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Weekly Fishing Report

by Ed Godfrey Modified: April 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014
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Tyler Reed of Yukon caught this new lake record striped bass hybrid last month on Lake Overholser below the dam. The fish weighed 10.7 pounds. Lucky Lure Tackle in Oklahoma City is record keeper for the lake.
Tyler Reed of Yukon caught this new lake record striped bass hybrid last month on Lake Overholser below the dam. The fish weighed 10.7 pounds. Lucky Lure Tackle in Oklahoma City is record keeper for the lake.

Here is the weekly fishing report compiled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
CENTRAL
Arcadia: April 22. Elevation normal. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton.
Draper: April 28. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 60 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 3-5 ft. around structure. White bass fair on jigs at the water inflow pipe. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Hefner: April 30. Elevation dropping, water 62-68 and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics and jigs at 3-6 ft. along rocky shorelines and boat harbor. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on grubs and gay blades at 6-10 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait at 10-15 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. along the dam and docks. Walleye fair on jerk baits and crankbaits at 2-6 ft. along the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
Overholser: April 29. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 61 and murky. Catfish slow. Striped bass fair. Crappie slow. Report submitted by Jerrod Davis, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
Thunderbird: April 28. Elevation 1/4 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. around structure. White bass fair on jigs and road runners in Little River. Saugeye fair on jigs, grubs and worms around windy points. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
Wes Watkins: April 29. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 67 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on spinners. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
NORTHEAST
Bell Cow: April 27. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Bass excellent on soft plastic baits shallow. Channel catfish fair on worms and chicken liver. Crappie good and jigs at 3 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Carl Blackwell: April 28. Elevation 5 3/4 ft. below normal, water 64. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs shallow around rocks and brush throughout the day. Channel catfish fair on punch bait, chicken liver, shad and night crawlers early morning and late evening. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with large live shiners, night crawlers and cut shad. Saugeye, white bass, and striped bass hybrids good to fair on crankbaits, spoons, and large casting jigs at 4-6 ft. around rocks and points or trolling the flats of the main lake and windy blown coves; the best times are early morning and late evening. Largemouth and spotted bass fair to good on football head jigs and Texas-rigged plastic baits in woody cover. Trout poor to nonexistent. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny.
Chandler: April 27. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Bass excellent on crankbaits at 6 ft. and on soft plastic baits shallow. Channel catfish slow. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows at 2-3 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
Copan: April 27. Elevation normal, water 60s and clear. Crappie good on jigs at 2-5 ft. near submerged structure. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: April 29. Elevation slightly above normal, water 65 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along banks. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits in shallow water. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Fort Gibson: April 28. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 65 and clear. White bass and paddlefish slow. Catfish good on cut bait, punch bait, and shad. Crappie excellent around Rocky Point, Oil Capital docks, and around the Jetty in Western hills. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic worms 5-10 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner, Okla.
Greenleaf: April 29. Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Bass good on crankbaits, bill baits, and spinnerbaits along creek channels, rocky points, and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and electric chicken jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Hudson: April 21. Elevation normal, water 60 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinner baits. White bass good on small lures and minnows below the dam in the upper end and in creeks and tributaries flowing into the lake. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on small jigs and minnows in brush. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah: April 27. Elevation normal, water 60s and clear. Crappie fair on jigs at 2-5 ft. near submerged structure. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: April 28. Elevation normal, water low 60s in the creeks and upper 50s in the main lake and clear. Crappie excellent on minnow and jigs 2-4 ft. all over the lake. Crappie excellent in the creeks 1-2 ft. around structure. Males are shallow while females are staged a little deeper. Walleye fair on minnows and jigs in the creeks. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on jerk baits and spinnerbaits at 4-10 ft. near rocks from south of Kaw City to the dam. Blue and channel catfish excellent on cut bait in the shallows of the Arkansas River arm, fair on juglines in the Coon Creek area and good on worms below Kaw Dam. Paddlefish fair off the east side after generation. White bass and striped bass hybrids excellent on jigs and Alabama rigs below the dam. Generation below the dam typically only occurs during the week unless there is a high water event. For up to date lake level and water release information on Kaw Lake call (580) 765-2151. The next good rain of 1-inch or more with runoff will cause the white bass to make their annual run up the creeks specifically Big Beaver, Little Beaver, Bear and Osage creeks. Be ready and remember to stay on maintained roads for bank fishing access. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
Keystone: April 30. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 63. Black bass good along shore on spinners and plastics. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. Catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: April 27. Water upper 40s. Water releases are occurring with one unit half of the day. Fishing is good on the upper third of the river. Trout are being caught on small spoons in the moving water and power bait in the eddies. Fly fishing is good drifting nymphs in eddies and current seams.
Oologah: April 20. Elevation normal, water near 60 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. in creeks and fair on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. around brush piles in the main lake. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad at 10-15 ft. along the flats. White bass good on jigs in the river above the lake and fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Skiatook: April 28. Elevation 10 ft. below normal, water clear. Hybrids and largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics in backs of coves. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. around structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner: April 29. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits around points. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on slabs and live shad. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in channels. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
Spavinaw: April 29. Elevation slightly above normal, water 61 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft.. Largemouth bass fair crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Tenkiller: April 28. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 60 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, soft plastic baits, and crankbaits on mainlake points. White bass good trolling deep runners off windy points at 20-30 ft. Crappie good on tube jigs and minnows at 3-5 ft. in the upper end and trolling at 20-40 ft. on deep running lures. Catfish good on flipflops with cutbait at 20-40 ft. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson, Okla.
Webbers Falls: April 21. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, bill baits, and spinnerbaits around brush piles, creek channels and riprap. Catfish good on fresh shad and stinkbait along mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around bridges and brush structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
NORTHWEST
Ft. Supply: April 29. Elevation normal. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits all over the lake. Walleye fair on minnows on the west side near the intake. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
SOUTHEAST
Arbuckle: April 27. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 66 and clear. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 6-12 ft. around brush piles and fair around docks early morning. White bass chasing shad along the dam and coves. Bass good on jigs, crankbaits, jerk baits, and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: April 28. Elevation normal, water mid 60s and clear. Bass good on crankbaits, shallow running spinnerbaits, and Carolina-rigged worms shallow around beds. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on green weenies, electric chickens, and minnows at 2-5 ft. around structure. Walleye fair to good on deep running crankbaits around rocky points moving to deeper water. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: April 28. Elevation normal, water 70 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits 1-5 ft. around structure. White bass fair around windy points. Blue catfish fair on shad and various catfish baits along shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 1-8 ft. around brush, standing timber, boat docks and riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: April 28. Elevation normal, water 60. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits along buck brush, drop-offs in creeks and creek channels. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut bait and live goldfish and good on cut bait below the dam. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. around brush and good on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
Konawa: April 22. Elevation normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits, crankbaits, and live bait along shorelines with structure and vegetation. Channel and blue catfish good on stinkbait, dough bait, and cut bait around points. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on jigs, cut shad, crawfish, and minnows around points, road beds, creek beds and the discharge canal. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
Lower Mountain Fork: April 27. Water flow 100 c.f.s above the powerhouse. Visibility 52 inches, water 55 and clear. Best areas are Spillway Creek, Evening Hole and Zone 2. Best access points are Beaver Lodge Nature Trail, Evening Hole Bridge and Old Park Dam. April means Caddis. Hatches are running a couple of weeks behind due to the cold winter/spring. Report submitted by Woodruff Guide Service.
McGee Creek: April 27. Elevation normal, water 62 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on shad colored rattletraps, chartreuse spinnerbaits with a red blade, and jerk baits at 2-5 ft. Crappie fair to good at 2-6 ft. around cedar brush. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: April 28. Water 65 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits, jerk baits, and crankbaits at 2-4 ft. close to banks. White bass good on crankbaits in the north end near Martin’s Landing and trolling minnows and jigs. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait and chicken liver at 4-7 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-4 ft. around structure. Walleye slow to fair on chartreuse jigs early and late. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County
Pine Creek: April 27. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on baby brush hawgs in 8-12 ft. Crappie fair on minnows near brush. Catfish fair on punch bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: April 28. Bass excellent in grass beds on chatter bait and up the Canadian river on plugs. Crappie excellent fishing shallow on jigs and minnows. Sandbass excellent around Sanbios creek up to iron bridge on twist tail grubs. Catfish good on trotlines and juglines using cutbait. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis: April 19. Elevation normal, water 64 and murky. Bass fair to good on swim baits and spinnerbaits at 2-8 ft. White bass slow. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut bait and dead minnows at 12-14 ft. Crappie fair at 2-6 ft. Walleye slow. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: April 27. Elevation 6 1/4 ft. below normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits and bucktail jigs at 10-15 ft. in creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and sassy shad at 10-20 ft. from Caney Creek to Fobb Bottom. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and stinkbait in the Washita river and at Lebanon on the Red River. Crappie fair to good at 5-15 ft. in Glasses, Widowmoore, and Kansas creeks and along the north and south dikes. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: April 27. Elevation ½ ft above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on 12-inch black plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with live sunfish, goldfish, and cut bait. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
SOUTHWEST
Ellsworth: April 27. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs over structure. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Fort Cobb: April 27. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 64 and stained. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs off structure. Catfish slow on cut bait and stink bait. Saugeye slow on rattle traps, minnows, and jigs. White bass and striped bass hybrids slow on jig heads with swim baits and crawfish, minnows and shrimp. Reports submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
Foss: April 30. Elevation 16 ft. below normal with gates closed, water low 60s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair on live bait and drifting lures. Walleye slow to fair on live bait. Crappie slow on Bobby Garland jigs around the marina. Catfish fair on juglines baited with stinkbait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
Lawtonka: April 27. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie and saugeye fair to good on minnows and jigs off the dam. Catfish fair to good on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Tom Steed: April 28. Elevation 14 ft. below normal, water 56 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. near rocks. White bass good on jigs off points. Blue catfish good on cut shad and stinkbait at 3-6 ft. on the west side of the lake. Saugeye good on minnows at 5-10 ft. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: April 21. Water 54. Striped bass hybrids good on minnows and crankbaits along the dam and riprap. Catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.

by Ed Godfrey
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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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