NORTHEAST

Kaw: Jan. 1. Lake elevation is normal with water temperature at 32 degrees and clear. White crappie good on jigs on brush structure, in creek channels and river channels. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, hot dogs, minnows and shad in the main lake and river channel. Crappie are being caught suspended over brush piles in 20-25 ft. of water on dark colored jigs with chartreuse/black being a top choice. Blue catfish are schooled up off main river channels in the Kaw City and Coon Creek areas. Shad are hard to find this time of year, but are being caught under the Sarge Creek bridge. Hot dogs, fresh shrimp, and moist and chunky dog foods are good alternative baits. Report submitted by Game Warden District 8 Chief Tracy Daniel.

Lower Illinois River: Dec. 31. Elevation is normal with temperatures at 45-50 degrees and fairly clear water. Rainbow trout fair on hair jigs, midges, nymphs, and PowerBait below the dam, in creek channels, at the dam, and off rocks. White bass fair on crankbaits and jigs in the river mouth. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.  

 

NORTHWEST

Canton: Jan. 1. Lake elevation below average with clear water. White crappie fair on jigs on brush structure and at the dam. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Foss: Jan. 2. Lake elevation 3/4 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid 40s. Striped bass hybrids fair to good on slabs in deep water. White bass good on live bait. Crappie good on jigs around fish house. Catfish slow. Walleye slow. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

 

 

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: Jan. 1. Lake elevation is below average with water temperature at 48 degrees and water clear to stained. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on Alabama rig, jerk bait, jigs and spoons in creek channels, the main lake, off points, and underwater drop-offs in 40 plus ft. of water. White crappie and black crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and spoons in creek channels, the main lake, and 39-56 ft. drop offs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: Jan. 2. Elevation normal with water temperature at 33 degrees and clear. Rainbow trout good on caddisflies, inline spinnerbait, midges, Powerbait, and spoons off points and below waterfalls. About 2,560 rainbow trout were stocked on Dec. 27. Much of the river is iced over; open water is mostly downstream of falls and in faster moving chutes. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, South Central Region fisheries biologist.

Broken Bow: Dec. 31. Lake elevation is below average with water temperature at 48 degrees. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass fair on buzzbaits, crankbaits, jigs, and Rogues on brush structure, points, and standing timber. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, live bait, stinkbait and sunfish in channels, off points, in river channels, and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: Dec. 31. Lake elevation dropping and water murky. Striped bass good on cut bait, shad, and topwater at and below the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, hot dogs, live bait, live shad, and shad at the inlet, main lake, river channel, and the river mouth. Black crappie fair on jigs and minnows on brush structure, at docks, and on standing timber. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: Dec. 31. Lake elevation is below average with water temperature at 53 degrees and murky. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits and plastics in creek channels and off points. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad in the main lake. Black crappie and white crappie good on jigs and minnows on brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jim Gillham, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: Jan. 1. Lake elevation normal with water temperature at 48 degrees and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rig, crankbaits, jerk bait, and plastics in the main lake, off points, and the river channel. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rig, crankbaits, live shad, and spoons in coves, the main lake, and in the river channel. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, and shad in coves, creek channels, the main lake, and along riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: Dec. 31. Elevation below average with clear water. Rainbow trout fair on Powerbait and salmon eggs in channels and off rocks. April Drake of the Southeast Region Office reports that about 1,440 rainbow trout were stocked on Dec. 28. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: Dec. 31. Lake elevation below average with water temperature at 58 degrees. Largemouth bass and spotted bass slow on plastics in creek channels and standing timber. White crappie slow on minnows in the main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Bryan and Choctaw counties.

Pine Creek: Dec. 31. Lake elevation below average with water temperature at 45 degrees and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastics in channels and off points. Black crappie slow on jigs in creek channels. Channel catfish good on chicken liver in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robber’s Cave: Dec. 28. Lake elevation is normal. Rainbow trout fair on Powerbait in the river channel. Stocked about 360 rainbow trout on Dec. 28. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the Southeast Region Office.

Robert S. Kerr: Dec. 31. Lake elevation is normal with clear water. White crappie good on jigs and minnows on brush structure, in creek channels, at 4-14 ft. of water. Blue catfish and channel catfish excellent on shad in the river channel and off sand bars. Largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits in creek channels and on standing timber. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: Dec. 28. Lake elevation normal with water temperature at 50 degrees. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs, plastics, and spinnerbaits on brush structure, off points, along riprap, shorelines, and on standing timber. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish slow on cut bait, shad, and sunfish in the main lake. White crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows, and tube jigs on brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Latimer and Pushmataha counties.

Texoma: Jan. 1. Lake elevation is normal with cloudy water. Striped bass good on flukes, shad, and slabs below the dam, in the main lake, off points, along riprap, and off rocks. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live shad, and shad below the dam, in the main lake, off points, along riprap, and in the river mouth. White crappie good on jigs and minnows on brush structure, at docks, in the main lake, and on standing timber. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Wister: Dec. 31. Lake elevation normal with clear water. Largemouth bass slow on bill baits, jigs, and plastics on brush structure, in channels, and on standing timber. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait in the main lake and on standing timber. White crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs on brush structure, in channels, and on standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in Le Flore County.