Fly Fishing Report – North Texas and Oklahoma

| March 6, 2013

Well, with the temperatures breaking records all over North Texas on Monday, is it any surprise that the bass were banging pretty hard in the shallows of Lake Kiowa, Texas? I also heard from the north side of Lake Ray Roberts and the same size largemouth bass were hitting there as well – about 2-3 year-olds. All the fish we caught on Kiowa were very healthy and a bit more frisky because the water is shallower and warmed up more quickly there. OF COURSE, the temperatures plunged that same night, and we went from record highs to below normal highs for yesterday and today.

OKLAHOMA REPORT FROM STATE OF OKLAHOMA

Lower Illinois: March 4. Elevation normal, water 45 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits at 1-3 ft. along coves and bridges. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. at the mouth of the river. Trout excellent fly fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-3 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom from the dam to Gore Landing. Note: some big trout are left over from the trout tournament. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Lower Illinois: March 5. Stocked 2,329 rainbow trout. The Corps of Engineers will be doing turbine inspections on Tenkiller Dam during March and April and the turbines will be out of use for 4-6 weeks. Report submitted by Josh Johnston, biologist stationed in the east central region.

Texoma: March 3. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 50 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on large crankbaits, plastic combination baits and spinnerbaits at 10-20 ft. around the river channel drop-offs. Striped and white bass fair to good on live bait, sassy shad and salt craws at 10-30 ft. from Burns Run to Caney Creek. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on live bait, stinkbait and cut shad at 10-30 ft. from Johnson Creek to Platter Flats. Crappie fair to good on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. in underwater brush and fish attractors. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Arbuckle: March 2. Elevation 5 3/4 ft. below normal, water48 and clear in the main lake and stained in the feeder coves and upper end of creeks. Crappie slow around docks early morning; moving from deep water. White bass also on the move, some are in the upper creek arms, gulls and terns will sometimes show you where to fish. Bass slow on crankbaits in shad patterns, jigs, jerk baits and Alabama rigs. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: March 5. Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. Trout good on rainbow, orange and yellow Power Bait, in-line spinnerbaits with hook dressing and gold spoons. Fly fishing good on egg patterns, green woolly bugger, caddis flies and midges around riffles and current in larger pools and below falls. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, chicken liver and minnows in larger pools around breaks in the current. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on small crankbaits fished slowly in deeper pools around structure. Approximately 2,000 rainbow trout were stocked on March 5. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: March 3. Elevation 9-10 ft. below normal, water 50. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair to good on jerk baits and crankbaits around structure and points. Walleye good on rogues, rattletraps and 5-inch twirl-tail grubs with 1/4 ounce jig heads in the upper end of the lake. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: March 3. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear in the east and murky in the west. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and plastic baits along rocky areas near the dam. Blue catfish fair on shad along the flats. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks with brush and around riprap areas. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: March 3. Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows along the river channel. Catfish fair on trot lines baited with cut bait and live bait. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.

Lower Mountain Fork: March 3. Fishing has been great. In addition to midges and blue-winged olive mayflies, March Browns and tan caddis flies are beginning to take trout throughout the river. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

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