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According to these reports, sounds like this part of the state has some good fishing. Be sure to bring your baitcasting reel or spinning reel with you. It will be very hard to bring home the catch if you don’t have the gear.
Arbuckle: July 3. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 83-84 and clear. Bass very slow being caught on chug bugs early dawn light and slow worm rig coming off a sharp drop-off. White bass being caught on small white or chrome lures while chasing shad and ghost minnows in the dam area of lake. Crappie early morning on marked brush piles. Bluegill and sunfish excellent on earthworms in the shaded areas in evening hours. Channel catfish being caught on the baited holes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Broken Bow: July 3. Water clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Slug-Go lures and topwater baits early and late. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 18-20 ft. along humps and structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Eufaula: July 4. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear in the lake and murky in the Deep Fork Arm. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits around deep points. White bass fair on minnows at 8-20 ft. under bridges at night. Blue catfish fair on various baits at 4-10 ft. around rocky areas and shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-20 ft. under bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Hugo: July 3. Elevation normal, water 84. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with sunfish. Blue catfish good on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Konawa: July 3. Elevation normal, water 91 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in coves early and late. Channel catfish good on shad at 10 ft. around points. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
McGee Creek: July 4. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and swim baits at 2-6 ft. and topwater lures early and late along the shorelines. Crappie fair 8-20 ft. around cedar brush just off of main creek channels. Catfish fair on live bait at 8-20 ft. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Pine Creek: July 3. Elevation below normal, water clear. Bass fair to good on topwater baits in the mornings. Crappie good on minnows in deep water. Catfish good on chicken liver or night crawlers on rod and reel and trotlines. Report Submitted by Mark Hannah, Game Warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Robert S. Kerr: July 5. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with fresh shad and sunfish. Report submitted by Leland Sockey, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Sardis: July 3. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85 and murky. White bass good on topwater lures early and late. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Flathead catfish good on live bait. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
Texoma: July 3. Elevation 4 1/3 ft. below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on surface lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5-15 ft. in the creek channels. Striped and white bass good on live bait, slabs and surface lures at 10-20 ft. in the river channels. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 10-20 ft. from Johnson Creek to the south. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around underwater brush. Sunfish good on worms, shrimp and small tube jigs at 5-15 ft. around riprap and the fishing docks. Paddlefish fair below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Wister: July 3. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures early and late. White bass fair trolling deep diving crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-20 ft. around structure. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad, liver and night crawlers. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
Reported by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
A four way to tie a bass knot is by using the San Diego Knot Jam, which is a versatile and popular knot developed by fishermen in San Diego. Step 1 – pass the end of the line through the eye of hook or lure. Pinch hook between the little finger and palm of the other hand. Step 2 – loop the tag over the index finger and make 7 wraps from the double line down to the end. Step 3 -Use the tag between the double lines below the final wrap and use the index finger to bring the loop back. Remove your finger after you made a loop from below. Lastly, simply moisten the lines and pull end tight sliding the knot down to the eye to tighten your line.
Try this knot out the next time with your baitcasting reel.
The Blood Knot is a more complex looking knot, but it’s great for connections. The blood knot method is a way to bring two pieces of monofilament together in one tying method. To start the process of making the knot, simply overlap the end of two strands so that joining and twisting them is much easier. You should do this about 10 turns to make sure both monofilaments are secure. After this step, separate one of the center twists and place the two ends through the middle of the space. Lastly, pull the knot together and clip off the excess ends.
Try this knot out the next time with your baitcasting reel outfit.
Another great knot to use is the palomar. Using this knot with a pflueger baitcaster reel helps to have more stability when drawing out the cast as well as a great braking mechanism when you want to hold the fish in place. The palomar knot is a solid way to join fishing lines to swivels, snaps, and hooks. Also, the way the double knot is tied adds more security to the knot itself adding more strength for your loops. Simply double the line and form a loop making it around 4 inches long. Pass the end of the loop through the hook’s eye. Make sure to have a good grasp of the line with your thumb and finger while you grasp the loop with your free hand to help make an overhand knot. Put the hook through the loop and draw the line guiding the loop over the eyelet. Lastly, make sure the tag end of line is tightly knotted. Clip 1/4 of the tag end.
In bass fishing, there are numerous knots you can use to help catch your bass. These type of knot methods help to make catching fish a lot easier.
Many fishermen prefer the baitcasting reel in order to get a more accurate feel. A good type of bass knot to use is a trilene knot. It’s recommended for beginners because it’s a very simple and a dependable knot. Simply thread your line through the eye of the hook or lure then loop the thread around so it goes through the eye again. The key is to firmly but slowly pull the main lines so it gets to about a quarter inch in size. Next, hold the lure or hook in one hand while you hold the loop between the thumb and pointer finger with the hand. After this step is completed, take the tag line and wrap it around the main line at least 5 times. Guide the tag line around and back through the double loop above the eye then push the tag back through the larger loop. It’s important to pull the main line while holding the tag end. Make sure you wet your line. After this is done, clip off the tag end.
- In rivers catfish hang around the riprap banks and in tailwaters below the dam.
- Catfish can also be found in deep holes below wing dams and in tributaries.
- In man-made lakes catfish can be found in flooded stock ponds and roadbeds.
- Catfish also like to hide in standing timber and around submerged humps.
- 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.
- Outfit your boat with 4 to 6 heavy duty baitcasting reel outfits. The rods should be at least an 8 feet in length.
- Use a 2 ounce sinker with live bait on a 6/0 hook.
- Next, adjust the rods so that the bait is near the bottom and the line is kept vertical.
- 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.
- Bait a pflueger baitcasting reel outfit with live bait (frogs, catalpa worms, shad, nightcrawlers or crayfish) when fishing for flathead catfish.
- Channel catfish prefer dead or prepared baits. Bait your spinning reel outfit with any of the following: limburger, cheese, doughballs, stinkbait, and chicken livers.
- Blue catfish will bite live, dead or prepared baits. They are not picky eaters.
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.
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:
- Try using a lure that has some red in the coloring. According to laboratory test, this color is recognized more by bass.
- When fishing in discolored water, use bright or fluorescent lure colors.
- In clear water, try using a dark or drab color lure or live bait.