Northeast Oklahoma fishing report for week of May 16

Can you hear them? The bass are biting and the crappie are calling! Time to get out that tackle box and hit your favorite fishing hole or maybe even find a new favorite at one of the many lakes we have to choose from.

Here are the current lake levels and fishing tips in this week's fishing report issued on May 16 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

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NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: May 13. Elevation above normal, water 77 and murky. Bass good on plastic baits. Channel catfish good on punch bait at 5 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: May 13. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits in the mornings and on topwater lures in late evening. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and worms. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12-15 ft. Report submitted by David Clay, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Chandler: May 13. Elevation above normal, water 78 and murky. Bass fair on plastic baits and topwater lures in the mornings. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: May 13. Elevation 8 1/2 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. from boats around the lake. White bass slow on white grubs. Catfish good on cut shad, sunfish and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 15. Elevation slightly below normal, water 75 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-12 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: May 12. Elevation normal, water 74 and clear. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 2-10 ft. early and late. White bass good on the windy points on white rooster tails and small crankbaits while trolling. Catfish good on shad and cut bait drifting the flats and on shrimp and corks along rocky banks. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and Biffle Bugs at 2-10 ft. around docks and structure. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

Grand: May 16. Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 70. Bass fair on worms and jigs. White bass fair up the creeks. Catfish good on fresh cut bait above Sailboat Bridge. Crappie fair at 20-25 ft. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: May 15. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, buzz baits and plastic worms along creek channels, brush structure and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and liver on bottom near the spillway and in the upper end of creek channels. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in yellow and white around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: May 15. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and crankbaits. White bass fair to good on small lures at mouths of creeks and trolling. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait. Crappie fair to good on minnows and small jigs. Paddlefish fair in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Hulah: May 13. Elevation 12 ft. above normal, water murky. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. Catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Keystone: May 14. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 74. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 5-8 ft. Catfish excellent on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and shad. White bass excellent on rooster tails and spoons at 7 ft. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: May 14. Elevation normal, water 42 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. White bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on jigs at 1-2 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent 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 to the dam. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: May 13. Elevation 8 ft. above normal and falling, water upper 60s and muddy. Channel catfish good on liver and shrimp around flooded willows. Blue catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 10-15 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits around flooded 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.

Sooner: May 14. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on live shad and slabs. Blue catfish good on cut bait and live bait along the southwest corner of the lake around points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along Hwy 15. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 15. Elevation slightly below normal, water 76 and dingy. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa

Tenkiller: May 14. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 70 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastic baits at 3-15 ft. Crappie fair on jigs at 15-20 ft. around brush. Catfish good on flip-flops baited with cut bait at 20-30 ft. Sunfish good on worm-tipped jigs in or near the docks. Report by Monte Brooks, Cookson Village Resort.

Webbers Falls: May 15. Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on chatter baits, spinnerbaits and buzz baits along riprap, creek channels, brush structure and mudflats. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and liver drifting or on mudflats. Crappie good on minnows and jigs in purple and black. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Eufaula: May 14. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along rocky areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when running water. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad along rocky areas and shallow flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs along riprap and standing 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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