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Fishing Report: February 28, 2024 Featured

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It's officially National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Did you know that invasive species and their impacts cost North America over $26 billion per year? Invasive species oftentimes grow quickly because they have little to no natural predators and are aided by human spread. In the United States, there are currently 250 non-native aquatic species from other continents and 450 non-native aquatic species from North America that have been moved outside their native ranges. Outdoor enthusiasts can protect native wildlife and their habitats by following practices like cleaning, draining, and drying watercraft. The ODWC also asks anglers to refrain from releasing or transporting live bait, especially shad, which look similar to juvenile invasive carp species. Finally, we'd like to share a reminder that unwanted aquarium pets should NEVER be released into Oklahoma's waterways. It's officially National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Did you know that invasive species and their impacts cost North America over $26 billion per year? Invasive species oftentimes grow quickly because they have little to no natural predators and are aided by human spread. In the United States, there are currently 250 non-native aquatic species from other continents and 450 non-native aquatic species from North America that have been moved outside their native ranges. Outdoor enthusiasts can protect native wildlife and their habitats by following practices like cleaning, draining, and drying watercraft. The ODWC also asks anglers to refrain from releasing or transporting live bait, especially shad, which look similar to juvenile invasive carp species. Finally, we'd like to share a reminder that unwanted aquarium pets should NEVER be released into Oklahoma's waterways. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

NORTHEAST

Fort Gibson: February 25. Elevation is normal and falling, water temperature 48°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, spoons, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, and main lake. Blue catfish good on cut bait, shad around channels, main lake, and points. Paddlefish good snagging below the dam and main lake. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: February 20. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) White bass fair on hair jigs, jigs, and small lures below the dam, river channel, and sandbar. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, spoons, and tube jigs. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and shad around main lake and river channel. Report submitted by C. Newkirk, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: February 25. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 48°F and clear. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jerk baits, and plastic baits around brush structure, docks, points, shorelines, and weed beds. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and slabs around brush structure and docks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad around docks, flats, and main lake. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Kaw :February 26. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 52°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, hair jigs, lipless baits, live bait, minnows, sassy shad, and tube jigs below the dam, creek channels, and river channel. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, goldfish, live bait, live shad, shad, sunfish, and worms below the dam, main lake, river channel, and river mouth. Paddlefish good snagging below the dam, main lake, and river channel. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: February 25. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on jerk baits, jigs, and lipless baits around brush structure, riprap, river mouth, and weed beds. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, creek channels, and docks. White bass slow on in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, small lures, and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Bailey Johnson, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: February 23. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 45°F and clear. Rainbow trout good on caddis flies, in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, and PowerBait below the dam. Comments: Best areas are below the dam and at the Watts area. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: February 25. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 49°F and clear. White bass fair on shad and worms below the dam. Crappie fair on hair jigs and jigs around brush structure and main lake. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs and crankbaits around rocks and standing timber. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Perry CCC: February 26. Elevation is normal and falling, water temperature 49°F and stained. Rainbow trout good on dough bait, in-line spinnerbaits, PowerBait, and spoons around coves, dam, and flats. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: February 26. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 48°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, and points. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, and main lake. White bass fair on Alabama rigs, jigs, and small lures around channels and flats. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: February 25. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 48°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped and white bass fair on Alabama rigs, jigs, plastic baits, and sassy shad below the dam, river channel, and river mouth. Blue catfish good on cut bait, shad, and sunfish around flats, main lake, points, river channel, and tailwater. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, coves, points, and shallows. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Foss: February 26. Elevation is 0.5 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 49°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Walleye good on jigs and worms around dam and main lake. Striped bass hybrids good in deep water. Crappie fair at 40 ft. deep. Catfish fair on stinkbait or cut bait. Report submitted by Clint Carpenter, game warden stationed in Custer County.

SOUTHEAST

Blue River: February 26. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 58°F and clear. (USGS Lake Level) Rainbow trout good on caddis flies, in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, small lures, spoons, and worms around brush structure, creek channels, river channel, and rocks. Comments: The early morning bite has been producing a lot more fish than any other part of the day. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: February 25. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes, and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, points, and river mouth. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, points, and standing timber. Walleye good on grubs and rogues around points, river channel, and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: February 23. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 44°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jerk baits, jigs, plastic baits, and topwater lures around channels, points, riprap, and rocks. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait, and live shad around river channel and river mouth. Crappie excellent on crankbaits, hair jigs, minnows, and spoons around docks, main lake, points, and riprap. Report submitted by Jake Rowland, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: February 23. Elevation is 3 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 49°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, punch bait, shad, stinkbait, and sunfish below the dam, brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines, and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam, brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel, and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: February 25. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 51°F and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, and plastic baits around main lake, points, river channel, and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rigs and crankbaits around coves, discharge, main lake, and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and cut bait around coves, inlet, riprap, and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: February 23. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 52°F and clear. Rainbow trout good on PowerBait, tube jigs, and worms around creek channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: February 23. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 48°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) White bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, and small lures around main lake, points, and rocks. Channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, live bait, live shad, shrimp, stinkbait, and worms around main lake, points, riprap, and rocks. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, plastic baits, and sassy shad around brush structure, points, sandbar, shorelines, and standing timber. Report submitted by Shay Loudermilk, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: February 23. Elevation is 5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 54°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on spoons around coves and creek channels. Crappie good on spoons around standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and cut bait around main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: February 23. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, minnows, and plastic baits around brush structure, channels, coves, and weed beds. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, dough bait, hot dogs, minnows, shad, shrimp, sunfish, and worms below the dam, coves, main lake, points, and river mouth. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows below the dam, brush structure, channels, creek channels, main lake, and points. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: February 23. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, lipless baits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, points, and shorelines. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, shad, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms around brush structure, channels, main lake, and points. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, points, and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: February 25. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 56°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass fair on plastic baits and sassy shad around channels and points. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, hot dogs, punch bait, and stinkbait around channels, docks, points, and river mouth. Crappie fair on caddis flies, hair jigs, jigs, minnows, and nymphs around brush structure, coves, docks, points, and standing timber. Comments: Fishing this week has been okay. Striper are being caught trolling sassy shad, Alabama rigs, and thunder sticks in 18-25 ft. of water. Catfish are being caught on juglines with live bait. Crappie are biting on jigs near brush piles around docks. Report submitted by Garrett Beam, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: February 23. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 52°F and stained. (USACE Current Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on jigs, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, creek channels, and main lake. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, hot dogs, and shad around main lake and river channel. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure, main lake, river channel, and tailwater. Report submitted by James Williams, game warden stationed in Le Flore County.

SOUTHWEST

Waurika: February 25. Elevation is 4 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 65°F and murky. Striped bass hybrids, white bass, and saugeye fair on crankbaits, jigs, lipless baits, minnows, plastic baits, and small lures around docks, main lake, points, and rocks. Largemouth bass and crappie fair on crankbaits, hair jigs, jigs, lipless baits, minnows, PowerBait, and small lures around brush structure, docks, main lake, and points. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, minnows, stinkbait, and worms around creek channels, main lake, rocks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Tucker Clem, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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