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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Published: January 15, 2014
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Roger Robison of Skiatook caught the new lake record for largemouth bass at Sooner Lake on Jan. 12. The 11.4-pounder is now swimming in aquarium at the Bass  Pro Shop in Broken Arrow.
Roger Robison of Skiatook caught the new lake record for largemouth bass at Sooner Lake on Jan. 12. The 11.4-pounder is now swimming in aquarium at the Bass Pro Shop in Broken Arrow.

CENTRAL
Arcadia: January 14. Elevation normal, water murky. All fishing fair. Report submitted by Shelia Hutton.
Draper: January 12. Elevation 1 3/4 ft. below normal, water 38 and clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Thunderbird: January 12. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 8-10 ft. around brush piles and structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: January 13. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: January 12. Elevation normal, water muddy. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Birch: January 12. All fishing slow. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Chandler: January 12. Elevation normal, water murky. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: January 14. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie slow on jigs at 8-12 ft. near submerged structure. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Ft. Gibson: January 13. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. Catfish fair on whole shad in the main river, below the dam and in the main lake. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 10-15 ft. fished slowly. White bass fair on whole shad Carolina-rigged in deep holes in the river channel. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Greenleaf: January 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on Bass Assassin in black glitter shad, Louisiana bug in smoky green pumpkin and Little John bill bait in nasty shad color. Catfish fair on stinkbait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in electric chicken and bubble gum, tender tube with chartreuse red flag color at 16-22 ft. around brush structure and fishing docks. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Hudson: January 13. Elevation normal. Blue catfish good on cut bait in the upper end and in channels. Crappie fair to good on small jigs and minnows at 12-15 ft. around heated docks and brush piles areas. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: January 14. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie slow on jigs at 8-12 ft. near submerged structure. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: January 13. Elevation normal, water mid-30s. Crappie fair minnows and jigs at 18-20 ft. over brush. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
Keystone: January 14. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 40. Catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows around structure. Striped bass good on buck tail jigs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: January 12. Water upper 40s and dingy. Water releases occurring regularly. Fishing is good due to the water temperature being considerably cooler on the Arkansas River. Striped bass and white bass good on Alabama rigs and jigs at the mouth. Trout good to excellent on yellow rooster tails and Power Bait in the deeper holes below the dam and the Watts area. Fly fishing good using nymphs below an indicator and shad pattern streamers. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Pawhuska: January 12. All fishing slow. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: January 13. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair in the lake off points. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids fair on sassy shad and rattle traps in the discharge. Catfish good on cut bait and live bait off Hwy 15. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Tenkiller: January 13. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits and deep diving crankbaits off windy points and steep bluffs. Crappie slow on minnows and tube jigs around docks or deep brush. Report submitted by Monte Brooks in Cookson.
Webbers Falls: January 13. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on Storm bill baits in red fin shad color, Zoom Super flukes in pumpkin spice and Rage Tails in honey candy colors at 6-12 ft. along riprap, brush structure and creek channels. Catfish fair on fresh cut shad and stinkbait at 6-12 ft. along mud flats. Crappie fair on Crappie Ringer in black chartreuse, pink pearl, red chartreuse and red flake at 16-24 ft. around brush structure, bridges and brush piles. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
NORTHWEST
Canton: January 11. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
Ft. Supply: January 13. Elevation slightly below normal. Crappie fair on jigs at the intake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: January 11. Elevation 5 1/4 ft. below normal, water 39-44 with some frozen areas in back of pockets and clear. Dock fishing is slow. Crappie slow on the main lake. White bass fair on spoons at 45 ft. on mid-lake knolls and ledges. Bass slow on jigs, jerk baits and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: January 14. Elevation normal, water 36 and clear. Trout excellent on Power Bait, gold spoons and small jigs downstream of waterfalls and below breaks in river current. Fly fishing excellent on dark woolly buggers, Copper Johns, soft hackles and red midges below riffles and around breaks in current. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and blood bait in deeper pools off slow current. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastic baits in deeper pools around structure. Approximately 4,000 rainbow trout were stocked on January 8. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Eufaula: January 12. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Blue catfish slow. Crappie fair on small jigs and minnows around boat docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: January 12. Elevation 2 ft. above normal. Catfish fair on cut bait around dam due to water release. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: January 14. Elevation normal, water 51 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and soft plastic baits in the discharge canal. Striped bass and striped bass hybrids good on jigs and shad at 10-15 ft. in the discharge canal. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork:  January 12. High stick presentation with nymphs in fast water. Swing soft hackles or throw streamers in deeper runs. Blue winged olives on cloudy days. Rainbow trout spawn getting underway. There is also a heavy generation schedule. Report submitted by Woodruff Guide Service.
McGee Creek: January 12. Elevation 2 1/4 ft. below normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastic lures at 18-30 ft. over submerged points. Crappie fair on minnows at 18-30 ft. over submerged cedar trees off major creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: January 12. Elevation above normal, water clear. Bass good on soft plastic baits and jigs in deeper water. Crappie good on spoons in deeper water. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr:  January 13. Bass fair on crankbaits around points on warmer days. Crappie good on minnows around submerged stumps and brush up Big San Bois Creek and fair around the port. Blue catfish excellent drifting cut bait around river channels and flats around the north side of the lake. Channel and flathead catfish fair on juglines and trotlines on cut bait and live bait around points and flats near river or creek channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis:  January 11. Elevation normal, water 48 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 18-20 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma:  January 12. Elevation 7 1/3 ft. below normal, water 44 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on jig combination baits and crankbaits at 10-20 ft. around the face of the dam, riprap and drop-offs. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 10-25 ft. in the river channels from Platter Flats to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Catfish Bay and the Red River at Sanders Island view and the cleaning stations. Crappie fair to good on live bait and tube jigs at 5-15 ft. in Widow Moore Creek and Kansas Creek. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: January 12. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fair on jigs at 8-10 ft. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Ellsworth: January 12. Elevation normal, water muddy. Crappie fair on jigs at 14 ft. over structure. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Foss: January 14. Elevation 13 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on slabs in deep water near the dam. Walleye fair on live bait. Catfish fair on stinkbait. Crappie fair around the marina. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Lawtonka: January 12. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs off the dam. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Tom Steed: January 14. Elevation 10 ft. below normal, water murky. All fishing slow. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa 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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