Friday, November 30, 2007

November Free Lures & Tackle Winner

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

Early Winter Fishing Heating Up

Early winter fishing is great right now according to biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Oklahomans focused only on current hunting seasons are in danger of missing it.

Fall and early winter is an absolutely gorgeous time to go fishing,” said Gary Peterson, fisheries biologist for the Wildlife Department. “Once the bass tournaments are over and deer season begins, there are fewer people on the lakes and rivers. It is quieter without boats roaring by, and many fish species are more willing to bite. In northeast Oklahoma , the osprey fly in and go fishing with you, and sometimes eagles try to steal the osprey’s catch.”

Peterson noted that while some fish species prove more elusive in cooler temperatures, others are active and abundant. “Crappie actually are more active as the weather gets colder, and we’ve found some nice blue cats and channel catfish out there,” Peterson said.

Crappie, blue catfish and channel catfish aren’t the only catch awaiting winter anglers. “Right now is prime time for trout,” said James Vincent, senior fisheries biologist with the Department. “For streams and rivers in southern Oklahoma , this is our Monday Night Football game, and we’re getting ready to kick off.”

Vincent points out several advantages to fishing this time of year. “During the summer, trout areas often have diverse usage like swimming and boating, and trout are not as willing to bite,” Vincent said. “However, those other users are gone now. Our cooler weather has brought cooler water, making it ‘go’ time for trout fishing, especially in the Lower Illinois and the Lower Mountain Fork rivers.”

Trout are not the only fish to catch, however. “A few weeks of prime fall fishing for the native smallmouth bass still remain,” Vincent said.

Statistics from 2006 reveal that over 611,000 anglers fished in Oklahoma last year, but the vast majority of those anglers fished in spring and summer. Even though there are great hunting opportunities right now, fisheries biologists hope Oklahomans won’t forget about angling. With such great fishing abundant in the state, and so few anglers taking advantage of it, it may be time to grab a fishing pole and head for water in the coming weeks. “The fish are there,” Peterson said. “They are there, and they are available.”


Story courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Monday, November 12, 2007

Great Bass Shop

While traveling to SE Oklahoma from Dallas, I found what is probably the best stocked, pure fishing store in the Midwest/Southwest - Brannan's Bass Shop. I had the opportunity to meet Kathy Brannan and she clearly knows everything about all things bass fishing. She informed me that most of her customers travel to Lake Fork in Texas and she makes sure that the shop has everything the fisherman needs to land a lunker while there.

I canvassed the store both coming and going from my trip to Lake Broken Bow and Mountain Fork River, and found it to be VERY WELL STOCKED ACROSS THE BOARD, including hard-to-find specialty bass items.

Brannan's Bass Shop is located just north of Paris, TX, just south of Hugo, OK in Powderly, TX on Hwy 271 (next to Lake Pat Mayse). I highly recommend that you stop in if you are anywhere close - it is well worth the stop!!

Avid fishermen thank you Kathy and your staff for such a comprehensive store!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Lake Pine Creek

Lake Pine Creek Oklahoma
One thing is for sure - Southeast Oklahoma has it going on for natural scenic beauty. On my way to Lake Broken Bow and the Mountain Fork River last week, I stopped by Lake Pine Creek, home of some huge honkin' bass.

Flying along Hwy 3 in the rolling hills, periodically patches of water and clearings open up for some very scenic views. Just past Lost Rapids Park, this one nearly blew me out of the car.

I had to turn around and get a picture of these stunningly gorgeous Bald Cypress trees changing colors next to the mirror quality water...enjoy!

If you go to Lake Pine Creek, call fishing guide Robert Finical,
580-236-2153 or 580-420-3088 and stay at Pine Creek Retreat, 580-494-RENT or 580-212-5113.

Read what Jen Carroll, WBT Pro, has to say about Lake Pine Creek here.

Lake Ozzie Cobb

Lake Ozzie Cobb Oklahoma
On my way to Lake Broken Bow and the Mountain Fork River last week, I discovered that nearby (only about 3 miles) is Lake Ozzie Cobb, an Oklahoma Wildlife Department lake.

Considered to be a good bass lake, OZ also has crappie, bluegill and catfish across 116 surface acres and 4 miles of shoreline.

The road coming off the main road appears to have been recently re-graveled, but once you get to the lake, you really need to have a truck to navigate. There is a boat ramp, but otherwise, conditions are primitive.

If you are one of those real troupers - who like to rough it away from everybody - then Lake Ozzie Cobb is your kind of place. While I was there exploring and taking pictures, huge fish were jumping everywhere! If I didn't have an appointment, I would of stayed and fished.

For more information, go to: Oklahoma Wildlife Department of Conservation

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Lake Hugo Crappie Report

Lake Hugo crappie fishing
On my way to Lake Broken Bow and the Mountain Fork River last week, I stopped by Frazier Point on Lake Hugo to see how the action was.

I met a couple of fellas from Hope, Arkansas who had been fishing for 2 days on Hugo. They reported that they caught 63 crappie on live minnows.

Frazier Point has a nice boat ramp and is located on the northeat side of the lake off Hwy 93 just after the bridge (to the left) when heading north.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Broken Bow Bass Report

Bass fishing at Lake Broken Bow with fishing guide Bryce Archey
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to fish Lake Broken Bow, site of the state record largemouth bass, with fishing guide Bryce Archey for a half day.

If you haven't fished Lake Broken Bow, I HIGHLY recommend that you get there as fast as you can! Located in the Ouachita National Forest and at the foot of the Kiamichi Mountains (and the Talimena Scenic Drive), you will not find a more picturesque place to go fishing in Oklahoma.


Bryce grew up in the area and has fished the lake his entire life. He won many tournaments there over the years before offering his services to the public. He knows how to get you on fish - quickly. We caught several dozen largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and kentucky (spotted) bass throughout the morning. I hooked a sizable smallmouth bass in Bryce's favorite cove, but right when it got to the boat, the line broke - dang it! Later, that rascal jumped about 20 yards from the boat and shook loose my plastic worm!!


All in all, it was a fantastic trip - gorgeous scenery, fall foliage colors, and fish everywhere we went. I would like to tell you more, but I promised Bryce not to give away all his secrets.


If you would like to experience Lake Broken Bow with consummate professional Bryce Archey, call him at
580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561 or visit his website at: www.brokenbowlakeguide.com. Check out Bryce in action in the video below:


video


P.S. Bryce and his wife are expecting their first son in January!!