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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report July 13, 2011

July 15, 2011 11:05 am
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

Here is the fishing report.  Several places are having good time getting catfish to bite especially at night.  This warm weather the fish are biting more at night.  Be sure you take your baitcasting reel with you so you can catch some fish.

Bell Cow: July 10.. Elevation below normal, water 86 and murky. Channel catfish good on worms at night. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs off the docks at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Chandler: July 10.. Elevation below normal, water 87 and murky. Channel catfish good on worms, chicken liver and doughbait at night. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at fishing docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: July 10. Elevation below normal, water clearing. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on limblines, juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad and sunfish; check often because of high temperatures. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: July 13. Elevation 1 1/3 ft. below normal, water 86 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits around grass beds early morning and on plastic baits at night. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: July 10. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water stained. Fishermen need to remain aware of low water conditions and underwater obstructions. Local media has reported that the Taylor’s Ferry swim beach is closed due to blue green algae. Catfish excellent on juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish; it’s a good idea to keep check on your lines more often because of fish dying quickly due to water temps and oxygen levels. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, buzz baits and spinnerbaits. White bass good trolling white spinnerbaits and small crankbaits on windy points. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: July 10. All fishing slow due to algae problems. For further information contact Grand River Dam Authority out of Langley, OK for any update on water conditions. Report submitted by Jim Littlefield.

Greenleaf: July 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and pumpkin colored tube worms. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: July 12. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits early and late. White bass good on small lures and spinnerbaits early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: July 10. Elevation below normal, water stained. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and limblines baited with cut shad and sunfish. Channel catfish fair on worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: July 11. Catfish fair on juglines baited with fresh shad and fair on sunfish and fresh shad from the bank after dark. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on spinnerbaits and rattletraps off of windy points and riprap in the morning and evenings. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

Lower Illinois: July 11. Elevation below normal, water 49 and muddy. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on live shad at 1-3 ft. at Gore Landing and below. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout good fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom at the dam and Watts. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Spavinaw: July 13.. Elevation slightly below normal, water 85 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: July 11. Elevation normal and steady, water 80-82 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on soft plastic baits early and late. Catfish good on stinkbait in the mouth of coves and on juglines and flip-flops baited with cut baits in open water. Sunfish good on night crawlers in and around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 11. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and pumpkin colored tube worms along the riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Channel catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom drifting the mudflats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Reported by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

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Tips for Night Fishing for Bass

July 13, 2011 8:11 pm
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

Night-fishing is the best way to catch bass when water temperatures start climbing.  High water temperatures cause bass to swim to deeper waters or take to heavy cover.  So grab your favorite baitcasting reels, bait or lures, flashlight, and head to the nearest clear water lake.

In a lake clear water lake, the bass tend to feed more heavily at night.  Anglers have been using spinner baits that create intense vibrations to catch bass.  Besides spinner baits, some anglers have been catching bass using plastic worms, jigs, and crankbaits in water depths of 15 to 25 feet.

Go have fun catching some bass at night.

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Central Oklahoma Fishing Report July 4 – July 9

July 12, 2011 8:16 pm
posted by Terry

White Bass

Fish here are even biting.  Go fishing and be sure to bring your baitcasting reel.

Hefner: July 5. Elevation below normal, water 78-92 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and deep crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along the weeds and rocks. Smallmouth bass fair on jigs and deep crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks. White bass good on lipless crankbaits and sassy shad at 4-12 ft. along riprap and trolling. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling deep running crankbaits at 15-25 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait and prepared bait at 10-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait, punchbait and worms at 10-30 ft. along rocky banks. Flathead catfish fair on live bait at 10-20 ft. along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-30 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair trolling deep crankbaits at 4-12 ft. along windy points and humps. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms and small jigs all around the lake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: July 5. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair. Channel catfish slow to fair on stinkbait, cut bait and crawdads early and late. Report submitted by Ron Comer, game warden stationed in Canadian County.

Thunderbird: July 3. Elevation 2 1/3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 6-10 ft. on structure. Channel catfish fair to good on earthworms or stinkbait at the twin bridges area. White bass good on jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits along humps and points; also look for surfacing behavior in early morning and late evening. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: July 4. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 89 and clear. White bass fair trolling the main part of the lake. Crappie fair on minnows along the timber line. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

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Summer Catfish Hidey-Hole Tips

July 1, 2011 10:22 am
posted by Terry

    Channel Cat

  1. In rivers catfish hang around the riprap banks and in tailwaters below the dam.
  2. Catfish can also be found in deep holes below wing dams and in tributaries.
  3. In man-made lakes catfish can be found in flooded stock ponds and roadbeds.
  4. Catfish also like to hide in standing timber and around submerged humps.
  5. When fishing in heavy cover or a timber area, use a heavy duty pflueger baitcasting reel outfit.  A catfish can have the advantage if dependable tackle is not used in this fishing situation.
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Drift Fishing Tips For Catfish

June 30, 2011 9:11 am
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

  1. Outfit your boat with 4 to 6 heavy duty baitcasting reel outfits.  The rods should be at least an 8 feet in length.
  2. Use a 2 ounce sinker with live bait on a 6/0 hook.
  3. Next, adjust the rods so that the bait is near the bottom and the line is kept vertical.
  4. Lastly, in your boat, make sure the rods are perpendicular to the gunwhales and use a trolling motor to control the drift speed.

Drift fishing can help an angler catch catfish that are hiding in large flats, around boulders, logs, or other large obstructions in the river.

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Three Catfish Baits Tips

June 29, 2011 7:08 pm
posted by Terry

Blue Catfish

    Channel Cat

  1. Bait a pflueger baitcasting reel outfit with live bait (frogs, catalpa worms, shad, nightcrawlers or crayfish) when fishing for flathead catfish.
  2. Channel catfish prefer dead or prepared baits.  Bait your spinning reel outfit with any of the following:  limburger, cheese, doughballs, stinkbait, and chicken livers.
  3. Blue catfish will bite live, dead or prepared baits.  They are not picky eaters.

Flathead Catfish

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Catfish Facts

June 28, 2011 5:50 pm
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

Its catfishing season!  Catfish are found in water temperatures ranging from 70-85 degrees.  They can reach weight of 50 to 100 lbs and bringing them in can be a challenge.  Catfish can put up a fight, so its best to have quality tackle.

Choosing quality tackle will depend on the type of catfish being caught.  Channel, flathead, white and blue catfish are the most common species.  When fishing for channel or white cat on a clean bottom river, use a medium power pflueger spinning reel outfit with a 14lb mono line.  For blues or flatheads, a pflueger heavy baitcasting outfit with a 50lb line will be much studier if fishing in heavy cover.

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Largemouth Vision Fishing Tips

June 27, 2011 10:31 am
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

Like humans, largemouths depend upon their five senses for survival.  However, they depend mostly on their vision to find food.  According to research, these fish can see well in all directions.  The water clarity is the only thing that hinders them from seeing far.  In clear water, largemouth can see more than 20 feet.

To determine which bait or lure will work best for the angler, consider the following tips:

  1. Try using a lure that has some red in the coloring.  According to laboratory test, this color is recognized more by bass.
  2. When fishing in discolored water, use bright or fluorescent lure colors.
  3. In clear water, try using a dark or drab color lure or live bait.
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Relatives of the Largemouth Bass

June 24, 2011 10:15 am
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass may be the favorite fish of bass anglers, but it has several relatives.  So don’t be surprised if one of them happens to grab the bait from the line on your Pflueger spinning reel.

The largemouth has at least five relatives.  These relatives include the:  Smallmouth, Spotted, Suwannee, and the Guadalupe bass.  All of these bass can be found in the in the same lakes and streams as largemouths.  Their coloring and markings are very distinguished, so don’t confuse them with a largemouth.

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Catching a World’s Record Bass

June 23, 2011 12:15 pm
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

The current work record is a 22 lb 4 ounce largemouth that was caught in Montgomery Lake, Georgia.  This largemouth was cross between a Florida and Northern largemouth.  To catch a largemouth this size, an angler would need to use a heavy duty Pflueger baitcasting reel with a heavy abrasion resistant line. Having the right tackle can make the difference between a world record and a second place.

However, for the angler that wants to catch largemouth but not set the world record, a baitcasting or spinning reel will work just fine.  Basically if the angler is fishing around a weedy or brushy area, it’s best to use the baitcasting reel.  A baitcasting reel will allow the angler to place the lure or bait next to the brush.  The reel allows a more precise cast but the angler may need to practice casting with this reel.

If the angler is fishing in a clear bottom lake or shallow stream then a spinning reel will do just fine.  Just watch the weight of the line.  As long as the fish don’t weight more than the weight of the line, the angler should not have a problem of landing the largemouth.

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