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Fishing Report for Oklahoma, July 4, 2012

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CENTRAL

Arcadia: July 1. Channel catfish good in evenings and at night. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs in deeper water. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: July 2. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 83-88 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow on jigs and deep diving crankbaits along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair trolling crankbaits at 6-10 ft. along rocky shorelines. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait, cut bait and worms at 10-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 12-20 ft. along the dam. Walleye slow trolling crankbaits and drifting night crawlers at 8-14 ft. along windy shorelines and long points. Sunfish and bluegill fair on worms. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: July 1. Catfish slow on stinkbait all over the lake. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on minnows near bottom early in the mornings. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Wes Watkins: July 2. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Channel catfish good on minnows on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows near tree clearing line. White bass good trolling main part of lake. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: July 2. Elevation normal, water 88 and murky. Bass fair on crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Carl Blackwell: July 2. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 80. Catfish good on all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: July 2. Elevation normal, water 88 and murky. Bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on spoons and minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: July 3. Elevation normal, water mid-80s and clearing. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. from boats around the lake and from the new fishing dock at Copan Point. Catfish good on cut shad, sunfish and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Ft. Gibson:June 30. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic baits at 10-20 ft. early and late. Catfish good on trotlines and drifting cut bait and shad at night. White bass good on white spinnerbaits and small crankbaits around the windy points. Crappie fair on minnows at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Greenleaf: July 3. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along shorelines, creek channels, rocky points and brush structure. Catfish fair on stinkbait, cut bait and liver on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: July 3. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits early and late and on plastic baits at 15-30 ft. along creek channels and structure at midday. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: July 3. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: July 1. Elevation normal, water 89 and clearing on the lower end of the lake and murky in the upper end. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on the Ponca hump and sandy beach by the dam. White bass good on spoons, rattletraps and slabs below both bridges that cross the lake. These fish are easily caught trolling; once located you can anchor and cast to the schools. Blue catfish good on any live or fresh cut bait at 10-20 ft. on the entire lake. Shad are easily caught in the Coon Creek area with a cast net. Noodlers are having good luck around the rocky areas of the lake. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: July 2. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85. White bass fair off points. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 2. Elevation normal, water 47 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on plugs at 1-3 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 and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: June 30. Elevation normal, water 70s and muddy. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 10-15 ft. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits at 10 -12 ft. on flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around standing timber. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics at 5-8 ft. 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: July 2. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on topwater lures and sassy shad at the north end early and late. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait around points and channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: July 2. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early morning. Catfish fair drifting cut bait at 10-20 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers around docks and in the back of coves. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 3. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits and jig-and-worm along riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on stinkbait, fresh cut bait and liver on bottom along mudflats and drifting. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: July 1. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids good drifting shad and slabs near drop-offs. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: July 2. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water murky. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait along shorelines in the mornings. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: July 1. Elevation slightly below normal, water 86 and clear to stained up the arms. Algae bad on calm days. Bass being caught on chrome Chug Bugs early, and then on crankbaits, shaky-head worms, drop-shot worms during the day in 15-20 ft. White bass being caught on small crankbaits and wiggle-tailed grubs while chasing shad, but not staying up long. Crappie being caught on chartreuse/white jigs at 25 ft. off the docks early and brush piles. Channel catfish being caught on dough bait up Guy Sandy arm and other baited holes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: July 3. Elevation normal, water 85 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on topwater lures in larger pools early and late. Channel catfish excellent on stinkbait, minnows and crawfish around current. Flathead catfish fair on live bait in deeper water around structure at night. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.


Broken Bow: July 1. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastics around structure and rocky points after dark. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. around structure in the upper end. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: July 1. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina-rigged lures and other deep water lures around deep points and deep rocky areas. White bass fair on flats early and late. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad drifting the flats and deeper rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges, standing timber and up creek channels. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: July 1. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 78. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with sunfish and goldfish. Blue catfish fair to good on cut bait and shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: July 1. Elevation normal, water 94 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures at 5-10 ft. along moss beds and coves in schooling bass early and late. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on shad at 10 ft. in the south cove. Channel catfish good on shad and chicken liver at 8-15 ft. in the south cove and around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: July 1. In spite of triple digit temperatures, fishing has been good inside the park boundaries on a variety of flies including size 12 grasshoppers and medium size dry flies like size 14-16 sulphurs and parachute Adams. Also good nymph fishing with size 16-18 flashback pheasant tails. Zones 2 and 3 have had some water temperature problems and fishing has been slow to fair. Olive wooly buggers size 10-12 have been good producers when water temperatures are cool. Report submitted by Jesse King, Owner/Operator Three Rivers Fly Shop Hochatown, Oklahoma.

McGee Creek: July 1. Elevation 1/4 ft. above normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits and H & H spinnerbaits at 2-12 ft. and fair on shad colored topwater lures in schooling bass in open water early and late. Crappie fair to good on minnows at 8-12 ft. over cedar brush piles. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: July 3. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good early morning, late evening and at night. White bass good on topwater lures when schooling early and late. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, minnows, jigs and chicken liver. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: July 1. Elevation extremely low, water clear. Bass fair on Baby Brush Hogs at 8 ft. near structure. Crappie fair to good on jigs in brush. Catfish fair on chicken liver and blood bait. White bass good on topwater lures while schooling in open water up the river channel early and late. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: July 2. Largemouth and spotted bass good on topwater lures, spinnerbaits and buzz baits and good on swim baits and crankbaits at 2-10 ft. around banks and grass beds. White bass fair on minnows under bridges. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels. Flathead catfish good on live bait at 9-14 ft. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: July 1. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 82. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits and 10-inch worms. White bass fair trolling. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Flathead catfish good on live bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-18 ft. Walleye fair trolling at 8-14 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: July 1. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on plastic worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels and around riprap. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and surface lures at 5-20 ft. from Alberta Creek to east Burns Run. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to the south to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in underwater brush and around the fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fishing docks and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: July 1. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and buzz baits early and late and fair on topwater lures early and late. Crappie fair on jigs, white tail grubs and minnows. Catfish fair to good on juglines on cut shad, sunfish, liver and excellent on night crawlers. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: July 1. Elevation 23 3/4 ft. below normal and falling slowly. Crappie slow on minnows off of rocks across from Twin Peaks and around the new fishing dock. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Foss: July 2. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed. Striped bass hybrids good drifting live bait in deep water in late evenings. Walleye fair on worms from bank near structures. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with stinkbait in channels. Crappie slow near rocks. Bass fair on live bait around submerged structures. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Cobb: July 3. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 82 and murky. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits and topwater lures. Channel catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Tom Steed: July 2. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 75 and murky. Channel and blue catfish fair on minnows, stinkbait and shad around islands and on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: July 1. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky to muddy. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad, shrimp, stinkbait and worms along windy shorelines and points in evenings and at night. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.

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