Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Keystone Lake Cabins

Lake Keystone Cabins
Have you procrastinated too long in making your plans for this holiday weekend? If so, you are in luck! Introducing the new Bear's Glen Cabins at Lake Keystone.

Bear's Glen Cabins are situated on 15 private acres with lake access via walking trails to Bear’s Glen Cove. Washington Irving South Recreation area is 7/10 mile from the cabins and has boat ramps, swimming beach, playground, camping areas and RV sites.

Amenities Include:

  • Equipped Kitchen with Dinette
  • Queen Bedroom
  • Futon/full bed in Living Area
  • Loft for sleeping or children’s play area
  • Full Bath
  • Heat & Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Covered Porch
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Picnic Area
Check them out at: www.BearsGlenCabins.com

May 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 James from Enid, Oklahoma. James
will receive an assortment of lures, bait and tackle valued up to $150.00, from:Want a chance to win free fishing lures, tackle & bait AND a new tackle box? Sign Up Here!

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

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Free Fishing Days, June 2 - 3

Anglers hoping to introduce someone to the sport of fishing this year have a chance to take them for free June 2-3.

Oklahoma's Free Fishing Days allow people to fish without state fishing licenses or permits (including trout licenses and fishing and hunting legacy permits).

"These are some of the best days to take a newcomer or youth fishing with you," said Damon Springer, aquatic education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "There's no state fishing license requirements, so someone who has never been before can just wake up in the morning and head out for a fun day of fishing. And someone from out of state can come enjoy what Oklahoma's waters have to offer without having to worry about license requirements."

Fishing in Oklahoma normally requires a license and a fishing and hunting legacy permit, which are purchased from the Department at its offices or various sporting good vendors across the state. Anglers should also note that certain city permits may apply to specific fishing areas.

"License sales are one of the primary sources of funding for the Department," said Barry Bolton, assistant chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Department. "Sportsmen pay for conservation projects when they buy a license. The Department's Free Fishing Days can help us introduce new anglers and ensure that great fishing and habitat work will continue for years to come. There's no excuse not to take someone fishing on June 2 and 3. The weather is great, the fishing is great and, best of all, it's free."

Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to offer free fishing days 25 years ago and has since been followed by dozens of other states that have established similar days.

Anglers should be aware of and abide by all Texas fishing license and permit requirements when fishing the Texas portion of Lake Texoma June 2-3. The Texas Free Fishing Day is June 2, so anglers will be able to fish both Texas and Oklahoma portions of the lake for free that day. On June 3, free fishing will only be allowed on the Oklahoma portion of the lake. Anglers must follow all other fishing regulations.

Story courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Paddlefish just short of a new record

Monster paddlefish is just shy of setting a new state record in Oklahoma.The best of the year's paddlefishing may be coming to a close in Oklahoma, but not before Steven McBride of Yukon reeled in a massive 114-pounder May 12 from below Kaw Dam near Ponca City.

"This was a great catch," said Larry Green, game warden stationed in Osage Co. for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

"We are entering the time of year that offers some of the very best fishing for black bass, striper, catfish and others, but McBride's catch shows that getting out there and paddlefishing is still paying off for some anglers."


McBride's paddlefish fell slightly short of the state record, a 121-pound fish caught by Shane McCleary out of the Kaw tailwaters in 2003. However, McBride's fish measured 54 inches in length from the front of the eye to the fork of the tail, about a half-inch longer than McCleary's state record.


Coming shy of the record didn't seem to faze McBride. Though he's only been paddlefishing a few times, he loves to "feel the power" of a paddlefish on the line.
"It's addictive once you hook one," McBride said.

When McBride first snagged the fish, he thought it was a small one because the monster initially swam toward him. But eventually it turned and gave McBride and his 40 lb. test line a half-hour fight. McBride's dad steered the boat to shore, where the fishing line linking McBride to his trophy snapped in two.
McBride scrambled into the water in time to grip his broken line and was able to bring the fish the rest of the way in by hand without a rod and reel. The fish is being mounted by a taxidermist.

"This is an exciting story - one of those you tell your friends and family for years to come," Green said.


One of Oklahoma's largest fish, paddlefish feed on tiny, microscopic insects and are caught during the spring by snagging with a surf rod, heavy test line and large barbless hooks. In Oklahoma, they are found in several river systems and lakes.


To learn more about paddlefish and the extensive management and tagging program for the prehistoric fish, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.
Green said that although paddlefishing is slowing down statewide, fishing for other species is just picking up.

"We've yet to see the best fishing of the year," Green said. "When it comes to many of Oklahoma's most popular and readily available fish, the angling is just now starting to get hot."

Story courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, www.wildlifedepartment.com.

Broken Bow Fishing Report

The bass and walleye are biting at Lake Broken Bow
Fishing Guide Bryce Archey sends us this report from Lake Broken Bow:

May fishing is excellent right now, just thought I would share a few photos of last week's trips. Both bass and walleye are really biting right now.


Editor's note:
Thanks for the report Bryce. What did the walleye bite on?

Monday, May 07, 2007

Join the Tacklebox Club!

The Tacklebox Club offers the hottest, newest bass lures and deep discounts to members. In addition, they give away a guided trip for 2 plus lodging and a loaded tacklebox every a year.

Check it out at: www.TackleboxClub.net

Lake Lawtonka Report

Lake Lawtonka crappie
OKFG subscriber Chris Roebuck sent in this report from Lake Lawtonka:

The weekend crappie are biting on minnows in about 4 to 6 feet of water. Dragging a jig or rooster tail can also spark the bigger blue gills, which are feeding too. Bass are real slow. Dragging plastics at almost a dead stop will get nibbles and bites. Channel cats are biting on stink bait.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report & picture Chris. Looks like you had a tasty fish fry that night!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Texoma Bass on Fire!

Fishing Pro GW Chisholm of Trails Guide Service at Lake Texoma sends us this tantalizing picture (without a lot of explanation)...


Largemouth bass and small mouth bass are biting big time at Lake Texoma with GW Chisholm from Trails Guide Service.

Editor's Note: Looks like the fishing is pretty darn good for small mouth and large mouth at Lake Texoma right now. What's the story GW?

May 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 Roy from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Roy
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 Roy and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tom Steed Crappie Report

Lake Tom Steed crappie caught by Mike Diehl
Aspiring Pro Mike Diehl sends us this report from Lake Tom Steed:

Well, the bite is starting to happen at Tom Steed Lake. Catfish, hybrid, small bass and crappie can all be caught with a little patience and good timing. The cats and hybrid can be found on the flats while the bass and crappie are hiding near the banks and surrounding brush and cover.

I have fished for crappie before in Illinois but for some reason I have had a hard time figuring out Oklahoma-style crappie fishing. So today after landing six bass and one crappie on my Fishbelly Helix Buzz bait, it hit me! These crappie can be just as big and aggressive as bass, so let's go crappie fishing bassin' style and try what I know best. I rigged up a small spinner on my bass pole and gave it a shot with good results for a somewhat slow day.

Here are the nicest two of five I brought home - 2.0lb and 1lb 12oz.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Mike! Nice to know that the Helix Buzz works well on crappie too. I bet those slabs tasted great!!