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Fishing Report for January 15, 2020

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Central

Dolese: January 13. Elevation normal, water 44 and murky. Rainbow trout slow on PowerBait around spillway. Last stocked 12-30-2019. Report submitted by Ashley Walters.

Northeast

Ft. Gibson: January 13. Elevation 8 ft. above normal and rising, water 40 and murky. Many area boat ramps and other public access locations are currently closed. Boaters who are not familiar with Ft. Gibson Lake should use extreme caution. Many treacherous obstacles are submerged and not visible. Blue catfish fair on shad below the dam, and around channels, and points. Paddlefish fair on snagging around river channel. Report submitted by Ben Haff, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Kaw: January 13. Elevation normal, water upper 30s and stained. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, shad, stinkbait and sunfish along channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel, river mouth and tailwaters. Crappie good on grubs, jigs, live bait, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, in coves, along riprap and standing timber. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: January 11. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Blue catfish good on cut bait below the dam and around channels. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois River: January 10. Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Rainbow trout fair on in-line spinnerbait, nymphs, and PowerBait below the dam and around the watts area. Water has started cycling again and fishing is better during times of low water, however heavy rain is predicted and flood watches are posted so river level could change quickly. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

McMurtry: January 14. Elevation normal, water 44. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along the dam, docks and brush piles. Report submitted by Lake McMurtry Staff.

Perry CCC: January 13. Elevation normal, water murky. Rainbow trout fair on PowerBait and small lures around coves and dam. Rooster tails and super dupers are doing well. Floating PowerBait 1-2 ft. from the bottom has also provided good results. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Sooner: January 13. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastics around weed beds. Saugeye fair on jigs and live shad around points and riprap. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: January 12. Elevation rising, water murky. Lake level will continue to rise due to recent heavy rains causing water to become muddy. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and small lures around brush structure, docks and standing timber. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver and cut bait around docks. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Northwest

Canton: January 12. Elevation above normal, water clear. Crappie good on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Foss: January 13. Elevation below normal, water low 40s and clear. Striped bass hybrids slow on live bait and slabs around the main lake. Crappie slow to fair on small jigs around the marina. Catfish slow on stinkbait. Walleye slow on worms. Report submitted by Eric Puryear, B&K Bait House.

Ft. Supply: January 14. Elevation above normal, water clear. Walleye slow on small lures and tube jigs below the dam, discharge and main lake. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver along channels. Report submitted by Jason Badley, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Southeast

Arbuckle: January 13. Elevation above normal, water 58 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow on Alabama rig and jerk bait around the main lake. Crappie are in the middle of the lake and at 40 ft. along the dam. White bass being caught on white spoons in the middle of the lake. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: January 10. Elevation rising, water 51. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits and spoons around brush structure, main lake, points and standing timber. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, punch bait and worms around channels, coves, and river channel. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Hugo: January 10. Elevation above normal, water 53 and murky. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, shad and sunfish below the dam, around channels, main lake and river channel. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows below the dam, and around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: January 9. Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rig, crankbaits, jigs, and lipless baits around the main lake, points, river channel, and weed beds. Striped hybrid bass and white bass fair on Alabama rig, crankbaits and live shad around coves, discharge, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait around coves, inlet and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: January 10. Elevation normal, water clear. Rainbow trout good on PowerBait, tube jigs and salmon eggs around creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: January 10. Elevation normal, water 52. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on jigs, plastic baits and drop-shot rigs around creek channels, rocks and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: January 10. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on plastics and spoons around points and river channel. Crappie good on jigs around brush structure and creek channels. Channel catfish good on cut bait and punch bait around creek channels and river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: January 10. Elevation above normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and stinkbait around channels, creek channels, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, channels, creek channels, inlet and standing timber. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: January 8. Elevation above normal, water 51. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad around channels, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: January 10. Elevation rising, water 48 and expected to drop. Striped bass good on Alabama rig, live shad, plastics and sassy shad below the dam, around flats, main lake and river channel. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live shad and shad around the main lake and river channel. Lots of rain here in Marshall County. Lake levels will rise within the next few days and water temp will drop most likely. Striped Bass are being caught on plastic baits by slow rolling them along ledge transitions. Use electronics to locate ledges with fish holding on them. Sassy shads three inch are producing bites along these edges, make sure anglers use a slow retrieve when fishing plastics. Juglining blues is a very productive method for gathering fillets for family fish fry, anglers should focus on 50 ft. of water near a depth transitions. Fresh caught bait will be most productive, baits include shad and other cut baits. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: January 10. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels and points. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and shad below the dam, around channels and main lake. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.