Fishing Report for Oklahoma, April 11, 2012

CENTRAL

Arcadia: April 8. Elevation normal. Bass good on topwater lures in early morning. Catfish fair to good on stinkbait and chicken liver along the flats and points. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: April 9. Elevation normal, water 70-73 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 2-5 ft. in the shallows and weeds. Smallmouth bass good on crankbaits at 4-8 ft. along the rocks. White bass good on grubs and Gay Blades at 2-8 ft. along shallow shorelines and around the input area. Striped bass good on grubs and Gay Blades at 2-8 ft. around windy points. Channel catfish good on punchbait, cut bait and worms at 6-10 ft. Blue catfish fair on punchbait, cut bait and worms at 6-15 ft. Crappie good on jigs at 2-10 ft. around docks and the dam. Walleye fair on grubs and crankbaits at 2-8 ft. along rocky shoreline areas. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: April 9. Elevation near normal, water murky. Catfish slow on stinkbait and fresh shad all over lake. Striped bass hybrids fair on worms on the west side. Crappie slow at the fishing dock and along riprap. Report submitted David Rempe, game warden in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Thunderbird: April 8. Elevation 2 1/3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on small minnows and small jigs at 3-6 ft. on structure and off fishing docks. Bass fair on spinnerbaits at 3-6 ft. in coves around structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: April 9. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. below normal, water 72 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits at 3-4 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Birch: April 8. Elevation below normal, water 62 and stained. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: April 8. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 70 and murky. Crappie good at 6-8 ft. Saugeye good around rock structure and points. Striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Copan: April 10. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. from boats around the lake and on jigs from the new fishing dock at Copan Point. Channel catfish good near and around Copan Point loop and on the rocks around Washington Cove. Blue catfish fair near and around Copan Point loop and on the rocks around Washington Cove. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: April 10. Elevation slightly above normal, water 67 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits. White bass fair trolling. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: April 7. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 64 and clear. White bass excellent on white grubs and rooster tails below the low water dam and they are in the creeks and above Chouteau Bend in the river. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 2-5 ft. along the rocky shoreline. Catfish excellent on cut baits and shad below the dam and in the main lake. Crappie starting to spawn and working the banks on black and chartreuse minnows and jigs at1-3 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner .

Grand: April 10.Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 64 and murky. White bass fair on jigs and spoons. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with fresh cut bait above Sailboat Bridge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks and shorelines. Paddlefish good. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: April 9. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig-and-worm along creek channels, rocky points, brush structure and shorelines. Catfish good on fresh cut bait at the spillway and creek channels in the upper end. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hulah: April 10. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: April 9. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 62 and stained. Blue catfish good on fresh cut bait in the upper end in the Arkansas River arm. Crappie good on minnows at 5 ft. in all creek channels in the upper end; Beaver Creek is the best. Paddlefish good below Kaw Dam. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: April 8. Elevation normal, water 62. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. Catfish excellent on shad and cut bait at 10 ft. White bass fair at 15 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 9. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on jigs at 1-4 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom at the dam, Watts, Marval and Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: April 8. Elevation 7 ft. above normal and falling, water lower 60s and muddy on the north end and murky on the south end. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad at 10 ft. in the upper end of the lake near the mouth of the river. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. around flooded willows. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits at 3-5 ft. around flooded trees and brush. White bass fair on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: April 10. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. below normal. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on topwater lures along the riprap at the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: April 9. White bass fair on live shad and slabs on the cold water side of the lake and good trolling the warm water side of the lake. Catfish good on cut bait and live bait on the north side of the dam. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: April 10. Elevation slightly above normal, water 66 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits. Bluegill fair on crickets. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: April 9. Elevation 7 ft. above normal and falling, water 68 and stained. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on soft plastic worms in brush. Catfish fair on flip-flops with cut shad at 30-40 ft. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in or near docks. Crappie slow on minnows or soft plastic jigs in docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: April 9. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, chatter baits and crankbaits along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good drifting on bottom at the mudflats and creeks where water is coming in. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in purple and black. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: April 7. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near brush along dam. White bass good on jigs and crankbaits along dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: April 9. Elevation normal. White bass fair on minnows and jigs in the upper end. Crappie fair jigging the shallows around the jetties. Walleye fair on minnows and white grubs along shorelines and below the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Blue River: April 9. Elevation normal, water 64 and murky. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics and small crankbaits worked around structure. Channel catfish excellent on minnows, stinkbait and chicken liver around current in deeper pools. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in larger pools at night. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: April 8. Elevation slightly above normal and dropping. Bass good on pink flukes around structure and shallows. White bass excellent on white and yellow rooster tails and on yellow and white smoke grubs with 1/4-ounce lead heads; they are running in the upper end of the lake, in Panther Creek and up streams. Channel catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and sunfish. Crappie fair to good on pumpkin seed and chartreuse tail grubs at 5-8 ft. in shallows. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: April 9. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear in the east and muddy in the west. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits flipping the brush and on crankbaits in rocky areas. White bass good in feeder creeks and below the dam. Blue catfish good on fresh shad and worms in shallow flats or deep rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. around rocky areas, brush areas and riprap. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: April 8. Elevation normal, water 57. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush and along the creek channels. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and soft plastics around the flooded brush. Catfish and crappie fair to good below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: April 9. Elevation normal, water 72 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4-8 ft. in weed beds. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on jigs and shad at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Channel catfish good on cut shad and stinkbait at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mt. Fork: April 8. Water flow 100 c.f.s. above the powerhouse, water 58 and visibility 3 ft. Call 866-494-1993 for hydroelectric release schedule. Big rainbows and browns have been caught this week on March Brown Dry flies on smooth water; high stick presentation with nymphs in fast water. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: April 8. Elevation 1 1/4 ft. above normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures and spinnerbaits at 1-6 ft. Crappie fair at 8-20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Channel and flathead catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: April 9. Elevation below normal and rising, water 68 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass very good on various baits. White bass good on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on stinkbait and worms. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: April 8. Elevation above normal, water clear. Bass fair on crankbaits at 15 ft. Crappie excellent on minnows near brush and timber and on chartreuse and orange rooster tails in the shallows. Catfish great on liver and cut shad near creek channels and flooded timber. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Roberts S. Kerr: April 10. Elevation normal, water murky. Bass good on soft plastic baits along grass beds and riprap. Catfish fair on shad and cut bait in creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-7 ft. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: April 9. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, swim baits and spinnerbaits at 3-8 ft. White bass fair on minnows and jigs at the mouth of creeks. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-8 ft. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: April 8. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 60 and murky to the north and clear to the south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 10-15 ft. in the creek channels and near fish attractors. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-20 ft. from Alberta Creek to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish good on worms, stinkbait, and live bait at 10-15 ft. from Platter Flats to Catfish Bay. Crappie good on minnows, various jigs and small spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. around the fishing docks and fish attractors and in the upper creek channels. Paddlefish fair while generating below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: April 8. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam. Largemouth bass good on black 6-inch plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: April 8. Elevation 25 below normal and rising slowly. Walleye and white bass being caught on minnows and jigs at the main swim beach and little Hicks. Crappie, white bass and walleye being caught from the rocks around Horsehead. Reports of large crappie being caught over the weekend. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Ellsworth: April 8. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. Catfish good on cut bait off rocky points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Foss: April 9. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid 60s and clear. Striped bass hybrids and walleye fair to good on live bait near the dam. Crappie fair around marina area. Catfish fair on cut bait.  Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Cobb: April 10. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 67. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits, rattletraps and live bait at 4-5 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-8 ft. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and good on topwater baits late in evening. Report turned in by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Tom Steed: April 8. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 56 and murky. Crappie slow on minnows at 5-10 ft. at Glen Creek and near the dam. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows on bottom off windy points. Catfish good on cut baits all over the lake. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: April 8. Elevation below normal, water murky to muddy. White bass are not running in Beaver Creek. Striped bass hybrids slow on jigs, cut shad and crawdad tails at the dam in the mornings. Blue catfish slow on cut shad, worms and stinkbait along windy shorelines and points and slow on juglines in the channels. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at the rocks at Corum Bridge and at the fishing dock at Wichita Ridge. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.

 

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