Monday, December 15, 2008

New Broken Bow Record Set

Lake Broken Bow Oklahoma fishing guide Bryce Archey set the new lake record for spotted bass
Lake Broken Bow fishing guide Bryce Archey set the new lake record for spotted bass yesterday with this fish weighing in at 2.4lbs, 17 inches long and 9 3/4 inch in girth.


He also reports that the fishing has been awesome and that on his Sunday trip, he and his client caught 32 fish, mostly spots and blacks.


BTW - the other little fella Bryce is holding is his son Zane, who is fast approaching his first birthday in a few months!


Editor's Note: Congratulations Bryce on the new lake record! How cool is that?!? I want my name in the record books too. I f you would like to go fishing with Bryce, call him at 580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561 or visit his website at www.brokenbowlakeguide.com.

December Lures, Tackle box & Rod Winners

Twice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers.

In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's lures and tackle winner is Ricky R. from Elk City, Oklahoma. Ricky will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

This quarter's tackle box winner is Phyllis N. for Killeen, Texas. Phyllis will receive an Original Readi Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech.

And this year's fishing rod winner is Nick T. from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nick will receive a Hookhider graphite fishing rod with it's unique, patented hook hiding grip.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod? Sign Up Here!

Editor's Note: Congratulations Ricky, Phyllis and Nick. Good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Broken Bow Fishing Report

Lake Broken Bow Oklahoma fishing report by fishing guide Bryce Archey of Broken Bow Lake Guide Service Fishing guide Bryce Archey of Broken Bow Lake Guide Service sends us this fishing report from Lake Broken Bow:

This November has been one of the best ones that I can remember in recent years.
As of right now the fishing is awsome with numbers of good quality largemouth and spotted bass being caught on my trips. We averaged over 40 fish a trip during Thanksgiving week. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

And now that December is here, the fishing will continue to be really good through Christmas. I am already booking for next spring and have many dates already booked, so if anyone is interested in a spring trip, please contact me ASAP to ensure getting the dates you want.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report and pictures Bryce. Those are some really nice fish! Who's the little fella you are with? Looks like he was having a blast. If you would like to go fishing with Bryce, call him at 580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561 or visit his website at www.brokenbowlakeguide.com.

Lake Sooner Fishing Report

Lake Sooner Oklahoma fishing report from fishing guide David Clark of Fish On! Guide Service Fishing guide David Clark of Fish On! Guide Service sends us this fishing report from Lake Sooner:

FISH ON!!!! Went out on Saturday and had a good, slow, steady day. We had trouble finding the fish, but when we found them, it was pretty good action.

We found them in a place I had never fished for them before. They were in 56ft of water on the bottom. We caught one and I thought hmm. I anchored up and it stayed just slow and steady the rest of the afternoon. I was surprised the bait was living good at that depth. We were fishing 2 to 4 cranks off of the bottom.

We ended up with 35 Hybrids. Almost all were in the 3lb range with a couple 4's. Water temperature on the lake is still 50 degress and 64 degrees in the discharge.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report and picture Dave. Looks like a great trip was had by all! If you would like to go fishing with Dave, call him at 918-724-6786 or visit his website at www.FishOnOK.com.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tom Steed Fishing Report

Lake Tom Steed Oklahoma Fishing Report from Fishing Guide Mike DiehlFishing guide Mike Diehl sends us this report from Lake Tom Steed:

I haven't been able to fish for weeks, so for Thanksgiving, I spent most of the day on the water. It was one of those days where nothing went right and then everything just goes crazy. The fishing was slow, the fishing line was constantly tangled, my live well pump quit and the other one was leaking.

Then the excitement began and the fish were hitting hard for about an hour. My first and largest caught on a Hookhider Rod and Bomber Lure and the rest caught and lost on a new Foster buzzbait (that I actually named) called the Grim reaper. I landed four bass and the largest was just shy of three pounds.

Then IT happened. I set the hook and brought to the boat the biggest bass I have ever seen in person. This bucket mouth was huge and I mean every bit of ten pounds or better and just as I reached for his lip he was gone with one shake of his huge body.

The rest of the day was spent crying on the front deck of the boat. It was the good, the bad, and the ugly all rolled up into one trip.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report and pictures Mike. Looks like a great day on the lake to me! Of course, we all have that story....it was this big....really....huge...but it got away. If you would like to going fishing with Mike, give him a call at 580-639-2065.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Blue River Fishing Report

Blue River rainbow trout, Blue River Oklahoma, Oklahoma fishing report

Pete W. sends us this report from the Blue River:

Caught this 5lb. 14oz. rainbow trout fly fishing with a hand tied jig on Saturday, November 22nd.


Editor's Note:
Wow Pete! What a great fish!!!
To bad you didn't get him during the Trout Derby last weekend.

Friday, November 21, 2008

November Free Lures & Tackle Winner

Twice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers.

In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original
Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is James J. from Konawa, Oklahoma. James will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from
Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod?
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Editor's Note: Congratulations James and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blue River Trout Derby Report

Blue River Trout Derby, Blue River Oklahoma, Oklahoma Trout FishingLast Saturday and Sunday, the Blue River Association hosted their annual Veteran's Day Fall Trout Derby.

Through the contributions of the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, individuals and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, tagged trout where released at secret spots up and down the river. There were $100, $50 and $20 tags totaling $1000 swimming in the river.


In addition, Scotty McCarthick, owner of Scotty's Blue River One Stop, and other volunteers not only coordinated and managed the event, they had additional door prizes on hand for young and old alike. All paid contestants received a commemorative Blue River Trout Derby Hat and all the kids under 12 received a goody bag full of fresh fruit.

There were plaques awarded each day for the men's, women's and youth categories and for the derby overall; heaviest stringer, biggest fish and more. There was also a raffle for daily door prizes including cash, coolers, picnic tables and more. Contestants could also become part of the Put Er Back Club where their tagged fish earnings would go back into the pot to help sponsor the next derby.


Although the weather was downright rugged on Saturday (40 degrees with a 40mph wind ripping down the river) approximately 200 were on hand happily trying their tried-and-true techniques along with some improvisation. I certainly had to improvise with the wind. Long casts with the fly rod were not very accurate, so I had to use a barrel roll technique to get the fly right where I wanted it.


While roaming up and down the river, I stopped by the weigh-in station while a youngster was there with two very nice sized trout; one was 4.4 lbs. and the other was 4.6 lbs. I asked him, "Where did you catch them?" and he said, "In the water." OK, I thought. Then I asked him, "What did you catch them on?" and he said, "A lure." OK, I thought, we've got a little weizenheimer here. Come to find out later, this little fella is Cody Young, well known up and down the river for his trout fishing skills and there wasn't a chance this savvy young fisherman was about to give up any of his secrets. Needless to say, he won the youth division - across the board. Apparently he did the same thing last year. Cody is pictured here with Scotty (bottom picture - click picture to enlarge).

Above Cody's trophy presentation picture is Fred Fenton, who also caught his limit including one nice sized trout. All in all, weather aside, it was a great time on the river. Everyone was very, very friendly and quite happy to be there and to make new friends. I've already heard from a number of folks I met there, including some I gave Maniac Gizzy Bug samples to who said they had success using them.


OklahomaFishingGuides.com would like to give a great big thanks to Scotty, his volunteers, the sponsors and other contributors for organizing and running such a fine event. I for one, look forward to sponsoring and fishing at the next one.

Lake Texoma Fishing Report

Lake Texoma fishing report from Ray Farrior of Snowgoose Guide Service, Lake Texoma fishing guide.Fishing guide Ray Farrior of Snowgoose Guide Service sends us this report from Lake Texoma:

I go out quite a lot on my days off (when I am not guiding for stripers). I hooked this nice smallmouth bass and it weighed in at 6lb. and 6oz. I used live shad with a 7 ft. Bass Pro spinning rod, Abu reel and 8 lb. line drifting across a shoal.


I catch a lot of bass on deep running crank baits Bomber in Christmas tree or Tennessee shad color. Jig and pork trailers, yellow or white jigs with brown or black trailers, small spinner baits with white or yellow skirts with gold blade work well on Texoma too.


So far, I've caught several around 4 to 6 lbs. this fall. It sure was fun catching this great fish. Funny after forty years of fishing, I still enjoy it as much as ever.


Editor's Note:
What a great smallie! I bet it fought like the dickens. Thanks for the picture and report Ray. If you would like to go fishing with Ray, call him at
580-924-5238 or 580-916-2814 or visit his website at http://simplynet.net/snowgoose/

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lower Illinois River Trout Stockings Resume

Trout stockings that had been temporarily suspended in the Lower Illinois River due to warm water temperatures will resume November 19th.

According to Jim Burroughs, east central region fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, it was heavy spring rains and a period of extreme heating that combined to create the unusually warm water in Lake Tenkiller. Wildlife Department officials had hoped to resume stockings by the end of October, but water temperatures remained at critical levels for trout, temporarily preventing further stocking at that time.

“This has been a very unusual year,” Burroughs said. “Temperatures needed to be 65 degrees or lower in the tailrace during power generation before regular stockings could resume. Temperatures have now reached this threshold level.”

Anglers won’t miss out on any of the fish that did not get stocked during the suspension, however, as officials with the Department say the same number of fish will eventually be stocked through additional or larger stockings.

The Lower Illinois River is one of the only two year-round trout fisheries in the state and is managed by the Wildlife Department. The other is the Lower Mountain Fork River below Lake Broken Bow in Beaver's Bend State Park.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mike visits Alluring Lures & Tackle

Fishing guide Mike Diehl visits Alluring Lures and Tackle Company, home of Lead Babies Slabs in Cordell, Oklahoma.Fishing guide Mike Diehl of Lake Tom Steed sends us this "fishing report":

When was the last time you had a great day out and never even got a line wet? Well for me it was last Friday when I decided to head just a little bit north of Lake Tom Steed to visit the great folks at Alluring Lures & Tackle Company, home of Lead Babies Slabs and numerous other great products (and long time sponsor of www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com).

Not only did I get to visit with a few of the great people and businesses in Cordell Oklahoma, but my trip to Alluring Lures & Tackle was much more than I expected. Owner Dennis Slaughterback (second picture - click pic to enlarge) was in and what a tour I got! Dennis personally helps produce all the great products and he sure does know his stuff. He was absolutely great and gave me the complete tour explaining the production equipment and methods and I must say it was far more involved than I ever imagined.

What I found was simply amazing to this wanna-be pro fishermen. Not only do they make and hand paint each and every Lead Babies Slab and Jig, they also have a fantastic stock of all kinds of soft baits as well, painted right there on site. The colors and variety were fantastic and the attention to quality and detail are top notch. One of the little secrets that I can share is about their jigs; a simple name for a product that I think will catch fish anywhere. A small Lead Babies style .75 oz head is married with a jig tail and weed guarded hook. It looks great and the action has to be enticing to fish of all kinds.

I don't think I will ever look at another lure the same after my visit and I sure won't complain so much about the price of any manufacturers' lures now that I have seen what it takes to produce a quality product and to get them to the stores.

Not only does Alluring Lures & Tackle Company have a great line up of products, they have a great little tackle shop store front that not only sells their products, but much much more. I found just about everything a guy or gal headed to the lake could use or should probably have ready for that great day out on the water. They even sell a little bit of crafts too, including handmade knifes, candles, cook books, pottery and souvenirs.

My wife accompanied me, and I was positive she was not going to be thrilled with more fishing tackle and fishing talk, but she had a great time as well. She was just as intrigued as I was at the manufacturing process and the detail and colors of the products, not to mention the crafts.

Dennis was just great and I sure wish Connie, Dennis' wife and co-owner was there. Connie was out sick and I certainly wish her well. They have done a fine job with the products and store. I can't wait to go back again soon to see what they are up to and until then, I will be at Lake Tom Steed bumping some Lead Babies Slabs and casting some really cool jigs hoping for a new personal best.

Mike D, view my fishing pictures

Friday, November 07, 2008

November Free Lures & Tackle Winner


Twice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers.

In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original
Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Jeremy J. from Keota, Oklahoma. Jeremy will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from
Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod?
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Editor's Note: Congratulations Jeremy and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Broken Bow Fishing Report

Lake Broken Bow Beaver's Bend fishing report by Oklahoma fishing guide Bryce Archey Fishing guide Bryce Archey of Lake Broken Bow (Beaver's Bend) sends us this fishing report:

The fishing is really good right now with numbers of spotted bass, smallmouth, and largemouth being caught. November is the best month for catching a better quality of fish. We are averaging about 30 t0 35 fish a day. I have a few dates open from now to Thanksgiving week. That week is a great time to be on the water.

Here are a couple of pictures showing what not only fishing can be like, but what other scenery you can see on Broken Bow lake. Jim Jacobs caught this 4 lb smallie with me a week ago. Then on another guide trip my client John Schmitz and his wife were fortunate to get this picture of a buck and doe swimming across the river channel just south of Bull creek. The buck was a true 10 point.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Bryce! If you want to experience fishing on Lake Broken Bow contact Bryce at 580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561. You can also visit his website at www.brokenbowlakeguide.com.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lake Altus/Tom Steed B & B

Deer Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Hobart Oklahoma.  Near lakes Altus-Lugert and Tom Steed.  Serving the best steak you have ever had! Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Southwest Oklahoma and go fishing with fishing guide Mike Diehl at Lake Tom Steed and fishing guide Jim Bevers at Lake Altus-Lugert. While there I stayed at the greatest little B & B this fisherman could ask for - Deer Ridge Bed & Breakfast in a great little town, Hobart, Oklahoma.

Dubbed "A Western Bed & Breakfast", Deer Ridge is way more than that - by far. Tastefully and artfully decorated by the owners themselves, every detail has been thoughtfully handled. I stayed in the room named "Covered Wagon" which had the most comfortable bed I think I've ever slept on. The magazines sprinkled throughout the property are the same ones I subscribe to, helping me feel right at home.

As an added surprise, they convert the first floor of the property into a restaurant on Friday nights and call it "Friday Night Steak Night" featuring the "best steaks you have ever had" - quote from the owner. Well, since my wife and I have had "Friday Night Steak Night" at our home for the last 20 years, plus the claim of the best steaks ever, and being a boy originally from the KC stockyards area, who now lives and eats steaks in Dallas, I had to give it a try.

I started with the cold boiled shrimp cocktail which was so fresh and delicious. The shrimp were huge and the homemade cocktail sauce had the perfect amount of tangy spice to it. Then I had very fresh and tasty salad made with baby spinach, toasted walnuts, feta cheese and dried cranberries topped with a house-made balsamic vinegarette. Then the waitress brought out my perfectly cooked ribeye and sides. The steak was huge, cut like butter, and was, without ANY doubt, the best steak I have ever had - in my life! I asked the owner where she got the beef and she said locally. Next time I'm up there, I'm bringing a cooler to bring some of those steaks home with me.

And if that weren't enough, they have a dessert called the Chocolate Turtle. Since I'm a chocolate hound, I had to try it, even though I was already stuffed from dinner. It was a warm, slightly gooey, perfect handmade brownie with thick streaks of firm fudge and rich carmel, topped with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream and lightly drizzled with more carmel and dark chocolate. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! It was absolutely, without ANY doubt, the best chocolate dessert I have ever had!

By this time, I was so stuffed and satisfied, I had to go out on the front porch and rock in the rocking chair for awhile. Too bad I didn't bring a cigar and some cognac!

If you find yourself in Southwest Oklahoma or want to get away for a nice weekend, I highly, highly recommend Deer Ridge Bed and Breakfast. You may be thinking, boy, he really liked the place maybe a bit too much - does he really know what he is talking about? Just so you know, I was in the hospitality business for 24 years, including hotels and food & beverage. I know a thing or two about excellent hospitality and Deer Ridge has got it going on.
Click on the following links to view their; brochure or website. You can also give them a call at 580-726-3423. They are located at 129 S. Broadway, Hobart, Oklahoma 73655. Tell them Doug from OklahomaFishingGuides.com sent you!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lake Skiatook Fishing Report

Lake Skiatook Oklahoma fishing guide fishing report
Fishing Guide David Clark of Fish On OK! sends us this report from Lake Skiatook:

FISH ON!!!!! Got back from vacation and decided to use the last day of it to do some fishing. So myself and a friend went up to Skiatook for a few hours and had a great time. Not sure how many we ended up with but it was somewhere between 20 to 30. We didn't keep any so it was hard to keep count. We only fished for about 4 hours and the first two hours we only caught a couple of fish. The last two hours were none stop. We had several doubles and a few triples. Most fish were in 22 to 24ft all but a few on downlines. Water temp. is now 66deg.
FISH ON!!!!

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report and picture David! Looks like a great trip - wish I would of been there!! If you would like to go fishing with David on Lake Skiatook, Lake Sooner or Lake Carl Blackwell, visit his site at www.FishOnOK.com or call him at 918-724-6786.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October Free Lures & Tackle Winner

Twice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Denny F. from Newalla, Oklahoma. Denny will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod? Sign Up Here!

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

Friday, October 03, 2008

Blue River Trout Derby, Nov. 15 & 16

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2008 Veteran's Day Blue River Trout Derby in Tishomingo on Saturday and Sunday, November 15th & 16th.

$1000 in tagged trout ($100, $50 and $20 tags) will be stocked along with several trout in the 3-6 pound range. Over $1000 in trophies and door prizes will be given away. Each participant will receive a Blue River Derby Cap.

Additional Prizes include:
* Male Heavy Stringer 2-day total wins $100
* Female Heavy Stringer 2-day total wins $100
* Fly Fishing Heavy Stringer 2-day total wins $100
* Youth 15 and under Heavy Stringer 2-day total wins $100
* Heaviest Trout Caught wins $100
* Early Bird Drawing: Pre-Enter by Nov. 8, 2008 to be Eligible for Prize Worth $100.00

Entry Fees = Adult $25.00, Youth 15 & Under $20.00. Printable Entry Form.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: (580) 371-9288 - (580) 371-2175

Note: Due to rising cost of quality trout for the derby as well as the Blue River Association's donations to save the aquifer, we would welcome any donations to defray these costs. If you would like to make a donation, please include with your registration and you will be listed as a Derby Sponsor on the Sponsorship Board.


Rules:
*Must Be Present to Win Any of the Prizes During the Drawing (Except the Pre-Entry Prize)

*Contest Open To All Ages- Fee Good For Both Days
*Tickets Must Be Purchased Before You Start Fishing


Sponsored by the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce, City of Tishomingo, Oklahoma & the Blue River Association. State Fishing Laws Apply.

Editor's Note: I'm definitely in! See you there!! If you need a place to stay, check out Alberta Creek Resort & Marina, south of the Blue River on Lake Texoma.

October Free Lures & Tackle Winner

Twice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Forrest L., from Norman, Oklahoma. Forrest will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod? Sign Up Here!

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

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Lake Elmer Thomas Fishing Report

Lake Elmer Thomas fishing report with Denese Freemen, WBT Co-Angler Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to go fishing on Lake Elmer Thomas with WBT Co-Angler Denese Freeman (who just won a Skeeter boat this April at Lake Lewisville Texas).

Under the watch of Mount Scott & Wichita Mountains, Denese and I headed out on her boat at the crack of dawn. Without a breeze blowing or a cloud in the sky, we had the perfect elements for a great day. The bass were jumping all around us, so we started out with top water buzzbaits but to no avail. We switched over to spinners, but again, no luck.

We then switched over to wacky-rigged Maniac Salt Sticks, 4" Cinnamon Crawfish color and started hammering them. We caught so many bass, we lost count. Denese took me to her best good luck spot and I promptly landed this 4lber (click picture to enlarge).

If you haven't fished Lake Elmer Thomas, do yourself a favor and go. Although small, the water is crystal clear and the mountains and wildlife are breathtaking. If you take your boat, please note that the lake is a "no wake" lake.

If you would like to keep up with Denese on the Women's Bassmaster Tournament Trail, visit her site at www.DeneseFreeman.com.

Editor's Note: Thanks Denese for all your hospitality and taking me out on your new prize Skeeter "Lizzy"! I look forward to fishing Lake Lawtonka with you next!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Lake Tom Steed Fishing Report

Lake Tom Steed fishing report, fishing at the Great Plains State Park Oklahoma Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to go fishing with my friend, future pro, and now Lake Tom Steed fishing guide Mike Diehl on his home lake.

We launched at sunrise at the Great Plains State Park boat ramp with the sun coming up over the Wichita Mountains on a cool, crisp beautiful day. There were a number of fishermen on the lake, some staying at the park, some driving in from Texas and around Oklahoma.

Earlier in the week, I received a new buzzbait (soon to be released to the market) which Mike was very excited about trying. I also wanted him to test drive some Hookhider Rods I brought along too. (BTW - No BS - my catch rate has skyrocketed on Hookhider Rods.)

Mike motored us over to one of his favorite top water spots and immediately hooked up on a nice bass. I have a great picture of it, but cannot post it until the new buzzbait is formally released by the manufacturer.

We also fished with Bitin' Titan Spinnerbaits, which Mike added a white and red tip worm trailer to, and he caught another nice bass (pictured, click to enlarge). We also had luck with some nice hybrids on a chartruese and black Lead Babies Slabs Ghost Minnow, silver and blue Bill Lewis Rattle Traps and Mr. Wally's chartreuse and white crankbaits.

If you haven't been to Lake Tom Steed, I highly recommend it. There are the mountains, the (very nice) state park, hiking, camping, facilities, tackle shop, scenic overlooks, biking, heritage trails, swim beach and more.

Thanks Mike for taking me fishing on a lake you clearly know very, very well. If you would like to go fishing with Mike, call him at 580-639-2065 or email him at futurepromike@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lake Altus Lugert Fishing Report

Lake Altus Lugert Oklahoma Fishing Guides Fishing ReportLast Friday, I had the opportunity to go fishing with my friend (and future pro) Mike Diehl at Lake Altus Lugert and with Lake Altus fishing guide Jim Bevers and his dad (bottom picture - click pictures to enlarge).

It was an absolutely beautiful day, with the sun rising over the Wichita Mountains and nothing but blue skies and light winds. We launched from the Hick's Mountain boat ramp on the southeast end of the lake and met up with Jim, who was already on a honey hole. He recommended bottom-bouncing with slabs, so Mike tied on a chartreuse and black Lead Babies Ghost Minnow Slab and I tied on a light blue and white Hawg Hustler Slab from Klassic Lures.

We immediately started catching fish and lots of them; hybrids, catfish, bass and even a drum. We caught so many, we stopped counting. The fish at Lake Altus Lugert really like those slabs! Later in the morning, we trolled the northern part of the lake and I hooked into a nice walleye; 20.75 inches & 2.5 lbs.

If you haven't been to Lake Altus Lugert, I highly recommend a trip. Not only is there great fishing, but there's the beautiful mountains, Quartz Mountain Resort, Nature Park, Nature Center, Cedar Valley Hiking Trail, rock climbing, golf, beaches, swimming, ATV, sand dunes and more. In November, there's trout fishing in the river below the dam.

To go fishing with Jim Bevers, contact him at 580-301-3879 or email him at jim.bevers@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

SnapTail sponsors NCBF Champ Team

SnapTail sponsors National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Team The National Collegiate Bass Fishing Champion was held at Lake Lewisville last weekend. After heavy competition all week, the final five teams went after the trophy on Saturday; 4 teams from Texas, including the '07 Champs from Texas A&M, and 1 from Arkansas.

SnapTail Lures of Tulsa, Oklahoma (who sponsors this site) is also a sponsor the University of Arkansas team of Kazuki Kitajima and Bodie Drake who, it was announced, consistently brought in heavy bags all week and their efforts paid off.

Last year's champs weighed in first and held off the next two challengers. Next came University of Arkansas who claimed first place by nearly 2 pounds over Texas A&M with a total of 17.37 lbs. Texas Tech, who claimed big bass of the day, tried to knock out Arkansas, but couldn't do it.

During the trophy presentation, Kazuki wiped away a few tears and who can blame him. It was announced to the crowd that his parents had flown in from Japan to watch him compete. A proud moment for the Kitajima family which drew an loud round of applause from the crowd.

Congratulations to Kazuki, Bodie, University of Arkansas, and SnapTail Lures.

Editor's Note: Thank you SnapTail for promoting the sport of fishing being one of our sponsors too!

Friday, September 19, 2008

More Lake Records Set!

Oklahoma Record Fish
Anglers are still adding to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Lake Record Fish program’s record books this year, most recently with the landing of a 22.3-lb. striped bass at Lake Kaw September 10th and a 43.2-lb. flathead catfish at Lake Eufaula on August 20th.

The striped bass was caught by Luke Cobb of Ponca City, Oklahoma in the tailwaters below the dam. The fish measured 37.25 inches in length and had a 21.75-inch girth.

The Lake Eufaula record flathead was caught by Mickey L. Stallings of Oklahoma City, from the back of a houseboat at the No. 9 Marina. The fish went 42.75 inches in length and had a 26.5-inch girth.

The Lake Record Fish Program started February 1st to recognize the biggest fish from certain reservoirs and the anglers who catch them. Currently there are 13 major lakes are included in the pilot program; Arbuckle, Broken Bow, Canton, Eufaula, Fort Cobb, Grand, Kaw, Keystone, Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller, Texoma and Thunderbird.

Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include blue, channel and flathead catfish and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in addition to crappie, paddlefish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids, sunfish (combined) walleye/saugeye and white bass.

Minimum weights are set for each species are detailed on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

September Free Lures & Tackle Winner

Win free fishing lures, free fishing tackle, free fishing rods, and free tackle boxesTwice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Jeff A., from Southlake, Texas. Jeff will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod? Sign Up Here!

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

Monday, September 15, 2008

Lake Altus Fishing Report

Night bass fishing report from Lake Altus-Lugert Oklahoma.
Future Bass Pro Mike Diehl sends us this fishing report from Lake Altus-Lugert:

I decided to try fishing Lake Altus-Lugert again, but this time for some night fishing. The weather was wet, but the worst was behind us, so I headed out at 3:30 PM and scouted out some spots and fished till 12:30 AM.


The bite was slow and off and on at times, but I managed to boat 6 fish with four nice ones. The bass were caught using a black buzz bait and a scum frog. I had several great blow ups and some nice fish that shook the hook.

I'd like to thank Darrel Cook of Cooks go-to tackle storage systems, www.cookstacklesystems.com, for making such a great product. My spinners and buzz baits have never been so handy and well organized, tangle free and easy to get to. Thanks Darrel!

Mike D

Future Bass Pro

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Skiatook Fishing Report

Lake Skiatook Oklahoma fishing report
Fishing Guide David Clark of Fish On! Guide Service sends us this report from Lake Skiatook:

What a great afternoon we had on Sept. 6th. I needed to go fish Skiatook for a couple of trips coming up, so my Brother-in-law and I went for a few hours.

We started fishing about 3 and when we quit at 6 we had caught around 25 fish, with 15 of them being nice Hybrids.
The biggest was this 9lber.

We had some more in the 4 to5 lb range. It was a nice cool day with cloud cover. We did mange to catch a few on top when the top water action came around the boat, but most were caught on downlines in 25ft to 31ft of water. The water temperature was 77 degrees.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report and picture David. What a nice fish! Wish I would of been out there with you!! If you would like to go fishing with David, call him at 918-724-6786 or visit his website at www.FishOnOK.com.

Friday, September 05, 2008

September Tacklebox Winner

Win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box - four chances per year at OklahomaFishingGuides.com and SouthwestFishingGuides.comReadi-Lure Tackle Boxes, made by Tackle Tech, are the most unique, versatile tackle boxes on the market.

On the first Friday of March, June, September and December, a lucky fishing report subscriber will receive an Original Readi-Lure Tackle Box! This quarter's winner is Zak H. from Edmond, Oklahoma.

Want a chance to win a new tackle box? Sign up here!

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

September Free Lures & Tackle Winner

Win free fishing lures, free fishing tackle, free fishing rods, and free tackle boxesTwice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Michael S., from Afton, Oklahoma. Michael will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod? Sign Up Here!

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

Lake Elmer Thomas Fishing Report

Lake Elmer Thomas Oklahoma fishing report, WBT co-angler Denese FreemanWomen’s Bassmaster Tour Co-Angler Denese Freeman sends us this report from Lake Elmer Thomas:

In April of this year, I won the Lake Lewisville event and was awarded a $25,000 Skeeter bass boat complete with Lowrance electronics and a MotorGuide trolling motor. This boat has become an excellent tool for me to continue practicing my angling skills.

Over the Labor Day weekend, my husband and I went camping and fishing at Lake Elmer Thomas which borders the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and Fort Sill just North of Lawton, Oklahoma.

Here is a photo of my 6 lb 6 oz bass I caught Sunday evening at about 10:30 p.m using a weightless Zoom fluke – Arkansas Shiner. I just had to make that “one last cast” and this is the result.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the picture and report Denese and congratulations on your WBT win! Wish I had that boat!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

National Hunting & Fishing Day Sept. 27

Hunting and Fishing Day across the nation is slated for Sept. 27 and every outdoors person is encouraged to extend a natural invitation to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to step outside and share the values and the fun of the outdoors.

A wide range of activities will mark Hunting and Fishing Day nationwide sponsored by sportsman’s clubs, conservation groups and civic agencies.

At the urging of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Congress designated National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September as a public reminder that good conservation depends on hunters, anglers and shooters.

In fact, through licenses and excise taxes, these outdoor enthusiasts generate $100,000 every 30 minutes for fish, wildlife and habitat programs.

For more information, visit www.nhfday.org

Monday, September 01, 2008

Lake Altus Fishing Report

Oklahoma Lake Altus-Lugert hybrid striped bass fishing report
Lake Altus-Lugert fishing guide Jim Bevers sends in this fishing report:

We have been catching a hundred fish a day, and I know that sounds unbelievable but I`m being honest. Fishing has been fantastic and will probably be good into the first of December. Come down and we`ll go out and get a cooler full!!


Editor's Note:
Hey Jim - thanks for the report and picture! Count me in - I'll be there the last week of September. If you would like to go fishing with Jim on Lake Altus-Lugert (home of the state record
Hybrid Striped Bass), you can call him at 580-301-3879 or 580-846-5616 or email him at jim.bevers@gmail.com

Monday, August 25, 2008

Oklahoma Trout Stocking Update

Extreme spring and summer weather conditions have prompted the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to postpone regular trout stockings until water quality conditions improve. The area affected is the Lower Illinois River trout fishery located below Lake Tenkiller near Gore.

“Heavy spring rains and a period of extreme heating have combined to create unusually warm water in Tenkiller Reservoir,” said Jim Burroughs, east central region fisheries supervisor for the Wildlife Department. These waters are released through turbines used for hydropower generation and flow directly in to the Lower Illinois River trout stream.

“Water temperatures are approaching potentially lethal limits for trout. Regular stockings, as well as those temporarily postponed will begin as soon as conditions improve that will allow survival of the stocked trout,” Burroughs said.

According to biologists with the Wildlife Department, trout that were in the water before temperatures warmed to near lethal limits have a better chance of adapting to the temperatures and may find springs and other refuges where colder temperatures may exist.

Anglers are still having good success catching largemouth bass on
topwater lures, and striped bass fishing is currently excellent on shad all along the river. Anglers are also catching channel catfish, walleye and saugeye.

The Lower Illinois River is one of the only two year-round trout fisheries in the state and is managed by the Wildlife Department. The other is the Lower Mountain Fork River in Beaver's Bend State Park, below the Lake Broken Bow dam.

Friday, August 22, 2008

August Free Lures & Tackle Winner

Win free fishing lures, free fishing tackle, free fishing rods, and free tackle boxesTwice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Matthew S., from Claremore, Oklahoma. Matthew will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod? Sign Up Here!

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

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tom Steed Bass Fishing Report

Oklahoma bass fishing report from Lake Tom Steed
Aspiring fishing pro Mike Diehl sends us this fishing report:

The bite at
Lake Tom Steed is starting to pick up. Hybrids are hitting the surface chasing the new hatch of shad and the bass are coming out of the trees with a drop in the lake level. The cooler temperatures and rain have the bass coming from the depths as well, and although they are still a bit slow to strike, patience and persistence is paying off.

I boated 9 fish today between the rain storms and cloudy sky with these four being the nicest. Two of the bass were caught fishing shallow casting a buzz bait through the remaining twigs and stick ups while the other two came from the bank just off the bluffs and deeper water.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the pics and report Mike. Looks like you had an absolutely great day! What was the range of weight on those hawgs?

Friday, August 08, 2008

Broken Bow Fishing Report

Lake Broken Bow fishing report from fishing guide Bryce Archey
Fishing guide Bryce Archey sends us this report from Lake Broken Bow:

After a mini vacation I am back on the water and hard at it in this heat. The fishing has been above average for this time of year. I am running a couple of trips a week and we have been averaging around 30 fish a morning, mainly largemouth bass and a few spotted bass.


I have availability this month and have begun booking for the fall, so anyone interested in fall fishing on Broken Bow can give me a call because dates will be limited the closer we get to late September, October and November.
580-494-6447 or 870-582-4561.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Junior Bassmasters Championship


The 2008 Junior Bassmaster World Championship is this week and pairs young anglers with Bassmaster Elite Series Pros on New York's Onondaga Lake.

On Friday, August 8, at 8 p.m. ET, these kids will be paired with Elite Series pros at the Bassmaster Elite Series weigh-in stage at Oneida Shores County Park in Syracuse. The teams will then spend a day having fun on the water and practicing Saturday, Aug. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A total of 93 junior anglers will be competing. Along with the amazing experience of being able to fish with a professional, the junior anglers will compete for a piece of a scholarship prize pool totaling $23,000.

Participating from Oklahoma are:

Age Group 15-18
  • Tyler Dennis, Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • Colt McMahan, Tecumseh, Oklahoma
Good luck to all our young anglers! Keep up with all the action at Bassmaster Youth.

Monday, August 04, 2008

New Lake Thunderbird Fishing Records

Lake Thunderbird Oklahoma bass fishing records
Two new lake record fish were caught recently at Lake Thunderbird, one largemouth bass weighing in at eight pounds, and the other a three-pound white bass.

Randall Farley of Norman Oklahoma, caught a largemouth bass on June 13 while crappie fishing. It measured 23.5 inches in length, 17 inches in girth and weighed 8 pounds.

David Belvin also from Norman Oklahoma, set the white bass record using a soft plastic lure. The bass was 18.25 inches in length, 13 inches in girth and weighed 3 pounds.

Other than Thunderbird, lakes included in the program include Arbuckle, Broken Bow, Canton, Eufaula, Fort Cobb, Grand, Kaw, Keystone, Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller and Texoma.

Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include blue, channel and flathead catfish and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in addition to crappie, paddlefish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids, sunfish (combined) walleye/saugeye and white bass. Minimum weights are set for each species and are listed here.

Anglers who catch a potential record from a participating lake should contact designated businesses around the lake that are enrolled as lake record keepers. A listing of official lake record keepers is available here.

Lake Sooner Fishing Report

Lake Sooner Fishing Report
Fishing guide David Clark of Fish On Guide Service sends us this fishing report from Lake Sooner:

FISH ON!!!! As my good friend Tony Hughes would say "We wacked 'em pretty good". My long time friend Steve White and I finally got to go fishing together again and we ended up doing pretty good. We started out catching some pretty small fish and kept moving around till we found some decent fish. They were really schooled up. We had to stay right on top of them to keep them going.

There was a couple of times when we couldn't get all of our poles in the water. That would last for a while and then it would slow down as the school moved on. We ended up with somewhere around 40 fish. We just kept enough for a fish fry so we didn't get a good count. The biggest was 4lbs but most were 3 to 4lbs. Most of the fish were caught in 28 to 32 ft. of water on downlines and the lake water temp was 86deg. Plus it was 104 in the boat, or just plain HOT. ( I saw a dog chasing a rabbit and they were both walking!!)