Northeast Oklahoma Fishing report for week of August 1

According to this week's fishing report by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation fish are hiding in deeper water or in the shade around docks and structures. Also more activity is seen early or late as opposed to the heat of the day.

Lake levels are still below normal with more heat and little to no rainfall expected. Take care while out on the water to avoid debris and submerged obstacles.

It's also a good time to talk about keeping Oklahoma's lakes healthy. Do you clean your boat, fishing equipment or personal watercraft after each trip to the lake?

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) are nonindigenous aquatic species that pose significant ecological and economic threats to aquatic ecosystems. This can include fish, aquatic plants, algae, invertebrates, mussels, viruses and other aquatic pathogens.

How You Can Help!

There are several ways that you, the angler and lake recreationist, can help prevent the spread of ANS. When leaving a body of water, be sure to remove any visible plants or mud from your boat and gear, drain all water including bilges, bait buckets and live wells. Clean anything that came in contact with the water. Also never release any plants or animals into a body of water unless they originated there. Please contact the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation if you think you have discovered any invasive species.

For more information go to wildlifedepartment.com

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: July 29. Elevation below normal, water 89 and clear. Channel catfish fair on night crawlers and chicken liver at night. Crappie good on minnows around fishing docks at night. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Chandler: July 29. Elevation below normal, water 89 and clear. Channel catfish good on shad and night crawlers at night. Crappie good on minnows and jigs early. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: July 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water upper 80s and clearing. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 3-6 ft. from boats around the lake as well as from the new fishing dock at Copan Point. Catfish slow on cut shad, sunfish and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eufaula: July 29. Elevation 3 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits around points and deeper rocky areas. White bass good on topwater lures and slab spoons along flats early and late. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along deep creek channels and deep flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges, around standing timber and riprap. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Ft. Gibson: July 28. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 89 and clear. White bass good on white rooster tails around the windy points early and late. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms and Biffle Bugs at 5-15 ft. Catfish good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait and whole shad in the main channel. Crappie fair on minnows, chartreuse and black jigs around the dock at Western Hills Lodge. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Grand: July 29. Elevation 1 ft. below normal. Largemouth bass fair on worms and jigs. White bass good trolling the islands by Sailboat Bridge. Catfish good on fresh cut bait above Sailboat Bridge. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below docks with brush. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: July 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on jig-and-worm and deep diving bill baits along rocky points, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in green, red and yellow around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hulah: July 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water clearing. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: July 30. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 90 and clear. White bass good on crankbaits and small jigs along windy beaches and the Sarge Creek Bridge in the afternoons. Blue catfish fair. Gar good bow fishing. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: July 31. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 81. White bass fair trolling. Striped bass good. Blue catfish good to excellent on shad and cut bait at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 30. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures along the weed beds. White bass fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at 2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass good on live trout and live shad at 3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish good on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie

fair on spinnerbaits and jigs at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
 

Oologah: July 30. Elevation 1 1/4 ft. below normal, water upper 80s and murky. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 15-30 ft. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits on flats 10-15 ft. early in the morning and late in the evening. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around standing timber. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Tenkiller: July 31. Elevation below normal, water high 80s and clear. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures early and late. Catfish fair on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 20-25 ft. White bass fair on spinnerbaits, spoons or jigs all over the lake early and late. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 30. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jig-and-worm along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and liver on bottom and along mudflats. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

 

Information provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation .

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