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What's an otolith??? A fish's age is a valuable tool for proper population management. The way ODWC Fisheries staff estimate age is through the counting of rings found on an inner bone called an otolith. Much like the rings on trees, these rings present themselves as ringed layers, made up of calcium. Fish have periods of fast (spring) and slow (winter) growth. ? These are depicted as bright white rings for slow growth (or annuli AKA "birthdays") and cloudy broad spaces for fast growth. Once collected biologists use microscopes to count these rings and estimate the age of the fish. This coupled with length and weight gives us valuable information about fish growth, spawning success, and overall population health. What's an otolith??? A fish's age is a valuable tool for proper population management. The way ODWC Fisheries staff estimate age is through the counting of rings found on an inner bone called an otolith. Much like the rings on trees, these rings present themselves as ringed layers, made up of calcium. Fish have periods of fast (spring) and slow (winter) growth. ? These are depicted as bright white rings for slow growth (or annuli AKA "birthdays") and cloudy broad spaces for fast growth. Once collected biologists use microscopes to count these rings and estimate the age of the fish. This coupled with length and weight gives us valuable information about fish growth, spawning success, and overall population health. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

CENTRAL

Arcadia: June 27. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal, water temperature 83°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Bluegill sunfish good on worms around docks and riprap. Blue catfish and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, punch bait around dam and shallows. Largemouth bass slow on in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, lipless baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, riprap and rocks. Report submitted by Dylan King, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 80°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on buzz baits and plastic baits around shorelines. Blue catfish, channel catfish, bluegill sunfish and green sunfish excellent on grass hoppers, punch bait and worms around dam and shorelines. Striped bass hybrids and saugeye good on in-line spinnerbaits and worms around main lake. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Overholser: June 27. Elevation is normal, water temperature 82°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Bluegill sunfish good on crickets and worms around docks, riprap and shallows. Channel catfish good on punch bait around riprap and shallows. White bass slow on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits and jigs around docks and points. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Canadian County.

Stanley Draper: June 26. Elevation is 6.5 ft. below normal and falling, water temperature 82°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Blue catfish and channel catfish slow on cut bait and stinkbait around points and riprap. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, points, shallows and standing timber. White bass fair on plastic baits and small lures around inlet, main lake and points. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Thunderbird: June 27. Elevation is normal and falling, water temperature 84°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Bluegill sunfish good on worms around docks and shallows. White bass good on crankbaits and jigs around main lake and points. Blue catfish and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, punch bait and worms around dam and shallows. Report submitted by Zach Paulk, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: June 27. Elevation is normal, water temperature 83°F and clear. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits around brush structure and points. White bass slow on sassy shad around main lake. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, punch bait and worms around riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 80°F and murky. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, dam, shallows and standing timber. Black crappie and white crappie fair on minnows around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish good on sunfish, worms around brush structure and shallows. Report submitted by Jacob Harriet, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 80°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Black crappie and white crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure. Blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad around channels. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: June 27. Elevation is normal, water temperature 83°F and clear. Saugeye good on crankbaits and jigs around main lake. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits around main lake, points and riprap. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: June 28. Elevation is normal, water temperature 82°F and murky. Largemouth bass slow on buzz baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure and the dam. Channel catfish fair on worms around shorelines. Report submitted by Jacob Harriet, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 70°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits and plastic baits around brush structure, points, shorelines and standing timber. Black crappie and white crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels and shorelines. Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, goldfish, live bait, live shad and worms around riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Lt. Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: June 27. Elevation is normal, water temperature 81°F and clear. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on Alabama rig, crankbaits, jerk baits and topwater lures around brush structure, docks, points, riprap and shallows. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, hot dogs, shrimp, stinkbait and worms around channels, coves, docks, flats and main lake. Black crappie and white crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows and PowerBait around brush structure, coves, docks, points and riprap. Report submitted by Zane Arnold, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Fort Gibson: June 26. Elevation is 1.5 ft. above normal, water temperature 78°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on plastic baits around brush structure and shorelines. Black crappie and white crappie good on jigs and small lures around brush structure. Flathead catfish fair on other around rocks. Report submitted by Ben Haff, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: June 27. Elevation is normal, water temperature 80°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure, docks, rocks and shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait and live shad around below the dam, docks, main lake and shorelines. White crappie good on jigs, minnows and PowerBait around below the dam, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: June 26. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal, water temperature 79°F and stained. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, minnows, plastic baits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures and worms around brush structure, coves, docks, shallows and shorelines. Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, minnows, shad and worms around coves, points, shallows and shorelines. Black crappie and white crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows and worms around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: June 26. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal, water temperature 80°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure. White crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad below the dam and river channel. Report submitted by Monte Reid, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: June 26. Elevation is 0.5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 70°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, coves, points and shorelines. Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish slow on chicken liver, hot dogs, live bait, live shad, punch bait and worms below the dam, channels, main lake, riprap and shorelines. Black crappie and white crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows, PowerBait and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Lt. Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: June 28. Elevation is 5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 85°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish excellent on crawfish, cut bait, goldfish, hot dogs, live bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait, sunfish and worms around flats, riprap, river mouth, rocks, shallows and shorelines. Striped bass, striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, lipless baits, minnows, sassy shad, shad and spoons around below the dam, main lake, points and riprap. Black crappie and white crappie good on grubs, hair jigs, jigs, live bait, minnows and tube jigs below the dam, brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: June 26. Elevation is 5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 83°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass excellent on Alabama rigs, bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, jigs, lipless baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, docks, riprap, rocks, shallows, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Black crappie and white crappie fair on minnows around brush structure, creek channels, docks, points and riprap. Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, minnows and punch bait below the dam, brush structure, channels, coves, creek channels, dam, docks, main lake, points, riprap and river channel. Report submitted by Bailey Johnson, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: June 24. Elevation is 10 ft. above normal, water temperature 62°F and stained. Rainbow trout fair on caddis flies, in-line spinnerbaits, PowerBait and worms below the dam. Comments: Water is still being released around the clock from the dam. Currently 4000 cfs. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: June 27. Elevation is 6 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 75°F and stained. Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on hot dogs and live shad below the dam. Largemouth bass good on jigs and plastic baits around brush structure and shallows. White bass good on crankbaits around flats and main lake. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: June 26. Elevation is normal and falling, water temperature 85°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on live bait, live shad, shad, spoons at 25-35 ft. around main lake. Blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut bait, live bait, live shad and shad around main lake. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Spavinaw: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 77°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits around main lake. Black crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad around flats and main lake. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Sooner: June 27. Elevation is 2 ft. below normal, water temperature 80°F and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits around brush structure, main lake and rocks. Striped bass hybrids good on live shad around main lake. Saugeye fair on crankbaits, jigs and live shad around discharge and main lake. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: June 24. Elevation is 7 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 83°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass and spotted bass good on Alabama rig, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, creek channels, docks, points and shorelines. White bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, small lures and tube jigs around channels, flats and river channel. Black crappie fair on jigs, minnows and small lures around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: June 26. Elevation is 2.5 ft. above normal, water temperature 80°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on goldfish, nymphs, shad and worms below the dam, coves, flats, shallows and shorelines. Striped bass and white bass slow on flukes, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbaits, minnows, sassy shad and shad below the dam, river channel, shorelines and tailwater. Black crappie and white crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows, small lures and worms around brush structure, shallows, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 85°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Channel catfish fair on stinkbait and worms around dam and rocks. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Fort Supply: June 27. Elevation is normal, water temperature 80°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Channel catfish slow on cut bait, dough bait, punch bait and shrimp around flats, main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Jason Badley, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Foss: June 27. Elevation is 2/43 ft. below normal with gates closed, water temperature 78°F and clear. Striped bass hybrids good on topwater lures while surfacing. Catfish good on cut bait along the north side of the lake. Walleye good on live bait. Crappie good around docks. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

SOUTHEAST

Blue River: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 81°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass good on crankbaits, grubs and topwater lures around brush structure, rocks, shallows and shorelines. Channel catfish good on punch bait, stinkbait and worms around channels, creek channels and rocks. Bluegill sunfish, green sunfish and redear sunfish good on crickets, in-line spinnerbaits and worms around brush structure, rocks, shallows and shorelines. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: June 24. Elevation is normal, water temperature 87°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs and plastic baits around brush structure and points. White crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: June 24. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 81°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, lipless baits and plastic baits around brush structure, points and weed beds. Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish good on crawfish, cut bait, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam, channels and river channel. Black crappie and white crappie good on hair jigs, minnows, small lures and spoons around below the dam, creek channels, rocks and shallows. Report submitted by Jake Rowland, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: June 24. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal, water temperature 78°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, punch bait, shad, stinkbait and sunfish below the dam, channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines and standing timber. White 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: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 86°F and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and topwater lures around main lake, points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, live shad and spoons around coves, inlet and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and shad around inlet, riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: June 24. Elevation is normal, water temperature 62°F and clear. Rainbow trout excellent on caddis flies, PowerBait, small lures, tube jigs and worms below the dam, creek channels, river channel and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: June 24. Elevation is normal, water temperature 82°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass and spotted bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits around flats and points. White crappie fair on minnows around creek channels and standing timber. Comments: Black bass being caught on C-rigs and drop shots on deep water structure. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: June 27. Elevation is normal, water temperature 80°F and clear. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass slow on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure, main lake and points. White bass and white crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and main lake. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: June 24. Elevation is .5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 78°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, topwater lures and worms around coves, creek channels and points. Black crappie and white crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Channel catfish good on punch bait, stinkbait and worms around creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: June 24. Elevation is normal, water temperature 74°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass and spotted bass good on buzz baits, minnows, small lures, spinnerbaits, spoons and topwater lures around brush structure, coves, points, rocks, standing timber and weed beds. Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, dough bait, goldfish, grass hoppers, hot dogs, minnows, punch bait, shad, shrimp, stinkbait and sunfish below the dam, main lake, river channel, river mouth and tailwater. Bluegill sunfish, green sunfish and redear sunfish good on grubs, small lures, worms around brush structure, coves, docks and rocks. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: June 24. Elevation is normal, water temperature 78°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits around channels, coves, creek channels and rocks. Blue catfish and channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait around main lake and river channel. White crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Eric Barnes, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: June 25. Elevation is 4 ft. above normal, water temperature 88°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass good on Alabama rigs, live shad and topwater lures around dam, main lake, points and river channel. Black crappie and white crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, docks and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live shad and punch bait below the dam, docks and river channel. Comments: Fishing this week has been good. Striper have been biting on live shad and slabs and topwater near the dam. Blue cats are biting good on live shad and punch bait. Crappie biting good near brush piles and docks. Report submitted by Garrett Beam, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: June 24. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 79°F and stained. (USACE Current Lake Level) Largemouth bass and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, channels, coves, points and shorelines. Blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, stinkbait, sunfish and worms below the dam, brush structure, channels, main lake, points and standing timber. Black crappie and white crappie good on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in Le Flore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: June 26. Elevation is 25 ft. below normal, water temperature 74°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) White bass and walleye fair on bill baits, crankbaits and jigs around dam, main lake and rocks. Channel catfish good on punch bait, stinkbait and worms around main lake and rocks. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Ellsworth: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 89°F and murky. (USGS Lake Level) Blue catfish and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, dough bait and shad around coves, main lake and points. Black crappie and white crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, rocks and standing timber. Saugeye fair on crankbaits, sassy shad and small lures around points, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Fort Cobb: June 27. Elevation is normal, water temperature 82°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Blue catfish fair on cut bait and hot dogs around main lake. Report submitted by Justin Cornett, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: June 26. Elevation is normal, water temperature 88°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Black crappie and white crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Saugeye fair on sassy shad, small lures and spoons around flats, points and shorelines. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: June 26. Elevation is 3 ft. below normal, water temperature 75°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue catfish and channel catfish fair on punch bait, stinkbait and worms around creek channels, points, rocks and shorelines. Striped bass hybrids, white bass and saugeye fair on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs and minnows around main lake, points and rocks. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Waurika: June 27. Elevation is normal and falling, water temperature 78°F and murky. Blue catfish and channel catfish good on cut bait and punch bait around main lake and shorelines. Black crappie and white crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs around docks and rocks. Saugeye and walleye slow on crankbaits around dam and riprap. Report submitted by Matt Farris, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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