Fishing Report for May 22, 2019 CENTRAL

Arcadia: Elevation 12 ft. above normal and rising. Lake Arcadia is closed due to flooding.

Draper: May 21. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 68 and murky. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Largemouth bass good on jigs, plastic baits and spinnerbaits in coves and along shorelines. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and worms in the main lake and around points. White bass fair on grubs, in-line spinnerbaits and gay blades along the dam and main lake. Report submitted by Jimmy’s Bait Shop.

Hefner: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 68 and clearing. Walleye good on crankbaits and sassy shad around riprap and rocks. White bass fair on grubs and in-line spinnerbait around main lake and points. Channel catfish good on cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait and worms around riprap and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Overholser: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 70 and stained. Striped bass hybrids fair on crawfish, sassy shad and shrimp around the main lake. Channel catfish good on punch bait around the main lake, riprap and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Thunderbird: May 19. Elevation above normal, water 70 and muddy. Crappie good on hair jigs and minnows around brush structure, dam and docks. Channel catfish good on cut bait and worms around points, riprap and rocks. Report submitted by Zach Paulk, game warden stationed in Cleveland County. Wes Watkins: May 20. Elevation normal, water muddy. Channel and blue catfish good on punch bait and stinkbait around riprap, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Mike France, game warden stationed in Pottawatomie County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: May 19. Elevation above normal, water 78 and muddy. Channel catfish excellent on worms and CJ’s punch bait around shorelines and weed beds. Crappie and white bass fair on minnows around docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in

Lincoln County. Birch: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 70s and murky. Crappie, striped bass hybrids and white bass good on in-line spinnerbait, jigs, minnows and spinnerbaits below the dam and around brush structure, coves, docks, shallows, shorelines and tailwater. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and live bait below the dam, around coves, main lake, shorelines and standing timber. The lake is still flooded, so the docks are underwater and Birch Cove is still closed. Report submitted by Ryan Walker, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 70 and murky. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, stinkbait and worms around riprap, shallows and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs around the crappie dock. Striped bass hybrids fair on grubs, jigs and minnows below the dam and around spillway. Fishing success is changing day-to-day. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: May 19. Elevation above normal, water 78 and muddy. Channel catfish fair on worms around shorelines. Largemouth bass slow on plastics and spinnerbaits around shorelines. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: May 18. Elevation 10 ft. above normal and rising, water 60s and muddy. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on shad and worms below the dam and around riprap and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, PowerBait and worms around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Largemouth bass slow on jerk bait and plastics around shorelines and flooded areas. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 18. Elevation above normal, water low 70s and stained. Crappie and white bass fair on crankbaits, hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, coves and points. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around coves, points, riprap and shorelines. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, shad and worms around coves, docks and points. The trolling action is starting to heat up. Troll crankbaits at 15-20 ft. and you'll catch crappie and white bass along with an occasional catfish and largemouth bass. Largemouth are starting to hit top water with buzz baits working well right now. Also you can't go wrong with finesse baits. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Delaware County. Ft.

Gibson: May 21. Elevation 24 ft. above normal and rising, water 71. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on goldfish and live shad below the dam and around creek channels and river channel. All other fishing is slow due to high water. Report submitted by Rick Stafford, Wagoner.

Grand: May 21. Elevation above normal and rising, water 64 and stained. Flooding is occurring. Use extreme caution if you venture out onto the lake, especially around unfamiliar flooded docks and slips. If they aren't grounded properly, electricity could be an additional hazard. Large amounts of additional debris is flowing down into the lake. Blue catfish good on shad in the main lake and along shallows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: May 19. Elevation above normal, water 68 and murky. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on flukes, plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure, shallows, standing timber and weed beds. Blue and flathead catfish good on live bait, stinkbait and worms around flats, riprap, shallows and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: May 16. Elevation above normal, water 60s and stained. Crappie excellent on jigs, minnows and spoons around brush structure, docks and shorelines. White bass fair on crankbaits and jigs around creek channels and river channel. Paddlefish slow on snagging below the dam and along river channel. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: May 18. Elevation 15 ft. above normal and rising, water 60s and muddy. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on shad and worms below the dam and around riprap and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, PowerBait and worms around brush structure, docks and shorelines. White bass slow on hair jigs, small lures, spoons and tube jigs in coves, creek channels, discharge and flooded areas. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: May 21. Elevation rising, water low 70s and muddy. Paddlefish good on snagging below the dam. White bass, striped bass, striped bass hybrids and walleye slow on cut bait, grubs, jigs, sassy shad and spinnerbaits below the dam. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, shad, sunfish and worms around flats, shallows and shorelines. The lake is on the extreme rise currently with the basin receiving over 10” of rain in 24 hours. The lake is expected to tie or exceed record levels of elevation and water release. Cat fisherman will continue to do good in flooded fields with worms and cut bait. Fishing below the dam will continue to be good especially for paddlefish. Use extreme caution around the water. If an area is closed off do not enter! Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: May 16. Elevation 25 ft. above normal, water muddy. Blue and channel catfish fair on worms around shorelines. Catfish was biting in flooded areas but starting to taper off. Water release from the dam is still at high volumes near 100,000 cfs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois River: May 17. Elevation normal, water 55-60 and clear. Rainbow trout excellent on crankbaits, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbait, jerk bait, midges, nymphs and PowerBait around river channel, rocks and watts area. Fishing is excellent when Tenkiller is not releasing. Fishing gets tough when the flow increases. Larger than average trout have been stocked and are regularly being caught. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: May 19. Elevation 15 ft. above normal and rising, water 65 and muddy. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad around brush structure and limblines and juglines near flooded structure. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam. White bass fair on crankbait around points and trolling main lake points. Caution should be used on the lake for floating debris. Many campgrounds and boat ramps are closed. Contact the Oologah Lake Corp office for specific closures at (918) 443-2250. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: May 17. Elevation above normal, water in the 60s and stained. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits and plastics around shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms around shorelines and flooded areas. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: May 20. Elevation above normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait around discharge and main lake. Largemouth bass fair on plastics and spinnerbaits around coves and weed beds. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 18. Elevation above normal, water low 70s and stained. Crappie and white bass fair on crankbaits, hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, discharge, docks and points. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, shad and worms around coves, discharge and points. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around coves, points, riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Tenkiller: May 16. Elevation 15 1/4 ft. above normal and slowly rising, water murky. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on plastics, spinnerbaits, weedless jigs and plastic baits around riprap, shorelines, standing timber and flooded brush and timber. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, shad, sunfish and on limblines and juglines in flooded timber areas and channels around the main lake, river channel and shorelines. Many ramps and boat access areas are underwater. Use caution due to submerged structures and debris. Cherokee Co. is expecting 1-6 inches of rain for the weekend so be prepared and use caution. Report submitted by Brady May, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: May 19. Elevation rising, water 68. Largemouth bass slow on plastics and spinnerbait around shorelines. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, goldfish, live bait, live shad, stinkbait and worms below the dam, around creek channels, inlet and tailwater. White bass good on jigs and tube jigs below the dam. Before fishing one should make contact with the Corps of Engineers for the most current water conditions and information on new boat ramp closings. At this time the water is at or near flood stage. Use cation at this time while boating. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: May 17. Elevation above normal, water clear. Walleye good on crankbaits and nightcrawlers between Beach and Longdale campground. White bass good on crankbaits and jigs around river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and shallows. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Foss: May 20. Elevation above normal, water mid-60s and clear. Walleye fair on worms around the main lake. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal with gates open. Catfish good with cut baits. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair with hard baits. Crappie fair around fish docks with jigs and live bait. White bass fair with live baits. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Supply: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 69. Crappie and white bass fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows below the dam and around brush structure, main lake, shallows and shorelines. Channel catfish fair on stinkbait around dam and riprap. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Woodward County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: May 20. Elevation normal, water 67 and stained to muddy up creeks. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rig, spinnerbait and shallows running crankbaits around the main lake. Smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and shallows running crankbaits off points. Crappie fair off docks. Crappie being caught on chartreuse jigs and have moved back to the brush piles in parts of the lake. White bass good chasing shad on the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Jack Melton. Blue River: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 68 and muddy. Rainbow trout slow on in-line spinnerbait and PowerBait around river channel and below falls around current breaks. Spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits, flukes and spinnerbaits around brush structure, creek channels and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, dough bait, punch bait and worms around river channel and longer deeper pools. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 68. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastics around points and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 67 and murky. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait along the river channel. Crappie fair on tube jigs around creek channels and riprap. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 64 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, punch bait and shad below the dam, around creek channels, main lake, river channel and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam, around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: May 16. Elevation normal, water 70 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, jigs, plastics and topwater lures around main lake, points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, live shad and spoons around coves, discharge and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait around coves, inlet, riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain

Fork: May 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Rainbow trout good on caddis flies, crankbaits, small lures and tube jigs below the dam, around rocks and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 67. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastics around brush structure, points and shallows. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 19. Elevation above average, water 74 and clear. Smallmouth bass fair on Alabama rig, crankbaits, jigs and plastics around brush structure and riprap. White bass good on Alabama rig, buzz baits, jerk bait, jigs and topwater lures around creek channels and main lake. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 17. Elevation above average, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and crawfish around points. Crappie good on jigs around brush structure and coves. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait around creek channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. Robert S.

Kerr: May 17. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, lipless baits, plastics and rogues around coves, inlet, shallows, shorelines and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish excellent on cut bait, live bait, live shad, punch bait, shad and stinkbait around channels, creek channels, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around coves, creek channels, standing timber and weed beds. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 14. Elevation above normal, water 70. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, jigs, plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, shad and sunfish around the main lake, points, rocks and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 72 and muddy. Striped bass excellent on cut bait, live bait, live shad and sassy shad below the dam and around the main lake. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, live bait and live shad below the dam, around the main lake, river channel, river mouth and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. The lake is very high right now so boaters should use caution when on the water. Striped Bass are hitting live bait and cut bait very well right now, the main areas are from south of Washita Point to the islands in about 30 ft. of water and shallower. Blues are being caught below the dam on cut bait in slack water areas. Striped Bass are also being caught below dam on live bait and bucktail lures. Crappie are very spotty with the lake levels being so high. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 17. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater around channels, points, shallows and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait, shad and stinkbait below the dam, around channels, main lake and points. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and tube jigs below the dam, around brush structure, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, Game warden stationed in LeFlore County. SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 70 and clear. Walleye, white bass and crappie fair on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs and minnows below the dam and around rocks. Channel catfish fair on punch bait, stinkbait and worms below the dam and along river channel. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Ellsworth: May 19. Elevation rising, water 60s and murky. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, live shad and shad below the dam, around creek channels and main lake. Blue and channel catfish slow on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. No floodgates open. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Ft. Cobb: May 21. Elevation rising, water 60s and murky. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and live bait around channels, creek channels and shorelines. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: May 19. Elevation rising with two flood gates open, water 60s and clear. Largemouth bass fair on lipless baits, small lures and spinnerbaits around points and shorelines. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 68. White bass, striped bass hybrids and saugeye good on crankbaits trolling around the main lake and points. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, minnows and stinkbait around points, riprap and rocks. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: May 17. Elevation above normal, water low to mid-70s and murky. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on cut bait, minnows and sassy shad around channels and dam. Crappie good on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and rocks. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and spoons around shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Matt Farris, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

CONTACTS:

Jennifer Benge, (405) 521-4636, jennifer.benge@odwc.ok.com

Lance Meek, (405) 522-4572, lance.meek@odwc.ok.gov