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A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Registration for the popular Selman Bat Watches, hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will open May 29.


The weekend watches will be held at the Selman Bat Cave WMA, where Mexican free-tailed bats congregate each summer to give birth. Each night the bats leave the cave to hunt for flying insects, forming a ribbon over Bat Watch participants.


“Eight watches will be offered this year, beginning Friday, July 6,” said Melynda Hickman, bat watch coordinator and wildlife biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “The nightly emergence typically lasts just over one hour, and is incredible to watch.”


Admission to the Selman Bat Watch is $14 for adults and $8 for children. Children must be 8 or older to attend a watch.


Hopeful viewers must print, complete and mail their registration form to the Selman Bat Watch c/o Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73152 between May 29 and June 8, 2018. Only mailed registration forms postmarked on or before June 8 will be accepted. Successful registrants will receive email confirmation on June 13 and an information packet in the mail.

 

Families or groups should send one registration form.



The Wildlife Department purchased the Selman Bat Cave in 1995 in an effort to conserve one of the four known maternity caves in Oklahoma and to increase public appreciation of Mexican free-tailed bats and other bat species.

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Southeast

Arbuckle: May 19. Elevation ½ ft. above normal, water 69 and stained. Largemouth bass good on plastics, shakey head, and topwater. Smallmouth bass slow on jerkbaits off points. White bass good near flats trolling. Crappie good on brush piles. Report submitted by Jack Melton.


Blue River: May 22. Elevation normal, water 76 and clear. Largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass biting good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater around brush structure, rocks and the shoreline. Channel Catfish good on Chicken LIver, Minnows and Stinkbait around Brush Structure, Rocks, and Deeper pools behind breaks in current. Bluegill, Green and Redear Sunfish biting good on Crickets and Worms in the shallows and shorelines. Trout are still present but warmer water makes them a difficult target. Report submitted by Matt Gamble.


Broken Bow: May 18. Elevation below average, water 83. Largemouth bass good on flukes, plastics, and spinnerbaits along brush structure, points, shallows, and standing timber. Crappie fair on grubs, jigs, and minnows along brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 18. Elevation normal, water murky. Striped bass and blue catfish excellent on cut bait, live bait, live shad, small lures, and topwater below and around the dam. Crappie good on grasshoppers, jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around coves, creek channels, docks, rocks, and shorelines. White bass excellent on jigs, plastics, and small lures below the dam and on main lake. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 18. Elevation normal, water 70 and murky. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish excellent on cut bait and shad below the dam and around channels. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam and around brush structure, creek channels, and shorelines. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: May 17. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, lipless baits, and plastics along main lake, points, river mouth, and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rig, crankbaits, and live shad along coves, discharge, main lake, and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and stinkbait along coves, channels, inlets, and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 18. Elevation normal, water clear. Rainbow trout good on powerbait, small lures, and small, silver rooster tails below the dam and along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 19. Elevation above average, water 71 and stained. Crappie and spotted bass good on minnows and around standing timber. Largemouth and spotted bass good on plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure, coves, and shallows. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: May 18. Elevation below average, water clear. Largemouth bass good on plastics and spinnerbaits along points and shallows. Crappie excellent on jigs and minnows along shallows. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and punch bait along creek channels and shorelines. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 18. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, bill baits, jerk baits, lipless baits, plastics, rogues, and spinnerbaits along brush structure, channels, coves, points, riprap, shorelines, and weed beds. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad, punch bait, and stinkbait along channels, flats, main lake, river channel, and river mouth. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, and plastics along creek channels, river channels, river mouth, shallows, and weed beds. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 17. Elevation normal, water 71. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs, lipless baits, plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwater around brush structure, points, riprap, rocks, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad, and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake, rocks, and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, and tube jigs along brush structure, rocks, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 18. Elevation normal, water 80 and stained. Crappie good on jigs, live bait. Minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, and riprap. White and striped bass good on Alabama rig, live bait, live shad, sassy shad, shad, slabs, and top water along channels, main lake, points, and shorelines. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, powerbait, punch bait, and shad below the dam, along channels, coves, main lake, river channels, and tailwater. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 18. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, plastics, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, and shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait, punch bait, and shad around channels and main lake. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure, channels, and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

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Southeast Area Lakes 

Arbuckle: May 15. Elevation normal, water 73-76 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits, some being caught early on topwater. Smallmouth bass slow on swim baits and crankbaits. Spotted bass good on shakey head worms along rocks. Crappie slow around brush piles in deep water. White bass good near flats. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 14. Elevation normal, water 74 and clear. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait around brush structure, channels and below riffles and obstructions in current in deep water. Spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, rocks and shorelines. Trout fair on caddis flies and in-line spinnerbaits along channels, and deeper pools just off current. Rainbow trout are still present in deeper water. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 11. Elevation normal, water 64. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure, flats, points, shallows and shorelines. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and stinkbait along channels, points, river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 11. Elevation normal, water murky. White bass excellent on jigs, live bait, spinnerbaits, spoons and tube jigs in coves, creek channels, dam, river channel and tailwater. Crappie excellent on hair jigs, jigs and tube jigs in coves, creek channels and sandbar. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 11. Elevation normal, water 62 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, live bait and shad below the dam, along channels and river channel. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure and shorelines. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Konawa: May 11. Elevation normal, water 76 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, lipless baits and plastic baits in the main lake, around points and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, discharge and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on small lures and rooster tails along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 10. Stocked approximately 3,100 rainbow trout on May 10. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

McGee Creek: May 11. Elevation above normal, water 67. Largemouth and spotted bass good on flukes, jerk baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points and shorelines. Crappie and white bass good on minnows around brush structure, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: May 11. Elevation below normal, water 66 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in coves and shallows. Crappie excellent on minnows along shallows. Channel catfish good on chicken liver along channels and in coves. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 11. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, bill baits, crankbaits, lipless baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs along channels, in coves, creek channels, points, riprap and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs along channels, creek channels, river mouth, shallows, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad and shad along creek channels, flats, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 11. Elevation normal, water 69. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, points, riprap, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, live bait, live shad, shad and sunfish along flats, main lake, rocks and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 12. Elevation normal, water 63 and muddy. Striped and white bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes, live shad and sassy shad along channels, creek channels, main lake, points and river channel. Striper fishing has picked up greatly, while the larger fish seem to be not as present, the numbers of fish are great, most being under 20" mark. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, in coves, creek channels, docks, riprap, rocks, shorelines and standing timber. Crappie spawn is beginning to slow down but fish are still being caught on the shorelines near rocks and brush structure. Jigs and minnows paired with a cork is the most effective way to catch crappie from the bank (Hint: Muddy water = Dark colored jigs). Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam, along channels, in coves, creek channels, main lake and river channel. Catfishing the main lake is good on cut shad with rod and reel as well as jug lining. Below the Denison Dam fishing is good when water flow is present. The past week Below the Dam has produced multiple Blue Cats over the 30 lb. mark. (Cut Bait and Liver). Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 11. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around points and shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, main lake and standing timber. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release


The best thing you can do for young wildlife is to keep young wildlife wild.


Springtime is when people begin to see a variety of newborn and young animals. Newborn rabbits, squirrels, deer and birds easily appeal to most people’s sense of care and compassion. People often think these baby animals are “so cute” and imagine that they must be lost or abandoned.


Usually that is not the case.


“Chances are an adult animal is nearby and is simply waiting on you to move away so they can take care of their young,” said Mark Howery, natural resource biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.


In most cases, people should not interfere with young wildlife.


In Oklahoma, most fawns are born in May and June. And that’s when people begin seeing the young animals.


Game Warden Brayden Hicks, based in Caddo County, said he has taken several calls from the public asking him to rescue a fawn found near a home. “I tell them don’t touch the fawn, and don’t try to feed it. Normally the momma is around, and she’s left her fawn on purpose so she can go feed.”


The doe leaves the fawn because it must maintain good nutrition to produce milk. Also, the doe will often leave a fawn in a safe place, such as near a house or where people can easily see them, because those are places where predators might be less likely to visit.


Also, the doe will stay away from its fawn so the doe’s scent will not attract predators. But the doe will normally return several times during the day to nurse its fawn.


Howery said springtime storms can easily blow young birds and squirrels out of their nests. Even though they may appear to be alone and distressed or in need of help, a mature animal will often find and care for them.
It can actually be more stressful on young wildlife when people try to help. People who take in wildlife and attempt to raise and release those animals are actually doing them no favors. The animals will lose their instinctual fear of people and begin to bond with and depend on people to survive. If returned to nature later, these animals will have no idea how to feed or what dangers to avoid. And the young animal could even die from the stress of being handled.


"It's admirable when well-meaning sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts want to help, but sometimes the best help we can offer young wildlife is to leave them alone and let nature run its course," Howery said.
In rare cases, an animal might actually need help, such as when it is injured or seriously ill. That is when the public might choose to call a wildlife rehabilitator.

 

A list of rehabilitators by county is at www.wildlifedepartment.com/law/rehabilitator-list

 

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department 

Arbuckle: April 30. Elevation normal, water 61 and stained. Largemouth bass good on worms, flukes and bass jigs around brush. Smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jerk baits off rocks. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in coves and good around docks. White bass slow up creeks on flats. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: April 27. Elevation normal, water 63. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, flukes, plastic baits and spinnerbaits along flats, points, shallows, shorelines and standing timber. Crappie good on grubs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, rocks, shallows, shorelines and weed beds. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on cut bait, punch bait, stinkbait and worms along channels, creek channels, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: April 27. Elevation above normal, water murky. White bass excellent on crickets, jigs and minnows around brush structure, in coves and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows, jigs and shrimp around brush structure, creek channels and standing timber. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad, shad and stinkbait below the dam, along the dam and main lake. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: April 27. Elevation normal, water 61 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and below the dam. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad below the dam, along flats and river channel. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits around brush structure and points. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: April 29. Elevation normal, water 68 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, lipless baits and plastic baits in the main lake, around points and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, lipless baits and live bait in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: April 27. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on PowerBait, small lures and tube jigs along the river channel and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork: April 26. Stocked approximately 2,500 rainbow trout on April 26. Report submitted by  April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

McGee Creek: April 27. Elevation normal, water 62. Largemouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, flukes, plastic baits and spinnerbaits along creek channels, points and shallows. Crappie, spotted bass and white bass fair on minnows and jigs along creek channels, rocks, shorelines and standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish fair on dough bait, sunfish and worms along river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: April 27. Elevation below normal, water 65 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic baits, spinnerbaits and worms along shallows. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs along shallows. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms along channels, creek channels and shallows. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: April 27. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, bill baits, flukes, jerk baits, jigs, lipless baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs along channels, in coves, creek channels, points, riprap, rocks and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, creek channels and inlet. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, live bait and minnows around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, inlet, shallows, shorelines and weed beds. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: April 26. Elevation normal, water 68. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, grubs, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, points, riprap, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, shorelines and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: April 27. Elevation below normal, water 60 and lightly stained. Crappie excellent on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, rocks, shallows and shorelines. Crappie have moved to the shallows for spawn, the bite is aggressive, Using a cork with a jig 12" beneath while flipping along the bank is the best method for locating spawning crappie. Jig colors include dark-colored jig bodies with pink or green tails. Striped and white bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes, live shad and sassy shad below the dam, along channels, dam, main lake, river channel and river mouth. Striped Bass are biting well on live bait, most of the large striper are spawning in Washita and Red rivers. To catch striper in the rivers use sassy shad and flukes to produce bites. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad along creek channels, river channel and river mouth. Blue catfish are biting well below the dam on cut bait while water flow is present; river fishing for blue cats on cut bait is doing well right now as well. Target slack water for finding blues in the river. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: April 27. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits and plastic baits around brush structure, channels and shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad along channels and the main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, shallows and below the dam. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

Arbuckle: April 7. Elevation normal, water 58-62 and stained to muddy up creeks. Largemouth bass being caught on crankbaits, tubes, worms and bass jigs along banks. Smallmouth bass being caught on jerk baits, spinnerbaits and swim baits. Crappie good  off docks and on minnows and jigs in back of coves. White bass being caught on rattletraps and grubs at 15 ft. up on flats during the heat of the day. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: April 6. Elevation below normal, water 54. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes, jerk baits and spinnerbaits around points, shorelines and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: April 6. Elevation above normal, water turbid. Blue and channel catfish good on crawfish, cut bait and worms along creek channels, main lake and river mouth. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along creek channels, rocks, shallows and shorelines. Striped bass good on live bait, live shad, small lures, topwater lures and tube jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: April 6. Elevation above normal, water 55 and murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits and plastic baits along creek channels, main lake and points. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad below the dam, along channels and flats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jim Gillham, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: April 5. Elevation normal, water 60 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs, rattletraps and plastic baits in the main lake, around points and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, live shad and spoons in coves, discharge, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, discharge and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: April 6. Elevation above normal, water clear. Brown trout excellent on jigs and PowerBait along creek channels. Rainbow trout good on caddis flies, jigs, white roadrunners and small lures along channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: April 6. Elevation above normal, water 55 and clear. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, flukes and lipless baits in coves, around points and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and dough bait along creek channels and river mouth. Crappie, spotted bass and white bass good on minnows around brush structure, docks and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: April 6. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, jerk baits and plastic baits around points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along creek channels, points and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: April 6. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, bill baits, plastic baits and small lures around brush structure, channels, in coves, around points and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, hair jigs and jigs along channels, creek channels, river channel and river mouth. White bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and grubs along creek channels and river channel. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: April 7. Elevation rising, water 60. Largemouth and striped bass fair on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, points, riprap, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, minnows, shad and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around points, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: April 6. Elevation normal, water 58 and stained. Striped bass good on live shad along creek channels, points, river channel and river mouth. Crappie fair on grubs, hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels and standing timber. White bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes, grubs, hair jigs, jigs, sassy shad, small lures and tube jigs along channels, in coves, creek channels, dam, discharge, river channel and river mouth. Recent weather changes has made fishing inconsistent, crappie are beginning to move into shallow water for spawn. Striper are steady on live bait near the Washita Point area. White bass are moving into creeks and rivers for the spring run. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: April 6. Elevation rising, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits and plastic baits around brush structure, channels and shorelines. Blue catfish good below the dam, along channels and main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.


Run for a Child! The Oklahoma Department of Human Services District 16 Child Welfare team is hosting the Second Annual Footsteps for Families 5K Race & Fun Run at 6 p.m. on May 21 at the Carl Albert State College Campus, located at 1507 S. McKenna Street in Poteau.

 

The race will be chip-timed. Registration is $20 per participant.

 

Runners can register at EVENTBRITE or pick up forms at the LeFlore County DHS office at 511 S. Harper in Poteau and Latimer County DHS at 1809 Highway 270 East in Wilburton.


Registration is welcomed until the start of the race, but runners must pre-register by May 14 to guarantee a race shirt and finisher medal.

 

Proceeds benefit LeFlore and Latimer County foster children and help provide Christmas gifts, clothing, personal items, school supplies and any other needs the children may have.

 

If you cannot attend the race but wish to help, shirts can still be purchased, and donations are also welcomed.


For more information contact Annie Richard at (918) 839-5960, or Cheyenne Glover at (918) 658-4940.

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

Arbuckle: April 1. Elevation above normal, water 61 and cloudy. Largemouth bass good on worm, tube or jig at 8-10 ft. off the bank; they are trying to spawn. Smallmouth bass being caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerk baits off rocky banks. Crappie being caught on small jigs in coves and on minnows and jigs off docks. White bass being caught on spinnerbaits and rattletraps up creeks. Channel catfish good on dead minnows and dough bait where fresh water is coming in. Muddy water is making fishing tough. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: April 2. Elevation above normal, water 50 and murky. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, punch bait and stinkbait around brush structure, points and rocks. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: March 30. Elevation above normal, water 60. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on flukes, grubs and spinnerbaits around points and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs and tube jigs along flats, points, shorelines and weed beds. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.


Eufaula: March 31. Elevation above normal, water murky. Blue catfish excellent on hot dogs and worms along creek channels, river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on jigs along creek channels, rocks and shallows. Striped bass fair on jigs, live bait, live shad, small lures and topwater lures below the dam and along the dam. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: March 30. Elevation above normal, water 55 and murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, crankbaits and plastic baits along creek channels, points and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and live shad below the dam, along flats, main lake and river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jim Gillham, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: March 29. Elevation above normal, water 60 and muddy. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and rattletraps in the main lake, around points, shorelines and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, live shad and spoons in coves, the main lake, around points and river channel. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: March 30. Elevation above normal, water clear. Trout good on caddis flies, PowerBait and tube jigs along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: March 30. Elevation rising, water 50 and stained. Crappie, spotted bass and white bass fair on minnows around brush structure, creek channels and standing timber. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and flukes along creek channels, points, riprap and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: March 30. Elevation above normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits around points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver and cut bait along creek channels and flats. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: March 31. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, river channel, river mouth, shorelines and standing timber. White bass good on Alabama rigs, grubs, jigs, lipless baits and small lures along channels, creek channels and river channel. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, grubs, jigs, lipless baits and plastic baits around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, points and shorelines. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: March 30. Elevation above normal, water 62. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, jigs, plastic baits, sassy shad and tube jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines and weed beds. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, live shad and shad in the main lake, around points and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, tube jigs, hair jigs and jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: March 30. Elevation normal, water 58 and stained. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam, along channels, creek channels, points and river mouth. Crappie good on grubs, hair jigs, jigs, live bait and tube jigs at 15 ft. around brush structure, docks, rocks and standing timber. Striped and white bass good on Alabama rigs, live bait, live shad and sassy shad along channels, main lake, points, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: March 30. Elevation rising, water 61 and cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits and plastic baits around brush structure and channels. Blue catfish good on cut bait, punch bait and shad along channels and main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, along brush structure, shallows and shorelines. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.


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Arbuckle: March 25. Elevation normal, water 46-49 and stained up creeks. Largemouth bass being caught on jerk baits, worms and Long Johns. Smallmouth bass being caught on crankbaits and jerk baits. White bass being caught on rattletraps, Long Johns and spoons at 35 ft. Crappie slow. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: March 23. Elevation above normal, water 59. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, flukes, grubs and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, flats, points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows, grubs, jigs and hair jigs. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: March 23. Elevation normal, water 56 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in coves, creek channels and shorelines. Flathead and blue catfish good on cut bait, hot dogs, stinkbait and worms in the main lake. White bass fair on jigs, live bait and plastic baits below the dam, along creek channels and dam. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: March 23. Elevation above normal, water 56 and murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits in the main lake, around points and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, live shad, shrimp and worms below the dam, flats and main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jim Gillham, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Kaw: March 27. Elevation normal, water 53 and stained. White bass fair on in-line spinnerbaits, sassy shad and small lures along creek channels and river channel. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows at 7-15 ft. in coves, creek channels, docks and riprap.  A good stretch of 70 plus weather is needed to move them on towards the shallows for spawning. Blue catfish good on juglines and rod-and-reel baited with cut bait, hot dogs and shad along flats and river channel. Paddlefish activity has been slow below the dam, however spring rains and water releases could change that overnight. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, District 8 Chief.

Konawa: March 22. Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, lipless baits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits in the main lake, around points, shorelines and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, live shad and spoons in coves, discharge, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: March 23. Elevation above normal, water clear. Trout good on PowerBait along channels and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork: March 22. Stocked approximately 5,300 rainbow trout on March 22. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

McGee Creek: March 23. Elevation normal, water 50. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes, lipless baits, plastic baits and tube jigs along creek channels, points and standing timber. White and spotted bass fair on grubs, jigs and sassy shad at the mouths of creeks and river. Crappie, spotted bass and white bass slow on minnows along creek channels, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: March 23. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jerk baits and plastic baits along channels and shallows. Crappie good on minnows around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms along channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: March 26. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and hair jigs along creek channels, river mouth, shorelines and standing timber. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, bill baits, plastic baits and worms in coves, around points, river channel and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, shad and stinkbait along flats, points, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: March 22. Elevation normal, water 61. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and worms around brush structure, in coves, points, riprap, rocks, shorelines and standing timber. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake and shorelines. Striped bass fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, plastic baits and tube jigs around points, riprap, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: March 23. Elevation below normal, water 56 and stained. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live shad and shad along channels, river channel and river mouth. White bass good on grubs, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, minnows, sassy shad and spoons along channels, creek channels, river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on grubs, hair jigs, jigs, live bait, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, docks and standing timber. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: March 23. Elevation dropping, water cloudy. Largemouth bass fair on bill baits and plastic baits around brush structure and channels. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad in the main lake and around points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release

 

The LeFlore County Conservation District and Haskell County Conservation District are co-hosting a feral hog outreach meeting in conjunction with the Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit on March 29th.


The meeting will run from 9 AM to 9:50 AM and will feature Scott Alls, Assistant State Wildlife Director at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry.

 

The meeting, and the entire Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit, will take place at the Southeast Oklahoma Expo Center in McAlester.


For more information on the LeFlore County and Haskell County feral hog outreach meeting, contact the Lisa Great at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 918-647-2992, ext. 3.


Conservation districts across Oklahoma are teaming up to host eight feral hog outreach meetings to better equip producers and landowners with ways to better manage feral hogs.

 

For a full listing of feral hog outreach meetings visit www.conservation.ok.gov

 

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