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Fishing Report: May 8, 2024 Featured

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Elijah R. with a carp caught in Oklahoma County. Elijah R. with a carp caught in Oklahoma County. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

CENTRAL

Arcadia: May 6. Elevation is 0.5 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 68°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Channel and flathead catfish fair on dough bait, punch bait, and worms around channels and coves. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around coves, docks, and rocks. Largemouth bass fair on flukes, lipless baits, and spinnerbaits around channels, coves, and weed beds. Report submitted by Dalton Buley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: May 5. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 68.4°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass and white bass good on buzz baits and crankbaits around brush structure, main lake, and shorelines. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows around docks, inlet, and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on minnows, shad, and worms around inlet, main lake, and rocks. Report submitted by Tim Campbell, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Overholser: May 7. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 69°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) White bass good on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, and minnows around docks and points. Blue and channel catfish excellent on cut bait and worms around riprap and shallows. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around coves, riprap, and shallows. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Canadian County.

Stanley Draper: May 6. Elevation is .5 ft. below normal and falling, water temperature 68°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Crappie good on jigs and minnows around docks, shallows, and shorelines. White bass good on small lures around inlet, main lake, and points. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Thunderbird: May 6. Elevation is .5 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 67°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around points, shallows, and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around docks, shallows, and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad around main lake and points. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: May 7. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 67°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level) Channel catfish good on chicken liver, punch bait, and stinkbait around creek channels and riprap. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits around brush structure and points. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and shorelines. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: May 5. Elevation is 4 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 69°F and murky. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures around brush structure, riprap, and shallows. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish fair on worms around brush structure and shorelines. Report submitted by Harriet, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: May 5. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 65°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and spotted bass good on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around coves. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and coves. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: May 7. Elevation is 4 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 72°F and murky. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, and spoons around docks. Saugeye good on crankbaits and plastic baits around main lake, points, riprap, and rocks. Striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits and plastic baits around dam, main lake, and riprap. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: May 5. Elevation is 2 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 69°F and murky. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, dam, rocks, and shallows. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish fair around brush structure and shallows. Report submitted by Harriet, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: May 5. Elevation is 3.5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 62°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on crawfish, shad, sunfish, and worms around channels, coves, creek channels, dam, discharge, shorelines, and tailwater. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, PowerBait, and tube jigs around brush structure, coves, creek channels, and shorelines. Comments: Water levels fluctuate with daily rainfall. Fishing below the dam is picking up and will steadily get better as water continues to be released. Report submitted by Lt. Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 5. Elevation is normal and rising, water temperature 70°F and murky. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around coves, docks, and shorelines. White bass good on crankbaits and jigs around creek channels and shorelines. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and stinkbait around coves, docks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Fort Gibson: May 5. Elevation is 9.5 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 65°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, lipless baits, spinnerbaits, and worms around coves, points, and riprap. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, spoons, and tube jigs around brush structure, and docks. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad, sunfish, and worms around channels, coves, and flats. Comments: High water again this week so fishing in the main lake is still tricky. Fish flooded coves with worms, shad, or cut bait for catfish. But tailwater fishing is phenomenal! Below Fort Gibson Dam anglers are catching Crappie in slower water with jigs and minnows, White bass and hybrids are being caught in the current with large plastics and topwater. Paddlefish being caught below the dam and up the river at low water. Blue catfish are great at those two places as well with shad or cut bait. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: May 5. Elevation is 4.5 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 68°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure, docks, and shorelines. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam, docks, and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around docks and shorelines. Comments: Recent rains have brought a large amount of debris into the lake. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: May 5. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 65°F and stained. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure, docks, and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad around docks, flats, and points. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: May 5. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 67°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and jigs around brush structure and coves. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and coves. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad around river channel. Report submitted by Monte Reid, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: May 5. Elevation is 8.5 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 61°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on in-line spinnerbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around points, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows, and tube jigs below the dam, brush structure, docks, and shorelines. Blue, channel, flathead catfish good on crawfish, hot dogs, live bait, live shad, shad, shrimp, sunfish, and worms below the dam, dam, riprap, and shorelines. Report submitted by Lt. Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: May 6. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 70°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, live shad, minnows, sassy shad, shad, and spoons below the dam and creek channels. Blue and channel catfish excellent on crawfish, cut bait, live bait, shad, sunfish, and worms below the dam, flats, river channel, river mouth, shallows, and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, live bait, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure, main lake, riprap, shallows, shorelines, and standing timber. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: May 5. Elevation is 7 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, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, points, riprap, rocks, and shorelines. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish excellent on crawfish, cut bait, dough bait, live shad, stinkbait, and sunfish below the dam, channels, creek channels, and points. Crappie good on hair jigs, live bait, and minnows around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Bailey Johnson, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois River: May 3. Elevation is 7 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 57°F and clear. Rainbow trout slow on caddis flies, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, and PowerBait below the dam, shallows, and shorelines. Comments: Fishing is slow due to larger water releases from dam. Currently 4,800 CFS. Report submitted by Jerry Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: May 4. Elevation is 6 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 65°F and clear. Blue catfish good on shad below the dam. Paddlefish excellent snagging below the dam. Largemouth bass good on jigs, plastic baits, and topwater lures around brush structure and creek channels. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: May 5. Elevation is 7.5 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 68°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around rocks and shorelines. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around points. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and shad around creek channels. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: May 6. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 64°F and clear. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits around brush structure and rocks. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around riprap. Saugeye on crankbaits, jigs, and live bait around points and riprap. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 5. Elevation is normal and rising, water temperature 71°F and murky. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on jigs and plastic baits around coves and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around shallows and shorelines. White bass on crankbaits and jigs around creek channels. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Tenkiller: May 6. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 65°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, and shad around channels, coves, flats, and main lake. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around coves, points, and shorelines. White bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, and small lures around coves and creek channels. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: May 5. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 65°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Flathead catfish good on hair jigs and live bait below the dam, flats, river channel, and tailwater. Striped bass and striped bass hybrids fair on jigs, sassy shad, and small lures below the dam, riprap, and river channel. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, plastic baits, and slabs around brush structure, rocks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Dylan Langford, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Fort Supply: May 6. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 70°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Crappie fair on hair jigs and minnows around brush structure, main lake, and rocks. Channel catfish slow on dough bait and stinkbait below the dam, channels, and main lake. Report submitted by Jason Badley, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Foss: May 6. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and stable, water temperature 56°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits, jigs, and shrimp. Walleye good on jigs, crankbaits, and minnows. Channel catfish fair on cut bait, stinkbait, and worms around rocks and main lake. Report submitted by Clint Carpenter, game warden stationed in Custer County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: May 7. Elevation is 7 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 60°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) The National Park Service has temporarily closed Lake Arbuckle due to high waters and storm damage. Report submitted by Casey Young, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Blue River: May 6. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 70°F and murky. (USGS Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass slow on in-line spinnerbaits, jerk baits, lipless baits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures, and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, rocks, shallows, shorelines, and weed beds. Rainbow trout slow on in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, PowerBait, and worms around brush structure, channels, and rocks. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 4. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 69°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, flukes, plastic baits, small lures, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, flats, main lake, points, river mouth, and standing timber. Crappie good on grubs, hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, points, shorelines, and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 3. Elevation is 3.50 ft. above normal and falling, water temperature 65°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass, striped bass hybrids, and white bass good on crankbaits, jigs, lipless baits, and sassy shad below the dam and tailwater. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on cut bait, live bait, shad, stinkbait, and sunfish below the dam, river channel, river mouth, and tailwater. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, creek channels, discharge, and rocks. Report submitted by Jake Rowland, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 5. Elevation is 4 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 61°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 5. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 74°F and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, plastic baits, and topwater lures 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 fair 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 3. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 56°F and clear. Rainbow trout good on PowerBait around creek channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 3. Elevation is 5 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 65°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, jigs, minnows, plastic baits, and topwater lures around docks, riprap, shallows, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Channel and flathead catfish excellent on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, live bait, live shad, shad, shrimp, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms around creek channels, discharge, docks, main lake, and rocks. Crappie fair on minnows, small lures, and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, points, shallows, shorelines, and standing timber. Report submitted by Shay Loudermilk, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 7. Elevation is normal and rising, water temperature 72°F and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow on jigs, lipless baits, and plastic baits around flats, points, riprap, and rocks. Channel catfish fair on shad around creek channels, flats, and main lake. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 3. Elevation is 3 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 66°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around coves and creek channels. Crappie good on jigs and tube jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver around creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 3. Elevation is normal and stable, water temperature 76°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level) Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, hot dogs, minnows, shad, and stinkbait below the dam, channels, docks, main lake, river channel, river mouth, and tailwater. Largemouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, minnows, plastic baits, spoons, and topwater lures around brush structure, coves, rocks, and tailwater. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, channels, coves, rocks, tailwater, and weed beds. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 3. Elevation is 1 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 65°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, lipless baits, plastic baits, and topwater lures around brush structure, channels, points, and standing timber. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on cut bait, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms below the dam, brush structure, main lake, and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs below the dam, brush structure, main lake, points, and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 5. Elevation is 7 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 67°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) Striped bass good on live shad and topwater lures around channels, main lake, points, and river channel. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, live shad, and punch bait below the dam, coves, points, and river mouth. Crappie fair on caddis flies, hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, coves, points, and standing timber. Comments: Fishing this week was good. Striper are biting very well on live shad around Washita Point and Platter Flats. Catfish are biting on live bait near the mouth of the river and river ledges. Crappie are biting on minnows and jigs née brush piles. Report submitted by Garrett Beam, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 3. Elevation is 5 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 74°F and murky. (USACE Current Lake Level) Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, jigs, and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, and river channel. Blue catfish fair 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 LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: May 5. Elevation is 15 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 67°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) Fishing activity is slow. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Ellsworth: May 5. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and rising, water temperature 62°F and murky. ( USGS Lake Level) Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, shad, and worms around points, rocks, and shallows. White bass and crappie good on jigs, minnows, and small lures around brush structure, docks, rocks, and shorelines. Saugeye fair on sassy shad, slabs, and small lures. Comments: Three floodgates are open six inches. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Fort Cobb: May 5. Elevation is 2 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 64°F and stained. (USACE Lake Level) White bass and crappie fair on jigs, minnows, sassy shad, and small lures around brush structure, docks, and points. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, and shad around main lake and points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Lawtonka: May 5. Elevation is 2 ft. above normal and stable, water temperature 63°F and clear. (USACE Lake Level) White bass and crappie good on jigs, minnows, and small lures around brush structure, rocks, and shorelines. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: May 6. 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, rocks, and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, punch bait, and stinkbait around points and rocks. White bass good on crankbaits, jigs, minnows, and sassy shad around main lake, points, and rocks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: May 5. Elevation is 1 ft. below normal and rising, water temperature 67°F and murky. Largemouth bass, white bass, and saugeye good on crankbaits, hair jigs, lipless baits, and small lures around brush structure, docks, main lake, points, rocks, and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, lipless baits, minnows, plastic baits, and small lures around docks, main lake, and rocks. Blue and channel catfish excellent on chicken liver, shrimp, stinkbait, and worms around creek channels, main lake, and rocks. Report submitted by Tucker Clem, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

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