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Fishing Report: May 15, 2024 Featured

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Lake Eucha was stocked with about 2,000 one-year-old Florida largemouth bass recently. These fish were raised at the Durant State Fish Hatchery and are part of an ongoing project. The project's goal is to determine if Florida genetics have the same growth potential in more northern lakes. These lakes have a shorter growing season and colder climate, making it difficult for fingerlings/fry to survive to reproductive age. Biologists have learned stocking one-year-old fish is more effective in lakes north of I-40. Fisheries staff are still working to see if these genes can quickly grow to larger sizes this far north. Lake Eucha was stocked with about 2,000 one-year-old Florida largemouth bass recently. These fish were raised at the Durant State Fish Hatchery and are part of an ongoing project. The project's goal is to determine if Florida genetics have the same growth potential in more northern lakes. These lakes have a shorter growing season and colder climate, making it difficult for fingerlings/fry to survive to reproductive age. Biologists have learned stocking one-year-old fish is more effective in lakes north of I-40. Fisheries staff are still working to see if these genes can quickly grow to larger sizes this far north. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

CENTRAL

Arcadia: May 13. Elevation is 0.5 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 68°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits around channels, coves, and points. Channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, and punch bait around coves, flats, and points. 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.

Hefner: May 11. Elevation is 7 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 69°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass and white bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, and in-line spinnerbaits around brush structure, main lake, and shorelines. Crappie and green sunfish fair on jigs, minnows, and worms around docks, inlet, and rocks. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, punch bait, and worms around docks, rocks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Overholser: May 14. Elevation is .5 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 70°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, minnows, and worms around points, riprap, and shallows. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure. Striped bass hybrids fair on flukes, grubs, and sassy shad around shorelines. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Canadian County.

Stanley Draper: May 14. Elevation is .5 ft. below normal and falling, water temperature 70°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around main lake, points, shallows, and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around shallows and shorelines. White bass good on small lures around inlet and points. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Thunderbird: May 14. Elevation is .5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 71°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) White bass good on sassy shad and small lures around main lake and points. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around shallows and shorelines. Saugeye fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around main lake and points. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: May 12. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 69°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) White bass good on crankbaits around points. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, PowerBait, punch bait, and worms around creek channels, riprap, and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure and riprap. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: May 12. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 70°F and murky. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, rocks, and standing timber. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around docks. Channel catfish fair on worms around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Harriet, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: May 12. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 68°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait around creek channels and flats. Crappie good on minnows around brush structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: May 13. Elevation is 3 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 70°F and murky. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad around flats. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around docks, points, riprap, and shorelines. Saugeye good on crankbaits, jigs, and plastic baits around main lake, and riprap. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: May 14. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 71°F and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits around brush structure, dam, and rocks. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around dam and docks. Channel catfish on worms around shorelines. Report submitted by Harriet, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: May 11. Elevation is 5.5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 64°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on crawfish, goldfish, live bait, live shad, shad, shrimp, sunfish, and worms below the dam, main lake, riprap, and shorelines. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, in-line spinnerbaits, minnows, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures around shorelines and weed beds. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, PowerBait, small lures, tube jigs, and worms around coves, docks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Lt. Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 12. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 69°F and murky. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around coves, docks, and shorelines. White bass fair on Alabama rigs and jigs around creek channels and points. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and dough bait around docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Fort Gibson: May 12. Elevation is 10.5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 70°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits, flukes, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits, and worms around brush structure, coves, points, and riprap. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, spoons, and tube jigs below the dam, brush structure, docks, and main lake. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad, shrimp, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms below the dam and coves. Comments: White bass fishing is excellent below the dam! Seems like spoons have worked the best. Fish slower pockets of water. Slower water below the dam has been good for crappie as well. Try to get your jig or minnow as close to the bottom as possible. Paddlefish is still good up near low water, but anglers are having a tougher time catching them below the dam. Catfish bite is still hot with flooded coves doing well. Flatheads are starting to be caught below the dam as well on live shad and sunfish. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: May 12. Elevation is 3 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 68°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits, and PowerBait around creek channels, points, river mouth, shallows, and shorelines. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and live shad around channels, flats, main lake, river channel, river mouth, and tailwater. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, spoons, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, points, riprap, river mouth, and shorelines. Report submitted by Jason Adair, game warden stationed in Ottawa County.

Greenleaf: May 12. Elevation is 4 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 70°F and stained. Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, creek channels, docks, and points. Blue and channel catfish good on shad, stinkbait, and worms around creek channels, flats, and main lake. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, docks, and shallows. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: May 12. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 70°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad around river channel. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and jigs around brush structure, coves, and riprap. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and coves. Report submitted by Monte Reid, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: May 11. Elevation is 7.5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 64°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, goldfish, hot dogs, live bait, live shad, minnows, shrimp, sunfish, and worms below the dam, channels, docks, main lake, shorelines, and tailwater. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, PowerBait, small lures, tube jigs, and worms around brush structure, coves, docks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Lt. Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: May 13. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 70°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass, striped bass hybrids, and white bass good on crankbaits, jigs, lipless baits, live shad, and sassy shad below the dam. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish excellent on crankbaits, goldfish, live shad, shad, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms below the dam, main lake, riprap, rocks, and shallows. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, coves, riprap, and standing timber. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: May 12. Elevation is 6 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 60°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, jigs, lipless baits, and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, flats, main lake, points, and riprap. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish excellent on cut bait, dough bait, live shad, stinkbait, and sunfish below the dam, channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel, and river mouth. Report submitted by Bailey Johnson, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois River: May 10. Elevation is 9 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 59°F and clear. Rainbow trout slow on in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, PowerBait, and worms around shallows and shorelines. Comments: Fishing is slow due to flooding releases from Tenkiller Dam. Current flow 7,900 CFS Report submitted by Jerry Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: May 12. Elevation is 8 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 72°F and stained. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad below the dam. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures around brush structure and creek channels. White bass good on flukes and jigs below the dam and rocks. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: May 12. Elevation is 5.5 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 71°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits around points. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, shad, and worms around creek channels. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: May 13. Elevation is 1.5 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 67°F and clear. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and live bait around coves and main lake. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jerk baits, and plastic baits around brush structure and rocks. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around riprap. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 12. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 69°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs around shallows and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. White bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around creek channels. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Tenkiller: May 12. Elevation is 1.5 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 66°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, coves, and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, and shad around channels, coves, flats, and main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, and main lake. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: May 12. Elevation is 5 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 70°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, live bait, shad, and shrimp around flats, main lake, river channel, and river mouth. White bass good on slabs and small lures below the dam and river mouth. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jerk baits, and plastic baits around creek channels, points, and river mouth. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: May 12. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 65°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) White bass, crappie, and walleye good on jigs and minnows around dam. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Fort Supply: May 13. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 68°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure. Channel catfish slow on dough bait, punch bait, and stinkbait. Report submitted by Jason Badley, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Foss: May 13. Elevation is 0.5 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 66°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, jigs, and shrimp. Crappie and walleye fair on jigs, crankbaits, and minnows. Channel catfish fair on cut bait, stinkbait, and worms around points and main lake. Report submitted by Clint Carpenter, game warden stationed in Custer County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: May 14. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 66°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow on crankbaits and plastic baits around points, riprap, shallows, and shorelines. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on cut bait and punch bait around channels, riprap, and shorelines. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows around shallows and shorelines. Comments: Lake access is partially open. Check Chickasaw National Recreation Area Facebook or website for daily closures/openings. Report submitted by Casey Young, game warden stationed in Murray County.

Blue River: May 12. Elevation is 0.5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 78°F and murky. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, flukes, grubs, jerk baits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures, and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, creek channels, rocks, and shorelines. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, punch bait, stinkbait, and worms around brush structure, channels, and rocks. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Eufaula: May 10. Elevation is 3 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 67°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jerk baits, lipless baits, and plastic baits around channels, docks, rocks, and shallows. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, shad, and sunfish around channels, main lake, river channel, and river mouth. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, docks, and riprap. Report submitted by Jake Rowland, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 13. Elevation is 4 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 62°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, punch bait, shad, stinkbait, and sunfish below the dam, brush structure, channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines, and standing timber. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows below the dam, brush structure, channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel, and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: May 12. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 74°F and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits and plastic baits around main lake, points, river channel, and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, and live shad around coves, discharge, main lake, and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, and shrimp around coves, inlet, riprap, and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork River: May 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 57°F and clear. Rainbow trout good on crickets, PowerBait, small lures, and worms around creek channels, dam, and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 10. Elevation is 6 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 67°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, in-line spinnerbaits, jerk baits, jigs, plastic baits, sassy shad, and topwater lures around brush structure, shallows, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Crappie fair on minnows, small lures, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, shallows, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Channel and flathead catfish excellent on cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait, and worms around docks, flats, points, and rocks. Report submitted by Shay Loudermilk, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 14. Elevation is normal and rising, water temperature 75°F and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on jigs, lipless baits, and plastic baits around brush structure, main lake, points, riprap, and rocks. Channel catfish slow on shad around channels, main lake, and riprap. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 10. Elevation is 3 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 68°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, grubs, and plastic baits around coves, creek channels, and points. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, and worms around creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 10. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 79°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and spotted bass good on minnows, plastic baits, and topwater lures around brush structure, coves, docks, points, and weed beds. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on cut bait, shad, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms below the dam, flats, main lake, river channel, river mouth, and tailwater. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, small lures, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, coves, creek channels, points, rocks, and tailwater. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 10. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 72°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures around brush structure, points, and shorelines. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, shad, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms below the dam, channels, main lake, points, and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs below the dam, brush structure, points, shorelines, and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 12. Elevation is 5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 68°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass good on live shad around channels, main lake, and points. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, and live shad around channels, coves, docks, points, river channel, and river mouth. Crappie fair on caddis flies, crickets, hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, coves, docks, and points. Comments: Fishing has been good this week. Striper are biting on live shad. Biting near Washita Point and Platter Flats areas. Catfish are biting near ledges and river channels. Crappie are biting near brush in coves and around docks. Report submitted by Garrett Beam, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 10. Elevation is 6 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 74°F and murky. (USACE Current Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits and jigs around brush structure, coves, creek channels, main lake, and river channel. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad around main lake. Crappie excellent on jigs and minnows around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, and river channel. Report submitted by James Williams, game warden stationed in Le Flore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: May 13. Elevation is 15 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 67°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Comments: All fishing is slow. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Ellsworth: May 12. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 65°F and murky. ( USGS Lake Level) White bass and crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and small lures around brush structure, docks, points, and rocks. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, and shad around main lake, points, and shallows. Saugeye fair on crankbaits, sassy shad, and small lures around main lake and points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Fort Cobb: May 13. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 63°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on jigs around docks. Report submitted by Justin Cornett, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: May 12. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 65°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around docks and rocks. Saugeye good on crankbaits, sassy shad, and spoons around main lake and shorelines. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: May 14. Elevation is 5 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 64°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, coves, points, rocks, and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, punch bait, and stinkbait around main lake, points, rocks, and shorelines. Striped bass hybrids, white bass, and saugeye fair on crankbaits around main lake. Comments: White bass, hybrids, and saugeye, trolling with deep crankbaits is best. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: May 12. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 67°F and murky. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, lipless baits, minnows, plastic baits, small lures around main lake, rocks, shorelines. Crappie excellent on hair jigs, minnows, small lures around docks, main lake, shorelines, standing timber, weed beds. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, stinkbait, worms around creek channels, main lake, rocks, shorelines. Report submitted by Tucker Clem, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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