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The Shawnee News-Star
  • State Lake report

  • Stripers fair to good at Lake Texoma.
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  • This is the state lake report provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
     
     
    CENTRAL
     
    Overholser: December 9. Elevation normal, water 37 and clear to murky. All fishing slow due to weather. Report submitted by Jarrod Davis, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
     
    Wes Watkins: December 9. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
     
    NORTHEAST
     
    Birch: December 9. All fishing slow. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
     
    Carl Blackwell: December 9. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water mid-30s. Trout pond is frozen over but should thaw out as temperatures get above freezing. The main activity for all fishing is occurring in the enclosed crappie dock. With the low temperatures fishermen are utilizing this shelter that is slightly heated it is okay for you to bring along your own space heater to use on any of the available plug-ins. Crappie good on hair jigs in pink/white and chartreuse/red and on plastic jigs in dark blue/white, black/chartreuse and pink/chartreuse at 13-16 ft. around brush sunk inside and outside of the dock. Saugeye slow on large 3-inch crappie jigs and live bait at the enclosed dock. All other fishing very slow. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, H2O Lakeside Store.
     
    Copan: December 8. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
     
    Ft. Gibson: December 8. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. under the docks. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
     
    Hudson: December 9. Elevation normal. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
     
    Hulah: December 8. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear. Crappie slow on jigs at 8-12 ft. around brush piles. Channel catfish slow on cut bait. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
     
    Kaw: December 10. Elevation 1 ft. above normal. Crappie fair at 15 ft. over manmade brush piles. Spotted bass fair on spinnerbaits and jerk baits on rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids good around manmade structures. Catfish fair on juglines at 6-15 ft. in the north part of the lake. Blue catfish fair on rod-and-reel. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
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    Keystone: December 3. Elevation 1/4 ft. below normal, water 38. Catfish good on cut bait off the banks of the Arkansas Arm. Striped bass good on bucktails and sassy shad below the dam. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
     
    Lower Illinois: December 8. Water low 50s with occasional water releases. Striped bass good toward the mouth and on Alabama rigs in deep holes. Trout good on Power Bait on bottom in deep holes, especially below the dam. Fly fishing good on nymphs below riffles and at the head of holes below the dam and Watts area. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
     
    Oologah: December 8. Elevation normal, water mid 40s and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush piles. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
     
    Pawhuska: December 9. Trout good on Power Bait and Super Dupers. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
     
    Sooner: December 9. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
     
    Tenkiller: December 10. Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits along steep bluffs. Crappie fair on jigs at 20-25 ft. around brush and docks. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs at 20-25 ft. around docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks in Cookson.
     
    Webbers Falls: December 9. Elevation normal, water 44. Largemouth bass slow. Catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair on black and purple jigs at 12-18 ft. around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
     
    NORTHWEST
     
    Canton: December 7. Elevation 13 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on shad in the river channel. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.
     
    Ft. Supply: December 9. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
     
    Watonga: December 4. Stocked 725 lbs. of rainbow trout on December 3. Report submitted by Jody Laubhan, secretary at the Byron State Fish Hatchery.
     
    SOUTHEAST
     
    Blue River: December 11. Elevation normal, water 38 and clear. Trout excellent on Super Dupers, Power Bait and small inline spinnerbaits around waterfalls and behind breaks in current. Fly fishing excellent on woolly buggers, zebra midges, soft hackles and Copper Johns around riffles and sand bars. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastic baits fished very slowly around deep structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait around current in deep holes. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
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    Broken Bow: December 9. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on jigs in green pumpkin and peanut butter and jelly colors, soft plastic baits in watermelon and green pumpkin, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and shaky heads around steeper rock banks and major creeks at 10-20 ft., on jerk baits in clown color and on topwater early and late. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
     
    Eufaula: December 8. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass slow. White bass slow. Catfish slow. Crappie fair around docks with brush. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
     
    Hugo: December 8. All fishing slow due to weather. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
     
    Konawa: December 8. All fishing slow due to weather. Expect largemouth bass to start biting as soon as temperatures warm up a little. Report submitted by Dale Stites, game warden stationed in Pontotoc County.
     
    Lower Mountain Fork: December 8. 100 C.F.S. above the Powerhouse, call 866-494-1993 for hydroelectric release schedule, water 58 and clear. The best areas to fish are Spillway Creek, Evening Hole and Zone 2. The best access points are Beaver Lodge Nature Trail, Evening Hole Bridge and the Old Park Dam. Blue winged olives and midges hatching. Recommend fly fishing leader of 7 1/2 ft., with 5X Tippet on a 9'5" weight fly rod. High stick presentation with nymphs in fast water. Swing soft hackles or throw streamers in deeper runs. Report submitted by Rob Woodruff, Woodruff Guide Service.
     
    McGee Creek: December 8. Elevation 2 2/3 ft. below normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and soft plastic lures at 14-18 ft. over submerged points. Crappie fair on minnows at 18-25 ft. over submerged cedar trees off major creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
     
    Pine Creek: December 8. Elevation above normal, water murky. Bass good on soft plastic baits and crankbaits near inlets. Crappie fair on spoons in deep water. Catfish fair to good on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
     
    Robert S. Kerr: December 9. Crappie excellent on minnows up the Big San Bois Creek. Blue catfish excellent on cut shad drifting near the river channel in the lake. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
     
    Sardis: December 7. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
     
    Texoma: December 8. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms at 10-20 ft. in creek channels. Smallmouth bass fair on jig combination baits at 10-20 ft. around riprap. Striped bass fair to good on live bait and slabs at 10-25 ft. in the river channels. White bass fair on live bait and sassy shad at 10-15 ft. around points. Channel catfish fair on live bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Little Glasses to Johnston Creek. Blue catfish fair to good on live bait and cut bait at 10-20 ft. in the Red River Arm and around cleaning stations. Crappie fair on live bait and jigs at 10-15 ft. around underwater brush and fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
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    Wister: December 8. Due to heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures, all fishing is slow. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
     
    SOUTHWEST
     
    Ellsworth: December 8. Elevation normal, water muddy. Crappie slow on jigs at 14 ft. over structure. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
     
    Lawtonka: December 8. Elevation normal, water clear. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
     
    Tom Steed: December 9. Elevation 10 ft. below normal, water iced over. All fishing slow. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
     
     
     
     
     

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