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Fishing Report for Oklahoma, September 12, 2012

CENTRAL

Arcadia: September 11. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 80-85 and clear. White bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at 5-7 ft. along the north point in the mornings. Channel catfish good on carp and worms at 5-10 ft. along the north central banks and south central coves in the evenings. Crappie good on jigs at 7 ft. along north central points in evenings. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Linnie Mason, gate attendant.

Arcadia: September 9. Channel catfish good on punchbait, chicken liver and red worms. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at midday. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: September 12. Elevation below normal and dropping, water 74-84 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs. Smallmouth bass slow on jigs. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on gay blades and grubs at 6-15 ft. along windy points. Channel catfish good on dough bait at 20-25 ft. along deeper areas of the dam. Flathead catfish slow on cut bait at 20 ft. along deeper areas of the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-20 ft. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: September 10. Elevation below normal. Catfish slow to fair on stinkbait and worms in the early morning hours. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.

NORTHEAST

Copan: September 11. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 80s murky. Anglers should be aware of increasing amounts of blue green algae around the lake. 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 caught below the dam and on juglines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: September 11. Elevation 10 1/2 ft. below normal, water 74 and dingy. Bluegill good on crickets and worms. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-14 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth fair on plastic baits at night. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: September 8. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. White bass good on white spinnerbaits and small white crankbaits along the windy points. Catfish good drifting whole shad at 15 ft. along the flats around Taylors Ferry. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: September 9. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 85. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass good. Catfish excellent on fresh cut bait drifting and on juglines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Hudson: September 10. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Blue catfish fair to good on cut bait and cut shad along the edge of the river channel. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 15-18 ft. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: September 11. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water stained. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Catfish slow on worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Keystone: September 11. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 82. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: September 10. Elevation normal, water 59 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures in coves. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass good on trout and shad at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the deep branch. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout good to 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: September 9. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water mid-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.

Sooner: September 10. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs on the cold water side of the lake. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait off points and channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: September 11. Elevation slightly below normal, water 76 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth fair on deep diving crankbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: September 10. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water mid-80s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures early mornings. Crappie fair on minnows at 10-15 ft. in docks. Sunfish good on nightcrawlers along bluffs or in docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

NORTHWEST

Canton: September 10. Elevation 8 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair drifting shad and slabs near drop-offs. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait along dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle September 8. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 80-83 in the lake and 85 in upper ends of creeks. Bass hitting yellow magic topwater lures early morning, fair on flukes, small crankbaits and creature baits in shallows during the day and on spoons at 25 ft. drop-offs and channel bends. White bass and crappie hitting the same C. C. spoons in with the bass. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-25 ft. off docks and fair on chartreuse jigs brush piles. Channel catfish hitting dough bait and shrimp in the Guy Sandy Arm. Sunfish good on black gnat flies. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: September 9. Elevation below normal, water clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair to good on soft plastic in deeper water around rocky points and structure early and late. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with sunfish. Crappie good on soft plastic grubs and minnows at 15-20 ft. around structure, points and mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: September 9. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around deep points and deep rocky areas. White bass good on topwater lures when surfacing and slab spoons during the rest of the time along the flats early and late. Blue catfish good on fresh shad along deep flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridge piers, riprap and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Konawa: September 10. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. around points and creek beds. Channel catfish fair on shad at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: September 9. Zone I – grasshoppers and midges doing well throughout the park. Zone II – good with nymphs and wooly buggers in the early morning. Report submitted by Jesse King, owner of Three Rivers Fly Shop.

McGee Creek: September 10. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water 86 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits and Chatter Baits at 8-20 ft. and good on topwater baits along the shorelines early and late. Crappie good on minnows at 18-20 ft. over cedar brush piles in creek channels. Report submitted by Joe Young, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: September 11. Elevation below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good early and late. White bass slow to fair on topwater lures when chasing shad in the evenings. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around structure, brush piles and below docks. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: September 9. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass slow to fair on deep diving crankbaits near points. Crappie excellent on jigs around structure. Catfish good on juglines baited with chicken liver or cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: September 11. 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 9-14 ft. in the lake and up the Canadian River. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: September 7. Elevation normal, water 81. Largemouth bass fair to good on jigs and spinnerbaits at 6-14 ft. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 18 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: September 9. Elevation 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, sassy shad, slabs and surface lures at 10-30 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from the Washita River to Platter Flats. Crappie fair on live bait, small tube jigs and small spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. around underwater brush and fish attractors. Sunfish fair to good on shrimp, worms and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: September 9. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass slow on deep diving crankbaits. Crappie slow on white tail grubs at 15 -20 ft. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait and liver. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: September 9. Elevation 25 1/2 ft. below normal and falling slowly. Walleye and some striped bass hybrids bass being caught on minnows. Catfish being caught on juglines in the lake. Report submitted by Sue Hokanson.

Foss: September 10. Elevation 9 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid-80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair on live bait in deep water. Walleye slow to fair with live bait. Catfish fair on dough bait in channels. Bass fair with spinnerbaits around cover. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Lawtonka: September 9. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair to good on minnows and spinnerbaits at the pipeline morning and evening. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Waurika: September 9. Elevation 9 ft. below normal, water clear to murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits in the main lake. Striped bass hybrids fair drifting shad in the main lake. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad, grasshoppers, worms, shrimp and stinkbait along windy shorelines and points 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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