Fishing Report for Oklahoma, May 16, 2012

New Overholser Lake Record channel catfish caught on May 7, 2012. It weighed 26 lbs. and was 38.25 inches long.

 
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CENTRAL

Arcadia: May 11. Elevation normal, water 75 and semi clear. Channel catfish fair to good on cut bait just off bottom from the banks mornings and evenings. Crappie good on jigs at 5-10 ft. at the south side dock and piers in the mornings. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.

Arcadia: May 13. Channel catfish excellent early morning. Crappie fair to good at 4-10 ft. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: May 14. Elevation normal and rising, water 70-76 and clear to murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and soft plastic baits at 4-8 ft. along the weeds and rocky shorelines. Smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. along weed beds and rocky shorelines. White bass excellent on shad baits, spinnerbaits, Gay Blades and grubs at 2-6 ft. along windy shorelines. Striped bass hybrids excellent on shad baits, Gay Blades and grubs at 2-8 ft. along windy shorelines. Channel catfish good on punchbait, cut bait and worms at 3-10 ft. along rocky shorelines. Blue catfish good on punchbait, cut bait and worms at 6-15 ft. along rocky shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs, grubs and rooster tails at 6-15 ft. along the dam. Walleye excellent on shad baits, spinnerbaits, Gay Blades and grubs at 2-10 ft. along windy shorelines. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: May 13. Elevation slightly below normal, water murky. Catfish fair on shad and minnows below the dam. Striped bass hybrid fair on minnows along the east side of the lake. Largemouth bass fair on worms along the riprap. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Thunderbird: May 13. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water murky. Fishing slowed down this week when the cold front moved through on Saturday. Crappie fair on jigs at 3-5 ft. around structure. Saugeye fair on green jigs and sassy shad. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: May 14. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 79 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Channel catfish good on worms and chicken liver. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: May 13. Elevation above normal, water 77 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits. Channel catfish good on punch bait at 5 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: May 13. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits in the mornings and on topwater lures in late evening. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-15 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Chandler: May 13. Elevation above normal, water 78 and murky. Bass fair on plastic baits and topwater lures in the mornings. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: May 13. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. from boats around the lake. White bass slow on white grubs. Catfish good on cut shad, sunfish and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 15. Elevation slightly below normal, water 75 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: May 12. Elevation normal, water 74 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-10 ft. early and late. White bass good on the windy points on white rooster tails and small crankbaits while trolling. Catfish good on shad and cut bait drifting the flats and on shrimp and corks along rocky banks. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and Biffle Bugs at 2-10 ft. around docks and structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand: May 16. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 70. Bass fair on worms and jigs. White bass fair up the creeks. Catfish good on fresh cut bait above Sailboat Bridge. Crappie fair at 20-25 ft. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Hudson: May 15. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. White bass fair to good on small lures at mouths of creeks and trolling. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and small jigs. Paddlefish fair in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: May 13. Elevation 12 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Keystone: May 14. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 74. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 5-8 ft. Catfish excellent on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and shad. White bass excellent on rooster tails and spoons at 7 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: May 14. 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 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on spinnerbaits and 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 from Gore Landing to the dam. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: May 13. Elevation 8 ft. above normal and falling, water upper 60s and muddy. Channel catfish good on liver and shrimp around flooded willows. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 10-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits around flooded 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 14. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Blue catfish good on cut bait and live bait along the southwest corner of the lake around points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along Hwy 15. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 15. Elevation slightly below normal, water 76 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa

Tenkiller: May 14. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 70 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastic baits at 3-15 ft. Crappie fair on jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush. Catfish good on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 20-30 ft. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in or near the docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: May 15. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on chatter baits, spinnerbaits and buzz baits along riprap, creek channels, brush structure and mudflats. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and liver drifting or on mudflats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in purple and black. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: May 13. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along dam. Channel catfish good on stinkbait and live bait along the dam. White bass, striped bass hybrids and walleye good trolling crankbaits and drifting slabs near drop-offs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: May 14. Elevation normal, water clear. Catfish good on stinkbait and cut shad along the riprap at the dam. Walleye fair trolling the shallows above sandbars. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: May 12. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water stained in upper creek arms and clear in main lake. Algae is bad on calm days. Crappie good off docks in the early morning and good on 1/16 ounce chartreuse jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush piles. White bass being caught on roadrunners and small crankbaits when chasing shad along the dam in the afternoon and in bigger coves. Bass being caught on topwater chuggers, drop shot rigs, shaky heads and soft stick baits early. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 16. Elevation normal, water 76 and clear. Channel catfish excellent on chicken livers, minnows and worms around structure and deeper pools around current. Flathead catfish good on live sunfish and crawdads around rocks in larger pools. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastic grubs, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits around structure. Sunfish excellent on light tackle with crickets, mealworms and small jigs. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass being caught on flukes at 10-15 ft. around structure and timber. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and small sunfish. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in the upper end around structure and mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 14. 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 fair on fresh shad along rocky areas and shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along riprap and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 13. Elevation normal, water 68. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastics and jigs along creek channels and drop-offs. Crappie fair on minnows in brush piles along the main river channel. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with shad and goldfish in the main lake. Catfish good on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: May 14. Elevation normal, water 79 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms at 2-6 ft. along weed beds. Channel catfish good on stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mt. Fork: May 13. Water mid-60s. Rainbows being caught on March browns in the Red Zone. Walleye, white bass and rainbows good on rooster tails and grubs near the power house. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 13. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 77 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits at 14-18 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 14. Water 71. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good to excellent on various baits. White bass fair on minnows, jigs and trolling in the north end of the lake. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, worms and chicken liver. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on Zara spooks in shallow water around secondary points. Crappie good 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 14. Bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms in shallow areas along the weeds. White bass good on plugs when surfacing. Blue catfish excellent on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad. Flathead catfish good on live shad and sunfish. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around strip pits. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 14. Elevation normal, water 75. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swim baits, plastic worms and buzz baits at 1-6 ft. White bass fair trolling. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair to good on minnows at 12-14 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 12-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 13. Elevation normal, water 72 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. around the points and underwater objects. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and deep diving crankbaits at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish good on worms, live bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to the Washita River. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in Glasses, Kansas and Widow Moore creeks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, gam warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 13. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic lures and Zara spooks and fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad, sunfish, liver and night crawlers. Crappie good on chartreuse tail grubs and minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: May 13. Elevation 24 1/4 ft. below normal and steady. Fishing has slowed with last week's cold front and rain. Catfish slow to fair on minnows from main swim beach. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Ellsworth: May 13. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water murky. Catfish good on cut bait off rocky points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Ft. Cobb: May 15. Water 73 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. Striped bass hybrid good on crankbaits and cut bait at 5-8 ft. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures, soft plastics and crankbaits at 3-5 ft. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Ft. Cobb: May 16. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 76 and clear. Crappie good on minnows around the marina and boat slips early and late. Catfish being caught on juglines baited with cut shad around rocks by the dam at night. Saugeye being caught on slabs in late evening. Striped bass hybrids being caught on rattletraps along the dam in the evenings. Largemouth bass good on rubber worms and Hula Poppers around brush piles in early morning. Report submitted by Sgt. Kevin Bean, park ranger at Ft. Cobb State Park.

Lawtonka: May 13. 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 14. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on minnows around windy points. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait around islands on the west side. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden Kiowa County.

Waurika: May 13. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water murky to muddy. Channel and blue catfish slow to fair on cut shad, worms and stinkbait along windy shorelines, points and the rocks at Wichita Ridge and on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad and sunfish in the main lake. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.

Greenleaf: May 15. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, buzz baits and plastic worms along creek channels, brush structure and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and liver on bottom near the spillway and in the upper end of creek channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in yellow and white around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 

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