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The Shawnee News-Star
  • State lake report

  • Bass hitting at Wes Watkins.
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  • This is the state lake report provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
     
     
    CENTRAL
     
    Arcadia: April 15. Elevation normal. All fishing fair. Report submitted by Sheila Hutton.
     
    Draper: April 13. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water 55 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 3-5 ft. around structure. White bass fair on jigs at the water inflow pipe. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
     
    Hefner: April 15. Elevation dropping, water 53-57 and clear to murky. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits and jigs at 3-6 ft. along rocky shorelines. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on grubs and gay blades at 6-10 ft. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait at 15-20 ft. along the dam. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. along the dam and rocks. Walleye fair on jerk baits and crankbaits at 3-6 ft. along the dam. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
     
    Overholser: April 15. Elevation 3-4 ft. below normal, water 59 and clear to murky. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Jerrod Davis, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
     
    Thunderbird: April 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. around structure. White bass fair on jigs and road runners in Little River. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
     
    Wes Watkins: April 15. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 63-65 and stained. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs. Largemouth bass good at 1-4 ft. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
     
    NORTHEAST
     
    Bell Cow: April 13. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Bass good on jigs and soft plastic baits at 3-4 ft. Channel catfish slow. Crappie fair to good on jigs at 3 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
     
    Birch: April 15. Elevation normal, water mid 50s and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.
     
    Carl Blackwell: April 14. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 59-60. Crappie fair on live bait and jigs at 3-6 ft. all over the lake. Channel catfish good to excellent on punch bait, chicken liver, shad and nightcrawlers early morning and late evening. Catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with large live shiners, night crawlers and cut shad. Saugeye, white bass and striped bass hybrids excellent on crankbaits, spoons and large casting jigs at 4-6 ft. around rocks and points or trolling the flats of the main lake and windy blown coves; the best times are early morning and late evening. Largemouth and spotted bass fair to good on football head jigs and Texas-rigged plastic baits in woody cover. Trout poor to nonexistent. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny.
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    Chandler: April 13. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water clear. Bass good on spinnerbaits, jigs and plastic baits. Channel catfish slow. Crappie fair on jigs at 3 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
     
    Copan: April 14. Elevation normal, water 60s and clear. Crappie good on jigs at 2-5 ft. near submerged structure. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
     
    Eucha: April 15. Elevation slightly above normal, water 59 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 7-9 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
     
    Fort Gibson: April 15. Elevation 3 3/4 ft. above normal, water 58 and steady. White bass excellent on white grubs and white ice swim baits in the river around Chouteau Bend. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. staging for spawn. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and worms in shallow water. Paddlefish excellent in the upper river. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner, Okla.
     
    Grand: April 14. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and jerk baits at 15 ft. off main lake points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. Paddlefish fair and should get better this week with the rain from up north coming downstream. White bass fair and should get better this week. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
     
    Greenleaf: April 14. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, bill baits and spinnerbaits along shorelines, creek channels, rocky points and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and electric chicken Strike King Jigs at 12-18 ft. around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
     
    Hudson: April 16. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass good on swim baits, plastic baits and jerk baits. White bas good in the upper end, at mouths of creeks and below the dams. Crappie fair to good on small jigs and minnows around brush piles. Paddlefish fair to good in the upper end below the dams. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
     
    Hulah: April 14. Elevation normal, water 60s and clear. Crappie fair on jigs at 2-5 ft. near submerged structure. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut shad. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
     
    Kaw: April 14 Elevation normal, water upper 50s in the creeks and low 50s in the main lake and clear. Crappie fair on minnow and jigs at 12-20 ft. all over the lake. Crappie excellent in the creeks 1-2 ft. around structure. Walleye fair on minnows and jigs in the creeks. White bass slow on jigs and small crankbaits east of Newkirk in the Arkansas River as they are still staging up to spawn in Kansas in Grouse creek. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on jerk baits and spinnerbaits at 6-10 ft. near rocks from south of Kaw City to the dam. Blue and channel catfish excellent on cut bait in the shallows of the Arkansas River arm, fair on juglines in the coon creek area and good on worms below Kaw Dam. Paddlefish fair off the east side after generation. Generation below the dam typically only occurs during the week unless there is a high water event. For up to date lake level and water release information on Kaw Lake call (580) 765-2151. The next good rain of 1-inch or more with runoff will cause the white bass to make their annual run up the creeks specifically Big Beaver, Little Beaver, Bear and Osage creeks. Be ready and remember to stay on maintained roads for bank fishing access. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
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    Keystone: April 15. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 58. Crappie fair at 5 ft. while staging for spawn. White bass excellent while running in the feeder streams. Catfish good on juglines baited with cut bait. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
     
    Lower Illinois: April 13. Water upper 40s. Water releases are occurring with one unit running almost constantly. Trout slow on worms, rainbow Power Bait and rooster tails in eddies and below current breaks such as rocks. Fly fishing is difficult as well with small nymphs working the eddies. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
     
    Oologah: April 13. Elevation normal, water near 60 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. in creeks and fair on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. around brush piles in the main lake. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad at 10-15 ft. along the flats. White bass good on jigs in the river above the lake and fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
     
    Skiatook: April 14. Elevation 9 3/4 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass fair on soft plastic baits and rooster tails in creek channels. Catfish fair on worms and cut shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-5 ft. along rocky shorelines. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
     
    Sooner: April 15. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
     
    Spavinaw: April 15. Elevation slightly above normal, water 57 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.
     
    Tenkiller: April 14. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal, water 58-60 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and deep crankbaits on main lake points. White bass good trolling deep runners in the main lake and good on spoons, spinnerbaits and jigs in the upper end. Catfish fair on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 20-25 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs moving into coves. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson, Okla.
     
    Webbers Falls: April 14. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, bill baits, creature lures and chartreuse spinnerbaits. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and buck tail jigs in green, red and yellow around bridges and brush structure. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
     
    NORTHWEST
     
    Page 4 of 6 - Fort Supply: April 14. Elevation normal. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along the dam. Crappie fair on jigs around brush piles and cattails. Walleye fair on minnows along the dam and the west side. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.
     
    SOUTHEAST
     
    Arbuckle: April 12. Elevation 5 1/2 ft. below normal, water 63-65 and stained. Crappie slow on the main lake brush piles and fair in the mouths and midway back in coves. White bass up creeks chasing shad. Bass fair to good on jigs, crankbaits and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.
     
    Blue River: April 15. Elevation normal, water 63 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass good on soft plastic baits, small crankbaits and small flukes below current breaks and around large rocks. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver, blood bait and garlic scented baits in deeper pools in campground areas. Rainbow trout fair on small spinnerbaits and garlic scented Power Bait below waterfalls. Stocked approximately 3,000 channel catfish on March 31. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.
     
    Broken Bow: April 13. Water high 50s to low 60s. Spotted bass good on minnows and red worms in the upper end. White bass good on yellow rooster tails and various colors of 3-5 inch1/4 ounce grubs in creeks. Crappie good on minnows and jigs moving into the shallows around structure. Walleye good on watermelon, smoke and witches brew grubs in the upper end at the head of the Mountain Fork. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
     
    Eufaula: April 13. Elevation normal, water 61 and stained. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits along rocky areas and standing timber. White bass fair on small jigs and spinnerbaits up feeder creeks when water is running. Blue catfish fair on shad along deeper flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 1-5 ft. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
     
    Hugo: April 13. Elevation slightly above normal, water 59. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits along flooded vegetation. Blue catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait below the dam with flood water releases. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. around button brush. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
     
    Konawa: April 14. Elevation normal, water 62 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits and crankbaits along structure and vegetation. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits, jigs, cut bait and live bait in the discharge canal and along points. Channel catfish good on cut bait, dough bait and stinkbait around points. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.
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    Lower Mountain Fork: April 16. Water flow 100 c.f.s above the powerhouse. Visibility 52 inches, water 45 and clear. Best areas are Spillway Creek, Evening Hole and Zone 2. Best access points are Beaver Lodge Nature Trail, Evening Hole Bridge and Old Park Dam. Best fly fishing patterns are Sparkle Dun in BWO color - size 20, March Brown in natural color - size 14, in Phlamin Pheasant Tail in natural color - size 18, March Brown Wet in natural color - size 14, Elk Wing Caddis in tan color - size 16, Soft Hackle in olive color - size 16, Hare's Ear in natural color - size 14, Spillway Creek Caddis in olive color - size 14, and Flying Squirrel in natural color - size 16. Report submitted by Woodruff Guide Service.
     
    McGee Creek: April 13. Elevation 2 2/3 ft. below normal, water 56 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on shad colored rattletraps, chartreuse spinnerbaits with a red blade and jerk baits at 2-5 ft. Channel catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.
     
    Murray: April 14. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 60 and stained. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. around brushy structure and fish habitat buoys. Walleye slow to fair on chartreuse jigs at the dam in the morning and last hour of daylight in evening. All other fishing slow. Boat ramps are hard to use due to lake level but are still open. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County
     
    Pine Creek: April 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Bass good on soft plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in shallow water. Catfish good on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and cut shad. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
     
    Robert S. Kerr: April 15. White bass excellent on white twist tail grubs up Big San Bois Creek all the way to Iron Bridge. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. up Big San Bois Creek, Hawthorn pits and Highway 9 port. Bass good on jigs along grass beds and on plugs around points. Catfish fair on cut bait on juglines, trotlines and rod-and-reel along flats close to river and creek channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.
     
    Sardis: April 13. Elevation normal, water 64 and murky. Largemouth bass fair to good on plastic baits at 2-4 ft. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait and dead minnows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6 ft. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
     
    Texoma: April 13. Elevation 6 1/3 ft. below normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on buck tail jigs with trailers and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. around the points. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait and cut shad at 10-20 ft. from East Burns Run to Fobb Bottom. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. from Washita River to Catfish Bay and around the cleaning docks and Sanders Island View on Red River. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. in Widowmoore, Kansas and Rock creeks and the south and north dikes. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
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    Wister: April 13. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on 12-inch black plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with live sunfish, goldfish and cut bait. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
     
    SOUTHWEST
     
    Ellsworth: April 13. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs over structure. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
     
    Fort Cobb: April 13. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 56 and stained. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs near structure. Catfish slow on cut bait off windy points. Saugeye slow on rattletraps and live bait. White bass and striped bass hybrids slow on swim baits, shrimp and crawfish tails off windy points. Reports submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden stationed in Caddo County.
     
    Foss: April 16. Elevation 14 1/2 ft. below normal with gates closed, water 50s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on live bait. Walleye fair on live bait and jigs. Crappie slow on Bobby Garland jigs around the marina. Catfish fair. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
     
    Lawtonka: April 13. Elevation normal, water clear. Crappie and white bass fair to good on minnows and jigs off the dam. Catfish fair to good on cut bait. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
     
    Tom Steed: April 14. Elevation 14 ft. below normal, water 52 and murky. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. near structure. Saugeye fair on minnows at 6 ft. near rocks. The boat ramp in the state park is still open. Use extreme caution while boating. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.
     
    Waurika: April 13. Elevation below normal, water 54 and murky. Striped bass hybrids good on minnows and crankbaits along the dam and riprap. Catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. along riprap. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.
     
     
     
     
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