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If you're out boating somewhere like McGee Creek Reservoir you may notice these strange jelly-like balls hanging from submerged tree limbs. These are Bryozoans, and they'll likely show up in large numbers this summer. Don’t be alarmed these microorganisms are native and are of no danger to you or wildlife. In fact, they are an indicator of good environmental quality and clear water! Individuals called "zooids" continually clone themselves until they create a large mass where they filter tiny particles out of the water for food. What makes them look and feel like jelly? Well, that is a soft shell made of a substance called chitin that can harden when dried up to preserve the organism until rehydrated. These animals are an important part of the ecosystem because they help clean the water and serve as prey for mussels, snails, and even small fish. They often spread through water connectivity or even by passing through the intestinal tract of fish or birds! If you're out boating somewhere like McGee Creek Reservoir you may notice these strange jelly-like balls hanging from submerged tree limbs. These are Bryozoans, and they'll likely show up in large numbers this summer. Don’t be alarmed these microorganisms are native and are of no danger to you or wildlife. In fact, they are an indicator of good environmental quality and clear water! Individuals called "zooids" continually clone themselves until they create a large mass where they filter tiny particles out of the water for food. What makes them look and feel like jelly? Well, that is a soft shell made of a substance called chitin that can harden when dried up to preserve the organism until rehydrated. These animals are an important part of the ecosystem because they help clean the water and serve as prey for mussels, snails, and even small fish. They often spread through water connectivity or even by passing through the intestinal tract of fish or birds! Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

CENTRAL

Arcadia: March 11. Elevation is 0.5 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 51°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and flathead catfish slow on cut bait, dough bait, and hotdogs around coves and points. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, coves, and docks. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits, lipless baits, and spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dalton Buley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: March 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 51°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. White bass slow on crankbaits and plastic baits around channels, riprap, and spillway. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Overholser: March 12. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 52°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and riprap. White bass good on in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, and sassy shad around docks, points, and riprap. Striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits, flukes, and grubs around shallows and shorelines. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Canadian County.

Stanley Draper: March 11. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and falling, water temperature 50.5°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad around main lake. White bass good on jigs and sassy shad around inlet and main lake. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Thunderbird: March 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 52°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and riprap. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad around main lake. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits around brush structure. Report submitted by Zach Paulk, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: March 11. Elevation is 2 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 51°F and clear. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, and shorelines. White bass slow on sassy shad and small lures around creek channels. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows around creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 53°F and stained. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, lipless baits, and spinnerbaits around coves, creek channels, and points. Channel catfish fair on cut bait, hot dogs, and punch bait around channels and coves. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, coves, and docks. Report submitted by Dalton Buley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Birch: March 10. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 55°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jigs, and plastic baits around coves and points. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: March 12. Elevation is 4 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 66°F and murky. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure, dam, docks, and rocks. Saugeye good on jigs around dam, points, riprap, and rocks. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad around flats. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 53°F and stained. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, lipless baits, and spinnerbaits around coves, creek channels, and points. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, coves, and docks. Channel catfish slow on cut bait and punch bait. Report submitted by Dalton Buley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Copan: March 11. Elevation is 3 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 54°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish fair on crawfish, live bait, live shad, and shad around main lake and river channel. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Lt. Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and clear. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, docks, and shorelines. Channel catfish fair on hot dogs, shad, and shrimp below the dam, docks, and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows below the dam, brush structure, and docks. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Fort Gibson: March 10. Elevation is 1.5 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 55°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, spoons, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, and main lake. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jerk baits, lipless baits, and minnows around coves, docks, and rocks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad around channels, main lake, and points. Comments: Crappie can be hit or miss right now. Fish are still holding around 14-16 ft., but they are moving closer to the shoreline. White bass seem to be pre-staging for their spawning run in the main lake. White bass and hybrids are being caught well at times below the dam on bucktail jigs. Black bass are picking up with a lot of fish being caught on jerk baits right now near structure and drop-offs. Paddlefish snagging is slow below the dam but some fish are being caught in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 55°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, spoons, and tube jigs around brush structure, coves, and docks. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and shad around channels, main lake, and river channel. Paddlefish fair snagging around main lake and river channel. Report submitted by C. Newkirk, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: March 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 55°F and clear. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jerk baits, lipless baits, and plastic baits around brush structure, main lake, points, and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs, minnows, and slabs around brush structure, docks, and main lake. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad, and sunfish around docks, main lake, and points. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: March 10. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) White bass good on jigs and sassy shad below the dam. Largemouth bass fair on jigs, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure and coves. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad around main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Monte Reid, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: March 11. Elevation is .5 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 54°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish fair on live bait, live shad, nymphs, and shad around channels, main lake, and river channel. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure and creek channels. Report submitted by Lt. Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 58°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids, white bass, and walleye fair on jerk baits, jigs, live bait, minnows, sassy shad, and tube jigs around creek channels, riprap, and river channel. Paddlefish good snagging below the dam and river channel. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, small lures, and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, and standing timber. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: March 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 53°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on jerk baits, jigs, lipless baits, and plastic baits around brush structure, riprap, and weed beds. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, hot dogs, punch bait, and stinkbait around creek channels, riprap, river channel, and river mouth. Report submitted by Bailey Johnson, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: March 9. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 47°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.

Perry CCC: March 11. Elevation is normal and falling, water temperature 55°F and stained. Rainbow trout good on dough bait, in-line spinnerbaits, jerk baits, and PowerBait around coves, dam, and flats. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Skiatook: March 10. Elevation is 8 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 53°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jerk baits, and spinnerbaits around points and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Comments: Crappie are being caught in 5-15 ft. of water. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 56°F and clear. Striped bass Hybrid slow on jigs, live shad, and plastic baits around discharge and main lake. Crappie slow on jigs, live shad, and minnows around riprap and standing timber. Largemouth bass slow on jerk baits and plastic baits around brush structure and rocks. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: March 9. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs and jerk baits around main lake and points. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. White bass slow on crankbaits and jigs around creek channels. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Tenkiller: March 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 54°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, and main lake. White bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, and in-line spinnerbaits around channels, main lake, and river channel. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, and plastic baits around brush structure, channels, and docks. Comments: Anglers are finding some success with the white bass by trolling the upper lake in the river channel. Crappie fishing success changes from day to day. They are not on the banks yet but should be shortly. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: March 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 55°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on lipless baits, plastic baits, sassy shad, slabs, and small lures below the dam, creek channels, and tailwater. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam, points, and river channel. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, slabs, and small lures around brush structure and shallows. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: March 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 55°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) White bass, crappie, and walleye fair on jigs and small lures around dam and spillway. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Fort Supply: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 45°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) White bass slow on crankbaits, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbaits, and plastic baits around inlet, main lake, and rocks. Walleye slow on small lures and tube jigs below the dam, discharge, main lake, and rocks. Report submitted by Jason Badley, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Foss: March 11. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 51°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on crankbaits and jigs. Walleye fair on crankbaits and paddle tail jigs off rocks and main lake. Channel catfish fair on cut bait, stinkbait, and worms around points and main lake. Crappie fair on jigs at 30-40 ft. deep. Report submitted by Clint Carpenter, game warden stationed in Custer County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: March 12. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 54°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on jigs and plastic baits around points. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait and punch bait around creek channels. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows around brush structure, main lake, and points. Report submitted by Casey, game warden stationed in Murray County.

Blue River: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 63°F and clear. (USGS Lake Level) Rainbow trout excellent on caddis flies, in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, PowerBait, small lures, spoons, and worms around brush structure, creek channels, river channel, and rocks. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: March 8. Elevation is 2 ft. below normal and falling, water temperature 55°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, flukes, and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, flats, points, and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs and jigs around brush structure, flats, points, shallows, shorelines, and standing timber. White bass good on grubs and in-line spinnerbaits around creek channels, river channel, and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: March 8. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, lipless baits, and plastic baits around channels, main lake, points, and riprap. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on cut bait, live bait, live shad, shad, and stinkbait around channels, creek channels, river channel, river mouth, and shallows. Crappie excellent on hair jigs, minnows, and spoons around brush structure, channels, docks, riprap, and rocks. Report submitted by Jake Rowland, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: March 8. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 51°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) White bass good on jigs, minnows, and small lures below the dam, channels, creek channels, and river channel. 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, creek channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines, and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam, brush structure, channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines, and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: March 9. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 52°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 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: March 8. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and clear. Rainbow trout good on PowerBait around spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: March 8. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 49°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) White bass good on in-line spinnerbaits, small lures, and spinnerbaits around coves, creek channels, points, and river mouth. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, in-line spinnerbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits, and sassy shad around brush structure, docks, flats, shorelines, and standing timber. Crappie good on minnows, small lures, and tube jigs around brush structure, rocks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Shay Loudermilk, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: March 12. Elevation is 4 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 53°F and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on bill baits around flats, inlet, points, and riprap. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: March 8. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 56°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and spoons around coves and points. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around standing timber. Channel catfish good on cut bait and worms around main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: March 8. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 55°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, minnows, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, points, and rocks. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, minnows, shad, sunfish, and worms below the dam, main lake, river channel, and river mouth. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, channels, points, rocks, and weed beds. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: March 8. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 54°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, lipless baits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, points, and shorelines. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms around brush structure, channels, main lake, points, and standing timber. 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: March 10. Elevation is .5 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 59°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass fair on flukes, live shad, and sassy shad around channels, coves, main lake, and points. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, hot dogs, live shad, and punch bait around channels, coves, docks, points, river channel, and river mouth. Crappie fair on caddis flies, grubs, hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, coves, docks, points, and standing timber. Comments: Fishing this week has been better. Striper are biting on live shad and trolling. They have been caught near ledges and channels. Catfish are being caught near river channels on cut bait. Crappie are starting to bite on jigs and minnows near brush piles and docks. Report submitted by Garrett Beam, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: March 8. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 56°F and stained. (USACE Current Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, coves, creek channels, and main lake. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, hot dogs, and shad around main lake. White bass good on grubs and lipless baits around river channel. Report submitted by James Williams, game warden stationed in Le Flore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: March 10. Elevation is 17 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Comments: All fishing is slow Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Ellsworth: March 10. Elevation is 2.5 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 53°F and murky. ( USGS Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad around flats and points. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Fort Cobb: March 11. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 55°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids fair on flukes and jigs around coves. Report submitted by Justin Cornett, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: March 10. Elevation is 2 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 53°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. Comments: Crappie fair at the dam on minnows. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom SteedMarch 11. Elevation is 6 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 50°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait around brush structure and flats. White bass and saugeye slow on crankbaits and jigs around main lake, points, and rocks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: March 10. Elevation is 3 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 67°F and murky. Largemouth bass and crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, lipless baits, minnows, plastic baits, PowerBait, small lures, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, main lake, rocks, and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids, white bass, and saugeye fair on crankbaits, hair jigs, jigs, lipless baits, minnows, plastic baits, PowerBait, small lures, and tube jigs around docks, main lake, points, rocks, and weed beds. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, stinkbait, and worms around creek channels, docks, main lake, rocks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Tucker Clem, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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