Monday, April 30, 2007

Great Salt Plains & Canton Reports

Great Salt Plains carp are biting
March winner Mark sent us this report from Great Salt Plains Lake & Canton Lake:

I was finally able to get out and try out some of the new lures. I used the
Lead Babies Slabs that I won; one was a blue & silver Pee Wee and one was a yellow & black long minnow. I had some success with the Pee Wee at Canton Lake. The white bass are still biting and I caught several in just a couple of hours.

I also got a chance to go to
Great Salt Plains Lake, which had a lot of water running through it, hopefully the fishing will get better. To my surprise I caught several carp on both of my Lead Babies Slabs! Even though they are not really desired fish, they were sure fun to catch.

Anyways, thanks a lot, I love this web site and all the lake updates!!

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Mark and congratulations on winning our box full of goodies! We knew the lures would work --- just didn't expect it on carp!!

Friday, April 20, 2007

April Free Lures, Tackle & Bait Winner


Twice a month, OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures, tackle and bait to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber also wins an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech.

This week's winner is Patti from Duncan, Oklahoma. Patti
will receive an assortment of lures, bait and tackle valued up to $175.00, from: Want a chance to win free fishing lures, tackle & bait AND a new tackle box? Sign Up Here!

Editor's Note: Congratulations Patti and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Lake Texoma Smallmouth on the Bite!

Lake Texoma fishing report from GW Chisholm of Trails Guide Service says the smallmouth bass bite is on!
Fishing guide GW Chisholm of Trails Guide Service sends us this smallmouth bass report from Lake Texoma:

Yesterday was a good smallmouth bass day! These are a few of the over twenty smallies that we caught along with several black bass.

Most of them looked as if they are post spawn so this bite won't last but a couple of weeks longer.

Now is the time for a trophy, if that is what you are after!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

April Free Lures, Tackle & Bait Winner


Twice a month, OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures, tackle and bait to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber also wins an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech.

This week's winner is Greg from Edmond, Oklahoma. Greg
will receive an assortment of lures, bait and tackle valued up to $175.00, from: Want a chance to win free fishing lures, tackle & bait AND a new tackle box? Sign Up Here!

Editor's Note: Congratulations Greg and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

We've Increased it Again! (Yes, Again!!)


As a subscriber to our free fishing reports, you are now eligible to win $175.00 worth of lures, tackle & bait twice a month AND an Original Readi-Lure tackle box once a quarter in our bi-monthly giveaways!

In addition to the great lures, tackle & bait from Fishbelly, Lead Babies Slabs and Alluring Lures & Tackle, Jugs by Bert, CJs Bait, Readi-Lure and The Fish Grip, winners will now be receiving products from Larry the Lizard, a fantastic hand-poured soft plastic lizard bait that has been slayin' 'em at Lake Fork recently.


Good luck to you in all our 28 drawings this year and in all your fishing adventures!

Texoma Smallmouth Bass TV Show

Jen Carroll and Jay Fuller warm up prior to filming a new Wildlife Department show on Lake Texoma smallmouth bass.
Coming soon to a TV near you - a Wildlife Department show on Lake Texoma Smallies!

Cut & Shoot Productions, Jen Carroll - Women's Bassmaster Pro, Jay Fuller - Lake Texoma smallmouth record holder, Alberta Creek Resort & Marina, the Tacklebox Club, and OKFG just completed filming of a feature show for the Wildlife Department on Lake Texoma smallmouth bass.

Pictured here is Jen & Jay warming up prior to filming. Air times TBA on here on Hawg Blawg.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

White bass spawning runs are on!

According to the state Fishing Report, white bass, also known as "sand bass," are beginning their annual spawning runs in parts of the state, and fishing for the popular springtime sport fish is heating up.

"Anglers need to get in on the sand bass fishing now," said Paul Balkenbush, southeast region fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "The spawning runs are starting, and that means there will be feeding frenzies upstream in lake tributaries. Sand bass anglers can fill up a stringer in a hurry this time of year, if they get out there and don't miss the annual run."

According to Balkenbush, white bass fishing is popular in Oklahoma because of the action offered by their aggressive feeding behavior during late March and early April, when the fish migrate in large numbers into upper-lake tributaries. Their large appetites and dense concentration in creeks and rivers can lead to non-stop action. But he also said the simplicity of white bass makes it an ideal way to spend a spring day.

"The beauty of a white bass run is you don't have to have all the fancy equipment," Balkenbush said. "You just need some simple gear and you'll have all the fun you want."

Right now, according to the Department's weekly Fishing Report, white bass are staging and starting their annual run up the Mountain Fork River at Broken Bow Lake and are being caught on an assortment of grubs. Reports also say the "sandies" are being caught in southeast Oklahoma up creeks at Murray, Arbuckle, Hugo, Eufaula, Konawa, Sardis, Robert S. Kerr, McGee Creek and Pine Creek.

Southeast Oklahoma is not the only place producing great sand bass fishing, however. Fishing is reportedly excellent now in tributaries at the upper end of Ft. Gibson using crankbaits and spinnerbaits, and also good at Grand Lake, Hudson, Sooner and Keystone.

In the southwest, reports are good at Waurika Lake on live bait and along the dam at Canton Lake in the northwest part of the state.

According to anglers, top choices for catching white bass during the spring river run include jigs, spinners and minnows.

"This time of year, you can use a variety of tackle to catch white bass," Balkenbush said. "The important thing is to be there on the water during their annual run. The spring rains will help kick start spawning activity in some places where it hasn't already started."

The white bass is among Oklahoma's most widely distributed game fish. Excellent populations can be found in all regions of the state, including Broken Bow (southeast), Ft. Cobb (southwest), Canton (northwest), Oologah (northeast) and Hefner (central).

Story from the Wildlife Department.

Huge Smallie caught at Eufaula

Huge Lake Eufaula smallmouth bass caught by Jason Elam is just shy of a new Oklahoma state record.
A Broken Arrow college student caught an eight-pound, one-and-a-half-ounce smallmouth bass Wednesday at Lake Eufaula that fell only an ounce and half short of matching the current state record.

James Elam, 20 and a sophomore at OSU, was fishing near the Porum Landing around 2 p.m. March 21 when he reeled in the lunker on a homemade plastic lure. That was after he had already reeled in a six-pound smallmouth at 7:45 a.m. that morning.


Elam said he caught the huge bass by fishing deep over ledges.
If the big bass had eaten one more meal that day before being hooked, it would likely have gone down in the record books. The fish fell just shy of the state record smallmouth, an eight-pound, three-ounce fish caught out of Eufaula March 4, 2006 by Steve McLarty, also from Broken Arrow.

"I'm pretty happy about catching the fish," Elam said, and he wasn't too worried about it not becoming the new record. "Either way, it's the biggest smallmouth I have ever caught."


With two of the largest smallmouth bass in state history pulled from its waters, Eufaula is proving itself as a well-established trophy fishery. The east-central Oklahoma lake saw its first stocking of smallmouths in 1992 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Home to a self-sustaining population of reservoir strain smallmouths that originated in Tennessee, the lake is also a great destination for white bass and black bass anglers.

Other popular state smallmouth fisheries include Texoma, Skiatook, Lawtonka and Broken Bow lakes. Many of the state's rivers and streams hold large populations of smallmouth as well, though not the reservoir strain that reaches record sizes.


As for Elam, he will keep on fishing for smallmouths, and he might just land the next record.
"I've got a lifetime to catch another one," Elam said.

Photo Credit: Steve Burge, Southeast Region Information Specialist for the Wildlife Department. Story compliments of the Wildlife Department.