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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 14:28

Oklahoma Fishing Report for May

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Dalyn Figgins of Ulysses, Kansas caught the new lake record striped bass at Canton Lake on April 30. The fish weighed in at 33.3 pounds beating the previous record by 9.2 pounds.

CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: May 2. Elevation slightly above normal, water 64 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along riprap. Bass good on swim baits and square bill baits at 3-5 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut shad near rocky points and the draw down on the dam. White bass good on in-line spinnerbaits near boat ramps and along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Draper: May 1. Elevation below normal, water 66 and stained. Crappie and white bass fair on minnows and jigs along docks and shorelines. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad at the inlet. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Hefner: May 3. Elevation above normal, water 66-68 and murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits along shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on grubs, minnows and sassy shad along shorelines and docks. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and dough bait along riprap. Walleye slow on lipless baits along shorelines. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: May 2. Elevation above normal, water murky to muddy. Blue and channel catfish slow on live bait, cut bait and chicken liver in the main lake, along shorelines and discharge. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on crawfish, cut bait, jigs and chicken liver along shorelines, riprap and the main lake. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around docks and brush structure. Carp fair on dough bait and worms along the discharge and shallows. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Thunderbird: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 66 and stained. Crappie and white bass fair on minnows and jigs along docks and shorelines. Saugeye fair on crankbaits and sassy shad around points and flats. Channel and blue catfish slow on cut bait and shad along the river channel. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County

Wes Watkins: May 2. Elevation above normal, water 65 and cloudy. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver along creek channels and points. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: May 1. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Crappie good on minnows, small lures and jigs along docks, riprap and boat ramps. White bass fair on small lures along riprap. Largemouth bass good on minnows, in-line spinnerbaits, small lures and plastic baits along weed beds, shorelines and rocks. Channel catfish slow on cut bait and chicken liver along shorelines. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch : May 2. Elevation normal, water mid-60s and murky. Spotted and largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits around standing timber and rocks. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Ryan Walker, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: May 4. Elevation dropping, water 64 and murky. Saugeye slow on crankbaits along shorelines. Crappie slow on tube jigs along shorelines. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: May 1. Elevation above normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks and the boat ramp. Channel catfish slow on cut bait and worms around docks and the dam. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures, buzz baits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits along coves and weed beds. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: May 1. Elevation normal, water 60s and clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. around brush structure and along shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 1. Elevation normal, water 67. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and jigs along shorelines and coves. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms along shorelines and docks. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Ft. Gibson: April 29. Elevation above normal, water 65 and stained. Crappie good on minnows, tube jigs and minnows at 1-4 ft. along brush structure and rocks. Paddlefish excellent below the dam. White bass fair on grubs and sassy shad below the dam and along the river channel. Report submitted by Rick Stafford, Ft. Gibson.

Grand: May 3. Elevation above normal, water 69 and slightly stained. Crappie excellent on GoGo minnows around docks and shallows. White bass excellent on GoGo minnows at the mouth of Elk River. Blue and channel catfish good on shad in mid to upper lake. Largemouth bass excellent on Kaboom lures along shorelines. Paddlefish fair at the mouth of the Neosho River. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: May 3. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and salt crawls in watermelon along shorelines, creek channels, brush structure and moss beds. Channel catfish fair on shad and fresh cut bait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 69. Paddlefish good at 8-15 ft. below the dam and along the river channel. White bass and crappie good on crankbaits, small lures and minnows at 3-10 ft. below the dam, along the river channel and creek channels. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, topwater lures, spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4-9 ft. around brush structure, standing timber and shorelines. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: May 1. Elevation normal, water 60s and clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. around brush structure and the river channel. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: May 3. Elevation above normal, water 64. Paddlefish fair below the dam. Striped bass, striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rigs, topwater lures and live bait below the dam. Blue, channel and flathead catfish excellent on crawfish, worms, sunfish and cut bait at 1-3 ft. along the river channel and river mouth. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs at 1-6 ft. along riprap, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: May 2. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Blue catfish fair on cut bait along channels. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits along shorelines. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
 
Lower Illinois: May 1. Elevation normal, water 55-60 and murky. Trout fair on worms and white PowerBait below the dam. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
 
Oologah: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 65 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. around brush structure. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits at 2-6 ft. around brush structure. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad at 5-10 ft. along flats. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: May 2. Elevation above normal, water low 60s and clear. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on live shad at 10-20 ft. in the main lake. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 1-5 ft. along shorelines in the back of coves. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. around brush structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: May 2. Elevation normal, water clear. Striped bass hybrids slow on live shad in the main lake. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 1. Elevation normal, water 60s. Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits and jigs along coves and shorelines. Crappie fair on crickets and worms at 1-10 ft. along riprap, brush structure and docks. White bass fair on jigs and crankbaits along flats and up Spavinaw Creek. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
 
Tenkiller: May 2. Elevation above normal, water 64-66 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 2-10 ft. along coves, the main lake and around points. White bass good trolling deep running crankbaits in mid-lake to the upper end and on in-line spinnerbaits, hair jigs and spoons at 2-15 ft. off windy points and in the upper end. Crappie good trolling crankbaits in the main lake and on minnows, hair jigs and tube jigs at 2-15 ft. around docks, gravel banks and brush structure. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and shrimp along deep flats and on punch bait and dough bait at 17-20 ft. off points. Bluegill slow on worms, hair jigs and tube jigs at 5-10 ft. along coves, points and docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson.
 
Webbers Falls: May 3. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on bright green spinnerbaits and crankbaits around brush structure, riprap and shorelines. Channel catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
NORTHWEST
 
Canton: April 30. Elevation normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on jigs and crankbaits at 4-12 ft. along riprap. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Ft. Supply: May 2. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around points and shallows. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: April 30. Elevation above normal, water 70 and stained. White bass, crappie and channel catfish good on flukes, lipless baits and spoons at 4-22 ft. along creek channels, in the main lake, around points and just outside Guy Sandy Wall; using the War Eagle spoon you will catch several species near bottom in 22 ft. of water. Crappie and sunfish good on 1/4 ounce jig with Bobbie Garland baits, jigs, small lures, tube jigs and spoons at 14-36 ft. around brush structure, rocks, the main lake and brush piles. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, topwater lures, worms and buzz baits along coves, in the main lake and creek channels. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 3. Elevation above normal, water 60 and murky. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms at 3-6 ft. along channels, rocks and brush structure. Stocked approximately 3,000 channel catfish on April 26. Smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits around brush structure. All other fishing is slow due to high water. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
 
Broken Bow: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 64. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on in-line spinnerbaits and flukes at 5 ft. around brush structure and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows, jigs and tube jigs at 4-10 ft. along coves, shallows and flats. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on cut bait, worms, punch bait and live bait at 10-15 ft. along the river channel, creek channels and the river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 1. Elevation rising, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jerk baits and plastic baits around points and coves. White bass and crappie good on minnows, jigs and grubs below the dam, along creek channels and coves. Striped bass fair on Alabama rigs, hair jigs and flukes in white or other light colors below the dam. Flathead catfish good on live shad and sunfish below the dam and at the tailwater. Blue catfish excellent on shad, jigs and worms below the dam; with gates open cast into the current and let bait travel downstream. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.  

Hugo: May 2. Elevation normal, water 66. Blue catfish slow on shad at 5-15 ft. below the dam. Crappie fair on minnows at 5-10 ft. along creek channels and standing timber. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and flukes at 2-10 ft. along shallows and brush structure. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
 
Konawa: May 2. Elevation normal, water 63 and murky. Largemouth bass good on in-line spinnerbaits, sassy shad and plastic baits at 3-6 ft. in the discharge, along weed beds and coves. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, worms, stinkbait and shad at 2-6 ft. in the discharge and along riprap. White bass fair on crankbaits, spoons, slabs and jigs at 4-10 ft. in the discharge, around points and creek channels. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
 
Lower Mountain Fork: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 62 and turbid. Trout fair on PowerBait along shallows and the river channel. Due to water releases, fishing has been hazardous. On Sunday, May 1st, the amount of discharge was decreased but anglers should be mindful of future discharges. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork: April 26. Stocked approximately 1,900 rainbow trout on April 21. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the Southeast Regional Office.

McGee Creek: May 1. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 65 and murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on jerk baits and spinnerbaits at 2-6 ft. along shorelines and weed beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-12 ft. around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 61 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on flukes, plastic baits and crankbaits at 4-12 ft. around points, rocks and weed beds. White bass fair on crankbaits, sassy shad, jigs and minnows at 5-15 ft. along coves, creek channels and points. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs, small lures and tube jigs at 4-12 ft. around brush structure, standing timber and docks. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, worms, minnows and shad at 6-15 ft. along creek channels and in the main lake.  Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 1. Elevation normal, water 68 and murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic baits around points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, creek channels and shallows. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver and punch bait along coves and creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: May 1. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass excellent on Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits and plastic baits along shorelines and coves. Blue and channel catfish excellent on cut bait, stinkbait and shad at the inlet and along creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along shorelines and the inlet. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 69. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and worms at 4-10 ft. around brush structure, standing timber and points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad at 10-14 ft. along channels and the main lake. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
 
Texoma: April 28. Elevation 7 3/4 ft. above normal, water 72 and muddy. Most boat ramps are closed. Striped bass slow on live bait along creek channels.  Report submitted by Bob Wingo, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
 
Wister: May 1. Elevation 6 ft. above normal, water 67 and murky. Largemouth bass good on bill baits and spinnerbaits at 2-8 ft. around brush structure. Crappie excellent on minnows, jigs and Timmy Tom jig heads/BoneHead brush gliders in assorted colors at 2-6 ft. along brush structure and shorelines. Flathead catfish good on live bait at 8-14 ft. along the river channel. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in Le Flore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Ellsworth: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 67. White bass good on crawfish, spinnerbaits and small lures below the dam and along shorelines. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait below the dam and along channels. Report submitted by Michael Zimmerman, game warden stationed in Grady County.
 
Foss: May 1. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water high 60s and clear. Walleye good on worms near rocks along the dam. Crappie fair on jigs around fishing docks. Striped bass hybrids fair on live bait drifting in deep water. Catfish fair on stinkbait and cut bait. White bass fair in the river. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Lawtonka: May 1. Elevation above normal, water 66. Smallmouth and largemouth bass good on bill baits and lipless baits along riprap and shorelines. Blue catfish good on crawfish and shrimp along channels and the main lake. Report submitted by Michael Zimmerman, game warden stationed in Grady County.
 
Tom Steed: May 2. Elevation above normal, water 56. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. along rocks. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait at 5-10 ft. along creek channels and flats. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: May 2. Elevation normal, water 60. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait in the main lake. Crappie slow on jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.

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