Elevation normal, water 83. Crappie being caught around brush piles and docks. White bass surfacing early morning. Bass being caught off points and rock piles at daybreak. Sunny days fishing is slow. Fishing at night has been good..Report submitted by Jack Melton.
Elevation 1 1/2 ft. above normal and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits at 4-10 ft. off deep points. White bass fair on shad and spoons at 8-20 ft. on the flats. Channel catfish good on shad at 10-25 ft. off the flats. Crappie good on jigs at 10-20 ft. under bridges. Report submitted Ed Rodebush, state game warden stationed in McIntosh County.
Elevation normal, water 82. Largemouth bass fair on plastics, worms and crankbaits. Catfish fair on cut shad. Crappie fair on minnows. Report submitted by Wendell Smalling, state game warden stationed in Choctaw County.
Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early and late. Crappie fair on minnows at 12-14 ft. around cedar brush. Report submitted by Larry Luman, state game warden stationed in Atoka County.
Trout fishing has slowed but still pretty good. A wide range of flies have been working, there are no major hatches. The power house has been releasing water daily for a few hours. Report submitted by Sid and Peggy, Beavers Bend Fly Shop.
Elevation above normal, water 73 and clear. Bass good on lures and minnows. Crappie good on minnows around brush. catfish good on chicken liver and hot dogs. Walleye slow but try around dam with rattle traps. Sunfish good on minnows and crappie bait. Report submitted by Bob Newcomer.
Elevation normal, water 77 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and crankbaits at 7-10 ft. on the points. Channel catfish good on punch bait and cut shad on the bottom in creek channels and river channels. Crappie fair on minnows at 15 ft. in brush piles. Report submitted by Floyd Matlock, state game warden stationed in McCurtain County.
Elevation normal, water 80 and murky. Largemouth bass slow using plastic baits at 8-10 ft. in the old creek channels that has some woody structure along the edges. Crappie fair at 8-10ft. using minnows around any submerged brush shelters. White bass fair from the surface to15 ft. using jigs and slab spoons in Applegate Cove and Short Mountain areas. Blue catfish fair at 10ft.using fresh cut shad drift fishing along the old Arkansas River channel. Flathead catfish fair on trotlines and juglines using live bait. Striped bass good on live bait in the lower Illinois River below Hwy. 64 bridge. Walleye and sauger fair on jigs and trolling crankbaits at the mouth of the Illinois River. Report submitted by Rick Olzawski, state game warden stationed in Haskell County.
Elevation normal, water 79 and clear to murky. Largemouth bass fair late evenings around the weedbeds on most topwater lures at 2-7 ft. Crappie good on minnows at the tower at 10-18 ft. White bass excellent when schooling on rattletraps. Blue catfish good on trotlines at 12-20 ft. on whole or cut shad. Report submitted by D.G. Belcher, state game warden stationed in Latimer and Pushmataha counties.
August 2. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass good on artificial liver at 5-10 ft. around creek channels. White and striped bass good on sassy shad at 15-20 ft. west Burns Run. Channel and blue catfish fair to good on cut bait at 5-10 ft. around Washita River arm. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, state game warden stationed in Bryan County.
Elevation normal, water 77 and muddy. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and spinners. Channel catfish fair on cut shad and liver at 8-10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell state game warden stationed in LeFlore County
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