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Oklahoma weekly fishing report
By Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Jul 21, 2017
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CENTRAL
 
Arcadia: July 17. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 87 degrees and clear. Channel and blue catfish good on shad and worms at the dam, off points, riprap and rocks. White crappie fair on jigs and minnows on brush structure and at docks. Largemouth bass slow but fair on deep diving crank baits and Carolina rigs on brush structure and off points. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Canadian/ Oklahoma counties.
 
Draper: July 16. Lake elevation is dropping with water temperature at 84 degrees and stained. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and cut bait in channels and on the main lake. White crappie slow on jigs and minnows on docks and off rocks. Largemouth bass slow on buzz baits, crankbaits in coves and off points. Fish are biting the best in early mornings and late evenings. Report submitted by Tell Judkins, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Hefner: July 17. Lake elevation is above average with water temperature at 84 degrees and clear. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait and punch bait along shorelines. White bass and striped (hybrid) bass good on grubs, lipless baits and gay blades on the main lake. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and topwater off points and riprap. Report submitted by Luck Lure Tackle.
 
Overholser: July 17. Lake elevation normal. Water murky to muddy. Blue catfish and channel catfish slow on live bait, cut shad and punch bait in the main lake and off points. Striped (hybrid) bass slow on crawfish, cut bait, chicken liver and jigs chartreuse in color in the main lake, off points and the dock. Sunfish fair on worms and small jigs along shorelines. A variety of fish being caught in the basin. A lot of carp and buffalo being caught using worms and dough bait. Weather is playing a role on the fishing. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden Oklahoma County.
 
Thunderbird: July 16. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 82 degrees and cloudy. Saugeye and largemouth bass slow on crankbaits and plastics off points and along shorelines. White crappie slow on jigs and minnows on docks and off rocks. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and cut bait in channels, in the main lake and along shorelines. Fish are biting best early mornings and late evenings. Report submitted by Tell Judkins, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.
 
Wes Watkins: July 18. Lake elevation normal with clear waters. White bass fair on sassy shad and small lures in the main lake. Channel catfish slow on worms off points and riprap. Sand bass have been showing some surfacing in early mornings and trolling at other times. Catching drum along with channel catfish. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.
 
NORTHEAST
 
Bell Cow: July 17. Lake elevation normal is with water temperature at 91 degrees and murky. Channel catfish slow on stinkbait and worms along shorelines. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Birch: July 16. Lake elevation is above average with water temperature in the mid 80's and clear. Striped (hybrid) bass fair on sassy shad, spinnerbaits and spoons in the main lake. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits, plastics and spinnerbaits in coves, creek channels, rocks, standing timber and weed beds. White crappie and bluegill sunfish slow on jigs, minnows and worms below the dam, in coves, at docks and along shorelines. The lake is just half a foot above conservation pool. With the hot weather your best bet is to fish early in the morning. Report submitted by Ryan Walker, game warden stationed in Harper County.
 
Carl Blackwell: July 11. Lake elevation below average with water temperature at 86 degrees and clarity at a few feet below. White crappie and black crappie good on jigs and plastics on brush structure and docks. Channel catfish fair on Alabama rig, chicken liver, crickets, grasshoppers, minnows and worms on brush structure, in channels, coves and weed beds. Crappie are good in early evening and morning on chartreuse colored jigs. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County.
 
Chandler: July 17. Lake elevation normal with water temperature at 92 degrees and murky. Flathead catfish slow on sunfish along the shorelines. Channel catfish slow on cut bait and sunfish along the shorelines. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.
 
Copan: July 16. Lake elevation is below average and clearing. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, shad and worms below the dam, off riprap, rocks and along shorelines. Lake level at the time of the report is 1.5 ft. below normal. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Osage/ Washington Counties.
 
Eucha: July 16. Lake elevation is normal with water temperatures in the low 80's  and stained. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits and topwater in the main lake, off points, along shorelines and in weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, shad, sunfish and worms in channels, discharge, in the main lake, off points and riprap. White bass good on jigs, plastics and shad in the discharge, on flats and in the main lake. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden.
 
Fort Gibson: July 12. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 83 degrees and stained. White and black crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs, tube jigs and black and chartreuse Slab Slayer bodies on еч oz. Timmy Tom weedless jigs in brush structure, docks, rocks, and 10 to 13 ft. of water. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on goldfish and live shad on flats, in the main lake, off points and 20-25 ft. deep on rod and reel or juglines. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on plastics, topwater and Brush Hogs on docks, the main lake, off points and surfacing at times. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.
 
Grand: July 16. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 80 degrees and slightly stained. White and black crappie fair on jigs, minnows and plastics below the dam, on brush structure and docks. White bass good on plastics, spoons and topwater in the main lake. Blue and channel catfish good on shad and shrimp below the dam, off flats and in the main lake. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
 
Greenleaf: July 17. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 75 degrees and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits in brush structure, channels, coves, creek channels, in the main lake, along shorelines, in weed beds and spinnerbaits white in color near weed beds. White and black crappie fair on grubs, hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs in brush structure, standing timber, and 8-12 ft. of water on minnows. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on live shad, shad and sunfish in channels, creek channels, on flats, in shallows and shad on bottom. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.
 
Hudson: July 17. Lake elevation is normal with water temperatures in the 80's and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater in brush structure and off points. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad below the dam and off flats. Black crappie and white crappie fair on jigs and minnows in brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Kody Moore.
 
Hulah: July 16. Lake elevation is normal with clearing waters. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, shad and worms below the dam, off riprap and along shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Osage/ Washington County.
 
Kaw: July 17. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 85 degrees and clear. White and black crappie good on jigs, minnows, shad and tube jigs in brush structure, in the main lake, off riprap and rocks. Striped (hybrid) and white bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, lipless baits, live shad, sassy shad, spoons and topwater below the dam and in the main lake. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on crawfish, crickets, cut bait, grasshoppers, hot dogs, live bait, live shad, minnows. Punch bait, shad, stink bait and worms below the dam, in the main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Keystone: July 18. Lake elevation is above average with water temperature at 83 degrees. Blue catfish good on cut bait below the dam and in channels. White bass good on crankbaits and small lures off points. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
 
Lower Illinois River: July 16. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 65 degrees and murky. Rainbow trout fair on powerbait below the dam. Report submitted by Jerry Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
 
Oologah: July 16. Lake elevation is above average with water temperature at 80 degrees and murky. White bass fair on slabs and top water on flats and look for schooling fish early and late. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam and on flats. White crappie fair on jigs and minnows on brush structure and 10-15 ft. deep. Blue and channel catfish in the lake on juglines. Below the dam with rod and reel. Lake is 1 ft. above normal and falling. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.
 
Skiatook: July 16. Lake elevation is above average with water temperature in the 80's and clear. Striped (hybrid) bass and white bass fair on live shad and spoons in the main lake and 20-30 feet deep. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits, plastics and spinnerbaits in brush structure, coves and along shorelines. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
 
Sooner: July 17. Lake elevation is normal with clear waters. Striped (hybrid) bass and striped bass fair on live shad and slabs in the main lake. Blue catfish slow on cut bait in channels. Saugeye slow on crankbaits off riprap. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden Noble County.
 
Spavinaw: July 16. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature in the low 80's and stained. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater in coves, creek channels, shallows, along shorelines and in weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, shad, sunfish and worms at the discharge, in the main lake and off points. White and black crappie fair on jigs and minnows in brush structure, at docks and in the main lake. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden.
 
Tenkiller: July 17. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 84 degrees and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on buzzbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits in coves, in the main lake and off points. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on punch bait, shad, stink bait and worms on flats, in the main lake and off points. Bluegill sunfish, green sunfish and redear sunfish good on jigs and worms at docks and along shorelines. Fish for catfish by drifting the flats with worms or shad. Also fish off the points in 17-21 feet of water with punch bait, stink bait or worms. Fish for bluegill near docks or on gravel banks, 10-15 feet deep. Report submitted by Monte Brooks.
 
Webbers Falls: July 17. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 75 degrees and murky. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzzbaits, inline spinner bait, jerk bait and spinnerbaits on brush structure, creek channels, riprap and along shorelines. White and black crappie fair on grubs, hair jigs, jigs and minnows on brush structure, in coves, creek channels and on minnows under bridges on bottom. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait and live shad in channels, flats and drift fishing on bottom with shad. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.    
 
NORTHWEST
 
Foss: July 17. Lake elevation 6 inches above normal with water temperatures in the 80's. Striped (hybrid) bass good on hard baits. Catfish good along north side of lake with trot lines. Walleye good on worms and soft baits. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.
 
Canton:  Lake elevation is normal with a water temperature 85 degrees and clear. Bass, white bass, striped bass and hybrids biting good on shad and slabs in main lake. Reported by Mark Walker, Game Warden stationed in Blaine County.
 
SOUTHEAST
 
Arbuckle: Lake elevation below normal with 83 degree  stained to clear water. Bass, Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass biting good on crankbaits, hair jigs, jigs, spoons and worms around brush structure and Creek Channels. White bass action is slow biting on jigs minnows and lot of little crappie 10'' around brush structure in the main lake. Submitted by Jack Melton.
 
Blue River: Lake elevation is normal with 78 degree clear water. Spotted Bass Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass biting good on Crankbaits and topwater in the shallows and shallow sandbars. Topwater for bass being best right after sunrise and right before sunset. Channel Catfish biting good on Chicken liver and stinkbait around points, sandbars and deeper pools around eddys. Flathead Catfish Biting Fair on Life bait in deeper pools. Submitted by Matt Gamble Fisheries Biologist.
 
Broken Bow: Lake elevation is below average, water temperature at 79 degrees. Largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass biting fair on Alabama rig, plastic and spoons around brush structure and standing timber. White Crappie biting fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Submitted by Dru Polk Game Warden stationed in Mccurtain County.
 
Durant: Lake elevation Normal with clear water. Largemouth Bass biting slow on crankbaits, flukes and lipless baits around brush structure, channels,main lake and standing timber. Black Crappie slow on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, maine lake and standing timber. Submitted by Michael Ward.
 
Eufaula: Lake elevation Normal with normal murky water. White, striped and hybrid bass biting good on live shad and sassy shad in main lake and river channel. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish biting good on cut bait and shad in main lake and river channel. White and Black crappie biting good on minnows around docks and standing timber. Submitted by Game Warden Terry Springwater stationed in Garvin County.
 
Hugo: Lake elevation above average with a water temperature at 82 degrees. Blue and channel catfish biting good on cut bait, live bait and shad below the dam. Largemouth and spotted bass biting fair on buzz baits plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure creek channels and in the shallows. Submitted by Jay Harvey Game Warden, stationed in Choctaw County.
 
Konawa: Lake elevation is normal with water 87 degrees and clear. Largemouth biting fair on buzzbaits, crankbaits, flukes, plastics and topwater in main lake, points, river channels and weed beds. White bass and hybrids biting good on crankbaits, live shad and spoons in coves, main lakes, points and river channels. Channel Catfish biting fair on chicken liver and cut bait around channels, coves, main lake and riprap. Submitted by Garret Harley.
 
Lower Mountain Fork: Lake elevation is normal with clear water. Rainbow Trout biting good on powerbait, small lures and worms below the dam and in spillway. Submitted by Mark Hannah Game Warden in McCurtain County.
 
McGee Creek: Lake elevation above average water temperature 84 degrees and clear. White Crappie biting excellent on minnows around brush structure. Largemouth and spotted bass biting fair on plastic around brush structure, main lake, rocks , standing timber and weed beds. Channel and flathead Catfish biting fair on sunfish in river channel and around rocks. Submitted by Larry Luman Game Warden, Atoka County.
 
Murray: Lake elevation is normal with 80 degree clear water. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass biting slow on alabama rigs, crankbaits, flukes, plastics sassy shad and topwater in main lake points and weed beds. Channel catfish Biting fair on chicken liver, cut bait, minnow, shad,shrimp and worms in channels, coves riprap and rocks. Bluegill, green and redear sunfish biting good on jigs, tube jigs and worms around docks, rocks and weed beds. Submitted by Jeremy Brothers Game Warden, Carter County.
 
Pine Creek: Lake elevation above average with clear water. Largemouth bass biting good on plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater around brush structure and points. Black crappie biting good on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish biting good on cut bait in creek channels and main lake. Submitted by Mark Hannah Game Warden in McCurtain County.
 
Robert S. Kerr: Lake elevation normal with stained water. Largemouth are biting excellent on jigs and spinners around brush structures, shallows and standing timber. Blue Catfish Fair on minnows and jigs around creek channels and riprap. White Crappie biting fair on jigs and minnows in creek channels and around riprap. Submitted by J.D. stauffer Game Warden, in Haskell County.
 
Sardis: Lake elevation above average with water temperature 82 degrees-14". Largemouth and spotted bass biting on crankbaits, inline spinners, jigs, plastics and top water around brush structure, points, riprap, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Channel, Blue and Flathead catfish biting good on cut bait, live bait live shad and sunfish in the main lake, rocks and shoreline. White crappie biting fair on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around bush structure and standing timber. Submitted by Dane Polk Game Warden, in Pushmataha Counties.
 
Texoma: Lake elevation is normal with stained water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass biting good on crankbaits, plastics and spinnerbaits around coves and points. Striper and white bass biting fair on flukes, hair jigs, shad and top water below the dam, on points, riprap and river mouth. Blue and channel catfish biting fair on chicken liver, cut baits, live shad, sunfish and worms below the dam, on points, riprap and in the river mouth. Submitted by Cody Jones Game Warden, in Mclntosh County.
 
Wister: Lake elevation above average with 90 degree stained water. Largemouth biting slow on jigs, plastics, spinnerbaits, and worms around brush structures, main lake, points and the river channel. Blue and channel catfish biting fair on cut bait and grasshoppers in the main lake. White crappie biting fair on minnows and jigs around brush structures, main lake and river channel. Submitted by James Williams Game Warden, in Leflore County.
 
SOUTHWEST
 
Ellsworth: Lake elevation normal water temperature 81 degrees and murky. Blue and Channel catfish biting fiat on cut baits, chicken liver and hotdogs in main lake and points. Submitted by Michael Taylor.
 
Ft. Cobb: Lake elevation normal with water temperatures at 83 degrees and murky. Striped Bass and white bass biting good on crankbaits, Flukes, sassy shad and slabs on channels creek channels, points and riprap. Blues and channels biting fair on crawfish, cut bait, shrimp and stinkbait in creek channels, around the dam, on point and riprap. White and black Crappie biting fair on minnows and jigs around brush structures and docks. Submitted by Tyler Howser Game Warden, stationed in Seminole County.
 
Lawtonka: Lake elevation is normal with 77 degree clear water. Channel and blue catfish biting fair on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and stinkbait below the dam and on riprap. Submitted by Michael taylor.
 
Tom Steed: Lake elevation normal with 76 degree water. Blue and channel catfish biting fair on cut baits, live baits, shad and on juglines. Submitted by David Smith, Game Warden in Kiowa County.
 
Waurika: Lake elevation normal with 89 degrees and murky water. Blue and channel catfish biting good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, shad, stinkbait in channels, main lake, points and shorelines. Hybrid and white bass biting fair on crankbaits and sassy shad on the dam, Main lake and points. Black and white crappie action slow biting on jigs and minnows in brush structure. Submitted by Chris Stover Game Warden, stationed in Stephens County.