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Tips For Choosing A Fishing Line — Part I

August 8, 2011 1:35 pm
posted by Terry

Fishing Line

Fishing is one sport that men and women enjoy participating in. There is casual fishing and then the more serious anglers. While some do not care what kind of rod, reel, fishing line, bait, or tackle they use, others may take a more serious approach to this sport and want to use only the best fishing gear that money can buy in order to enhance their fishing experience. Will the type of fishing line that he or she decides on determine how successful that their fishing trip will be? Some anglers feel that the type of line used makes all the difference, while others are not quite sure.

Stay tuned as we look at the different types of fishing line.

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Week Of July 18

July 25, 2011 7:41 pm
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

Reports show that the fishing is good in several locations.  Be sure to take your baitcasting reel or spinning reel and go catch the catch of the day.

Carl Blackwell: July 18. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water low 80s and stained. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling crankbaits. Catfish fair on all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Copan: July 18. Elevation below normal. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut shad and worms on bottom early and late on rod and reel. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: July 19. Elevation 1 3/4 ft. below normal, water 87 and dingy. Bluegill good on crickets and worms in the back of coves. Largemouth bass fair on topwater baits early morning. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: July 16. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water stained. Boaters need to be aware of underwater obstacles due to low water conditions. Catfish good on juglines baited with whole shad and sunfish. White bass good on Heddon Torpedo’s with a jig trailers and ripping them across the surface along the windy points and below the main dam during generation. Catfish good on cut bait and shrimp while generating below the dam. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits and buzz baits around structure and docks early and late. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand: July 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut or whole shad at 15 ft. Report submitted by Jim Littlefield.

Grand: July 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on frogs in shallow water early and late. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with fresh cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in deep water. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: July 18. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and tube worms in pumpkin color along shorelines, creek channels and riprap. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: July 18. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair to good on topwater lures and spinnerbaits early and late. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: July 18. Elevation below normal, water stained. Catfish slow on cut shad and worms on bottom with rod and reel. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Keystone: July 18.. Water 87. White bass good on plastic baits and rattletraps around points. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 18. Elevation normal, water 49 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on live shad at 1-2 ft. below Gore Landing. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Walleye fair on pink jigs at 1-4 ft. below Gore Landing. Trout good fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Watts. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: July 17. Elevation near normal, water near 80 and murky on the south end and muddy on the north end. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush piles. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits off main lake points at 10-15 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Sooner: July 19. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: July 19.. Elevation slightly below normal, water 89 and dingy. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms. Largemouth fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: July 18. Elevation normal, water low 80s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic lures. Catfish fair on flip-flops or juglines baited with cut bait or fresh shad and on doughbait at 18-21 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers in or near the docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 18. Water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and tube worms in pumpkin color along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on stinkbait and cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Knot To Use With Baitcasting Reel Part II

July 22, 2011 8:28 am
posted by Terry

Arbor Knot

The arbor knot is the next knot we will be reviewing. The arbor knot can be used on any type of reel. The arbor knot is perfect for anchoring the back of the reel to the spool center. To tie this knot, tie an overhead knot on the backing and tighten. Insert the knot between the reel foot and the arbor. Tie a second knot and tag it around the starting point of the backing. Wind the backing into your reel. You are now ready to feed the knot onto your spool. Relax and cast out to your favorite spot.

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Central Oklahoma Fishing Report July 4 – July 9

July 12, 2011 8:16 pm
posted by Terry

White Bass

Fish here are even biting.  Go fishing and be sure to bring your baitcasting reel.

Hefner: July 5. Elevation below normal, water 78-92 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and deep crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along the weeds and rocks. Smallmouth bass fair on jigs and deep crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks. White bass good on lipless crankbaits and sassy shad at 4-12 ft. along riprap and trolling. Striped bass hybrids fair trolling deep running crankbaits at 15-25 ft. Channel catfish good on cut bait and prepared bait at 10-20 ft. along rocky shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait, punchbait and worms at 10-30 ft. along rocky banks. Flathead catfish fair on live bait at 10-20 ft. along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-30 ft. along the dam. Walleye fair trolling deep crankbaits at 4-12 ft. along windy points and humps. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms and small jigs all around the lake. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: July 5. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair. Channel catfish slow to fair on stinkbait, cut bait and crawdads early and late. Report submitted by Ron Comer, game warden stationed in Canadian County.

Thunderbird: July 3. Elevation 2 1/3 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and small jigs at 6-10 ft. on structure. Channel catfish fair to good on earthworms or stinkbait at the twin bridges area. White bass good on jigs, sassy shad and medium-diving crankbaits along humps and points; also look for surfacing behavior in early morning and late evening. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: July 4. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 89 and clear. White bass fair trolling the main part of the lake. Crappie fair on minnows along the timber line. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

Reported by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

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Southeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report July 3 – July 9

July 11, 2011 8:02 pm
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

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

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report July 3 to July 9

July 8, 2011 7:58 am
posted by Terry

Bass

Here’s a fishing report for Northeastern Oklahoma.  Several of the fishing reports show the fish are biting with different things.  Be sure to bring your baitcasting or spinning reel with you to bring home the catch of the day.

Bell Cow: July 3. Elevation below normal, water 85 and murky. Bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic baits early and late. Catfish good on night crawlers and chicken liver at night. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Chandler: July 3. Elevation below normal, water 86 and murky. Bass fair on plastic baits at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Eucha: July 5. Elevation below normal, water 83 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits around grass beds early morning. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft Gibson: July 1. Water level is 2 ft. below normal and steady. White bass good on white spinnerbaits and crankbaits below the dam while generating and in the main lake trolling the windy points. Catfish good on juglines baited with shad and whole sunfish. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits early and late in the shallows around rocky areas. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand: July 3. Elevation normal, water 80s and clear. Bass slow around drop-offs. White bass good on jigs below Pensacola Dam. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad. Crappie fair on jigs in deeper water. Bluegill good on small jigs and worms in shallows. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: July 5. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits in creek channels, brush structure and along shorelines. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: July 5. Elevation normal. Largemouth fair to good on crankbaits and plastic baits. Channel and blue catfish being caught on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and blood bait along river channels. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Kaw: July 3. Catfish fair on fresh shad in the main lake early and late. Striped bass hybrids good trolling crankbaits and drifting shad by the dam. White bass good on spinnerbaits off of riprap. Catfish fair on shad and red worms behind the dam after dark. Report by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

Keystone: July 5. Water 85. Bass fair on soft plastic lures and diving plugs. White bass fair on rattletraps around points. Catfish fair on shad. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 5. Elevation normal, water 48 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on live shad at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish excellent on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout good on flies at the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom above Gore Landing and near the dam. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Spavinaw: July 5. Elevation slightly above normal, water 85 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: July 4. Elevation normal and steady, water 80 and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic lizards in shallow water early and late. Catfish fair on juglines or flip-flops baited with shrimp or cut bait. Sunfish good on night crawlers around docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 5. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along creek channels, riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and herring on bottom drifting. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Reported by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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Three Catfish Baits Tips

June 29, 2011 7:08 pm
posted by Terry

Blue Catfish

    Channel Cat

  1. Bait a pflueger baitcasting reel outfit with live bait (frogs, catalpa worms, shad, nightcrawlers or crayfish) when fishing for flathead catfish.
  2. Channel catfish prefer dead or prepared baits.  Bait your spinning reel outfit with any of the following:  limburger, cheese, doughballs, stinkbait, and chicken livers.
  3. Blue catfish will bite live, dead or prepared baits.  They are not picky eaters.

Flathead Catfish

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Catfish Facts

June 28, 2011 5:50 pm
posted by Terry

Channel Cat

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.

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Largemouth Vision Fishing Tips

June 27, 2011 10:31 am
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

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:

  1. Try using a lure that has some red in the coloring.  According to laboratory test, this color is recognized more by bass.
  2. When fishing in discolored water, use bright or fluorescent lure colors.
  3. In clear water, try using a dark or drab color lure or live bait.
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Relatives of the Largemouth Bass

June 24, 2011 10:15 am
posted by Terry

Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass may be the favorite fish of bass anglers, but it has several relatives.  So don’t be surprised if one of them happens to grab the bait from the line on your Pflueger spinning reel.

The largemouth has at least five relatives.  These relatives include the:  Smallmouth, Spotted, Suwannee, and the Guadalupe bass.  All of these bass can be found in the in the same lakes and streams as largemouths.  Their coloring and markings are very distinguished, so don’t confuse them with a largemouth.

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