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Tips for Grass Fishing

May 2, 2011 9:26 am
posted by Terry

Fishing for smallmouth bass in the grass can be a rewarding catch if a few simple tips are followed.  If the line on your Shimano spinning fishing reel is getting hung up, then the grass is too thick for the bass.  Try fishing in grass that is no taller than 3 feet and is surrounded by water that is at least 5 feet deep.  Look for bare spots throughout the grassy area and then cast your favorite jerkbait in one of those spots.

If fishing from a boat, try to keep 15 feet away from your target area.  Your goal is to catch the bass, not to spook them with your boat.

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Catching Walleye – How to Troll

April 29, 2011 10:21 am
posted by Terry

If you are fishing for bottom feeding fish like walleye, you need a fishing reel that you can handle easily. Your reel should not spin out of control if you are dragging your line to lure fish that are feeding on the bottom. A baitcasting reel isn’t that much different from any other reel that uses a fishing lure. Your objective is to bait your hook and be confident that your bait won’t be pulled off by the bottom fish who are used to nibbling at food rather than at snapping at lures. Using a bait that can stay in one piece until the walleye decides to swallow it whole is your main objective. If your bait can be pulled off in bits and pieces, you will be trolling a long time before you catch a fish. Trolling for fish is fun if you have patience and can maneuver your fishing pole from side to side.

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Fishing Tip – Best Time To Catch Bass

April 27, 2011 9:12 am
posted by Terry

For fishermen trying to catch bass, knowing the best time of year before getting out your baitcasting reel is crucial to increasing your odds of success. The time of year for bass fishing varies depending on where you are located geologically, but in general it is the spring and summer months. Bass are most active during these warmer months, but some skilled fishermen catch them the rest of the year.

Even though bass are known to be most active at warmer times of the year, no one knows for certain the way fish are going to behave. That is just another reason to make sure that your fishing reel, rod, and other equipment are in top shape. This is why there is no one lure in fishing that is proven to out-perform the rest, and no matter what time of year you fish, they are either biting or they aren’t.

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Topwater Fishing for Largemouth Bass

April 19, 2011 11:47 am
posted by Terry

Fishing for largemouth bass on topwater can be exciting but tricky for the experienced angler.  When fishing on topwater, check out the surroundings and vegetation near the lake.  Largemouth bass are attracted to what is naturally occurring in their surroundings.  So grab your Abu Garcia fishing reel and choose a lure that looks natural.

One lure that looks natural and is being used by many bass anglers is the new frog-style plastic lure.  This lure looks like a frog creature and its legs make a whipping sound as it is reeled through the water.  This lure also comes in different colors so the angler can match the lure to the surroundings and vegetation of the lake.

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Spawning Smallmouth Bass

April 18, 2011 9:42 am
posted by Terry

The smallmouth bass are beginning to spawn.  The perfect water temperature for spawning smallmouth bass is 55 degrees.  So grab your baitcasting or spinning reel and check out the temperatures at your favorite lake.

Besides having the perfect temperatures, you’ll also want the right lure and bait. Try using a curly tail that vibrates through the water or use jerkbaits in clear water lakes.  A minnow also seems to work well in clear water lakes.  Last but not least, try fishing near fallen trees, rock banks, shallow rock piles, piers and docks.  Smallmouth bass seem to congregate around these areas.

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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Part 2

April 15, 2011 10:33 am
posted by Terry

Kaw: April 10. Elevation below normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-3 ft. up the creeks feeding the lake. White bass good on jigs and jigs with spinnerbaits in the Arkansas River. Catfish fair on shad in the main lake and below the dam. Paddlefish slow below the dam. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Grant and Kay counties.

Keystone: April 11. Water 58. Blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: April 11. Elevation normal, water 43 and murky. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout good 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 10. Elevation normal, water upper 50s to lower 60s and clear on the south end and murky on the north end. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-6 ft. along rocky shorelines. White bass fair on jigs in the Big Creek area and on the upper Verdigris River. 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 12. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water low 60s 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 11. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: April 12. Elevation slightly below normal, water 57 and dingy. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Tenkiller: April 10. Elevation 2 1/3 ft. below normal and steady, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and swim baits just inside of coves mid to upper end of lake. Crappie fair trolling in the upper end and fair on jigs in areas with stickups. White bass good trolling in the upper end and good on inline spinnerbaits and jigs. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: April 11. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait at 30 ft. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in purple and black along brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Report by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

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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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Nine Reasons Why You Catch a Bass – Part 1

April 11, 2011 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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