Archive for April, 2011

Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 1

April 14, 2011 9:29 am
posted by Terry

Bell Cow: April 10. Elevation below normal, water clear. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: April 11. Elevation normal, water upper 50s and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on shad. Catfish good on cut bait, worms and chicken liver. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: April 10. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 58 and muddy. Saugeye and striped bass hybrids good trolling with crankbaits and plastic baits. Crappie good minnows and jigs. Catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Copan: April 10. Elevation below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows at 2-4 ft. in Cotton Creek and Osage Plains. Catfish fair on worms and live sunfish in the lake. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: April 12. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 63 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 juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: April 8. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 58 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and Bobby Garland twin tail jigs at 3-10 ft. around brush and rocky shorelines. White bass excellent on white grubs and silver rooster tails during generation below the dam and in the creeks. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad in the main lake and good on live shad using rod and reel. Paddlefish excellent in the upper river at Mission Bend and low water dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: April 12. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 58 and clear. White bass excellent in Spring River. Blue catfish fair on fresh cut bait. Crappie good at 5-10 ft. around brush piles. Paddlefish excellent in the Neosho River. Report submitted by Jeff Brown, game warden stationed in Nowata County.

Greenleaf: April 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass excellent on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and buzz baits along shorelines, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: April 11. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 54. Largemouth bass good on small crankbaits and spinnerbaits. White bass good on small lures and minnows in the upper end of the lake along mouths of creeks and below Pensacola dam. Crappie good on minnows and small jigs in shallow water around brush piles. Paddlefish good in the upper end. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: April 10. Elevation below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows at 2-4 ft. Catfish fair on minnows and cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Report by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Nine Reasons Why You Catch a Bass – Part 3

April 13, 2011 10:37 am
posted by Terry

On the seventh day of April my Abu Garcia fishing reel caught a bass because it was guarding its territory.

On the eighth day of April my Lew’s fishing reel caught a bass because it was trying to kill my musky jitterbug lure.

On the ninth day of April my Daiwa fishing reel caught a bass because the bass had never seen a lure.

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Nine Reasons Why You Catch a Bass – Part 2

April 12, 2011 11:32 am
posted by Terry

On the fourth day of April my Pflueger fishing reel caught a bass because it didn’t want the lure near its nest.

On the fifth day of April my Okuma fishing reel caught a bass because it was curious about the bait.

On the sixth day of April my Zebco fishing reel caught a bass because it was in a school and competing for food.

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Spotlight On: Ambassadeur Abu Garcia

April 11, 2011 3:44 pm
posted by A-Reel-Good-Time

The Abu Garcia Company was founded in Sweden in 1921, originally as a Swiss watch factory. Fortunately for us, the owner’s son was an avid angler. He started researching and developing fishing reel line, releasing the product to the pubic in 1941. In 1952 the company released the famous Ambassadeur Abu Garcia.

Nearly seventy years later, the company still manufactures the famous Ambassadeur and other high quality Abu Garcia fishing reels. What is remarkable is how little change the reels have undergone. The few modifications include improved drag washers, additional bearings, and no-slip spools. When you get it right the first time there isn’t much need for change!

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Nine Reasons Why You Catch a Bass – Part 1

9:56 am
posted by Terry

On the first day of April my Abu Garcia fishing reel caught a bass because it was hungry.

On the second day of April my Lew’s fishing reel caught a bass because it wanted to pounce on the bait.

On the third day of April my Daiwa fishing reel caught a bass because it was angry and aggravated by all the constant casting.

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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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Shimano Reels The Baitcaster or Spinning Reel

April 6, 2011 11:52 am
posted by Terry

The Shimano fishing reel company offers several spinning reel models including Baitrunner, Sonora, Spheros, and Stradic models. No matter what a fisherman’s style is he will be able to find a Shimano baitcaster reel or spinning reel to fit all his needs. If his passion is baitcasting, he will find one of the Shimano’s Reels in the Calcutta model line fitting most of his needs, including a right hand or left hand option for bait casting.

The Stradic model spinning reels are very light weight lending themselves to the enhancement of small creek or a lake fishing experience. If the fisherman desires a low profile baitcasting reel for saltwater fishing, he should try the Curado Shimano Reel. Light weight but so smooth for casting in the sea. No matter what his choice, there is nothing but good fishing days ahead for him.

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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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