It will be a nice weekend to get out and enjoy the area lakes. Most lakes are at or slightly above normal elevations. Find out where the bass are biting and which lures they prefer this week in the fishing report provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Carl Blackwell: June 25. Elevation 4 ft. below normal and rising slowly with each rain, water 79 and stained. Crappie fair to good on jigs at 6-12 ft. early morning to midmorning and slow to fair on live bait and jigs the rest of the day. Channel catfish excellent on frozen whole small shad, chicken liver, cut bait, night crawlers and various dough baits with rod-and-reel, juglines and trotlines along rocky shorelines that provide nesting habitat for the spawning fish. Flathead catfish excellent on large shiners and goldfish with rod-and-reel, juglines and trot lines. Saugeye fair to good along the dam on crankbaits, white soft plastic swim-baits and live baits rigged on walleye style spinner minnow rigs. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good to excellent in the evenings on large live baits, plastic swim baits and crankbaits in various colors. Spawning sunfish beds can be seen in circular rings in the shallows during sunny days. Carp fair to good on dough baits with strawberry flavoring. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastic crayfish baits, crankbaits in crayfish patterns and soft plastic creature baits rigged on a shaky head along rocky shorelines. Report submitted by Chris Pulchny, the H2O Lakeside Store.
Copan: June 25. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and channel catfish being caught on cut bait, worms and chicken liver below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Eucha: June 25. Elevation slightly above normal, water 80 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and topwater lures early and late. Catfish fair on trotlines and limb lines baited with live sunfish. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Ft. Gibson: June 24. Elevation 9 ft. above normal and falling. White bass good on crankbaits and white spinnerbaits trolling and wading the windy points. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 5-15 ft. Catfish good on whole shad and cut bait in the main channel and below the dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.
Grand:June 23. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish excellent on fresh cut bait shallow. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.
Hudson: June 24. Elevation 2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits around rocky points early and late. White bass good on small lures below the dam. Channel catfish good on liver and cut shad around rocky points and flats. Blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut shad. Crappie fair to good on small jigs and minnows below the dam and in inlet areas. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.
Hulah:June 25. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Blue and flathead catfish slow on cut bait and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.
Kaw: June 24. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 80. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on juglines and rod-and-reel. Striped bass slow below the dam. Paddlefish slow below the dam. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Kay and Grant counties.
Keystone: June 25. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 78 and muddy. Catfish fair on cut bait. Largemouth bass good on plugs. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.
Lower Illinois: June 24. Elevation normal with water releases occurring regularly, water upper 50s and slightly murky. Fishing is excellent all along the river from the dam to the mouth. White bass and small striped bass good on white jigs and curly tail grubs at the mouth and the dam. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Trout good on Power Bait, Rapalas and rooster tails at the dam and Watts area. Fly fishing is good on nymphs below a strike indicator in current and dry flies early in the morning, especially in the Watts area. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Skiatook: June 24. Elevation 6 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.
Sooner:June 25. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on sassy shad and rattletraps in the discharge and good on live shad and slabs in the lake. Catfish good on cut bait