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Oklahoma weekly fishing report
By Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Apr 11, 2019
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Central 

Arcadia: April 8. Elevation above normal, water 60 and stained. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks and riprap. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait in the main lake. White bass fair on blade baits around points. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County. 

Draper: April 8. Elevation above normal, water mid-50s. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks. White bass good on jigs and plastic baits along channels. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County. 

Overholser: April 8. Elevation normal, water 60 and clearing. Channel catfish fair on punch bait in the main lake. Striped bass hybrids good on flukes, grubs and blade baits in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County. 

Thunderbird: April 7. Elevation normal, water 59 and stained. White bass good on hair jigs, minnows, sassy shad and tube jigs along creek channels. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, dam and docks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, live shad and shad along creek channels and dam. Report submitted by Zach Paulk, game warden stationed in Cleveland County. 

Wes Watkins: April 9. Elevation normal, water clearing. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in coves and around points. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County. 

Northeast 

Bell Cow: April 7. Elevation normal, water 53 and murky. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, hotdogs and minnows along shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows around docks and shorelines. Largemouth bass fair on jigs, plastic baits, sassy shad and spinnerbaits around brush structure, shorelines and weed beds. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County. 

Birch: April 5. Elevation above normal, water 50s and murky. White bass slow on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, spinnerbaits and worms in coves, creek channels, docks and shorelines. Striped bass hybrids slow on bill baits, spinnerbaits and spoons in the main lake. 

Carl Blackwell: April 6. Elevation normal, water 58 and murky. Twin coves and Birch Cove are open now for the season. Channel catfish good on cut bait around brush structure, channels, riprap and rocks. White bass fair along shallows. Crappie fair on jigs and tube jigs along the crappie dock. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County. 

Chandler: April 7. Elevation normal, water 53 and murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs along the dam and docks. Largemouth bass slow on in-line spinnerbaits and spinnerbaits along shorelines. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County. 

Copan: April 8. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie and white bass good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on chicken liver, shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County. 

Eucha: April 5. Elevation above normal, water 60 and clear. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, dam and riprap. Crappie are really starting to fire up. They are in early stages of moving up shallow. They are still catching them anchored up on the cable along the dam. Fish are starting to be caught shallower at the nearby bluff too. Natural color jigs seem to doing the best. White bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and plastic baits along creek channels and discharge. White Bass are being caught on jigs in the discharge water.  Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits in coves, main lake, points and riprap. Largemouth mouth bite is still slow. Gigging and bow fishing getting even better with everything moving up from the lake. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Delaware County. 

Ft. Gibson: April 7. Elevation above normal, water 63 and stained. White bass fair on jigs, minnows, sassy shad and tube jigs along channels, creek channels and river channel. Crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs at 6-8 ft. around brush structure, creek channels, docks, rocks and shallows. Paddlefish snagging good below the dam, along channels, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Rick Stafford, Wagoner. 

Grand: April 7. Elevation above normal, water 55 and stained. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs at 4-14 ft. along creek channels, docks and river channel. White bass excellent on jigs, plastic baits and spoons below the dam and along Elk, Spring and Neosho rivers. Paddlefish snagging good below the dam and along river channel. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Delaware County. 

Greenleaf: April 5. Elevation normal, water 52 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, jerk baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, flats, points, rocks, shallows, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Crappie fair on grubs, hair jigs, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and live bait along channels, creek channels, flats, main lake and shallows. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County. 

Hudson: April 6. Elevation above normal, water lower 50s and stained. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, jerk baits and jigs in coves and around points. White bass good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits along creek channels and river channel. Paddlefish snagging fair along the river channel and low water dam. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County. 

Hulah: April 8. Elevation below normal, water murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, shad, sunfish and worms below the dam, along channels and tailwater. White bass and crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs and minnows along creek channels and shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County. 

Kaw: April 9. Elevation normal, water mid to upper 50s and stained. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on hair jigs, jigs, live shad, minnows and sassy shad below the dam and creek channels. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, live shad and worms along flats, main lake and river channel. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, in coves, creek channels, riprap and standing timber. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County. 

Lower Illinois: April 4. Elevation normal, water 45-50 and clear. Trout good on in-line spinnerbaits, nymphs, PowerBait and worms below the dam, along creek channels and rocks. Fishing for trout is good when water releases are 0 or with minimal flow. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County. 

McMurtry: April 8. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 57 and clear. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs at 8-12 ft. around brush structure, docks, standing timber and Crooked Hook. Best reports have been on dark colored jigs around the docks on both sides. Slow action with the jigs seems to be the best method. Small minnows have worked as well. Channel catfish fair on live shad, shad and chicken liver along creek channels, river channel, west side docks and east side camping banks. Largemouth bass good on minnows, plastic worms, Texas and Carolina rigs, rattletraps, spinnerbaits and rooster tails in west side coves, northern creek, island rocks and main body rocky points delivered several nice bass recently. Several large mouth have been pulled from the north side of the lake using plastic worms and fishing in the brush. White bass fair on crankbaits, deep divers and spinnerbaits along dam riprap, main lake channel near the sandbar and west side banks. There are reports of eggs in the white bass. Report submitted by Lake McMurtry staff. 

Oologah: April 7. Elevation 2 ft. above normal and falling slowly, water 52 and murky. Release below the dam was 4200cfs at time of this report. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush structure. White bass good on crankbaits and jigs along creeks and rivers north of the lake. Crappie, white bass and striped bass hybrids fair on minnows and jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County. 

Skiatook: April 6. Elevation below normal, water 50s and dirty. White bass good on in-line spinnerbaits, jigs and sassy shad along creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits in the main lake and around points. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County. 

Sooner: April 7. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits around brush structure and weed beds. Saugeye slow on crankbaits in the discharge and main lake. Blue catfish slow on cut bait in coves. Report submitted Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County. 

Spavinaw: April 5. Elevation above normal, water 60 and clear. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, dam and riprap. White bass slow on crankbaits and plastic baits along creek channels and discharge. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Delaware County. 

Tenkiller: April 7. Elevation above normal, water stained in the upper end. White bass good on Alabama rigs, bill baits, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, small lures and spoons in coves, creek channels, flats, river channel and along shorelines. White bass are still the most sought after species with fish moving upstream and in flowing creek channels to spawn. The next two weeks should be about peak time pending no more cold weather or heavy rain. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits around brush structure, points, rocks and shorelines. Large black bass are being caught on the lake but also have not moved in to spawn yet. Traditional fishing spots are full of aggressive feeding fish. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Crappie have not moved into the bank yet. Crappie are still hanging on brush and payoffs are to the quiet and slow presentation jig fishermen. Enjoy the beautiful redbuds in full bloom but still waiting on dogwoods. Report submitted by Brady May, game warden stationed in Cherokee County. 

Webbers Falls: April 5. Elevation above normal, water 52 and murky. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, jerk baits and plastic baits around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, docks, points, riprap, shallows and standing timber. Crappie fair on grubs, hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, in coves, creek channels, docks, shorelines and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and live shad along channels, creek channels, flats, river channel and shallows. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County. 

Northwest 

Canton: April 5. Elevation above normal, water clear. White bass fair on lipless baits and jigs along the river mouth and shallows. Walleye good on crankbaits and jigs along the spillway. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County. 

Ft. Supply: April 8. Elevation normal, water 60. White bass fair on minnows, jigs and spoons below the dam and main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam and around brush structure. Larger crappie are being caught in the main lake around brush structure. Walleye fair on minnows, jigs and spoons below the dam, main lake and riprap. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County. 

Southeast 

Arbuckle: April 6. Elevation normal, water 59-65 and stained to clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, Alabama rigs, jigs and worms. Smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and flukes. Crappie good off docks and fair to good along shorelines. White bass good on flats near creek bends. A lot of boat activity on the lake. Report submitted by Jack Melton. 

Blue River: April 9. Elevation normal, water 55 and clear. Trout good on caddis flies, nymphs, PowerBait and spoons along the river channel, rocks and below the falls. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, dough bait and stinkbait along channels. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits, flukes, jigs and plastic baits. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area. 

Broken Bow: April 5. Elevation normal, water 60. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, river mouth and standing timber. Crappie good on grubs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, in coves, along flats, shallows, shorelines and weed beds. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

Eufaula: April 5. Elevation normal, water 57 and murky. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, in coves and creek channels. White bass excellent on sassy shad, small lures and tube jigs along creek channels and sandbar. Flathead catfish good on live bait and live shad along the river channel. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County. 

Hugo: April 5. Elevation above normal, water 55 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, main lake and river channel. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, plastic baits and worms along creek channels, main lake, river channel and shorelines. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County. 

Konawa: April 5. Elevation normal, water 62 and murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, live shad and spoons in coves, discharge, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait along channels, in coves, riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County. 

Lower Mountain Fork: April 5. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on caddis flies, midges, PowerBait, tube jigs and worms along channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

McGee Creek: April 5. Elevation normal, water 58.

Jared Harvey caught this 8 lb. 11 oz. largemouth on April 7 at McGee Creek Lake. The fish was caught on a jig and trailer and released unharmed.

Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes, jigs, plastic baits and drop-shot rigs around brush structure, flats, points and standing timber. Crappie and white bass good on minnows and jigs along creek channels, river channel and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, goldfish and worms along the river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County. 

Murray: April 5. Elevation above normal, water 61 and mostly clear. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure, in coves and docks. Largemouth bass good on jigs, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure and shallows. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County. 

Pine Creek: April 5. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, grubs and plastic baits in coves, creek channels and flats. Crappie good on jigs around brush structure and in coves. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, hotdogs, punch bait and worms along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

Robert S. Kerr: April 5. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on flukes, jigs, lipless baits, plastic baits and worms around brush structure, in coves, creek channels, points, shallows and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along the river mouth, shallows, shorelines and weed beds. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, creek channels and inlet. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County. 

Sardis: April 4. Elevation above normal, water 61. Largemouth and spotted bass good on jigs, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around points, rocks, shorelines and weed beds. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad along channels, creek channels, flats and main lake. Crappie fair on minnows, tube jigs and jigs around brush structure, points, standing timber and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County. 

Texoma: April 5. Elevation below normal, water 59. The lake levels are low so boaters should be cautious when going around points and structure. Washita Point is an area boaters should use extreme caution. Striped bass good on cut bait, minnows, sassy shad and shad in the main lake and river channel. Striper are being caught on live bait and cut bait for artificial baits focus on windblown banks and shallow humps surrounded by deeper water. Bank fishing for striper is best when using small ghost minnows on windy banks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, live shad and shad in the main lake, river channel and river mouth. Catfish can be caught in the mouths of both rivers using cut shad. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, docks, points and standing timber. Crappie fishing is picking up, although crappie are not "on the bank" yet they are in about 12-15 ft. of water, dark-colored jigs have been producing fish beneath boat docks as well as minnows. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County. 

Wister: April 5. Elevation normal, water 65 and cloudy. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures along channels, points, shallows and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hotdogs and punch bait below the dam, around brush structure, channels and main lake. Crappie good on minnows, jigs, small lures and tube jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, points, shallows and shorelines. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County. 

Southwest 

Altus-Lugert: April 7. Elevation rising, water 54 and clear. Channel catfish good on punch bait, stinkbait and worms along flats and river channel. White bass good on jigs along the river channel. Walleye fair on jerk baits and jigs along the dam and rocks. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County. 

Ellsworth: April 6. Elevation normal, water 60. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, riprap and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait in the main lake and along shorelines. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County. 

Lawtonka: April 6. Elevation normal, water 58. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in the main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, docks and riprap. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County. 

Tom Steed: April 9. Elevation normal, water 55. White bass, striped bass hybrids and saugeye good on crankbaits and jigs along creek channels and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and creek channels. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County. 

Waurika: April 5. Elevation normal, water 58 and murky. Striped bass hybrids fair on live bait, minnows and shad along the dam and points. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and standing timber. Saugeye and walleye slow on jigs along the dam and riprap. Report submitted by Matt Farris, game warden stationed in Cotton County.