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The Shawnee News-Star
  • State lake report

  • Stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass still good at Lake Texoma.
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  • This is the state lake report provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
     
    CENTRAL
     
    Draper: August 12. Elevation above normal, water 82. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver and cut bait along riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
     
    Hefner: August 12. Elevation below normal, water 82-86. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on lipless baits, grubs and sassy shad, shad and chrome colors work best, at 3-6 ft. in the main lake, around points and rocks. Channel and blue catfish good on punch bait, dough bait and cut bait at 15-20 ft. along riprap and the main lake. Walleye fair on worms, crankbaits and minnows at 8-14 ft. in the main lake, drifting crawler rigs or trolling deep running crankbaits. Largemouth bass fair on jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 6-12 ft. along shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. along riprap. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.
     
    Overholser: August 12. Elevation below normal, water 76-80 and murky. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, live bait and punch bait. Carp good on punch bait and worms below the dam. Blue catfish slow on chicken liver, punch bait and live bait in the main lake. Report submitted by Jerrod Davis, game warden stationed in Oklahoma and Canadian counties.
     
    Thunderbird: August 12. Elevation below normal, water 82. White bass fair on crankbaits, topwater lures and small lures in the main lake and points. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver and cut bait in the main lake, riprap and points. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
     
    Wes Watkins: August 11. Elevation below normal, water clear. White bass fair on spoons in the main lake. Crappie fair on minnows in standing timber. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
     
    NORTHEAST
     
    Bell Cow: August 10. Elevation below normal, water 88 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and Power Bait around brush structure and rocks. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, stinkbait and punch bait around brush structure, shorelines and boat ramps. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
     
    Chandler: August 10. Elevation below normal, water 88 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows around docks, riprap and the boat ramp. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait around docks and riprap. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
     
    Copan: August 10. Elevation normal, water 80. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on shad, worms and chicken liver at 4-8 ft. in channels, the main lake and riprap. Crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs and plastic baits at 2-4 ft. around brush structure and coves. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
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    Ft. Gibson: August 10. Elevation above normal, water 81. White bass good on crankbaits and small lures at 8 ft. around points and the main lake. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on live shad, live bait, shad and drifting Carolina-rigged whole shad at 15-20 ft. in the main lake and river channel. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. in weed beds and brush structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford.
     
    Greenleaf: August 12. Elevation normal, water 74 and clear. Largemouth bass good on jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits along moss beds. Catfish good on stinkbait and fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows at 14 ft. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
     
    Hulah: August 10. Elevation normal, water 80. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on shad, cut bait and worms at 4-8 ft. in channels, the main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
     
    Kaw: August 11. Elevation below normal, water 85 and stained. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, stinkbait and shad at 2-6 ft. along flats, river channel and below the dam. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits, topwater lures, spoons and spinnerbaits from the surface to 30 ft. in the main lake and below the dam. Trolling on or near the main lake humps has been the most productive; some topwater surfacing early and late. Extreme caution is to be used while boating. The lake will remain drawn down for the next few months to allow vegetation to grow for waterfowl. Hazards exist throughout the lake. Coon Creek ramp is unusable for all boats. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.
     
    Lower Illinois: August 10. Elevation normal, water 60-70 and clear. Trout fair on in-line spinnerbaits and Power Bait along tailwaters and deep holes. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
     
    Skiatook: August 10. Elevation below normal, water mid to upper 80s. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and cut shad at 25-35 ft. in the main lake. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
     
    Sooner: August 11. Elevation normal. White bass and striped bass hybrids slow on live shad and slabs in the main lake. Saugeye slow on crankbaits along riprap. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.
     
    Tenkiller: August 11. Elevation below normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures at 3-15 ft. along brush structure, shorelines and points. Channel and blue catfish good on punch bait, shad and shrimp at 17-27 ft. along flats, points and river channel. Sunfish and bluegill excellent on worms at 10-20 ft. around docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson, Okla.
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    Webbers Falls: August 12. Elevation normal, water 76 and murky. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, jig-and-worm and spinnerbaits along creek channels, riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and sunfish on bottom and drifting. Crappie good on minnows at 12-16 ft. around brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
     
    SOUTHEAST
     
    Broken Bow: August 10. Elevation normal, water 81. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, slabs and plastic baits at 20 ft. around brush structure, standing timber and points. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, stinkbait, punch bait and worms at 10-15 ft. in channels, river mouth and river channel. Crappie good on jigs, tube jigs, spoons and minnows at 20-25 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
     
    Eufaula: August 10. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits along deeper points. White bass fair trolling crankbaits along flats. Blue catfish fair on a variety of baits along flats and deeper rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
     
    Hugo: August 10. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 83. White bass fair on jigs. Blue and channel catfish fair on trotlines baited with sunfish and cut shad in the lake and fair to good on cut bait below the dam during tailwater releases. Crappie fair on minnows at 15-25 ft. around standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.
     
    Lower Mountain Fork: August 10. Elevation normal, water 65. Trout fair on nymphs along rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
     
    Lower Mountain Fork: August 8. Stocked 1,750 lbs., approximately 3,270 rainbow trout. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast regional office.
     
    Murray: August 11. Elevation below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on topwater lures, crankbaits and plastic baits from the surface to 25 ft. along rocks, points and the main lake. White bass excellent on crankbaits, topwater lures and sassy shad from the surface to 20 ft. in the main lake and around points. Crappie slow on minnows, jigs and small lures at 10-20 ft. around brush structure, points and docks. Channel catfish fair on grasshoppers, shad, punch bait and worms at 10-30 ft. around points, creek channels and the main lake. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.
     
    Pine Creek: August 10. Elevation rising, water 73. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits at 10-12 ft. in creek channels and around points. Crappie good on jigs at 14-16 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. Sunfish excellent on worms in the shallows. Channel catfish good on cut bait along river channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
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    Robert S. Kerr: August 11. Elevation normal, water 87. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, flukes and plastic baits along brush structure, riprap and the river mouth. Striped and white bass good on Alabama rigs, grubs and shad along the river channel. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on shad, cut bait and live bait along the river channel, river mouth and flats. Crappie slow on minnows around brush structure. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
     
    Sardis: August 10. Elevation normal, water 85. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 4-14 ft. around brush structure, weed beds and points. Crappie fair on jigs, tube jigs, minnows and live bait at 12-26 ft. around brush structure, standing timber and rocks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and worms at 12-16 ft. in the main lake, rocks and river channel. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.
     
    Texoma: August 10. Elevation below normal, water 84. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, topwater lures and plastic baits at 5-20 ft. along shorelines, riprap and creek channels. Striped bass and white bass good on live shad, topwater lures, sassy shad and slabs at 10-20 ft. in the main lake and river channel from Platter Flats to Johnson Creek and west to the islands. Channel and blue catfish good on stinkbait, worms and live bait at 10-20 ft. in the mouth of the Washita River, cleaning stations, in the upper Red River to Fobb Bottoms and along riprap. Crappie and sunfish good on minnows, small lures and tube jigs at 5-10 ft. around docks, creek channels and brush structure. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.
     
    Wister: August 10. Elevation normal, water 82. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits and crankbaits at 4-8 ft. in creek channels and shorelines early and late. Crappie and bluegill fair on jigs and small lures at 8-12 ft. around brush structure early and late. Flathead catfish fair on sunfish at 4-12 ft. in channels and river channel. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.
     
    SOUTHWEST
     
    Foss: August 12. Elevation 18 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid 80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on topwater lures early morning and late evening. Walleye slow on live bait. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with stinkbait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
     
    Tom Steed: August 12. Elevation below normal, water 76. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, stinkbait and shad on bottom along flats and standing timber. Striped bass hybrids and saugeye fair on live bait, minnows and shad at 5-10 ft. along shorelines and flats. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County
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    Waurika: August 12. Elevation below normal, water 79. Channel and blue catfish fair on shad and stinkbait in the main lake and points. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.
     
     
     

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