Northeast Oklahoma fishing report for the week of April 25

What kind of fish are you looking to reel in? Are they hitting on spinnerbaits? Jigs? How about minnows?

Get the current lake levels and fishing tips in this week's fishing report issued on April 25 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Bell Cow: April 22. Elevation above normal, water 66 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10 ft. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: April 23. Elevation normal, water mid 60s and stained. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-10 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Pawhuska County.

Carl Blackwell: April 23. Elevation 5 ft. below normal, water 68 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Saugeye good on plastic baits and crankbaits. Hybrid striped bass good trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: April 22. Elevation above normal, water 67 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: April 24. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. from boats around the lake and on jigs from the new fishing dock at Copan Point. White bass slow on white grubs. Blue catfish fair on juglines and limb lines baited with cut shad and sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Ft. Gibson: April 20. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 68 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 1-5 ft. early and late. White bass slow on white grubs and white Bobby Garland jigs. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and Biffle Bugs at 5-15 ft. and around rocky banks. Catfish good on juglines and rod-and-reel baited with shad, garlic hotdog chunks or little smokies. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: April 25. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 68. Bass good on jigs and crankbaits in the shallows. Catfish good on juglines baited with fresh cut bait. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: April 23. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and buzz baits along shorelines, brush structure and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and liver on bottom in the upper end of creek channels and near the spillway. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in green, yellow and red around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: April 22. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on medium-diving crankbaits, plastic lizards and jig-and-pigs. White bass good on small lures and sassy shad in pearl/chartreuse in the upper end of the lake below the dam and in mouths of creeks. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: April 24. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clearing. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-8 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Blue catfish fair on juglines and limb lines baited with cut shad and sunfish. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: April 24. Elevation normal, water 69 and stained. Blue catfish good on juglines baited with cut shad at 10 ft. in the Arkansas River and Washunga Bay area. Crappie fair along banks. Paddlefish fair below Kaw Dam. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Lower Illinois: April 23. Elevation normal, water 44 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on sink baits at 3 ft. all along the river. White bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits at 2-4 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on jigs at 3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom at the dam, Watts, Marval's and Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: April 22. Elevation 4 1/2 ft. above normal and falling, water lower 60s and muddy on the north end and murky on the south end. Blue and channel catfish fair on shad at 10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. suspended around standing timber. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at 3-5 ft. around flooded trees and brush. White bass fair on jigs below the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: April 23. Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water upper 50s to lower 60s and murky. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on topwater lures along the riprap at the dam.

Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-15 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Tenkiller: April 23. Elevation 1 ft. above normal and steady, water 68. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on soft plastic baits at 5-15 ft. Crappie fair on roadrunner type jigs at 15-20 ft. in brush and fair on minnows and tube jigs around the docks. Catfish fair on flip-flops baited with cut baits at 20-40 ft. Sunfish good in docks on worm tipped jigs. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: April 23. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, bill baits and jig-and-worm along riprap, brush structure and creek channels. Channel catfish good on fresh but bait and liver drifting on bottom and along the mudflats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in purple and black around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Eufaula: April 22. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits in rocky areas. White bass fair below the dam when running water. Blue catfish fair on shad, worms and cut bait along shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 4-10 ft. in rocky areas and around timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Information provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

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