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Arbuckle: October 7. Elevation 2 ft. above normal and rising, water 71 and clear except upper creeks. Largemouth bass good on chigger craws, tube jigs, grubs and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass good on grubs and spinnerbaits off points. Spotted bass good on grubs and worms. Crappie fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows around brush piles. White bass being caught on minnows and grubs up on flats chasing shad. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: October 8. Elevation above normal, water 68 and murky. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms along shorelines. All other fishing slow due to heightened flow. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: October 5. Elevation below normal, water 82. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: October 5. Elevation normal, water turbid. White bass excellent on cut bait, jigs and small lures below the dam, along the dam and discharge. Crappie fair on minnows around docks, main lake and bridges. Spotted bass good on small lures and worms along riprap, shallows and standing timber. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: October 5. Elevation above normal, water 76 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 fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Outflow from flood gates continues at Hugo Dam. Report submitted Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Konawa: October 4. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points, river channel 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, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: October 4. Stocked approximately 3,800 rainbow trout on October 3. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

Lower Mountain Fork: October 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout fair caddis flies, PowerBait, tube jigs and worms along channels and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: October 6. Elevation above normal, water 77. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes and plastic baits along channels, creek channels, points and rocks. Crappie, spotted bass and white bass fair on minnows along creek channels, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: October 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures in the main lake. Crappie excellent on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms along creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: October 5. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, flukes, lipless baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, points and riprap. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait and sunfish along channels, creek channels, flats, inlet and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: October 3. Elevation above normal, water 77. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, 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 fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: October 5. Elevation above normal, water 79 and muddy. Striped bass good on live shad at 20-40 ft. in the main lake; larger fish have slowed a bit. Well maintained live bait is key right now. Blue and channel catfish fair on live bait, live shad and worms below the dam and in the main lake. Blue cats and channel cats are feeding at the mouths of feeder creeks on cut shad and worms. Crappie slow on hair jigs and live bait around brush structure and in the main lake. Crappie are slow with muddy water. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: October 5. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, points and shorelines. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait and stinkbait along channels, main lake and points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, channels, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release

 

 


The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is partnering with the National Rifle Association to offer an online hunter education course to Oklahomans. The course replaces the Wildlife Department's previously offered online course.


"This free course from the NRA will allow us to maintain high quality hunter education training at no cost to the Wildlife Department or our hunters,” said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Wildlife Department.


The free hunter education course is available online on the Wildlife Department's website at www.wildlifedepartment.com/education

 

 The same webpage also provides a schedule of classroom-taught hunter education courses led by certified instructors at locations across the state.


Hunter education topics include firearms safety, wildlife conservation and identification, safe archery and more. The classes help people become safe, legal and ethical hunters. The course is required for most hunters ages 10-30 who wish to hunt without a mentor present.


"We've always tried to make classes convenient for our hunters," Meek said. “The online class is great because it allows students to take the course at their own pace, even over the course of several days.”


The online course also offers young students the benefit of involving parents in learning about safe hunting. "I love the idea of the kids sitting down with their parents to work through the hunter safety curriculum," Meek said.

 

"Parents or mentors are a critical part of the process of becoming a hunter."


On the other hand, Meek said the in-class courses held throughout the state are a great opportunity to learn about hunting from a certified instructor in a structured setting.


Any Oklahoma resident 10 or older may complete the online course and print a hunter education certification card upon completion of the online final exam.

 

Youths 9 and younger may take the course for knowledge but are not eligible for certification; instead, these youths may buy an apprentice-designated hunting license.

 

Apprentice-designated licenses also may be used by anyone 30 or younger.

 

Hunter education certification is not required for anyone 31 or older in Oklahoma.

 

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Southeast

Arbuckle: September 29. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 74. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures, grubs and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass good on grubs and crankbaits off points. White bass are up creeks. Crappie slow off docks. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: September 28. Elevation below normal, water 84. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, points and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and worms along channels, creek channels and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: September 28. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie excellent on minnows in coves, along dam and main lake. Striped bass and blue catfish good on cut bait, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam and along the dam. Spotted bass fair on grasshoppers, small lures and worms in the main lake, along riprap, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: September 28. Elevation above normal, water 79 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 fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Outflow from Hugo dam and back up of Red River into Kiamichi River have increased water levels and lowered water temperature for fishing below the dam. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: September 27. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, plastic baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points, river channel 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, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: September 28. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout fair on caddis flies, PowerBait, small lures and tube jigs along creek channels and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: September 28. Elevation above normal, water 80. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, flukes, jerk baits and spinnerbaits along creek channels, points and rocks. Channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, dough bait and stinkbait along creek channels and river mouth. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: September 28. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, rogues and topwater lures along channels and points. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, punch bait and stinkbait in coves, along creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: September 28. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, points and riprap. Blue, channel and flathead catfish goo don chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait and sunfish along channels, creek channels, flats, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: September 27. Elevation above normal, water 76. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, flathead and channel catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: September 30. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Crappie fair on jigs, live bait and minnows around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish good on punch bait along channels, creek channels and river mouth. Striped bass good on live bait and live shad along creek channels, flats and main lake. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: September 28. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, points and shorelines. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, flats and main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.


A free youth fishing derby that will be coming to the area on October 6, 2018.

 


The event is hosted in conjunction with the FLW fishing tournament that will be taking place on Ft. Gibson.

 


For further information contact Jimmy Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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Arbuckle: September 2. Elevation normal, water 83 and slightly stained. Largemouth bass fair on worms, crankbaits and topwater lures near the dam early morning. Smallmouth bass fair on topwater lures and crankbaits off points. Crappie good off docks and brush piles. White bass good on flats up creeks half way. Channel catfish fair to good on cut bait and stinkbait. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: August 31. Elevation below normal, water 86. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: August 29. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in coves, main lake and under bridges. Blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, shad, stinkbait and worms below the dam, along the dam and main lake. Striped bass good on live bait and live shad below the dam and along the dam. Report submit ed by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: August 31. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, along channels, main lake and river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: August 30. Elevation normal, water 95 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points, river mouth and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake, riprap and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: September 5. Stocked approximately 4,100 rainbow trout on September 4. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

Lower Mountain Fork: August 31. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout fair on small lures and tube jigs along creek channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: August 31. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits in coves, around points and shallows. Crappie, spotted bass and white bass fair on minnows along river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: August 31. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: August 31. Elevation normal, water murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, live bait, live shad, punch bait and stinkbait along channels, creek channels, inlet and river mouth. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, flukes, jerk baits and worms in coves, along creek channels and points. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: August 30. Elevation normal, water 79. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits, sassy shad, spinnerbaits, topwater lures and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along flats, channels, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: August 31. Elevation below normal, water 86 and clear. Striped bass good on Alabama rigs, live shad and topwater lures below the dam, in the main lake and along tailwater. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, docks and riprap. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, live bait and live shad below the dam and along channels. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: August 31. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels and points. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and stinkbait along channels and main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

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Arbuckle: August 25. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on buzz baits and chug baits early morning and on crankbaits and shakey head worms later in the day. White bass being caught on grubs and rattletraps on flats on surface during evening hours. Crappie good on brush piles and docks. Channel catfish good on brush pile, docks and baited holes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: August 24. Elevation below normal, water 87. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits along creek channels, points, river mouth and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, punch bait, stinkbait, sunfish and worms along channels, in coves, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: August 24. Elevation normal, water murky. Striped bass fair on cut bait, shad, small lures and topwater lures below the dam and along the dam. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait and worms below the dam, along the dam, discharge, main lake, river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, in coves, shallows and under bridges. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: August 24. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, in the main lake and along river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: August 23. Elevation normal, water 94 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points, river channel 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, along creek channels, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: August 24. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout fair on PowerBait, small lures and tube jigs along channels, dam and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: August 24. Elevation normal, water 84. Largemouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, flukes and spinnerbaits around brush structure, creek channels and points. Channel and flathead catfish slow on chicken liver, goldfish and sunfish along creek channels and river channels. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: August 24. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits, rogues and topwater lures along shallows and standing timber. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait in the main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: August 24. Elevation normal, water murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad, shad and stinkbait along channels, creek channels, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, main lake and rocks. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, flukes, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs along channels, creek channels and river channel. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: August 23. Elevation above normal, water 80. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, points, riprap, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along flats, in the main lake, rocks and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: August 24. Elevation normal, water 88 and semi-clear. Striped bass good on cut bait, live shad, shad and topwater lures in the main lake and river channel. Striper are biting in the main lake on live shad and surface lures. They are surfacing between the railroad bridge and Roosevelt bridge at sunset. Channel and blue catfish good on hot dogs and stinkbait below the dam and around docks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait along channels and main lake. Catfish are biting on jug lines at 40 feet. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: August 24. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels and points. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait, shad and stinkbait along channels and main lake. Crappie good on minnows, jigs and small lures around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release


Run, walk, crawl or fall down the mud hole to the sixth annual Brave the Mud Run. It is set for Saturday, August 18, 8:00 am, at the Leflore County Fairgrounds.


Brave the Mud Run is the only local mud run that benefits the Women’s Crisis Services and the only fundraiser they host each year. The monies raised stay in the community and used at the shelter to purchase things like Christmas and birthday gifts for women and children, new beds and bedding, appliances and everyday necessities. “WCS provides nearly half a million dollars in yearly contract services to assist local victims,” stated Deanna Chancellor, Executive Director of the Women’s Crisis Services. “The community continues to amaze us year after year by either sponsoring or participating in the event,” Chancellor stated.


As always, the mud run will start and end at the Leflore County fairgrounds. Mudders will encounter some favorite obstacles like the Barn Burner and some new ones as well. Every participant earns a custom finisher’s medal. This event is also professionally chip-timed. Awards will be given for overall finishers, age divisions for individuals and teams and the best Alice in Wonderland-themed costumes or group t-shirt.


The race is set up in waves again this year as it was well received from participants last year, Waves will start at 8:00 am for very competitive racers, 8:15 am is for the somewhat competitive, 8:30 am for sort-of competitive, and 8:45 am start time is for the fun lovin’ racers. Race fees are $45 per person individually or $40 per team member for teams of three or more. Registration forms can be found on the Brave the Mud Run Facebook page, The Coffee Cup, or participants can register online at www.runsignup.com/Race/OK/Poteau/BravetheMudRun


Early packet pick-up will be at the Days Inn from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, August 17. If you can’t pick-up early, packet pick-up will begin at 7:00 am on Saturday.


Contact Glenda Wise, 918.839.4785 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Organizers also encourage you to watch their Facebook page, Brave the Mud Run, for information regarding the events.

 

Get ready to follow us down the mud hole and get signed up today!

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Southeast Area lake Report

Arbuckle: August 4. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 81-83. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures early morning and on crankbaits and soft plastic baits. Smallmouth bass good on topwater lures early morning, on spinnerbaits in the wind and on soft plastic baits. Crappie slow on yellow/white slabs slayer baits at 18 ft. off docks and out on the lake. White bass good on grubs up creeks and on roadrunners along flats. Channel catfish good on punch bait, dead minnows and stinkbait. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: August 6. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, rocks and sandbars; bass topwater action is best at dawn and dusk. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver, punch bait, stinkbait and worms around brush structure and deeper pools on the edge of currents. Bluegill, green and redear sunfish good on in-line spinnerbaits, plastic baits and small lures along sandbar and shallows. Approximately 2,000 channel catfish were stocked on July 31. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: August 3. Elevation below normal, water 88. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, points and standing timber. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: August 2. Elevation normal, water murky but slowly clearing. Blue catfish excellent on cut bait, live bait, live shad, shad and worms below the dam, along the dam and river mouth. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges. Largemouth and spotted bass good on grasshoppers, small lures and spinnerbaits in coves, main lake and weed beds. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: August 3. Elevation below normal, water 87 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, along channels, main lake and river channel. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: August 2. Elevation normal, water 96 and clear. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair 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, along creek channels, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: August 3. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout fair on caddis flies, PowerBait and small lures along creek channels and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: August 4. Elevation normal, water 86. Crappie, white bass and spotted bass good on minnows around brush structure, river channel and standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, goldfish and sunfish along creek channels and river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: August 3. Elevation below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures along shallows. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and punch bait in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: August 3. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on flukes, lipless baits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits in coves and creek channels. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, live bait, live shad, stinkbait and sunfish along flats, main lake, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: August 2. Elevation below normal, water 90. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, hair jigs, jerk baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, creek channels, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: August 6. Elevation below normal, water 88 and clear. Striped bass good on live shad and topwater lures along discharge, main lake and points. Crappie fair on hair jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Blue catfish good on cut bait and live shad below the dam, along channels and main lake. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: August 3. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels and points. Blue catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and stinkbait along channels and main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

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Lower Mountain Fork River Trout Stocking Update

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will soon resume routine trout stocking in the Lower Mountain Fork River pending the award of a new three-year contract to a selected trout hatchery vendor. Stockings are expected to resume within three weeks.

Biologists are continuing to collect water profile data at both of the state’s year round trout fisheries, Lower Mountain Fork and the Lower Illinois River. Stream temperatures and low dissolved oxygen often threaten continued stockings especially during summer months. The Wildlife Department will request water releases as necessary to maintain the trout fisheries, but lack of available water and high summer temperatures could curtail trout stockings anytime during the remainder of the summer.

Central

Arcadia: July 20. Elevation above average, water 88 and clearing. White bass slow on crankbaits, in line spinnerbaits, jigs and slabs along the dam and points. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits along points and submerged points and humps. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait, crawfish, live shad, punch bait and worms along river channel and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.


Draper: July 20. Elevation above average, water 87 and stained. Largemouth bass slow on plastics and spinnerbaits along points, shallows and shorelines. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, punch bait and stinkbait along the dam. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Hefner: July 24. Elevation normal, water 84-87 and murky to clear. Channel and blue catfish fair on punch bait and cut bait off the rocks and the dam. White bass fair on lipless baits and sassy shad along shorelines early morning and evenings. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and off the dam. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits along shorelines. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Thunderbird: July 20. Elevation normal, water 89 and stained. White bass and saugeye slow on crankbaits and plastics along points. Largemouth bass slow on plastics and spinnerbaits along points, shallows, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.


Northeast

Bell Cow: July 22. Elevation normal, water 89 and murky. Crappie good on minnows around docks at night. Largemouth bass slow on plastics and spinnerbaits around weed beds. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: July 20. Elevation below average, water 90 and clear. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait, live bait and stinkbait around coves, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Ryan Walker, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: July 23. Elevation below normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and worms along shorelines and crappie dock. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, hot dogs, PowerBait, stinkbait and worms in coves, along shorelines, riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: July 22. Elevation normal, water 89 and murky. Bluegill sunfish fair on small lures and worms around docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Ft. Gibson: July 22. Elevation below average, water 86 and clear. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on live shad and sunfish around flats, main lake and river channels. White bass fair on crankbaits and in line spinnerbaits on flats and main lake. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs at 4-8 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Rick Stafford, Wagoner.

Greenleaf: July 21. Elevation normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbait, jerk bait, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and worms around brush structure, channels, coves, points, shallows, standing timber and weed beds. Crappie fair on grubs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and shad around channels, coves, flats and shallows. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Kaw: July 24. Elevation normal, water 80s and murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on jigs, live shad, minnows, sassy shad, shad and slabs in the main lake. White bass and hybrid striped bass continue to bite well particularly late in the evening and at night off of humps and drop-offs from Sarge Creek to the Ponca Cove hump and south of Osage cove. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish good on grasshoppers, live shad, minnows and shad along flats and river channels. Juglines and drift fishing for blue and channel catfish good in the flats of Coon Creek and Washunga Bay. Report submitted by Tracy Daniel, District 8 Chief. 

Keystone: July 19. Elevation above average, water 87. White bass good on crankbaits and spoons around channels and main lake. Blue catfish fair on cut bait in channels. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois River: July 20. Elevation normal, water 60 and murky. Rainbow trout good on jigs, midges, nymphs, Power Bait and worms below the dam and around rocks and tailwater. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Skiatook: July 21. Elevation below average, water 80s and clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on shad and spoons at 10-20 ft. around main lake. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows at 5-15 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms at the spillway. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Webbers Falls: July 21. Elevation normal, water 88 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbait, jerk bait, plastics, spinnerbaits and worms around brush structure, channels, coves, points, shallows, standing timber and weed beds. Crappie fair on grubs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, standing timber and on bottom under bridges with minnows. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and shad around channels, coves, flats, shallows and drifting with shad. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Northwest

Foss: July 23. Elevation 3/4 ft. below normal, water high 70s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair surfacing early mornings and late evenings. Blue catfish good on trotlines baited with cut bait along the north side along tree line around from Cutbearth. Largemouth bass fair near brush piles along the south side. White bass fair drifting live bait. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Fort Supply: July 23. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish slow on cut bait and worms around main lake. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

Southeast

Arbuckle: July 23. Elevation normal, water 89-93 and stained to clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits, topwater lures and shakey-head worms early morning. Smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits on windy days. White bass fair on rattletraps and long Johns long deep along flats. Crappie fair around docks and good on chartreuse/white jigs around brush piles. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: July 18. Elevation normal, water 75 and clear. Spotted, largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, rocks and shorelines. Bluegill and green sunfish excellent on grasshoppers, grubs, small lures and small pieces of trout worms along rocks, sandbar and shallows. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait around brush structure, rocks and deeper pools just off of current. Bass topwater action is best at dawn and dusk. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: July 20. Elevation below average. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and plastics around brush structure, points, river mouth and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and stinkbait along channels and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: July 20. Elevation above average, water murky. Striped bass excellent on jigs, plastics, small lures and topwater lures below the dam. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam, around docks, shallows and below bridges. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: July 20. Elevation below average, water 87 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on cut bait, dough bait, live shad and on shad below the dam, main lake and river channel. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows below the dam, around brush structure, main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Lower Mountain Fork: July 20. Elevation normal, water clear. Rainbow trout fair on caddis flies, small lures and tube jigs below the dam, around the spillway and along channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: July 20. Elevation normal, water 85. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, flukes and plastics along creek channels, points and standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver and goldfish along channels. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: July 20. Elevation below average, water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs and plastics around points and river channel. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure and points. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs and worms around creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, flukes, jigs, lipless baits, plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, coves, creek channels, river channel, river mouth and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and stinkbait around flats, main lake and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: July 18. Elevation below normal, water 85. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, lipless baits, plastic baits, sassy shad, spinnerbaits, topwater lures 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 flats, 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: July 23. Elevation normal, water 88 and clear. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, live shad and shad below the dam, along channels, main lake and river channel. Catfish are feeding mostly at night due to rising temperatures during the day. Striped bass good on live shad, sassy shad and topwater lures below the dam, along flats, main lake and river channel. Striped bass are still biting good on live bait and topwater lures. Areas include Washita point, Colbert Boat Club. Crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs below the dam, around brush structure and docks. Crappie slow under docks and structure target time is after dark. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: July 20. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, coves and points. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, main lake and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Southwest

Altus Lugert: July 23. Elevation dropping, water 82 and clear. Walleye good on bill baits and jerk baits along flats, main lake and rocks. Crappie and white bass good on minnows and jigs around docks. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Ellsworth: July 23. Elevation below normal, water 91. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on juglines baited with cut bait and shad along creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Ft. Cobb: July 23. Elevation below normal, water 90 and clear. Largemouth bass, striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: July 23. Elevation below normal, water 90 and clear. Channel, blue and flathead catfish slow on juglines baited with live shad and stinkbait along creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Waurika: July 21. Elevation Below average, water 86. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, stinkbait and worms around main lake points, riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Largemouth bass fishing this spring was notable in Oklahoma, as anglers hauled in several lunkers in the 13- and 14-pound classes. Those monster fish undoubtedly resulted from previous stocking efforts of Florida largemouth bass (FLMB) to increase the trophy potential in Oklahoma’s bass populations, said Cliff Sager, Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.


The FLMB program is among several fish stocking operations that the Wildlife Department conducts each year, including channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, rainbow and brown trout, walleye, saugeye, striped bass and hybrid sunfish.
The Fisheries Division has stocked more than 15.5 million fry, fingerlings and mature fish into public waters in Oklahoma so far during 2018. Among that total are more than 1.4 million FLMB that have been placed into 39 lakes this year.
Oklahoma's current state-record largemouth bass was caught in Cedar Lake (Le Flore County) in March 2013 and weighed 14 pounds, 13.7 ounces. “Oklahoma is really right on the line of where you can expect Florida bass to be successful,” Sager said. “Lakes in the southern half of Oklahoma have shown much greater success in sustaining Florida bass genetics.”


All of the Florida bass that the Department stocks are spawned at the Durant fish hatchery. Most of the fish are raised there, but some of the fry are distributed to state hatcheries in Byron and Holdenville for growing into fingerlings. The state's fourth hatchery at Medicine Park gets involved by helping to deliver FLMB fry and fingerlings to the various lakes for stocking.


“It truly is a coordinated effort to raise and stock that many fish over a short period of time and speaks to the dedication of the Wildlife Department to improve our fisheries resources,” Sager said.


A committee of biologists selects FLMB stocking sites each year based on many criteria. The committee considers the documented success in trophy bass production, as well as angler pressure. Also, lakes with better habitat for bass are more likely to be stocked than lakes where good bass habitat doesn’t exist. Sager said growing trophy bass in a particular lake “is an eight- to 10-year investment.” Therefore, the Wildlife Department concentrates FLMB efforts on the waters that hold the most promise for producing trophy bass.


Since the first of this year, the Wildlife Department has stocked 3,127,834 fingerlings, 12,395,494 fry and 175,027 mature fish of various species into public waters across Oklahoma.

 

Totals for each species are:
• Walleye, 6,302,780.
• Saugeye, 3,099,164.
• Hybrid Striped Bass, 4,318,454.
• Certified Florida Largemouth Bass, 1,418,466.
• Striped Bass, 360,000.
• Rainbow Trout, 133,072.
• Northern Largemouth Bass, 20,246.
• Brown Trout, 7,012.
• Hybrid Sunfish, 3,670.
• Smallmouth Bass, 2,820.
• Threadfin Shad, 2,600.

 

The Department’s Florida Largemouth Bass stocking program was the focus of a yearlong series of feature articles in "Outdoor Oklahoma" magazine and for a TV episode of “Outdoor Oklahoma.” Titled "Making Monsters!" this feature series detailed how the Florida bass stocking program works from beginning to end, and explains how this effort is helping to produce state-record trophy bass for the anglers of Oklahoma. 

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