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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Here are the conditions at Oklahoma lakes as reported Wednesday, April 25, by the state Department of Wildlife Conservation and lake rangers.

CENTRAL

Arcadia: Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Blue catfish being caught on shad. Crappie good. Report submitted by Wade Farrar, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Hefner: Water 64 degrees and murky. White bass being caught on jigs in the canal. Channel catfish being caught off the banks on cut bait, stinkbait and punch bait. Walleye being caught on jigs along the shoreline. Report submitted by Kelly Roberson, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Overholser: Water 70 degrees and murky. Striped bass hybrids being caught on jigs on windy days. Channel catfish being caught on cut bait, stinkbait along the north end of the dam. Crappie being caught on jigs around the docks. Report submitted by Kelly Roberson, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Thunderbird: Elevation 7 ft. below normal and murky. Crappie excellent on minnows and small jigs at 3 to 5 ft. around structure. Report submitted by Tony Woodruff, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Wes Watkins: Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 58 to 67 degrees and murky in shallow feeder creeks. The water is clearing in the main body of the lake and back west in the timbered area. Catfish fair to good on shrimp, chicken liver, fresh cut bait, minnows and assorted stinkbait in shallow water of the main lake channel. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows in timbered areas, structure and brush piles. White bass fair on small crankbaits in coves and timbered area and trolling with shallow diving crankbaits. Largemouth bass good on assorted colored spinnerbaits, brush hogs, lizards, worms and buzzbaits and rattletraps in weed beds and grassy areas and on topwaters in the early morning. Report submitted by M.M. Fowler, St. Gregory's.

NORTHEAST

Birch: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and muddy. Reservoir release is 98 cubic feet per second. Crappie good around rocky banks. Catfish good below the dam. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 60 degrees and murky to muddy in some areas. Bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie starting to pick up on minnows and jigs. Saugeye and striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits and grubs. Catfish good on cut bait. Report submitted by Jon Cunningham, game warden stationed in Payne County.

Chandler: Elevation 1 ft. below normal and murky. Largemouth bass and channel catfish slow. Crappie good on minnows off the dam. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: Elevation 2 ft. above normal and muddy. Crappie good and starting to move into shallow waters near rocky banks and brush on chartreuse or black/pink tube jigs. Bank fishing for crappie is currently best on the south end of Washington Cove, east of the boat ramp at Copan Point, the coves and creek around Osage Plains and under Cotton Creek bridge. Catfish fair to good on jug lines in or near the river channel. White bass fair in the same areas as crappie. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: Elevation slightly above normal, water 61 degrees and clear. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush and structure at 12 to 14 ft. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish good on trotlines using night crawlers. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

Fort Gibson: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 62 degrees and muddy. Largemouth bass good in flooded grass and around brush. Channel catfish good on worms and crawfish. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10 to 15 ft. Paddlefish snagging good from Flat Rock Creek to the low water dam. Report submitted Marvin Stanley, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: Elevation normal, water murky. Channel catfish good on cut shad in about at 10 to 12 ft. in river channels or shoreline, juglines on cut shad. Crappie fair at 10 ft. around baited areas using jigs and minnows. White bass good in rivers and creek channels using jigs and spinnerbaits. Paddlefish picking up in river channels. Report submitted by Jim Littlefield, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: Elevation normal and clear. Largemouth bass good on jigs, worms, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and fishing dock. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on pig and jig combo and crankbaits. White bass good on small jigs and minnows in the upper end of the lake. Channel and blue catfish good on cut shad in the flats and off points. Paddlefish snagging good in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: Elevation 4 ft. above normal and muddy. Reservoir release is 3,085 cubic feet per second. Crappie good and starting to move into shallow waters near rocky banks and brush on chartreuse or black/pink tube jigs. Bank fishing for crappie is currently best in Skull Creek, Wa-Sha-She Park and in the river near Rocky Ford boat ramp marina. White bass good in the Caney River North of the lake. Catfish fair to good on juglines in or near the river channel. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 60 degrees. Three tainter gates are open, two sluice gates are open. Water clarity, muddy on the upper end and stained by the dam. Blue and channel good in the main tributaries that feed Kaw in the flooded willows points or bends in the river with worms, stinkbait or fresh cut bait. White bass are being caught in moderate numbers in Beaver Creek. Crappie good in Beaver Creek. White bass good on the flats at the mouth of Little Beaver or Otter creeks. Fishing below Kaw Dam for crappie has slowed down due to high water but should improve when the flood gates are closed, the back water where there is not any current is the place to catch crappie, and there are good places on both sides of the river that have easy access by foot. White bass fishing has slowed down but is still good, fishing two 1/8 or 3/16 jigs was the best producer over the weekend, sassy shad or tub bodies both worked well, red/white was a popular choice. Paddlefish has picked up with the high water conditions, spawned out females were caught over the weekend, the spawning run is near the end. Report submitted by Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Keystone: Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 62 degrees and murky to muddy. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and jig and chunk at 4 to 8 ft. in the backs of coves. Smallmouth bass fair on jig and chunk and crankbaits at 4 to 8 ft. in the middle of deep coves. Spotted bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 4 to 8 ft. in main lake pockets. White bass good on minnows, grubs and tube jigs at 3 to 8 ft. in coves and creek in the upper end of the lake. Striped bass below the dam are fair on sassy shad and bucktails at 3 to 6 ft. early mornings. Striped bass in the lake are fair on rattletraps and swim baits at 4 to 8 ft. in the mouth of creek in the upper end of the lake. Channel catfish good on worms and shrimp at 3 to 6 ft. in shallow coves. Blue catfish good on cut shad and punch bait at 5 to 10 ft. in the flats up river. Flathead catfish fair on goldfish and large minnows at 6 to 10 ft. in deep coves. Crappie good on minnows and jig and bobber rigs at 2 to 8 ft. on sunny gravel banks. Report submitted by Larry Sellers, Woodys Bait and Tackle.

Oologah: Elevation 5 1/2 ft. above normal, water in the low 60's. Water muddy on the north end and murky on the south end. Blue catfish good on jugs baited with shad on shallow flats at 10 to 15 ft. Channel catfish fair on shrimp and doughbaits around flooded willows at 5 ft. Crappie fair around flooded bushes on minnows and jigs at 5 ft. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits around flooded brush. White bass and crappie fair on jigs below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: Elevation 7 1/2 ft. below normal, water 62 degrees and murky, but clearing. Striped bass hybrids fair, in creeks and on points, on sassy shad, pearl white and chartreuse colors working well. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs in shallow water. Smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits. Crappie good, on minnows, in creeks, and on structure, at docks and Hwy. 20 Bridge. Catfish fair on cut baits and large minnows, in most of the creeks. Report submitted by Greenwood Fishing Center.

Sooner: White bass and striped bass hybrids good on cut and live bait deep on the cold water side. Channel and blue catfish good on cut and live bait off the dikes. Fishing off Hwy. 15 is slow. Fishing around the dam is good where water is entering the lake from the river. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: Elevation slightly below normal, water 63 degrees and clear. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around the dam area. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa Fisheries.

Webbers Falls: Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in creek channels and along riprap. Channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait and sunfish on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and bridges. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: Elevation 3 ft. below normal. White bass and striped bass hybrids excellent on jigs, crankbaits and live bait. Walleye good trolling crankbaits near islands and along dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Fort Supply: Elevation normal and clear. White bass fair on jigs and spoons below the dam. Crappie fair on jigs and spinners below the dam. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden stationed in Harper County.

SOUTHEAST

Arbuckle: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water 62 degrees and stained. Crappie good at 4 to 6 ft. in back off coves and creeks. White bass fair in coves at 10 to 15 ft. on small jigs and rattletraps. Bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, lizards and jerk baits. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Arbuckle: Elevation 1 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass good on soft plastics, jerk baits and spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. White bass fair on minnows and trolling crankbaits. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, state game warden stationed in Carter County.

Blue River: Elevation normal, water 57 degrees and clear. Largemouth bass fair on minnows and flies. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait. Trout fair on rooster tails and power bait. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, technician at Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and slow running spinnerbaits in the mouths of creeks at 4 to 5 ft. and on buzzbaits in the afternoon. Channel catfish fair on juglines and trotlines baited with sunfish. Crappie good around structure in the upper end of the lake around standing timber on jigs and minnows. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: Elevation 1 ft. above normal, water clear to the east and murky to the west. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and jerk baits at 3 to 8 ft. around rocky areas. White bass good on jigs below the dam when releasing water. Blue catfish fair on fresh shad at 3 to 10 ft. in the shallow flats. Crappie good on minnows or jigs at 2 to 6 ft. along the grass line and around brush. Report submitted Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: Elevation normal, water 61degrees and murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on live minnows and jigs. Blue catfish fair on cut shad and liver. Report submitted by Wendell Smalling, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: Elevation normal, water 66 degrees and clear. Largemouth bass good on plastic worms at 4 to 8 ft. in weed beds. Channel catfish good on chicken liver in the discharge canal at 15 ft. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork River: Trout fair to good. There have been at least two types of caddis and two types of mayflies hatching. Good flies have been ants, soft hackles, various small dry flies like caddis patterns, Adams and wooly buggers. Report submitted by Sid Ingram, Beavers Bend Fly Shop.

McGee Creek: Elevation 1 1/3 ft. above normal, water 61 degrees and clear. Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastic lures at 2 to 6 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs over submerged cedar trees off main creek channels. Channel catfish and flathead catfish fair on live bait on jugs and trotlines. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: Bass good. White bass fair on jigs and crankbaits trolling. Catfish slow. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, state game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: Elevation slightly above normal and clear. Bass excellent on spinnerbaits, plastic worms and salt impregnated soft plastics. Crappie fair on minnows at the old bridge. Catfish fair on rod and reel and trotlines baited with magic bait. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Sardis Lake: Bass excellent on spinnerbaits in grass beds. White bass good up creeks on grubs and sassy shad. Blue catfish and flathead catfish fair on trotlines and juglines baited with cut bait. Crappie good on minnows along gravel beds and around bridges. Walleye fair up creeks and around islands on grubs. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: Elevation 3 ft. above normal, water 60 degrees and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on jig combinations at 10 to 20 ft. in creek channels. Striped and white bass fair on live bait and sassy shad at 10 to 20 ft. at the islands. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait and worms at 10 to 15 ft. in the Washita River. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5 to 10 ft. around brush piles and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and murky. Largemouth bass excellent on plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Catfish channel good on liver and cut baits with jugs and trotlines. Flathead good on live sunfish with trotlines. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Altus-Lugert: Elevation 12 ft. below normal and rising. White bass and striped bass hybrids good off the main swim beach. Crappie good near the old fish-o-rama. Walleye good but most are not long enough to keep. They must be 18 inches. You may want to check for current depth by going to: http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ALTU.lakepage.html Report submitted by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain State Park.

Foss: Elevation 2 ft. below normal and clear. Walleye good along dam. Striped bass hybrids and crappie good. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Fort Cobb: Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal and water murky. Crappie slow around docks. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair off windy points. Saugeye slow drifting or trolling. Catfish fair on cut baits. Report submitted by James Edwards Jr., game warden station in Caddo County.

Waurika: Elevation normal, water 60 degrees and murky. White bass and catfish good on live bait like shad and crawfish tails. Crappie slow. Report submitted by Phillip Cottrill, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.
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