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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 2

April 8, 2011 10:32 am
posted by Terry

Keystone: April 4. Water 56. Catfish good on cut bait at 17 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 4. Elevation below normal, water 43 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. in coves and weed beds all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. in coves and all along the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs at 1-3 ft. in coves and all along the river. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: April 3. Elevation normal, water upper 50s and clear on the south end and muddy on the north end. Crappie fair on jigs in the Big Creek area, fair on jigs around the lake and on the upper Verdigris River, fair on minnows around brush piles, fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around standing timber and fair on jigs below the dam. Striped fair on jigs in the Big Creek area, fair on jigs around the lake and on the upper Verdigris River and fair on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 10-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and Rogue type crankbaits at 4-8 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: April 4. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water upper 50s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on rattletraps and rooster tails along windy shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. over brush piles. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: April 5. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs in the lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: April 6. Elevation slightly below normal, water 55 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Reported from Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 4/6/11

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 1

April 7, 2011 8:27 am
posted by Terry

Birch: April 3. Elevation normal, water upper 50s and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: April 4. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 58 and muddy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8 ft. Saugeye fair trolling crankbaits. Catfish fair on cut bait. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Copan: April 5. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows at 8-12 ft. in the lake and at 4-6 ft. in the creeks feeding into the lake. Channel catfish fair on worms on bottom. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: April 6. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 57 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on limb lines and trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Hudson: April 4. Elevation normal, water 50. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and jerk baits. White bass fair to good on small lures and minnows. Crappie good at 3-6 ft. around brush piles. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: April 5. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows at 6-10 ft. near structure. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Reported from Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Fishing Tip

April 5, 2011 10:49 am
posted by Terry

When it comes to fishing, every fisherman wants to get that big catch of the day. However, one must question exactly what the best way is to achieve the goal of getting a large catch. One way is with the use of a lure and a bait casting reel. The following are some ways that could be used to effective use the equipment mentioned.
A bait casting reel is the most important part of the pole because this is where all the work will take place to get the fish caught. At first it seems a little complicated to use a bait casting reel but with training it will become easier over time. The idea is that the angler needs to find the right lure and the right fishing line to use to maximize the potential for catching a fish. Since every angler is different, each angler should test the waters with all kinds of combinations until they find what works best for them.

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Effective Fishing With Powerbait

April 4, 2011 9:44 am
posted by Terry

Fishing with powerbait can be quite effective if done properly. Still fishing is the best way to use this kind of bait. It is not as effective in streams or other moving bodies of water. Most powerbait comes in little jars, and you simply roll it into a ball around the hook on your line. Powerbait comes in many different colors, and can be effective for different species of fish. The label on the jar will say which species that particular color of bait is meant for. A good baitcasting reel equipped with no heavier than six pound line is the exceptional combination with the bait. The baitcasting reel is more of a personal preference, as long as it is a quality model. After securing the bait, simply cast out and wait for the fish to bite. There is no special technique for reeling in.

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 2

April 1, 2011 10:14 am
posted by Terry

Reported 3/30/11

Kaw: March 28. March 28.  Elevation below normal. Catfish fair on fresh and cut shad in the main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around structure and off of riprap near the bridges. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

Lower Illinois: March 28. Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 2 ft. all along the river. White bass fair on jigs at 3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs at 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 above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: March 27. Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal, water 50-55 and clear on the south end and muddy on the north end. Crappie fair on jigs in the Big Creek area, on minnows and jigs at 15 ft. around brush piles, on jigs around the lake and on jigs below the dam. White bass fair on jigs in the Big Creek area, on jigs in creeks around the lake and on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15-20 ft. near the channel. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: March 28. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water mid 50s and clear. White bass fair on rooster tails along rocky shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: March 28. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: March 29. Elevation slightly below normal, water 54 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: March 28. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal and steady, water 58-60 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic baits or crankbaits in coves. Crappie slow trolling deep running lures in the upper end of lake and on plastic jigs in docks. White bass good trolling jigs and deep running lures in the upper part to Horseshoe Bend and on jigs and inline spinnerbaits in the upper end. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: March 29. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig and worms along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good at 8 ft. along bridges, brush piles and shorelines. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 1

March 31, 2011 8:10 am
posted by Terry

Report Date 3/30/11

Carl Blackwell: March 28. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 52 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. Saugeye fair trolling crankbaits and plastic baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Copan: March 28. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows at 4-6 ft. near the Highway 10 Bridge and in Cotton Creek before the recent drop in air temperature. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: March 29. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 52 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: March 27.  Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 54 and clear. White bass good on Mr. Twister grubs and twin tail Bobby Garland jigs in the rivers and creeks. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and Biffle Bugs at 5-15 ft. Crappie good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Greenleaf: March 29. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along shorelines, riprap, rocky points and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom near the spillway, creek channels and the upper end of the lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in yellow, red and green along fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: March 28. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and spinnerbaits. White bass good on small lures and plugs. Crappie good at 2-6 ft. along brush piles in shallow areas. Paddlefish good in the upper end of the lake below Pensacola dam. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: March 28. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. Crappie being caught in Skull Creek and Turkey Creek. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Crappie Fishing

March 30, 2011 9:39 am
posted by Terry

The crappie are spawning and waiting for their favorite bait.  So grab your Shimano and make a pit stop at your local bait shop.

Your local bait shop offers a variety of lures or live baits for crappie fishing.  Many anglers use Maribou Jigs, Curly-tail Grubs, or Spinners.  However, crappies also like worms, crawfish, and minnows.  So if the crappies aren’t biting, keep trying different bait until you find one that works for you.

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UV Lures

March 29, 2011 10:36 am
posted by Terry

UV Lures are lures that reflect ultraviolet light.  These lures seem to attract bass, crappie, walleyes, and muskies.  Anglers have had success catching bass that were bedded down in the moss.

According to research, these lures have several advantages.  The colors of these lures are very close to the actual natural color of a real bait fish.  Besides the color, fish are able to see these lures further away.  So grab your Shimano and try out a UV Lure.

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Crappie Fishing With Color Lures

March 28, 2011 9:32 am
posted by Terry

Having the right fishing reel and rod is important when fishing for crappie, but what about the color.  Does color make a difference?  Many anglers think color does matter.

Choosing the right color of a fishing lure depends on two factors.  The first factor most anglers consider is water clarity.  If the water if clear, try using light colors that blend in with the water natural forage.  Some of the top picks are silver, gold, gray, green, and chartreuse-yellow.  However, if the water is dark and muddy, choose brighter color lures.  These colors include:  fluorescent orange and pink, purple and chartreuse-green.

Besides water clarity, anglers also think a sunny or cloudy day can also effect the color of lure.  On a sunny day, try bright colors, white, yellow, and hot pinks.  If the day is cloudy, try using browns, greens, and black color lures.

Finding the right color of lure can be overwhelming and expensive.  Just buy a few at a time to build up your collection and eventually you’ll know what works best for you.

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Central Oklahoma Fishing Report

March 26, 2011 9:23 am
posted by Terry

CENTRAL 3/23/11

Hefner: March 21. Elevation below normal, water 50-55 and clear to murky near the intake. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and jigs at 3-8 ft. along rocky banks. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs at 3-8 ft. along rocky banks. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 6-12 ft. along rocky banks. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait at 2-30 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on jigs at 6-15 ft. along the dam. Walleye good on crankbaits and grubs in shallow water along rocks at the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: March 20. Elevation below normal, water 54 and murky. White bass slow on minnows, ghost minnows and jigs all over the lake. Channel catfish slow to fair on worms, punchbait and chicken liver along the west side by the docks, along Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge on the north side of Route 66 and below the dam at Gar Hole. Crappie slow on minnows, ghost minnows and jigs all over the lake. Report submitted by Joey Rushing, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Thunderbird: March 20. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6 ft. along structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: March 21. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth bass good on various lures at 6-8 ft. Crappie good on minnows in the west end along the timber. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

Reported by Oklahoma Wildlife Department of Conservation

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