Skiatook Fishing Report

Sunset over Skiatook lake. LINDSEY CHASTAIN/Skiatook Journal

Bell Cow

July 1. Elevation above normal, water 86 and murky. Crappie and white bass fair on in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, minnows, and beetle spins around brush structure, docks, riprap, and boat ramps. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver and cut bait around shorelines. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch

June 30. Elevation 17 1/3 ft. above normal, water 80s and murky. Crappie, sunfish, and bluegill slow on jigs and minnows below the dam. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish slow on cut bait, minnows, and worms around the dam. All of the parks are closed and boat ramps as well. The only access to the lake is along the face of the dam and at the outlet. Report submitted by Ryan Walker, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell

July 1. Elevation above normal, water 80 and murky. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on crankbaits, cut bait, jigs, minnows, and rogues around main lake and spillway. Channel catfish slow on Alabama rig, chicken liver, stinkbait, and worms around coves, points, riprap, shallows, shorelines, and weed beds. Crappie fair on jigs, tube jigs, and worms around the crappie dock. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler

July 1 Elevation normal, water 86 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits and plastics around coves, shorelines, and weed beds. Crappie slow on minnows around dam and docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan

June 30. Elevation 18 ft. above normal, water 70s and murky. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, live shad, shad, stinkbait, and worms below the dam, and around tailwater and flooded shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha

June 30. Elevation above normal, water low 80s and stained. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures around coves, docks, flats, points, riprap, shorelines, and weed beds. Crappie and white bass fair on crankbaits, hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, coves, docks, and points. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, shad, and worms around coves, creek channels, main lake, points, and riprap. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Ft Gibson

June 30. Elevation above normal, water 80 and murky. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on live bait, shad, and sunfish below the dam. White bass good on in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, plastics, and topwater lures around flats, main lake, and points. Access to Ft. Gibson Lake is extremely limited due to extended flood conditions. Do not operate a boat on these waters unless you have above average familiarity with the lake. Report submitted by Ben Haff, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

July 1. Elevation 27 ft. above normal, water 84. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and live shad below the dam, and around the dam and river channel. White bass slow on in-line spinnerbaits and small lures around points and trolling. Report submitted by Rick Stafford, Wagoner.

Greenleaf

June 30. Elevation above normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on Alabama rig, buzz baits, in-line spinnerbaits, jerk bait, plastics, rogues, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, coves, creek channels, docks, points, riprap, rocks, shallows, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Channel catfish excellent on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, live bait, punch bait, shad, shrimp, stinkbait, and worms around channels, coves, creek channels, flats, inlet, main lake, and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure and channels. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson

June 30. Elevation above normal, water 70s and muddy. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad around flats and river channel. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. White bass good on crankbaits, jigs, and plastics around the main lake. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah

June 30. Elevation 25 ft. above normal, water 70s and murky. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, live shad, minnows, stinkbait, sunfish, and worms below the dam, and around tailwater and flooded shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw

July 1. Elevation 30 ft. above normal, water 70s and muddy. Striped bass, striped bass hybrids, and white bass good on crankbaits, flukes, hair jigs, jigs, live shad, rogues, sassy shad, and topwater lures below the dam. Crappie, white bass and walleye fair on jigs and minnows below the dam, and around brush structure, main lake, riprap, rocks, and bridges. Blue catfish, channel catfish, and flathead catfish good on crawfish, cut bait, grasshoppers, live bait, live shad, punch bait, shad, and worms below the dam, and around channels, flats, riprap, rocks, shallows, and shorelines. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone

June 27. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Blue catfish fair on cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois River

June 28. Elevation above normal, water 60 and clear. Rainbow trout fair on PowerBait and small lures below the dam and around eddies. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

McMurtry

July 1. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 82 and semi-murky. Crappie fair on minnows, PowerBait, tube jigs, worms, and beetle spin jigs at 12-15 ft. Small minnows have worked as well. The docks and structures at the dam have been the best locations. Minnows are the primary bait. Channel and flathead catfish fair on live shad, chicken liver, and dough bait around channels, creek channels, river channel, docks, west side docks, and island. Flatheads are being caught with live baits more frequently. The flatheads appear to be on nesting sites currently. Largemouth bass fair on minnows, plastic worms, topwater lures, jigs, and spinnerbaits around west side coves, northern coves with standing timber, and north end of the island. Middle of the day is slower. White bass fair on crankbaits, deep divers, and spoons around dam, riprap, and main lake channel near the sandbar. Several caught on crank-baits this past weekend. Saugeye good on deep divers of various sorts, bottom drag spinners, night crawlers, and minnows around main body around the sandbar and by the dam and around the island. A 5 lb. saugeye was caught using jigs near the bottom. Report submitted by McMurtry lake staff.

Oologah

June 30. Elevation 20 ft. above normal and slowly falling, water 70 and muddy. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad around flats, on juglines, and on limblines. Most Corp boat ramps and campgrounds continue to be closed. Call the Oologah Lake office @ 918-443-2250 for specific closures. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook

July 1. Elevation above normal, water 80s and clear. Crappie good on jigs and minnows at 5-15 ft. around brush structure, and standing timber. As of 8 am on July 1, the only boat ramp open is the south ramp in Blackdog Park. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner

June 30. Elevation normal, water murky. White bass and saugeye fair on crankbaits around coves and riprap. Striped bass hybrids slow on live shad and spoons around the dam and main lake. Channel catfish fair on cut bait around discharge. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw

June 30. Elevation above normal, water low 80s and stained. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures around coves, docks, points, riprap, shorelines, and weed beds. Crappie and white bass slow on crankbaits, hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, coves, docks, and points. Channel and blue catfish slow on chicken liver, shad, and worms around coves, points, and riprap. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Tenkiller

June 30. Elevation dropping, water murky to clear. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass good on Alabama rig, buzz baits, jigs, and plastics around brush structure, riprap, shallows, standing timber, and weed beds. Channel and blue catfish good on live bait, shad, shrimp, and stinkbait around main lake and riprap. As of Monday, July 1 the lake has dropped two feet over the weekend to 28 feet above normal. Although lake levels are dropping, conditions are still extremely limited on launching boats across the entire lake. Most all the parks are closed and boat ramps are under water. Fishing has slowed slightly with the rapid drop in water levels, but there are still lots of action in the flooded timber with all species of game fish. Have a happy and safe 4th of July. Report submitted by Brady May, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls

June 30. Elevation above normal, water 85 and muddy. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish excellent on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, live bait, live shad, punch bait, shad, shrimp, stinkbait, and worms below the dam, and around channels, coves, creek channels, discharge, inlet, shallows, shorelines, and tailwater. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, jerk bait, plastics, rogues, and spinnerbaits around coves, creek channels, inlet, rocks, and shorelines. Boaters should continue to use extreme caution on Webbers Falls. Do to the record flooding there is a heavy load of debris in the river and most all channel markers are no longer in the correct placement. These hazards will be present for the foreseeable future. Boat ramps are starting to reopen at this time. Contact the Corp. Of Engineers for the most current openings. Report submitted by Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.