Fishing Report for Oklahoma, April 18, 2012

New lake record channel catfish for Wister Lake caught on April 2, 2012. It weighed in at 15 1/2-lbs. and was 33 inches long.

CENTRAL

Arcadia: April 15. White bass good on spoons around points. Channel catfish good on chicken liver around points and shorelines. Crappie good. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed Oklahoma County.

Arcadia: April 13. Elevation normal, water 72 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows at 5-10 ft. along north banks and near the dam in the mornings. Channel catfish good on cut bait just off bottom along northeast banks in the evenings. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6 ft. south of the dam and south side docks in the mornings. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.

Hefner: April 16. Elevation normal and rising, water 69-73 and muddy. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and flukes at 2-5 ft. along submerged weeds. Smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. along weeds and rocky shorelines. White bass good on sassy shad and grubs at 2-8 ft. along shallow shorelines and the input area. Striped bass hybrids good on sassy shad and crankbaits at 2-8 ft. around windy points and the intake area. Channel catfish good on punchbait, cut bait and worms at 6-10 ft. around the dam and the intake area. Blue catfish good on punchbait, cut bait and worms at 6-15 ft. around the dam and the intake area. Crappie good on jigs and small grubs at 2-10 ft. around docks and the dam. Walleye good on crankbaits and drifting night crawlers at 2-8 ft. around shallow points and the dam. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Thunderbird: April 15. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water muddy. Crappie fair on small minnows and small jigs at 3 -5 ft. around structure and off fishing docks. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: April 16. Elevation 4 ft. below normal and rising, water 69 and muddy. All boat ramps are open. Largemouth bass fair along shorelines. Channel catfish good on liver. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-7 ft. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: April 15. Elevation above normal, water 66 and muddy. Bass good on plastic lizards and worms. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: April 16. Elevation normal, water 70 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Chandler: April 15. Elevation above normal, water 67 and muddy. Bass good on plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: April 15. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. from boats around the lake as well as fishing with jigs from the new fishing dock at Copan Point. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: April 17. Elevation slightly above normal, water 64 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Bluegill fair on crickets. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: April 13. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 64 and stained. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 2-10 ft. along gravel beds and rocky out cropping. Crappie good on small jigs, minnows and corks at 1-5 ft. early and late. Catfish excellent on shad, cut bait and nightcrawlers in the main lake and below the dam. White bass good on white Bobby Garland jigs and tube jigs in the creeks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: April 17. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 66. Largemouth bass good on jig-and-pig and crankbaits in the shallows. White bass fair up creeks. Catfish good on fresh cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: April 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, bill baits, crankbaits, plastic worms and jigs along creek channels, brush structure, rocky points and shorelines. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in yellow, red and green around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: April 18. Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. White bass good in the upper end of creeks, at the mouths of creeks that feed into the main river and below the dam. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait. Crappie good on small lures and minnows in the upper end of creeks. Paddlefish good in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: April 15. Elevation is 5.5 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: April 16. Elevation rising. Fishing subject to change with rising water levels. White bass good below the dam. Blue catfish good below the dam. Crappie good on minnows at 4-10 ft. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: April 15. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 65. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. Catfish fair on shad and cut bait at 10 ft. Report submitted Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 16. Elevation normal, water 42 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout being caught fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom at the dam, Marval's and Watts. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: April 15. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. above normal and dropping, 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 Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: April 17. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water upper 50s to lower 60s and murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on topwater lures along the riprap at the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: April 16. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad and slabs. Catfish good on cut bait and live bait around the dam as they pump water. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: April 17. Elevation slightly above normal, water 65 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: April 16. Elevation 2 ft. above normal and dropping, water 68 and stained. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastics in brush. Catfish fair on flip-flops with cut shad at 30-40 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks and brush. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: April 17. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, buzz baits and spinnerbaits along creek channels, riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom drifting and on the mudflats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in black and purple around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: April 14. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the dam. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics along the dam. White bass good on jigs and crankbaits along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: April 16. Elevation normal, water murky. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits all over the lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along shorelines near jetties and the dam. Walleye good trolling the shallows along the sandbars. Report submitted Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: April 14. Elevation 1 1/3 ft. above normal, water 71 and stained in the creeks and 69 and mostly clear in the lake. Lots of floating algae on surface, especially on the calm days. Crappie on chartreuse jigs at 10-15 ft. along banks; they have not spawned. Bass being caught on flukes, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and shaky head worms in the shallows. White bass being caught trolling medium-diving crankbaits all over the lake and near the dam. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: April 17. Elevation normal, water slightly stained. Channel catfish have recently been stocked and good on worms and prepared baits. Bass improving. Trout fair. Report submitted by Matt Mauck, fisheries supervisor for the south central region.

Broken Bow: April 15. 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 15. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits around rocky areas and on plastic baits in flooded timber. White bass good on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish good on shad in shallow rocky areas and around shallow points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. in main feeder creeks. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: April 15. Elevation normal. Crappie and bass good along the button brush, along the river channel and off main points. Crappie being caught on minnows and green and black jigs at 4-6 ft. Bass good on spinnerbaits and jigs in and around the brush. Catfish being caught on trotlines baited with sunfish and goldfish in the main lake. Blue catfish good below the dam on cut bait and shad. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: April 15. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 69 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 3-5 ft. in the cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on shad and jigs at 15 ft. in the discharge canal. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mt. Fork: April 15. Water lower 60s. Rainbows being caught on March browns in the red zone. Big rainbows being caught on rooster tails and spoons near the power house. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: April 15. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 65 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 16. 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 15. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on Zara Spook's in shallow water around secondary points. Crappie excellent on grubs in shallow water. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: April 18. Elevation normal. Bass fair to good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 2-5 ft. Blue catfish excellent on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad. Flathead catfish fair on trotlines baited with live bait. Crappie good to excellent on minnows and chartreuse/black or pink/black jigs at 2-4 ft. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: April 15. Elevation normal, water 73. Largemouth bass good on swim baits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and worms at 2-10 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: April 15. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water 62 and murky north and clear south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic combination baits at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors and riprap and in the clear creek channel. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 10-20 ft. from Alberta Creek to the south and west. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and stink baits at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to the north. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors, boat docks and upper creeks that are clear. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: April 15. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad, liver and nightcrawlers. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: April 15. Elevation 24 1/3 ft. below normal and rising slowly. Crappie good on minnows and jigs all over the lake. White bass and walleye being caught on minnows around Hicks Mountain and Horsehead. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Ellsworth: April 16. Elevation 11 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs in 4-6 ft. at Ralphs Resort and Fisherman's Cove, catfish good on cut bait off rocky points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Foss: April 16. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal, water 60s and clear. Inflow of water has increased with our recent rains. Striped bass hybrids fair while drifting with live bait in front of dam. Walleye fair with live bait or light-colored lures. Crappie fair around structures with jigs or worms. Catfish good on juglines with cut bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Cobb: April 16. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 68 and murky. Striped bass hybrids good on cut bait, rattletraps, crankbaits and swim baits at 4-5 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics, swim baits and topwater plugs at 3-6 ft. early and late. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Ft. Cobb: April 15. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 74 and clear. All boat ramps are open. Crappie good on minnows around the marina and boat slips in late evening and early mornings. Catfish being caught on juglines baited with cut shad around rocks by the dam mainly at night. Saugeye being caught on slabs in late evening. Report submitted by Sgt. Kevin Bean, park ranger at Ft. Cobb State Park.

Tom Steed: April 17. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 58 and murky in the lake and muddy in the creeks. Crappie fair on white and chartreuse jigs at 4-8 ft. near rocks. Saugeye good on minnows and jigs along rocky points. Channel catfish fair on cut baits and live baits at 6-15 ft. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: April 15. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water muddy. Blue catfish slow to fair on cut shad, worms and punchbait around windy points and shorelines and on juglines in the main part of the lake. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.
 

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