Northeast Oklahoma Fishing report for week of July 4

The heat is on but so far lake levels are holding their own. The majority of area lakes are still right at normal with only a few lakes starting to fall below normal levels.

It is important to keep an eye on lake levels when you go out on the lakes, obstructions that were previously submerged can become dangerous obstacles as lake levels drop over the summer.

Also, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department also has a new website dedicated to current Oklahoma lake conditions. Their site includes information on water safety tips, blue green algae, lake updates and more. To visit their site, go to http:// www.checkmyoklake.com/

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: July 2. Elevation normal, water 88 and murky. Bass fair on crankbaits. Crappie good on minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Carl Blackwell: July 2. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 80. Catfish good on all baits. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: July 2. Elevation normal, water 88 and murky. Bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on spoons and minnows. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: July 3. Elevation normal, water mid-80s and clearing. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 3-5 ft. from boats around the lake and from the new fishing dock at Copan Point. Catfish good on cut shad, sunfish and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eufaula: July 1. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on Carolina-rigged lures and other deep water lures around deep points and deep rocky areas. White bass fair on flats early and late. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad drifting the flats and deeper rocky areas. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs under bridges, standing timber and up creek channels. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Ft. Gibson: June 30. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures and plastic baits at 10-20 ft. early and late. Catfish good on trotlines and drifting cut bait and shad at night. White bass good on white spinnerbaits and small crankbaits around the windy points. Crappie fair on minnows at 15-20 ft. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Greenleaf: July 3. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and bill baits along shorelines, creek channels, rocky points and brush structure. Catfish fair on stinkbait, cut bait and liver on bottom. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: July 3. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits early and late and on plastic baits at 15-30 ft. along creek channels and structure at midday. Channel and blue catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: July 3. Elevation normal, water clearing. Crappie on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: July 1. Elevation normal, water 89 and clearing on the lower end of the lake and murky in the upper end. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on the Ponca hump and sandy beach by the dam. White bass good on spoons, rattletraps and slabs below both bridges that cross the lake. These fish are easily caught trolling; once located you can anchor and cast to the schools. Blue catfish good on any live or fresh cut bait at 10-20 ft. on the entire lake. Shad are easily caught in the Coon Creek area with a cast net. Noodlers are having good luck around the rocky areas of the lake. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: July 2. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water 85. White bass fair off points. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 2. Elevation normal, water 47 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Striped bass fair on plugs at 1-3 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 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: June 30. Elevation normal, water 70s and muddy. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 10-15 ft. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits at 10 -12 ft. on flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around standing timber. Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics

at 5-8 ft. 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.

Sooner: July 2. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on topwater lures and sassy shad at the north end early and late. Catfish fair on cut bait and live bait around points and channels. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: July 2. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early morning. Catfish fair drifting cut bait at 10-20 ft. Sunfish good on night crawlers around docks and in the back of coves. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: July 3. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits and jig-and-worm along riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on stinkbait, fresh cut bait and liver on bottom along mudflats and drifting. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Information provided by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation .

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