Fishing Report

Fall is officially here and the weather is beautiful. Fisheries personnel recently stocked the Close to Home fishing ponds in El Reno and Guthrie with 1,000 copper nose bluegill sunfish. To learn more about these ponds and other Close to Home fishing areas visit wildlifedepartment.com.

Ft. Gibson: September 28. Elevation normal, water 77 with 1 ft. clarity. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FGIB.lakepage.html. White bass good on crankbaits, sassy shad, spoons, and tube jigs around main lake, points, and shorelines. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around coves, creek channels, shallows, and weed beds. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, main lake, and standing timber. Report submitted by Ben Haff, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: September 25. Elevation normal, water 60s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PENS.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, in-line spinnerbait, plastic baits, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures around brush structure, docks, riprap, rocks, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live shad, shrimp, and worms below the dam, around channels, coves, creek channels, docks, main lake, river channel, and river mouth. Catfish are being caught in good number on the main lake, particularly where ledges drop off to 30-40 ft. of water. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, and PowerBait around brush structure and docks. Crappie can be found in and around brush structure on the main lake. White bass are being caught in decent numbers near the Blue Bluff area. Paddlefish are beginning to be caught on the main lake. Largemouth Bass seem to prefer crankbaits. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: September 28. Elevation above normal, water 77 and murky. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait around coves and flats. Bluegill sunfish fair on jigs and worms around docks, shallows, and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and spoons around docks. As lake temperature begins to drop, the fishing is beginning to pick up slightly. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Kaw: September 27. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water low 70s and stained. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/KAWL.lakepage.html. White bass and striped hybrid bass good on crankbaits, jigs, live shad, shad, spoons, and topwater lures below the dam, and around the main lake, points, and riprap. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish excellent on cut bait, live bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait, and sunfish below the dam, around river channel, river mouth, and shallows. Crappie good on jigs, live bait, spoons, and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: September 24. Elevation above normal, water 78. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/KEYS.lakepage.html. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure. Blue catfish good on cut bait below the dam. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois River: September 25. Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=07198000. Rainbow trout fair on in-line spinnerbaits, nymphs, and PowerBait below the dam and around the Watts area. Fishing is best during periods of low or no flow; usually early morning or late evening. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Sooner: September 27. Elevation normal, water 70s and murky. Striped hybrid bass and white bass fair on jigs and live shad around discharge. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait and stinkbait around the main lake. No floating or wading in the discharge area. All saugeye less than 18 inches must be released immediately. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: September 28. Elevation above normal, water 78 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TENK.lakepage.html. Bluegill, green, and redear sunfish good on jigs and worms around brush structure, creek channels, docks, and shorelines. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, shorelines, and standing timber. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and small lures around brush structure, docks, and standing timber. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: September 28. Elevation rising, water 77 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/WFLO2.current.html. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and hot dogs below the dam, around flats and main lake. Flathead catfish fair on live bait and snagging below the dam. Paddlefish fair snagging below the dam. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

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