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Fishing Report for Oklahoma, July 25, 2012

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CENTRAL

Arcadia: July 22. Elevation below normal. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, punch bait and chicken liver at night. Crappie slow at 8-12 ft. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Arcadia: July 23. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 87. Striped bass hybrids fair to good on worms around the south dock in the mornings. Channel catfish fair on cut bait at 6-8 ft. around the south dock in the mornings. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 8 ft. around the south dock in the mornings. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.

Hefner: July 24. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 86-92 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow on jigs and soft plastics at 8-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on gay blades, grubs and trolling crankbaits at 4-6 ft. along the west side. Channel catfish fair on punch bait at 8-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 10-40 ft. along rocky shorelines. Crappie slow on jigs and road runners at 12-20 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits at 8-14 ft. and drifting night crawlers at 12-20 ft. along points and the dam. Sunfish and bluegill fair on worms. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: July 22. Elevation below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on worms and minnows by the dam after dark. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Wes Watkins: July 22. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 91 and clear. Channel catfish and crappie good on minnows around deep structure at night. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: July 22. Elevation below normal, water 88 and clear. Channel catfish fair on worms. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Chandler: July 22. Elevation below normal, water 88 and clear. Channel catfish good on shad at night and fair on chicken liver and worms at night. Crappie good on minnows and jigs morning and night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: July 22. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water upper 80s and clearing. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. from boats around the lake as well as from the new fishing dock at Copan Point. Catfish slow on cut shad, sunfish and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: July 24. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 85 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at night. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: July 21. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 89 and clear. White bass good on white rooster tails and small crankbaits on the windy points early and late. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits at 10-15 ft. around deep structure. Catfish good on trotlines baited with cut bait and sunfish at 15-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: July 23. Elevation normal, water low 90s. Bass fair on worms and jigs. White bass excellent trolling islands. Catfish good on fresh cut bait above Sailboat Bridge. Crappie fair at 15-20 ft. under docks. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: July 24. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, bill baits and jerk baits along shorelines, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in red, green and yellow around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hulah: July 22. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clearing. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Fishermen below the dam are catching fair numbers of catfish on cut shad and worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: July 20. Blue catfish slow in upper part of Arkansas River; fish have moved to the main part of the lake. White bass excellent. Striped bass good below Kaw dam with running water. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: July 22. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 87. White bass good trolling spoons and rattletraps off points. Stripers good on topwater lures and spooks early morning. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 23. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures in coves. White bass fair on spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass good on live shad at 1-2 ft. in the lower river, starting to show up below Gore Landing and Deep Branch mouth. 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 excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Spavinaw: July 24. Elevation slightly below normal, water 85 and dingy. Bluegill good around docks and shaded shorelines. Catfish good on trotlines, juglines and rod-and-reel baited with live bait, cut bait and crankbaits. Walleye good on artificial lures in deep water along steep drop-offs. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms, crank baits, and buzz baits. White bass good trolling mornings and evenings. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: July 23. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water high 80s and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastics late evenings and early mornings. Catfish fair drifting cut bait at 10-20 ft. Sunfish good on worms in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 24. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, buzz baits and crankbaits along riprap, brush structure, mudflats, creek channels and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom and along mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in purple and black around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: July 21. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on slabs and shad near drop-offs. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: July 21. Elevation 1 1/4 ft. below normal, water 86-90 and clear. Thermocline at 21 ft. Bass slow on topwater early morning and fair on drop-shot, jigging spoons, crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms during the rest of the day. White bass being caught on spoons and small crankbaits at 20-25 ft. off ledges. Crappie fair at 20 ft. around brush piles and fair off docks at dawn. Channel catfish being caught on dough bait around baited holes. Sunfish good on fly rods and poppers. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: July 23. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastic baits around current below falls and structure in larger pools. Channel catfish good on stinkbait around current in large pools. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Eufaula: July 22. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic lures and crankbaits along deeper flats and deeper rocky areas. White bass good on topwater lures and slab spoons along deep flat areas early and late. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad drifting flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along rocky areas, riprap and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Konawa: July 22. Elevation normal, water 92 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms at 5-10 ft. along weed beds and points early and late. White bass good on jigs and spoons at 5-10 ft. in schooling fish in the south cove early and late. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver at 10-12 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mt. Fork: July 22. Zone I continues to be really good. The Evening Hole has been good using grasshoppers and hexagenias in the late afternoon and evening. Spillway Creek is doing good too using pheasant tail nymphs and wooly buggers. Zone II has been good early and late in the day as well as all day when it's cloudy. Try pheasant tails, soft hackles and white streamers. Hexagenias are hatching near sundown. Report submitted by Jesse King, Three Rivers Fly Shop.

McGee Creek: July 22. Elevation 3/4 ft. below normal, water 89 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits, H & H spinnerbaits at 2-12 ft., also fair for schooling bass in open water, early and late on shad colored topwater lures. Crappie fair to good on minnows 10-18 ft. over cedar brush piles. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: July 23. Elevation 4-5 ft. below normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits, worms, Slugos, topwater lures and spooks early, late evening and at night. White bass fair on topwater lures when schooling late evening. Channel catfish good on minnows, stinkbait and chicken liver. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around pumps and rocky piles. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: July 22. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass fair on Baby Brush Hogs near brush and snags. Spotted bass being caught on white grubs and small white spinnerbaits around brush. Crappie good on minnows around brush piles. Catfish fair at best on cut shad or liver. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Texoma: July 22. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on plastic worms, topwater lures and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creeks. Striped and white bass good on live bait, slabs, sassy shad and topwater lures at 10-30 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. in the Washita River. Crappie fair at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors and underwater brush on minnows and jigs. Sunfish good on worms, shrimp and tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: July 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and buzz baits early and late. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs and fair on white/chartreuse tail grubs. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and liver at 25-30 ft. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: July 22. Elevation 24 1/4 ft. below normal and falling slowly. Catfish slow on minnows in the lake. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Foss: July 24. Elevation 8 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on live bait surfacing after dark. Crappie fair around rocks and structure near marina. Catfish good on trotlines baited with dough bait or stinkbait. Walleye fair near dam. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Waurika: July 22. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water clear to muddy. Channel and blue catfish slow to fair on cut shad, worms and grasshoppers at night early and late. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.

To check current Oklahoma lake conditions across the state go to the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department's website at http://www.travelok.com/checkmyoklake/. This website provides information on blue-green algae, lake updates, water safety tips, etc.

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