good on Carolina-rigged white flukes and Alabama rigs on walls and schooling fish and good on topwater spooks and poppers early morning. Crappie good on spoons and jigs in deeper water around structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: October 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around boat docks and points. White bass fair on flats early and late. Blue catfish good on shad along flats and deeper creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around standing timber and around boat docks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Konawa: October 7. Elevation normal, water 78 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 5-8 ft. along weed beds. Channel catfish good on cut shad and chicken liver at 10 ft. along creek channels and points. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Robert S. Kerr: October 6. 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 and on cut bait, pole fishing in the river channel. 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.
Texoma: October 6. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, plastic worms baits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. in upper ends of creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on sassy shad, live bait and slabs at 10-25 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good 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 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors and underwater brush. Sunfish fair to good on worms and shrimp at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: October 6. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits and good on Zara spooks. Crappie fair on minnows, white/blue and pink jigs at 15-20ft. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Ellsworth: October 6. Elevation normal, water muddy. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: October 8. Elevation 13 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 60s and clear. Catfish fair on shrimp and live bait. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair in deep water. Walleye slow. Bass slow. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Ft. Cobb: October 8. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 79 and murky. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Lawtonka: October 6. Elevation normal, water murky. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche 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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