Fishing Report for Oklahoma, May 2, 2012

CENTRAL

Arcadia: April 29. Elevation normal. Channel catfish fair to good on chicken liver and stinkbait around flats and secondary points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs all over. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: April 30. Elevation normal and rising, water 68-74 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, flukes and topwater baits at 2-5 ft. along submerged weeds. Smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. along weeds and rocky shorelines. White bass excellent on shad baits, Gay Blades and grubs at 2-6 ft. along shallow shorelines. Striped bass hybrids good on shad baits, Gay Blades and grubs at 2-8 ft. along shallow shorelines. Channel catfish good on punchbait, cut bait and worms at 6-10 ft. along rocky shorelines. Blue catfish good on punchbait, cut bait and worms at 6-15 ft. along rocky shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and grubs at 4-8 ft. along rocky shorelines. Walleye good on lipless baits, shad, small crankbaits and grubs at 2-10 ft. along shallow shorelines. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: April 29. Elevation near normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on worms and minnows on bottom off of windy points and at 3-8 ft. in front of the dam. Catfish fair on worms and stinkbait behind the dam and slow in the lake. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Thunderbird: April 29. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie good on small minnows and small jigs at 2-4 ft. around structure and off fishing docks. Saugeye good off windy points on lime green, white pearl or silver sassy shad and jigs. Channel catfish fair to good on cut bait and stinkbait. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: April 30. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 74 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-3 ft. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms from the shoreline. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: April 29. Elevation normal, water 72 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: April 30. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: April 29. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 70. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Saugeye and striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits and plastic swim type baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: April 29. Elevation normal, water 73 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: April 29. 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. White bass slow on white grubs. Blue catfish fair on juglines and limb lines baited with cut shad and sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 1. Elevation slightly above normal, water 69 and dingy.  Crappie fair on jigs and minnows at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on crank baits. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. White bass fair trolling. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: April 29. Elevation normal, water 68. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in shallow water around bank structure. White bass being caught on small white crankbaits in the main lake around the windy banks and points. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. early and late. Catfish good on whole shad and cut bait all over the lake and below the main dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: April 29. Elevation normal, water 68. Bass good on jigs and worms in the shallows. White bass good. Catfish good on juglines baited with fresh cut bait above Sailboat Bridge. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20 ft. at night. Paddlefish fair. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Hudson: April 30. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and buzz baits. White bass good in the upper end of the lake, at the mouths of creeks and below the dam. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut shad, cut bait and trotlines. Crappie good on small lures, minnows and jigs in the upper end of the lake and the mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: April 29. Elevation 2 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. Blue catfish fair on juglines and limb lines baited with cut shad and sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: April 30. Elevation normal and rising quickly, water 69 and muddy. Blue catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad at 10 ft. in the Arkansas River and Washunga Bay area; however, as the lake levels rise flooded willows and running tributaries should be targeted in shallow water. Crappie fair along banks. Paddlefish fair below Kaw Dam. Crappie, white bass, and walleye fair below dam on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: April 30. Elevation rising, water murky. White bass fair on spinnerbaits at 8 ft. in coves and jetties. Striped bass good on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad where the Cimarron River enters the lake. Crappie excellent on minnows at 3 ft. around the rocks. Report submitted by Woody's Bait and Tackle.

Keystone: April 29. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 69. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. Catfish fair on cut bait at 10 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 30. Elevation normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. along coves and bridges. White bass fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on jigs and live shad 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 and spinnerbaits 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 from the dam, Watts, Marval's and Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: April 29. Elevation 2 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. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. suspended around standing timber. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs 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.

Sooner: May 1. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on live shad and slabs. Catfish good on cut and live bait off points. Fishing the discharge is fair on sassy shad and topwater lures. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 1. Elevation slightly above normal, water 70 and dingy. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinner baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: April 30. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and steady, water 68 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits or soft plastics at 5-10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks or on jigs around brush piles at 15-20 ft. Catfish fair on minnows near docks or on flip-flops and cut baits at 20-40 ft. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

NORTHWEST

Canton: April 29. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass good on jigs along the dam. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and night crawlers along the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along the dam and Canadian River area. Striped bass hybrids and walleye good trolling crankbaits near Longdale area. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: April 30. Elevation normal, water murky. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along shorelines. Walleye fair trolling the shallows. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: April 28. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 72 and clear main in the lake and stained up creek arms. Floating algae present. Bass being caught on topwater chug baits, shaky head worms and square billed crankbaits. Crappie being caught on chartreuse grubs along bluff banks and brush piles at 15 ft. White bass being caught trolling small crankbaits where they are spawning up creeks and along the dam. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: April 29. 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 29. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along rocky areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish good on various baits along shallow flats and rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. along riprap and timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: April 29. Elevation normal, water 63. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits around brush along the creek channels and drop-offs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along the creek channels. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: April 29. Elevation normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms at 3-8 ft. along weed beds and cattails. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on live shad at 15 ft. in the discharge canal and creek channels. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mt. Fork: April 29. 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 29. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 68 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 jugs and trotlines baited with live bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: April 30. Elevation below normal, water 69 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on various baits. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and worms. Crappie fair at 5-10 ft. around fish attractors, brush piles and rocky ledges. Walleye slow to fair on minnows and jigs along the dam before dark. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: April 29. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on Zara spooks 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: May 1. Elevation normal, water murky. Bass fair on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits in grass beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along creek channels. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: April 29. Elevation normal, water 74. Largemouth bass good on swim baits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and buzz baits at 2-10 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Flathead catfish fair on live bait. Crappie good at 2-6 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 10-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: April 29. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 68 and murky in the north and clear in the south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels and around underwater objects. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and slabs at 15-25 ft. in the river channels and around the points. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Platter Flats to the north. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in the upper creeks and around underwater brush. Paddlefish fair to good below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: April 29. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures, pink flukes around structure and fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad, sunfish, liver and night crawlers. Crappie good on pumpkin seed and chartreuse grubs and minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: April 29. Elevation 24 1/4 ft. below normal and rising slowly. Walleye, white bass, crappie and catfish fair to good on minnows. Hot spots have been around the dam, Little Hicks and off Twin Peaks. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Ellsworth: April 29. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 4-6 ft. at Ralph's 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 30. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid 60s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair on live bait along dam with live bait. Walleye fair but have moved out from dam in open water. Crappie fair on jigs and live bait near rocks. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Cobb: April 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 71 and murky. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits at 4-6 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics, top water baits and spinnerbaits at 3-5 ft. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: April 29. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water clear. Saugeye fair on minnows off rocks at Schoolhouse slough. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: May 1. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 65 and murky. Crappie good on jigs in shallow water near rocks and brush. White bass and striped bass hybrids are good on white roadrunners at 3-6 ft. and trolling deep water. Catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait near rock islands. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: April 29. Elevation below normal, water murky to muddy. White bass are not running. Striped bass hybrids slow on jigs and crawdad tails. Blue catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut shad and live sunfish and on stinkbait, cut shad and worms around windy shorelines and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along the rocks at Corum and Walker Creek and the fishing dock at Wichita Ridge about 1 ft. off the rocks. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.

 

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