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Fishing Report for Oklahoma, August 1, 2012

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) are nonindigenous aquatic species that pose significant ecological and economic threats to aquatic ecosystems. This can include fish, aquatic plants, algae, invertebrates, mussels, viruses and other aquatic pathogens.

How You Can Help!
There are several ways that you, the angler and lake recreationist, can help prevent the spread of ANS. When leaving a body of water, be sure to remove any visible plants or mud from your boat and gear, drain all water including bilges, bait buckets and live wells. Clean anything that came in contact with the water. Also never release any plants or animals into a body of water unless they originated there. Please contact the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation if you think you have discovered any invasive species.

For more information go to wildlifedepartment.com

CENTRAL

Arcadia: July 29. Channel catfish good on punch bait and chicken liver along flats and transitional areas. Flathead catfish slow to fair on live sunfish. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. early and late. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: July 31. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 87-92 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on plastic worms at 8-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Smallmouth bass slow on jigs at 8-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on gay blades, grubs and trolling crankbaits at 3-10 ft. along the west side. Channel catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad at 12-20 ft. along the dam. Blue catfish fair on cut shad at 20 ft. along the dam. Crappie slow on jigs and road runners at 20 ft. along the dam. Walleye slow trolling crankbaits at 8-14 ft. and drifting night crawlers at 12-20 ft. around long points and the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: July 30. Elevation below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair after dark by the dam. Report by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Wes Watkins: July 29. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 93 and clear. The northwest boat ramp is closed. White bass good trolling the main lake. Channel catfish being caught on worms along the banks early and late. Crappie being caught on minnows in deeper water in the evenings. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: July 29. Elevation below normal, water 89 and clear. Channel catfish fair on night crawlers and chicken liver at night. Crappie good on minnows around fishing docks at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Chandler: July 29. Elevation below normal, water 89 and clear. Channel catfish good on shad and night crawlers at night. Crappie good on minnows and jigs early. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: July 30. 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.

Ft. Gibson: July 28. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 89 and clear. White bass good on white rooster tails around the windy points early and late. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and Biffle Bugs at 5-15 ft. Catfish good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait and whole shad in the main channel. Crappie fair on minnows, chartreuse and black jigs around the dock at Western Hills Lodge. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: July 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal. Largemouth bass fair on worms and jigs. White bass good trolling the islands by Sailboat Bridge. Catfish good on fresh cut bait above Sailboat Bridge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below docks with brush. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: July 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on jig-and-worm and deep diving bill baits along rocky points, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in green, red and yellow around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hulah: July 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clearing. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: July 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 90 and clear. White bass good on crankbaits and small jigs along windy beaches and the Sarge Creek Bridge in the afternoons. Blue catfish fair. Gar good bow fishing. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: July 31. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 81. White bass fair trolling. Striped bass good. Blue catfish good to excellent on shad and cut bait at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 30. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures along the weed beds. White bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at 2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass good on live trout and live shad at 3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good 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. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: July 30. Elevation 1 1/4 ft. below normal, water upper 80s and murky. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15-30 ft. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits on flats 10-15 ft. early in the morning and late in the evening. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around standing timber. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Tenkiller: July 31. Elevation below normal, water high 80s and clear. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures early and late. Catfish fair on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 20-25 ft. White bass fair on spinnerbaits, spoons or jigs all over the lake early and late. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jig-and-worm along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and liver on bottom and along mudflats. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: July 28. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids good drifting shad and slabs near drop-offs. Walleye fair drifting night crawlers and slabs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: July 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: July 28. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 88-90. Park officials have made report of green algae present in lake. Thermocline is at 21 ft. Bass slow on topwater lures with first light to, the rest of the day try crankbaits, drop-shot and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie fair off docks early morning hours and slow around brush piles. White bass in small surfacing schools come up, but back down quick. Channel catfish being caught on baited holes during morning hours. Sunfish good using fly rods. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: July 30. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on topwater early and late and good on small spinnerbaits and crankbaits below the falls. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, minnows and chicken liver fished near current in larger pools. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish around structures at night. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: July 29. Elevation below normal. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastics in deep water around structure and rocky points early, late and at night. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and gizzard shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around structure in the upper end and around Holly Creek. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: July 29. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits around points and deeper rocky areas. White bass good on topwater lures and slab spoons along flats early and late. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along deep creek channels and deep flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges, around standing timber and riprap. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: July 29. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 85. Boaters should use extreme caution. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with sunfish and goldfish. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: July 28. Elevation normal, water 95 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic worms at 5-10 ft. around points and weed beds early and late. White bass fair on topwater lures and jigs at 10-15 ft. in the south cove when schooling early and late. Channel catfish fair on shad at 5-10 ft. in the south cove. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: July 29. Zone I continues to be really good. The Evening Hole good on grasshoppers and hexagenias in the late afternoon and evening. Spillway Creek good on pheasant tail nymphs and wooly buggers. Zone II 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 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 90 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits and Chatter Baits at 6-15 ft. and fair on shad colored topwater lures for schooling bass in open water early and late. Crappie fair to good on minnows at 12-25 ft. over cedar brush piles. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: July 30. Elevation 3-4 ft. below normal, water 87 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair around rocky points early and late. White bass slow to fair on topwater lures when schooling early and late. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: July 29. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass fair near brush and snags on baby brush hogs. 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.

Robert S. Kerr: July 30. Largemouth and spotted bass good on spinnerbaits, swim baits and crankbaits at 2-10 ft. around banks and grass beds early mornings. 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. in the lake and up the Canadian River. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County

Robert S. Kerr: July 27. Elevation normal, water murky. Bass good on spinnerbaits and soft plastics early and late. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with shad and liver. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Texoma: July 29. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on surface lures, crankbaits and plastic worms at 5-20 ft. in the creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, surface lures and sassy shad at 5-30 ft. in the river channels and the points. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, worms, and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to the Washita River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors. Sunfish fair to good on worms, shrimp and small lures at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: July 29. 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 29. Elevation 24 1/2 ft. below normal and falling slowly. Catfish slow on minnows in the lake. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Waurika: July 29. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky to muddy. Channel and blue catfish slow to fair on cut shad, worms and grasshoppers early, late and at night. 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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