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Hey, looking at this report. We should all be fishing. Looks like the fish are biting the catfish looks to be biting the best. Stay tuned for the rest of the Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report.
Birch: June 6. Elevation normal, water low 70s and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Blue catfish good on shad. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Copan: June 5. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows at 3-4 ft. near Osage Plains. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad and sunfish near the river channel. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: June 7. Elevation slightly above normal, water 82 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush and structure at 10-12 ft. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Bluegill sunfish fair on worms and crickets around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
Ft. Gibson: June 5. Elevation 10 ft. and falling. Catfish fair on cut shad and whole shad. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
Grand: June 7. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in shallow water around points. White bass good on green and red jigs below the dam. Catfish good on juglines and rod and reels baited with fresh cut bait above Sailboat Bridge to Gray’s Ranch. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Greenleaf: June 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig and worms along shorelines, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in yellow, green and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
Hulah: June 5. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows at 3-6 ft. in Skull Creek. Channel catfish good on cut shad.. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Report by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
- When fishing for blues or flat heads use a baitcasting reel with a 30-50 pound line. However with a channel cat on a clear bottom lake can be caught on a spinning reel with a 10-14 pound line.
- Catfish will eat live, dead, or prepared baits. Chicken livers, clam meat, frogs, nightcrawlers, crayfish, limburger cheese, and stinkbait have all been used by anglers to catch blues, flat, or channel catfish.
- Catfish tend to hang around logs and heavy cover. When fishing in this situation, it is best to use a baitcasting reel with a strong line.
- Catfish bite best when the water temperature is 70 degrees or warmer. Night time is also a excellent time to fish for catfish.
- In natural lakes these bass hide in the weed lines, humps, and rocky points that gradually slope into deeper water.
- In man-made lakes these bass tend to be found in the intersections in the river channels or around humps surrounded by standing timber.
- In rivers the bass can be found in deep backwaters and the side channels into the backwaters.
- In all of these locations the best reel that an angler could use it the baitcasting reel. Remember this type of reel allows the angler to make a more precise cast.
There are many different types of soft plastics to choose from. Some favorites of many fishermen include the following: lube, lizard, finesse worm, jerkbait, slug, ciraw creature, ribbontail worm, stickbait, curlytail worm, and swimbait. These lures look pretty real and actually feel like real food. These lures can be rigged by the Texas or Carolina rig method on a baitcasting or spinning reel.
The Texas-style rig is used by the fishermen that are fishing for bass in weedy cover. When fishing in this type of situation, the fishermen uses a baitcasting reel that has been rigged Texas style. In the Texas style rig, the hook point is buried in the worm.
Another rigging method used with soft plastics is the Carolina rig. Bass fishermen use this when fishing on a clean bottom lake because the hook is exposed. Since the hook is exposed, it is easier to set the hook and land the bass.
Soft plastics are probably the most favorite of lure of bass fishermen because of their many advantages. The lures work best with spinning or baitcasting reels. These lures can be used in clean bottom lakes or in rivers with weedy cover. Soft plastics can also be used in cool or warm waters.
The biggest advantage of soft plastic lures is the way a fisherman can retrieve them. If the water is a little bit on the cool side and the bass seem lethargic and unwilling to chase the bait, then the lure needs to be retrieved slowly. However, in warmer waters, the fisherman can make it hop along the bottom with a jigging motion or reel it rapidly on top of the water. The fisherman’s type of retrieve will depend on the water temperature, type of cover such as a weedy area or clean bottom, and the type of soft plastic lure being used. For more information on different types of soft plastics read the next part of this blog.
- Always bring different types of live bait or lures, thermometer, and a reliable baitcasting or spinning reel with the right weight line.
- Fish in lakes, ponds, or rivers with water temperature in the 60 – 70 degree range.
- Largemouth bass are most active at dawn or just before dusk. They tend to feed during these time periods.
- On cloudy days, largemouths have a tendency to feed throughout the day, but on sunny days, they go to deep water or hide in the weeds.
- Largemouths tend to eat heavily before a storm hits but when a cold front passes through, they head for cover in thick brush.
Some people say gizzard, while others prefer the anatomical term, chicken liver. Whatever your speech preferences, it means a tough and slimy slab of meat, which must be cut for a fish’s dining pleasure. Really, raw gizard is tough enough that it must be carved with a very sharp knife. In spite of all the work, it is the best friend of any fishing reel. Catfish in particular love the bloody stench, particularly if it is warm, and even more so if allowed to mellow for at least a few hours.
For catfish, cut the liver into cubes about a cube inch, then attach them to the hook. Since the bait is unlikely to be moving, it it possible to use two hooks or more on the fishing reel. It is unlikely that the fisher will end with two fish, but then if one fish bites, others tend to follow like copy catfish.
In the case of any raw bait with a heavy weight, it is ideal to use a baitcasting reel. They are accurate and support a heavy line. Baitcasting reels also tend to have a very strong and stiff rod, for fighting big catfish and for driving the hook into the fish’s mouth.
It’s very important to do routine maintenance on your Abu Garcia Revo baitcasting reel regularly in order to keep it working at it’s best. It only takes a few moments, and in the long run it is going to save you money because you will prolong the life of the product.
After every fishing trip it’s important to take a slightly damp cloth and wipe down the outside of your baitcasting reel. Once it’s wiped down completely then you should take a second cloth that is completely dry to remove any of the damp residue from the casing.
The makers of the Abu Garcia Revo also make their own lubrication product. It’s a very good one to use, but if you have another favorite brand you can use that as well. Before this high quality reel is stored it’s important to put a few drops of lubrication into the gears, the handle, and the spool shaft. Don’t overdo it. Just a little bit of lubrication will work it’s way through the moving parts as you spin the handle a few times.
Place the fully cleaned reel into a soft cloth bag and store it in a dry place until the next time it is used.
- If fishing for a 10 lb pike, you need to find baitfish that are 8 to 12 inches long.
- Chub, golden shriner, sucker, smelt or ciscoes are excellent choices for live bait.
- Using your baitcasting reel with at least a 20 lb monofilament line, rig your baitfish on a braided wire leader with a 2/0 to 6/0 single hook. Push the hook into the mouth of the fish until the end of the hook sticks out over the top of the baitfishes snout.
- To make the baitfish float, hook the fish through its back.
- Besides using a single hook, baitfish can also be ringed on a quick-strike rig that has a pair of double or treble hooks. If you get a strike, set your hook immediately.
1. Use a medium power baitcasting reel with a 15 to 20 lb nylon monofilament line for catching a medium size fish.
2. If trying to catch a trophy fish, use a heavy power baitcasting reel with a 30 to 50 lb line.
3. During late spring to early summer, pike tend to hand around week bays and shallow gravel or rock bars.
4. When fishing near weeds, use a single or tandem-blade spinner bait. Spinner bait is the easiest type of bait to retrieve in this type of fishing situation.