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 Sooner Lake:   Ramps Are Now Open!

ElectroFishing Report on Black Bass of Sample taken 122 fish per hour with 22% over 14 inches long and largest 8.1 pounds. 

Water: Elevation  normal, water 51 and Clear

Black Bass:

Smaller bass on the bank, best bet a small grub on the hot side

Hybrids:  Plant discharge report below!  Remember! They don't reproduce and we are not going to get a stocking this year! So take what you need and release the rest! Protect our fisheries!

Stripers: fair on minnows in discharge area

Sand Bass:  fair on jigs, slabs and minnows on drop off's 15-25 ft. and trolling crank baits on warm water side.

Crappie: fair on minnows, in and around brush piles. Also, fair to good off the bridges.

Saugeyes:  good on minnows on the hot side

Catfish: no report

June 17. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water 77 and clear. Hybrid striped bass very good on live shad on humps and ridges at 28-33 ft. Report submitted by Paul Tennies, Fisherman's Cove

May 20. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 72 and murky. Hybrid striped bass good on live shad, on drop-offs and points at 18-30 ft. Report submitted by Paul Tennies, Fisherman's Cove

May 20. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 72 and murky. Hybrid striped bass good on live shad, on drop-offs and points at 18-30 ft. Report submitted by Paul Tennies, Fisherman's Cove

April 30th Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 65 and Clear on upper lake muddy lower. Smaller bass on the bank, best bet a jerk bait  Saugeyes excellent  drifting minnows off humps around Crappie Point 10 to 12 foot water fair on jigs, Sand bass and hybrids slabs and minnows on drop off's 15-25 ft. and trolling crank baits on warm water side, good on jerk baits on warm water side

April 21st Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 61 and Clear on upper lake muddy lower. Smaller bass on the bank, best bet a jerk bait  Saugeyes excellent  drifting minnows off humps around Crappie Point 10 to 12 foot water fair on jigs, Sand bass and hybrids slabs and minnows on drop off's 15-25 ft. and trolling crank baits on warm water side

April 1st Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 55 and clear. White bass and hybrids fair on jigs, slabs and minnows on drop off's 15-25 ft. and trolling crank baits on warm water side. Stripers fair off Hwy 177. Saugeyes fair drifting minnows off humps around Crappie Point 10 to 12 foot water

March 11. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 55 and clear. White bass and hybrids fair on jigs, slabs and minnows on drop off's 15-25 ft. and trolling crank baits on warm water side. Report submitted by Paul Tennies for Fisherman's Cove

Feb 20th The birds are working fish at the bouy line on the hot side. At the discharge fishing report good.

Jan 6th  Hybrids good at the discharge. Hybrids way down from previous years. Crappie good in brush off Hwy 177. Saugeyes slow at 45 foot.

A report from our friend Bill Wentroth, Biologist for Northern Oklahoma: We just finished gill netting Sooner last week.  
    We saw hybrids in the 3-4 pound range and two stripers a little smaller, just like you reported.  Adult threadfin shad abundance was down compared to last year, but still saw good numbers of small (3-4 inch) this year's spawn, mainly in the heated water side of the lake.  We also noticed more small gizzard shad that unusual.  That's a good sign, Sooner needs more forage fish, a lot of the predators were still in fair to poor body condition.  Hybrid numbers were a bit down from last year's sample.
    Bill Wentroth

 


Photo by Steve Broom

Kaw Lake:     

No ElectroFishing Report on Black Bass -- Reported that they believe we had a Striper Spawn this year! Hope we can keep them in the lake! Also reported that Kaw is the first lake in Oklahoma to have White Perch show up in test nets. More to come on the White Perch is this good or bad?

 

Water: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 37 and clear

Largemouth Bass: Slow

Channel catfish: Blue catfish are fair in the upper river using stink bait. Nice blues are also being taken on juglines and trotlines using live perch for bait

Crappie:fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles at 20 ft.

Bluecat: fair on cut shad.

Striped Bass: are fair to good below the dam on chartreuse and white bucktail jigs and sassy shads.

Walleye: slow on jigs below the dam

Sand Bass:  no report

Tail waters: Stripers fair below the dam on small hand-tied jigs.

ODWC Wardens: Tracy Daniel & Larry Green

Chris Holmes

with a Super Nice Striper from Kaw Lake!

Caught 09.12.02

Feb. 4. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 37 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs over brush piles at 20 ft. Blue catfish slow. Striped and hybrid bass fair below Kaw Dam during generation. Report submitted by Larry Green, state game warden stationed in Osage County

June 23. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 78 and muddy. Striped bass fair below the dam on bucktail jigs and sassy shads at daybreak and dusk. Bowfishing for carp is good lake wide in shallows along shorelines. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, Game Warden in Kay County

May 27. Elevation 8 ft. above normal, water 69 and muddy. White bass is good below the dam on jigs and spinners. Stripers are fair to good below the dam on chartreuse and white bucktail jigs and sassy shads. Blue and channel cats are fair in the upper river using stink bait. Nice blues are also being taken on juglines and trotlines using live perch for bait. Paddlefish snagging has been good below the dam from 1000-1700 ft. below the dam. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, Game Warden in Kay County

May 27. Elevation 8 ft. above normal, water 69 and muddy. White bass is good below the dam on jigs and spinners. Stripers are fair to good below the dam on chartreuse and white bucktail jigs and sassy shads. Blue and channel cats are fair in the upper river using stink bait. Nice blues are also being taken on juglines and trotlines using live perch for bait. Paddlefish snagging has been good below the dam from 1000-1700 ft. below the dam. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, Game Warden in Kay County

April 28. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 64 and muddy White bass good on jigs and spinners on upper Beaver Creek. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 1-10 ft. along the rip rap areas, Beaver and Otter creeks and 5 fingers area. Paddlefish snagging is good from the 1000' to 2000' marks below Ka w Dam. Special note* Paddlefish snaggers are urged to read the new regulations on page 8 of the 2003 Fishing Regulations and make sure they are in compliance with these new laws. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, Kay County Game Warden.

April 8.
Crappie are moving into shallow water getting ready to spawn. Fish with minnows, jigs or spinners during this time to produce a good stringer. Strippers are below the dam as well as big cats. Use a large sassy shad for the strippers and live shad or cut shad for big Blues and Channels. Report submitted by A-Lex Marine of Pawhuska, Schwan's Fine Frozen Foods and Bigheart Grocery
April 16.
Elevation normal, water 60 and muddy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure such as brush or rocks; blue catfish fair in the Coon Creek and Washunga Bay areas on cut shad at 4- 20 ft.; white bass fair in Beaver and Otter creeks and below the dam on jigs and sassy shads; paddlefish snagging is excellent below the dam from the 1000-1500 ft. marks. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, Kay County Game Warden

March 25. Elevation 10 ft. above normal, water 52 and muddy. White bass very good in upper Beaver Creek from the "High" Bridge to the Vickery Ranch area of Kaw WMA. Nice stringers, mostly males are being taken on sassy shads, jigs and spinners. Crappie good below the dam on the eastside using jigs and minnows. Paddlefish snagging is fair below the dam from the 1000' mark to the 2000' mark when water is being released. Walleye fishing is good below the dam, and in Beaver creek, in the Vickery Ranch area of Kaw WMA using jigs. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, Kay County Game Warden.

March 11.
Crappie excellent 18-22 ft. around under water structure on black jigs with chartreuse tail or minnows. Fish are hanging close to the brushpiles. Report submitted by A-Lex Marine, Buffalo Joes Drive- In, Schwan's Fine Frozen Foods, The RV Park and Bigheart Grocery
Feb. 18.
Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 43 and murky. Crappie good over brushpiles along rip-rap areas in 15 -25 ft. of water on purple, black or chartreuse and good over tube jigs from 1/16 oz to 1/8 oz. Walleye fishing is fair below the dam on jigs. All other fishing is slow. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, Kay County Game Warden

Jan. 2. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 52 and murky. Blue catfish good on juglines, 20 ft. in Washunga area. Report submitted by Larry Green, Osage County Game Warden

 

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Water: Clear  35,  normal

Black Bass: slow on Jigs, Plastic Worms, & Crankbaits 

Crappie: Fair

Trout:  Excellent on power baits and super dupers

Catfish:  No Report

June 2nd Trout on biting very aggressively

April 27. Elevation 2 1/2 ft. below normal, water 60-65 and clear. Crappie fair along banks, with live bait or jigs, and at 5-15 ft. in creeks, at docks, and around structure. Hybrids fair on points at mouths of creeks. Catfish fair, in creeks, at 10-25 ft. on liver, cut shad, etc. Quapaw Park still closed for repairs. Report submitted by Paul Greenwood, Greenwood Fishing Center.
April 16.
Trout excellent on power bait, super dupers and cleo's; largemouth bass fair on plastic baits; sunfish fair on worms. Report submitted by A-Lex Marine of Pawhuska, Schwan's Fine Frozen Foods and Bigheart Grocery

April 1st  Trout excellent on power bait and super dupers and cleo's working well. Report submitted by A-Lex Marine, Buffalo Joes Drive- In, Schwan's Fine Frozen Foods, The RV Park and Bigheart Grocery

Feb. 18 . Fishing has been very good to extremely hot. Fisherman have been reporting that lures such as super dupers in gold and red and silver and red, Little Cleo in gold and crimson or pearl & red, and of course, rooster tails in a wide variety of colors will do the job. For people who prefer bait fishing, power bait in either nuggets or dough work all day long. Favorites are fluorescent orange, chartreuse, or rainbow. Fly Fishermen fare well on a fly called the wooly bugger. Report submitted by A-Lex Marine, Buffalo Joes Drive- In, Schwan's Fine Frozen Foods, The RV Park and Bigheart Grocery.
 

 

Lake Carl Blackwell:

 

Water: Elevation normal, water 49 and clear.

Black Bass: slow on spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

Hybrids: slow on jigs and trolling with crankbaits

Sand Bass: slow on jigs and trolling with crankbaits

Crappie: good on jigs.

Saugeyes: slow , trolling with crankbaits.

Catfish: slow on cut and live baits on trotlines.

Jan. 27. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, state game warden stationed in Payne County.
June 16.
Elevation normal, water 75 and murky. Black bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits. Saugeye and hybrid bass good trolling with crankbaits and live bait. Catfish good on cut and live bait. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, Payne County Game Warden

May 29. Elevation normal, water 72 and murky. Crappie good on jigs, shallow. Saugeye fair on trolling with crankbaits and night crawlers. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, Payne County Game Warden

May 20. Elevation normal, water 72 and murky. Bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie good on jigs. Saugeye fair trolling with crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, Payne County Game Warden

April 28. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 65 and murky. Black bass fair on spinnerbaits. Hybrid bass and saugeye fair trolling with crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, Payne County Game Warden

April 16. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 61 and murky. Black bass good on spinnerbaits; crappie good on minnows and jigs main lake at 12-14 ft. around brush, west end of lake shallow; hybrid striped bass and saugeye good trolling with crankbaits off windy points. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, Payne County Game Warden

March 26. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 60 and murky. Black bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. White bass and hybrids good on jigs and trolling with crankbaits. Crappie good on jigs. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, Payne County Game Warden

Feb. 18. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 45 and murky. Crappie fair around brush piles jigging. Saugeye fair trolling with crankbaits on humps and windy points. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, Payne County Game Warden.
Jan. 7.
All fishing slow. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, Payne County Game Warden.

Birch:

Water:  Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 35 and murky

Black Bass: slow on tube and jerk baits.

Sand Bass: slow trolling crankbaits and live shad.

Hybrids: slow on live shad

Stripers: slow on trolling crankbaits and live shad in main part of lake.

Crappie: fair on minnows and jigs at 6-15 ft.

Catfish: slow on all baits

Feb. 2. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 35 and murky. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Ben Bickerstaff, state game warden stationed in Osage County

June 18. Elevation 1 ft. below normal and clear. Black bass fair on topwater lures. White bass fair on shad trolling crankbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 8-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Osage County Game Warden Doug Frasier

June 2. Elevation near normal, water clear. Black bass fair on tube baits. Hybrid striped bass good on trolling crankbaits and live shad. Channel and blue catfish good on all baits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in 8-15 feet of water around structure. Report submitted by Osage County Game Warden Doug Frasier

May 19. Elevation normal and murky. Black bass good on tube and jerk baits. Hybrid striped bass good trolling crankbaits and live shad. Channel catfish good on all baits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-15 ft. Report submitted by Osage County Game Warden Doug Frasier

April 29. Elevation normal and murky. Black bass good on spinnerbaits and stick baits. White bass good on live shad or trolling crankbaits. Catfish good on all baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-8 ft. Report submitted by Osage County Game Warden Doug Frasier

April 7. Elevation normal and murky. Black bass good on spinnerbaits and jerk baits. Striped bass and hybrid striped bass good on crankbaits and live shad. Channel catfish good on all baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 3-8 ft. Report submitted by Osage County Game Warden Doug Frasier

March 25. Elevation 2 ft. above normal and murky. Black bass fair on spinnerbaits and stick baits. Hybrid striped bass good on live shad and trolling crankbaits in creek channels and off rocky points. Crappie good on minnows at 2-12 ft. Report submitted by Osage County Game Warden Doug Frasier

Feb. 18. Elevation 4 1/2 below normal, water 36 and clear. Hybrid striped bass fair on deep crankbaits and live shad. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in creek channel drop-offs and deep structure. Report submitted by Osage County Game Warden Doug Frasier.

Jan. 6. Elevation 4.2 ft. below normal, water 40 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs, 12-20 ft. around brush piles and creek channel drop-offs. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Doug Frazier, Osage County Game Warden

Lone Chimney:

 

ElectroFishing Report on Black Bass of Sample taken 67 fish per hour with 49% over 14 inches long and largest 8.2 pounds. 

 

Water: Murky, 39

Black Bass: slow on spinnerbaits and lizards in the back ends of the creeks

Crappie: good on minnows off channels

Catfish:  No Report

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ElectroFishing Report on Black Bass of Sample taken 143 fish per hour with 14% over 14 inches long and largest 5.5 pounds. 

Water: Water normal, 39 and clear

Black Bass: good on plastic worms and crankbaits.

Sand Bass:  slow

Crappie: good on minnows and jigs around docks and brush piles

Catfish: no report

Saugeyes:  slow in 20 foot water drifting minnows.

Bluestem:

 

Water: Clear 38

Black Bass: fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits near brush 

Sand Bass: Good on Sooner Slabs some fish are surfacing

Crappie: fair on jigs, minnows around brush & culverts

Catfish: no report 

 

Ponca Lake

 

ElectroFishing Report on Black Bass of Sample taken 94 fish per hour with 26% over 14 inches long and largest 4.2 pounds

 

Water: Clear 34 elevation normal

Black Bass: slow on small plastics (mostly small fish)

Sand Bass: slow off main lake humps on Sooner Slabs

Hybrids: slow off main lake humps on Sooner Slabs

Crappie:  Good at the fishing dock on minnows

Catfish: Slow on cut bait 

Steve Broom with a nice Hybrid from Ponca Lake

Jeremy Holmes and friends

Ponca Lake Hybrids caught on Pencil Poppers

Chance Coldiron and Blaine King.

Chance Coldiron

Jeremy Holmes and friends

Blaine King

Jeremy Holmes

Super Hybrids!


 

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