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Fishing Report for Oklahoma, August 22, 2012

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CENTRAL

Arcadia: August 19. Elevation below normal. Catfish good to excellent on CJ's punch bait and liver along flats and transitional areas. Flathead catfish slow to fair. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: August 21. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 87-90 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at 5-15 ft. around deeper areas of the dam. Smallmouth bass slow on jigs at 5-15 ft. around deeper areas of the dam. White bass fair on gay blades and sassy shad at 3-10 ft. along windy shorelines. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and dough bait at 12-20 ft. around deeper areas of the dam. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 20 ft. around deeper areas of the dam. Flathead catfish fair on minnows and sunfish at 8-20 ft. around deeper areas of the dam. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 20 ft. around deeper areas of the dam. Walleye slow on gay blades, sassy shad and grubs at 3-10 ft. along windy points and the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: August 19. Elevation below normal. Catfish fair on minnows along the south side of lake. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

Thunderbird: August 19. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on jigs at 6-8 ft. around the dam and structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: August 20. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 93 and clear. Crappie fair around deep structure early and late. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Birch: August 21. Elevation below normal, water upper 80s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early and late. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Eucha: August 21. Elevation 8 3/4 ft. below normal, water 81 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. around brush and structure. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at night. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Grand: August 19. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 88. Bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. around points. White bass fair trolling crankbaits. Catfish good on fresh cut bait drifting or on juglines above Sailboat Bridge. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. below docks with brush. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: August 21. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits in fluorescent green with silver spoons, crankbaits and bill baits. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait, stinkbait and liver 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.

Hudson: August 21. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water upper 80s and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair to good on juglines baited with live shad and cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-18 ft. around docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Kaw: August 21. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Drawing down lake levels for millet planting. When gates are open during the week the fishing is good. White bass good on crankbaits and small jigs along windy beaches and the Sarge Creek Bridge at night. Striped bass hybrids good below the dam when running water. Blue catfish slow in the upper Arkansas River and good north of Washunga Bay Bridge. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around deep standing timber. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: August 21. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 87. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. White bass good trolling points and windy shorelines. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: August 20. Water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures along the surface all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass good on live shad and trout along the deep branch. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait 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.

Oologah: August 19. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water upper 80s and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush or standing timber. Blue catfish fair drifting shad at 20-25 ft. along the river channel. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
Skiatook: August 20. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water upper 80s and clear. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: August 21. Access to the east and west side is restricted due to construction. Boat ramps are open. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs on the cold water side of the lake. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: August 21. Elevation slightly below normal, water 78 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits at night. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around shaded rocky shoreline. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: August 20. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water mid-80s and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastics in deep water. White bass fair from mid-lake to the dam early and late. Sunfish good on worms in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: August 21. Elevation 1 1/2 – 2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits around brush structure, creek channels, riprap and shorelines. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and liver on bottom drifting and along the mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in black and purple around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: August 19. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids good drifting shad and slabs near drop-offs. Channel catfish good drifting shad from Sandy Cove to Longdale campground. Walleye fair drifting slabs and night crawlers near drop-offs. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: August 20. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water murky. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait off the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: August 18. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 83 in main lake, 87 in back of creeks and coves and clear. Bass being caught on topwater chugger baits early morning and on fair crankbaits and 8-inch worms chasing shad near islands in evening hours. Crappie slow at 25 ft. off dock brush piles. White bass slow on C. C. spoon near drop-offs and channel bends. Channel catfish fair to good on dough baits. Sunfish good on fly rod poppers. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: August 21. Elevation normal, water 78 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on topwater lures early and late and good on small spinnerbaits around structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, stinkbait and minnows in larger pools around current. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: August 19. 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: August 19. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and Carolina rigs around deep points and deep rocky areas. White bass good on topwater lures and slab spoons along flats early and late. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad drifting the deeper flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges, around standing timber and riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: August 19. Elevation 5 ft. below, water 88. Boats should use extreme caution. Crappie fair on minnows around standing timber adjacent to the river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Konawa: August 20. Elevation normal, water 87 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures at 4-6 ft. along weed beds early and late. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountian Fork: August 19. Zone 1: grasshoppers and midges doing well throughout the park. Zone 2: good with nymphs and wooly buggers in the early morning. Report submitted by Jesse King, Three Rivers Fly Shop.

McGee Creek: August 19. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 87 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits and Chatter Baits at 8-20 ft. and fair on shad colored topwater lures for schooling bass in open water early and late. Crappie good on minnows at 18-20 ft. over cedar brush piles at creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: August 20. Water 83 and stained. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on various baits early and late. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait, chicken liver and worms. Crappie fair at 15-20 ft. around brush. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: August 19. Elevation extremely below normal, water clear. Bass fair on crankbaits and various soft plastics in the deepest water anglers can find. Crappie fair on minnows. Catfish fair to good on cut shad or liver at 8 ft. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: August 20. Largemouth and spotted bass good on spinnerbaits, swim baits and crankbaits at 2-10 ft. around banks and grass beds early mornings. White bass and striped bass good on minnows and shad crankbaits up river in deeper holes and around rock ledges. 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.

Sardis: August 19. Elevation normal, water 88. Elevation 3/4 ft. below normal, water 89. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures, plastic worms and crankbaits early and late. White bass fair trolling jigs. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 16-18 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: August 19. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on surface lures, crankbaits and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, surface lures and sassy shad at 5-30 ft. from Burns Run to Catfish Bay. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on worms, live bait and stinkbait at 10-15 ft. from the Washita River to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in underwater brush and around the fish attractors. Sunfish fair to good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. at the fishing docks and around riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: August 19. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits. Crappie slow on white tail grubs at 25-30 ft. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Foss: August 21. Elevation 9 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids slow on live bait. Catfish slow with stinkbait or dough bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Waurika: August 20. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky to muddy. Channel and blue catfish slow to fair on cut shad, grasshoppers, stinkbait, liver and shrimp along old river channels, windy shorelines and windy points early morning, late evening and at night. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Cotton County.

 

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