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  • State Lake report

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  • This is the state lake report provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
     
    CENTRAL
    Arcadia: September 24. Elevation below normal, water 78 and murky. Crappie and white bass good on jigs, nibbles and worms at 14 ft. around open docks, brush piles, rocks and points. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton, gate attendant.
     
    Hefner: September 23. Elevation normal, water 76-81 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits on the south side. Smallmouth bass fair on jigs along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids excellent on grubs and gay blades at 3-6 ft. in shallow areas. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and live bait at 8-15 along the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. along the dam. Walleye good on grubs and gay blades at 3-6 ft. in shallow areas. Sunfish and bluegill good. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
     
    Overholser: September 23. Elevation normal, water 78 and murky. Catfish fair on stinkbait and cut bait behind the dam early and late. Report submitted by David Rempe, game warden stationed in Canadian County.
     
    Thunderbird: September 22. Elevation 1/3 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows off fishing docks and the dam. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
     
    NORTHEAST
     
    Bell Cow: September 22. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 84 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits early. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait at night. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
     
    Carl Blackwell: September 24. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water 78-79 and murky. Crappie good to excellent on jigs in chartreuse/pink, black/yellow, black/pink and blue/white at 2-10 ft. around the enclosed fishing dock. Crappie good on small live shiners and rosy red minnows at 6-12 ft. Largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits, soft plastic creature baits, slender pencil style plastic worms fish in a wacky worm style, suspending jerk bait and lipless crankbaits Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on large live baits or by extremely slow trolling with large swim baits. Saugeye slow to fair on large live baits at 18 ft. or slowly trolling buck hair jigs and deep diving crankbaits at 18 ft. Catfish fair on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, cut shad, chicken liver and large live baits. Sunfish have moved off of the shallow structure they have held close to all summer long and are now on the edges of drop offs into main channels of the lake in isolated schools. Fishermen who fish the west ends of the lake should take extra care to not end up near a decoy spread where teal hunters are actively hunting; this can also be in any of the coves around the lake. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, The H2O Lakeside store.
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    Chandler: September 22. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish fair on dough bait and cut bait. Crappie good on minnows early and late. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
     
    Copan: September 24. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, chicken liver and worms below the dam and fair on juglines baited with sunfish. Channel catfish fair on worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
     
    Eucha: September 24. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 77 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Bluegill fair on crickets and worms around grass beds. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
     
    Ft. Gibson: September 23. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 78 and clear. The new road along Hwy 51 around Taylors Ferry is under construction. Catfish good on cut bait and sunfish Carolina-rigged at 10-15 ft. on flats. White bass good on spoons and Kastmasters at 8-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on Biffle bugs and plastic baits at 5-15 ft. Crappie fair on minnows around the docks. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
     
    Grand: September 22. Elevation 1 ft. below normal. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits off secondary points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. Catfish good on fresh cut bait. Fishing should pick up with the cooling temperatures with the shad moving to the back of coves. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
     
    Greenleaf: September 23. Bass good on crankbaits in deeper water. Crappie good on Bobby Garland jigs at 12-15 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.
     
    Hudson: September 23. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good plastic baits and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and tight lines baited with worms and cut bait. Crappie fair to good on small minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
     
    Hulah: September 18. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. near Skull Creek around brush piles. Blue and flathead catfish good on cut bait and worms below the dam. Channel catfish fair on worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
     
    Kaw: September 25. Water 79. Catfish good on juglines on the north end of the lake up into the Arkansas River and excellent on fresh cut shad below the dam when gates are open. White bass, striped bass and crappie excellent on jigs. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
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    Keystone: September 24. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 73. Catfish good on cut bait. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. White bass fair. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
     
    Lower Illinois: September 21. Elevation normal with occasional afternoon water releases, water 60s and clear. Fishing is decent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. Striped and white bass are abundant toward the mouth of the river where the Arkansas River water mixes. Striped bass being caught on shad and trout in deep holes. Sauger being caught on minnows and jigs in deep holes toward the mouth. Trout good on Power Bait, rooster tails and Rapalas at the dam and Watts area in deeper holes as the river begins to flow. Fly fishing is good on hopper patterns and nymphs under an indicator in deep holes, especially in the Watts Area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
     
    Skiatook: September 24. Elevation 6 2/3 ft. below normal, water murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on topwater lures in the lower end of the lake early and late. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
     
    Spavinaw: September 24. Elevation 1/3 ft. below normal, water 76 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area brush shelters. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures and buzz baits early morning and late evening and on crankbaits in deeper water. Bluegill fair on crickets in front of intake structure and around boat houses. Catfish good on cut bait at 5-10 ft. in the upper end. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
     
    Tenkiller: September 23. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on various baits at 5-15 ft. early morning. Crappie fair on tube jigs and minnows around docks in the main lake. Sunfish good on worm tipped jigs in or near docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.
     
    Webbers Falls: September 23. Bass good on square bill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and flipping baits around logs and stumps. White bass good on shad crankbaits and bigger white and chartreuse jigs. Report submitted by Mike's Outdoors.
     
    NORTHWEST
     
    Canton: September 21. Elevation 12 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair trolling crankbaits at 6-10 ft. Walleye fair trolling crankbaits and drifting nightcrawlers at 6-10 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad along the dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
     
    Ft. Supply: September 23. Crappie good on jigs. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
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    SOUTHEAST
    Arbuckle: September 21. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 81 and stained. Crappie slow around docks and good on brown/chartreuse 1/8 oz. Slab Slayer jig at 18-27 ft. around brush piles. White bass good on small crankbaits, long johns and topwater spooks chasing shad in most of the lower lake. Bass fair on tubes, topwater lures, Biffle bugs and 6XD crankbaits. Smallmouth bass being caught on Slug-go type baits fished weightless off points. Sunfish good on fly rods in the evenings. Channel catfish good on dough bait, cut bait and grasshoppers around baited holes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
     
    Blue River: September 24. Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastic baits around structure near riffles and current. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait, chicken liver and minnows around current and structure in large pools. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish in larger pools near current and rock outcroppings. Sunfish excellent on grasshoppers and crickets in slow water. Report Submitted by Matt Gamble, fisheries biologist, Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
     
    Broken Bow: September 22. Bass good on crankbaits, Alabama rigs and spinnerbaits in the river, good on Carolina-rigged white flukes and Alabama rigs on walls and schooling fish and good on topwater spooks and poppers early morning. Crappie good on spoons and jigs in deeper water around structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
     
    Eufaula: September 23. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and crankbaits around points and boat docks. White bass fair along flats early and late. Blue catfish good drifting fresh shad along deeper flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges and around standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
     
    Konawa: September 23. Elevation normal, water 79 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. along weed beds and points in schooling fish early and late. Channel catfish good on cut shad at 5-10 ft. around points in the south cove. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
     
    Lower Mountain Fork: September 22. Fly fishing patterns would include olive and brown hoppers size 10 and 12, stimulators, light cahills or PMD's also in size 12-14. Pheasant tail with flashback, size 18-20. Small midges size 20-22 in red, brown, copper. Also try crayfish patterns, streamers and ants. The hexagenias should be working in early evening in the Evening Hole area. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
     
    Pine Creek: September 22. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on blue baby brush hogs Texas-rigged near flooded timber. Crappie good on mini-king spinnerbaits at 12 ft. and on small 1/8 oz. spoons in deep water near brush. Catfish good on trotlines baited with chicken liver. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
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    Robert S. Kerr: September 23. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush, grass and riprap around the river and good in cutoff of the river. Spotted bass and white bass excellent up Canadian River, white bass are congregated in deeper pools. Crappie fair in deeper submerged brush locations. Channel and blue catfish excellent on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait at 12-20 ft. close to creek and river channels and on cut bait, pole fishing in the river channel. Flathead catfish good on trotlines baited with live bait up river or in coves. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
     
    Texoma: September 22. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on crankbaits, plastic worms and surface lures at 5-15 ft. in the upper creeks. Striped and white bass fair to good on surface lures, live bait and sassy shad at 10-30 ft. from Alberta Creek to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, stinkbait and worms at 10-20 ft. from Catfish Bay to Burns run. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around the fish attractors and fishing docks. Sunfish fair to good on worms and small tube jigs and lures at 5-10 ft. around fishing docks and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
     
    Wister: September 22. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits and good on topwater lures and Zara spooks. Crappie fair on minnows and fair on white/blue, pink jigs at 15-20ft. around brushy cover late. Catfish fair on rod-and-reel baited with live shad and best with night crawlers and on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and dead minnows at night. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in Le Flore County.
     
    SOUTHWEST
     
    Foss: September 23. Elevation 13 ft. below normal with gates closed, water low 70s and clear. Striped bass hybrids slow on live bait. Walleye slow on shad colored lures. Catfish slow on stinkbait and liver. Catfish fair to slow. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
     
     
     
     
     

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