Archive for March, 2011

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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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 2

March 25, 2011 8:17 am
posted by Terry


Northeastern   Reported 3/23/11

Kaw: March 20. Elevation below normal, water 51. Crappie fair to good on jigs and minnows at 5-15 ft. around structure. Catfish fair to good on shad in the main lake. White bass slow to fair on jigs and spinnerbaits in the river and creeks. Report by submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

Lower Illinois: March 22. Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits. White bass slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait. Crappie slow on jigs at 1-3 ft. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-3 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom above Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: March 20. Elevation 1 ft. above normal and rising, 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 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 21. 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 21. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on sassy shad in the discharge. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: March 22. 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.

Tenkiller: March 21. Elevation 2 3/4 ft. below normal and rising, water 58 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastics in coves. Crappie slow on soft plastic jigs around brush in docks. White bass fair on spoons, spinnerbaits and jigs in the upper end. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 1

March 24, 2011 9:09 am
posted by Terry

NORTHEAST   3/23/11

Birch: March 21. Elevation normal, water upper 50s and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: March 21. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 52 and muddy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Saugeye fair trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Copan: March 20. Elevation above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows at 4-6 ft. near the Highway 10 bridge and in Cotton Creek. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: March 22. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 57 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft Gibson: March 21. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. White bass fair starting up the main river and creeks. Largemouth bass being caught on crankbaits and countdown minnows at 15-30 ft. Crappie good under docks and in shallow water late in the evenings. Catfish slow in the main part of the lake. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in  Wagoner.

Hulah: March 20. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. in Skull Creek and Turkey Creek. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Reported by Oklahoma Wildlife of Department Conservation

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Crappie Fishing In Oklahoma

March 23, 2011 11:17 am
posted by Terry

Crappie spawning season is here.  In Oklahoma, this season usually begins in mid February and March and last through April.  So grab your fishing reel and check out the water temperature at Lake Eufaula and Skiatook Reservoir.

If the water temperatures are around 52-60 degrees, then the beginner or experienced angler should be able to catch their limit of black or white crappie.  However, if the temperature is not quite right, try fishing around the lakes rock pile, stumps, fallen trees or shallow coves.  Crappie tend to stay in these areas during the prespawn season.

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Crappie Fishing Reels

March 22, 2011 11:12 am
posted by Terry

Whether you are a beginner or experienced angler, you need a good reel for crappie fishing.  The spincast reel is a great choice for the beginning angler.  The Zebco company has a line of spincast reels that are budget friendly and easy to use.

Although spincast reels are the easiest to use, most experienced anglers prefer spinning or baitcasting reels.  The Daiwa company offers quality reels that will please any angler’s heart.  Learning to use these reels however, takes a little extra practice.  Fishing for crappie can be enjoyable experience if the angler has choosen the right reel.  Happy Crappie Fishing!

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Using Jigs To Catch Bass

March 21, 2011 9:06 am
posted by Terry

When properly using a jig to fish you are more likely to catch bigger bass fish, especially when fishing in an area with rocky bottoms, thick weed, sunken tree tops or any kind of heavy cover. Jig lures are to be used in slow, constant movements. Also known as a contact lure. Normally when catching a bass fish it is within 15 feet of the moving lure. Not only is having a nice jig going to help catch the biggest bass but also using the right reel. Spinning reels are great to use for bass fishing because they have a nicely balanced body from the end of the spool to the rear of the actual reel. They are also lightweight, which is perfect for all day fishing.

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