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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.
When choosing a rod/reel combo, the appropriate weight range is between 2 and 7 lbs. Beginners might be advised to stick to a closed face reel (a reel that has a button that allows for easy release of the line). The Pflueger Fishing Company makes several high quality reels and reel/rod combos for all skill levels, and something like the Pflueger President Spinning combo can offer the beginner a versatility and ease that are vital when starting out.
OK, Now comes the tricky part: a good cast.
Always cast slightly upstream and allow your bait to drift downstream. The current will make your bait appear lifelike and lure the trout.
Bring the rod tip behind you slowly, and press and hold the button on the fly reel. Quickly bring the rod tip around to directly in front of you and release the button in the middle of the cast. Be careful not to whip the rod to hard or your bait will get thrown off the hook.
Do not overcast. Think of rod as the hand on a clock, and keep your rod at 11 o’clock.
If you’ve done things correctly, your line should fly freely and land about 25-35 feet in front of you. Congratulations! Chances are, it’ll take a few casts before the fishes to start nibbling, but you’re well on your way!
White bass are easy to catch once they have been located. In late spring, these fish tend to be caught around sandy flats, deep riprap banks, and by large boulders that break the water current. Besides fishing from the bank, many anglers rely on trolling. Trolling allows the angler to use a depth finder which makes it easier to locate and catch the fish.
To catch white bass, use a good spinning reel outfit with 4 to 8 pound mono line. As for bait, try using a jig. Live bait is not a requirement. White bass bite in the early morning hours. Last but not least, watch for circling gulls. Circling gulls indicate that schools of white bass are feeding nearby.
Arbuckle: June 5. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 74 and clear. Bass being caught on Carolina-rigged lizard and watermelon, shad crankbaits, shakey head worms and topwater at dawn. White bass being caught on chrome gay blades and white wiggle-tailed jigs near the dam.. Crappie being caught on Bobbie Garland shad bodied jigs in chartreuse at 20-25 ft. on brush piles. Channel catfish good on minnows under cork. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Blue River: June 7. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastics and crankbaits around current and structure in larger pools. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, minnows and chicken liver in deeper pools around current. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in deeper pools at night. Sunfish good on crickets and small worms in shallow slack waters. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
Broken Bow: June 5. Elevation normal, water 71-72. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on topwater lures early and late. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around structure. Walleye good on deep running crankbaits in crawdad color around points. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: June 5. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits along the buck brush, flooded brush and rocky areas. White bass good on jigs around bridges and culverts with running water. Blue catfish good on various baits at 2-8 ft. in rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-12 ft. along riprap on I-40 and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: June 6. Elevation normal, water 74. Crappie fair on jigs along the southern area of the lake and trolling jigs along the dam. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with sunfish and cut bait. Crappie and catfish good below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
Konawa: June 6. Elevation normal, water 77 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms at 4-6 ft. in the cattails and weed beds. Channel catfish good on stinkbait at 5-10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
McGee Creek: June 6. Elevation 10 inches above normal, water 75 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and swim baits along shorelines and around submerged vegetation. Crappie fair at 6-14 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Channel catfish fair on liver, red worms and cut bait in upper tributaries of lake. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Murray: June 7. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 69 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good. White bass good trolling crankbaits and jigs. Channel catfish good on liver and stinkbait. Crappie good. Walleye good off the dam and rocky points in the late evenings. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
Pine Creek: June 5. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass fair on soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs near Hwy 3 Bridge and rocky points. Catfish fair to good on cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: June 7. Elevation normal, water 75 and muddy. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 4-8 ft. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with fresh shad and cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. around submerged brush piles. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Texoma: June 5. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 73 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels on crankbaits, spinner baits and some surface baits. Striped and white bass good on live bait, sassy shad and some surface baits at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish good on worms, stinkbait and live minnows at 5-20 ft. from Platter Flats north to the Washita River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around brush piles and fish attractors. Sunfish good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around the fishing docks and riprap. Paddlefish fair while generating below the dam. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: June 5. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass fair to good on chartreuse and white grubs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut shad and liver and good on night crawlers. Flathead catfish very good on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Reported by Oklahoma Wildlife Department of Conservation
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.
- On a sunny day, smallmouths seem to be attracted to the smoke color grub. This grub is used in clear water during spring and fall season
- When fishing on a cloudy or rainy day a chartreuse color grub seems to grab the attention of bass. If the fishing water is stained (dark color) or visibility is poor, this bright colored grub works great. The brighter the color, the more visible it is to the bass that is in the muddy, murky water.
- For the angler that is fishing in cold stained water, the pumpkin color grub works the best because it resembles a crawfish. This grub works best when used in early spring.
- Last but not least, attach the grub to the line on a pflueger spinning reel. A quality pflueger spinning reel can make a fishing adventure more enjoyable and allows the anglers the ability to make a precise cast.
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.