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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.
- When fishing for sunfish use a spinning reel with a four pound monoline.
- Sunfish tend to hang out by deep water docks, piers and around weedy dams with a slow current.
- If fishing by boat, use a depth finder. A depth finder helps the angler locate the fish quicker and easier.
- Sunfish can be caught with a worm, cricket, or a lure such as a curly-tail jig.
The dart and the drop are two other retrieves used by bass anglers. Once again the angler will need his best spinning reel with light line. Both of these retrieves are used out in open water. The dart is a retrieve used to catch schooling bass. In this retrieve, the anglers cast the grub just ahead of the school bass and let the grub sink about a foot. Next the angler pops the rod tip, so the grub will dart out and catch the attention of the schooling bass. The angler can repeat this action again if it did not trigger a reaction from the bass.
Another retrieve used is the drop. This retrieve is used by sloping structures such as steep points, bluffs, and chunk-rock channels. The angler positions his/her boat in front of the sloping structure. The next step is to cast the grub near the structure. Then wait for it to land in the water and pop the rod tip. Just before the grub hits the water, it is popped up again. When it lands in the water the second time, remember to let the grub sink a little farther into the water. The angler continues with this action until the grub is by the boat. When the line twitches or jumps, the angler sets the hook for the bass.
Basically there are four basic retrieves with grubs. However before learning the retrieves, the angler needs spinning tackle. Purchase a quality spinning reel with a medium to heavy weight 6 foot graphite rod. Use a 6 to 8 pound monofilament line that is abrasion-resistant and has a little stretch. If your line doesn’t stretch, it may break when reeling in the bass.
After purchasing the tackle, the angler is ready to learn how to fish with a grub. Fishing with a grub is not hard to do but will probably require some practice. The easiest retrieve to master is the swim. This retrieve works best when your boat is surrounded by 8 to 10 feet deep water. Cast your line and let your grub sink to the bottom. When your grub hits bottom reel in quickly so the grub explodes off the bottom and then reel it in slowly so your grub looks like it is swimming naturally. This retrieve really tends to set off smallmouths that are sunning by an isolated stump or rock.
- To fish with a grub it is best to use a pflueger spinning reel with a 6-8 pound monofilament line that’s abrasion resistant. Next choose your grub size. A 4 inch grub is considered to be the gold standard according to many bass anglers.
- When fishing in clear and cold water (45 degrees) use a slender ribbon-tail grub. These grubs have a high visibility level and bass are able to spot them more easily.
- If the water temperature is in the low 60’s and is stained chose a shad-tail. The tail causes commotion as it is reeled. These grubs hit the water fast because they are heavier in weight. Shad-tail can also be used in a heavy current.
- When fishing for schooling bass, try using a spear-tail. Spear-tails have flat tails and hardly any vibration. However, their high-speed fluttering actions seem to set off schooling smallmouth 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.
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.
Bass and pike may be big game fish, but nearly as many anglers dream of landing a huge rainbow trout. These gentle and skittish feeders prefer streams, simply because their eggs require the oxygen and cleanliness of moving water. Although they can be found in lakes, they are typically stocked or are located next to attached streams. Stocked fish are not wild and are easier catches for anglers. For sportsmen wanting a real challenge and a trophy worth bragging about, it is a better idea to head to the remote stream with fishing reels and lure.
Trout in streams tend to be smaller, and are easily startled because they can often see the angler. It is important to remain crouched and silent while approaching a stream pool, and be very silent, so not to arouse the fishes’ suspicion. Many fishing reels may be used, but fly fishing is favored among trout fishers. There are as many different flies as there are hairs on a horse’s tail, and their light weight gives a fly lure a noiseless entry. Fly fishing is appropriate for the natural flow of a stream, and even allows for small baits that floats on the surface, appearing just the same as a stranded insect.
- 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.