Fishing report

Bell Cow: May 11. Elevation above normal, water 66 and muddy. White bass good on sassy shad and swim baits around riprap, shorelines, and boat ramps. Crappie fair on minnows around docks. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: May 9. Elevation above normal, water 60 and murky. The lake is flooded. Birch Cove is still closed and there are no access to the docks. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows around brush structure, coves, docks and shorelines. I was unable to contact any anglers to find out where the fish are biting due to the cool temperatures and high water. Report submitted by Ryan Walker, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: May 12. Elevation above normal, water 68 and murky. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on flukes, minnows and sassy shad below the dam and around riprap, shorelines and spillway. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, minnows, punch bait and worms below the dam and around riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: May 11. Elevation above normal, water 66 and muddy. Crappie fair on minnows and small lures around dam and shorelines. Channel catfish slow on worms around shorelines. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: May 12. Elevation above normal, water 60s and muddy. Channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, shad, and worms below the dam and around the river channel and shorelines. Crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: May 11. Elevation above normal, water mid-60s and muddy. Crappie and white bass fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, coves, discharge and main lake. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits around points, riprap and shorelines. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, live bait, shad and worms around creek channels and discharge. Crappie are scattered and finicky. People are catching them in deeper water suspended on brush. White bass are being caught really well at the flats and are biting everything from crankbaits to crappie jigs. Catfish are being caught below the dam. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Ft. Gibson: May 8. Elevation 16 ft. above normal and rising, water 73. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on live shad and shad below the dam and around the main lake and on Carolina-rigged shad. All other fishing is slow. Report submitted by Rick Stafford, Wagoner.

Grand: May 14. Elevation above normal, water 62 and stained. The lake is rising and there is debris. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. below the dam, around brush structure and docks. Blue catfish good on shad and fresh cut shad at 5-30 ft. in the main lake and shallows. Check out GrandFishingReport.com and Grand River Dam Authority on Facebook for fishing and lake updates. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: May 13. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure and shallows. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along shallows and shorelines. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait and worms in the main lake. Report submitted by Gary Wilcox, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hulah: May 12. Elevation above normal, water 60s and muddy. Channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, shad and worms below the dam and around the river channel and shorelines. Crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and shorelines. White bass slow on hair jigs, minnows and spoons around creek channels. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: May 14. Elevation 33 ft. above normal with a release of nearly 60,000 cfs, water 60s and muddy. Blue, channel and flathead catfish excellent on cut bait, punch bait, shad, stinkbait, sunfish and worms along flats, shallows, shorelines and tailwater. Paddlefish snagging good below the dam with some nice fish being caught on the east side. The west side of the dam is closed. Fishing in the flooded crop fields on the far north end of the lake has been excellent for blues and channels especially for those using worms. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: May 9. Elevation above normal, water 64. Largemouth bass fair on jigs around rocks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait around channels. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois River: May 10. Elevation above normal, water 55-65 and clear. Rainbow trout good on hair jigs, in-line spinnerbait, and PowerBait below the dam, and around rocks and watts area. At this time Tenkiller is not releasing much water, making the fishing easy. The water level is high downstream due to high water conditions on the Arkansas River. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

McMurtry: May 13. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 64 and semi-clear. Crappie fair on minnows, tube jigs, and beetle spin jigs at 12-15 ft. around brush structure, docks and standing timber. Small minnows have worked as well. Biggest crappie caught on bottom at west boat house. Northern creek has produced several large crappie. Fisherman on both sides have landed crappie from the docks consistently. Channel catfish good on live shad, shad, chicken liver and dough bait along creek channels, river channel, west side docks and east side tent camping banks. Cut shad and chicken blood dough baits have been the primary baits. Largemouth bass fair on minnows, plastic worms Texas and Carolina rigs, rattletraps, spinnerbaits and rooster tails in west side coves, northern creek, island rocks and rocky point on the west side. Several 3 lb. bass have been caught using spinnerbaits and jigging near the bottom with nightcrawlers. The recent rains have cooled the overall temperature of the lake. White bass fair on crankbaits, deep divers and spinnerbaits along the dam riprap, main lake channel near the sandbar and west side banks. White bass are being caught near the southern ends and west sides of the lake. Several caught on crankbaits this past weekend. Saugeye fair on deep divers of various sorts, bottom drag spinners and night crawlers in the main lake around sandbar and the dam. Several 14-16 inch saugeye were caught; largest saugeye of 21 inches were caught using bottom drag spinners with nightcrawlers. Report submitted by McMurtry lake staff.

Oologah: May 12. Elevation 12 ft. above normal, water 65 and muddy. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad around brush structure and on limb lines and jugs near flooded brush. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam. Current release from the dam is 3800 cfs. This will change daily based on conditions. Lake is full of floating debris so use caution. Some campgrounds and boat ramps are closed. Contact the Oologah Lake Corp office @ 918-443-2250 for specific closures. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: May 11. Elevation above normal, water dirty and in the 60s. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits around coves, points and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms around coves, shorelines and flooded vegetation. Crappie slow on jigs and minnows around shorelines. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: May 12. Elevation above normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait around discharge. Saugeye fair on crankbaits around the main lake. White bass fair on jigs and minnows around riprap. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: May 11. Elevation above normal, water mid-60s and stained. Crappie and white bass good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, discharge, and docks. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits around coves, points, riprap, and shorelines. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, shad and worms around discharge. Crappie are doing really well in the slower water within the state park below the dam. Some white Bass are being caught there as well. Report submitted by Cody Morris, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Tenkiller: May 12. Elevation rising, water murky. As of Sunday, May 12, Lake Tenkiller is fourteen (14) feet above normal and rising. Due to heavy rains and flood waters converging at the McClellan Kerr Navigation system in Muskogee from three river sources, Tenkiller is not releasing any water. Channel and blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, and shad around rocks, shallows, and shorelines. All fish activity (except for catfish) has been slow due to murky and rising water levels. Report submitted by Brady May, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: May 13. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on shad, sunfish and worms below the dam and along shorelines. Most fishing is slow due to lack of boating access because boat ramps are under water. Report submitted by Gary Wilcox, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.