Southeastern Oklahoma fishing

Southeastern Oklahoma fishing report By Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation May 15, 2005

Arbuckle: May 8. Elevation normal, water 60 and clear. Crappie good at 12-15 ft. White bass still seem to be everywhere off points and along steeper banks. Bass fair on Carolina rigs off points, crankbaits have worked fair. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 10. Elevation normal, water 67 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows, spinners and flies. Channel catfish fair on liver and worms. Report submitted by Charles Baker, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 211 Elevation dropping and water is 70. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic 10-15 ft. in shallow running crankbaits. Smallmouth bass fair on spider grubs off rocky points early morning and late evening. Catfish slow. Crappie good on minnows at 5-10 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Dru Polk, state game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 9. Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits at 2-6 ft. on the points. White bass good on jigs at 6-10 ft. at the bridges and points. Channel catfish good on shad at 5-10 ft. on the flats. Crappie good on jigs at 1-5 ft. along the banks. Report submitted Ed Rodebush, state game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 11. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. above normal, water 53 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Channel catfish fair on liver. Crappie fair on minnows and light-colored jigs. Report submitted by Wendell Smalling, state game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: No report submitted this week.

McGee Creek: May 2. Elevation normal, water 61 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinners and buzz bait at 2-10 ft. Crappie fair on live minnows around brush and off main creek channels. Report submitted by Larry Luman, state game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Lower Mountain Fork River: May 10. Trout fair in all zones. Zones 2 and 3 are receiving a pitifully small amount of water and it seems the fish are more into self preservation that actively feeding. There has been such little water in zone 3 at times. If you can catch the stream flow more favorable, and if you can fish during some lower light conditions, you should do well. Lots of insects have been hatching, including mayflies, caddis and midges. Report submitted by Sid and Peggy, Beavers Bend Fly Shop.

Murray: May 3. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 62 and clear. Bass good on lures at brush and off points. Walleye slow but can be found mostly in deep water at dam. Sunfish and carp good on worms and corn. Crappie good minnows. Report submitted by Bob Newcomer, Lake Murray Fishing Dock.

Pine Creek: May 12. Elevation dropping, water 72. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics in the mouth of creeks in the upper end of the lake. good on soft plastics and shallow running crankbaits at 10-12 ft. off banks and mouths of creeks. Catfish fair on trotlines baited with sunfish. Crappie good at 5-10 ft. along shoreline and around standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, state game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 10. Elevation normal, water 68 and murky. Largemouth bass good at 2-4 ft. on spinnerbaits and plastic baits fishing the spawning areas on the weed, rock and woody banks. Crappie good at 3-6 ft. using minnows fishing the areas just away from the spawning grounds, some fish are still using the weed beds. White bass fair at 12 ft. using jigs fishing below Webbers Falls and Kerr dam. Blue catfish good at 4-8 ft. using worms and fresh cut shad fish the fresh water flow into the lake from the recent rain. Flathead catfish fair at 20 ft. using live bait, perch or goldfish, on trotlines and juglines fishing the old creeks and river channel. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, state game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis Lake: May 3. Crappie good around brush and submerged structures in the shallows. Catfish fair on cut shad and night crawlers. Bass fair on red rattle-traps and red spinnerbaits. The recent cold front and rain have slightly dampened fishing, but anglers are still having moderate success. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, state game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Shawnee Lake: April 18. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water 58-61. Catfish good on cut bait and chicken liver. Crappie and white bass slow on jigs and minnows but starting to pick up. Saugeye good at night using minnows. Bass are being caught at 2-4 ft. Report submitted by Christopher Keeton.

Texoma: May 9. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water 64 and clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits at 5-10 ft. off structure. White and striped bass good on sassy shad at 10-20 ft. near islands. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait at 5-10 ft. around Washita arm. Crappie good to fair on minnows and jigs around Widowmore Creek and Rock Creek. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, state game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 11. Elevation normal, water 68 and murky. Crappie good at 2-4 ft. on minnows or jigs. Largemouth bass good at 3-8 ft. on plastic worms. Channel catfish good around the riprap and other rocky areas at 4-10 ft. on shad or chicken liver. Report submitted by D.G. Belcher, state game warden stationed in Leflore and Latimer counties.
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