Monday, August 28, 2006

Wes Watkins Bass Report

Lake of the Arbuckles fishing guide Frank Hanna took the day off on Sunday to take his step-son fishing and reports catching some nice largemouth bass at Lake Wes Watkins. His step-son caught one that was real close to 5lbs and all Frank caught were the little ones. He says that’s ok though, because it was worth every minute watching his step-son smile as he beat him fishing - worth a million dollars! The big bass was caught on a Baby minus-1 fire tiger moving slowly across the moss.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Frank. You may have just inspired a future Bassmaster champion! For those who haven't fished at Lake Wes Watkins - please note - largemouth bass are catch-n-release only. If you would like to fish with Frank at Lake of the Arbuckles, email him at:

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Arbuckle Mountains Wildfire Update

While driving back from the Wildlife Expo (see article below), I stopped in the Arbuckle Mountains to survey the recent wildfire damage. Although the fire entered a portion of Turner Falls Park, all businesses and the park remains open. Lake of the Arbuckles, Veteran's Lake (record black bass lake) and Guy Sandy were also uneffected, so go on and plan a trip to this beautiful area!

OK Wildlife Exposition 2006

I just returned from the Oklahoma Wildlife Department's annual Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Arena in Edmond, Oklahoma. What a fantastic event! Designed for children of all ages, the many booths, exhibits and hands-on activities educate those interested in all things outdoors. You can learn how to make a campfire without matches, hone your kayak skills, avoid poison ivy and many, many more things about the great outdoors.

I highly encourage you to attend this event AND take your children. Your future outdoor adventures will be much safer and enjoyable with everything you learn from the super-friendly folks that work at the Wildlife Department and other Oklahoma governmental agencies.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Beautiful Broken Bow/Beaver's Bend

My wife and I spent the weekend at Lake Broken Bow and the Beaver's Bend Resort area. For those of you who haven't been there - you need to get there!

Located in the Ouachita National Forest, this area offers virtually EVERYTHING outdoors; fishing, boating, hunting, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, ATV trails, hang gliding, golf, go-karts, dining and much, much more.

We met many hard-working and super friendly people who are dedicated to preserving AND enjoying everything the area has to offer. It doesn't take that long to get there (2.5 hours from Dallas) and I highly recommend the area to anyone at anytime of the year. Stay a week or more - you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Great Salt Plains Lake Fish Kill

High temperatures and prolonged drought led to a major fish kill at Great Salt Plains Lake in northcentral Oklahoma this week. Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation estimate 10,000 fish have died due to low dissolved oxygen levels in the lake.

“This is a major fish kill and it reflects how this abnormal weather not only affects farmers and ranchers, but it also affects our lakes and our fisheries resources,” said Barry Bolton, assistant chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We are monitoring the situation closely. Unfortunately, there is simply not anything we can do to remedy high heat and lack of rain.”

According to Bolton, Great Salt Plains is a relatively shallow reservoir making it particularly susceptible to warm water temperatures.

“What we really need is some rain, cooler temperatures or strong winds - unfortunately none of these conditions are in the short-term forecast and there is a real concern that this situation could get worse before it gets better,” Bolton said. “However, nature is very resilient and long term outlook remains positive. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will adjust our management efforts, such as stocking, in the future if that is appropriate.”
There have been no other fish kills reported in other state reservoirs.

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Big Stripers at Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma Guide GW Chisholm of Trails Guide Service reports that although it's hot, the big stripers are biting, coming in over 10lbs and many in the teens. He also reports that the topwater action is getting better, especially on the cloudier days, very early in the morning with chrome colors working well, especially chrome and blue.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report GW! Remember to drink lots of water out there in the heat! As they say, the weather only bothers the fisherman!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Fall Fishing at Broken Bow

Lake Broken Bow fishing guide Bryce Archey reports that now is the time to book your fall fishing trip for excellent opportunities to catch smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass. He caught this 5.8lb lunker smallie using a Sammy 85 top water lure. Bryce also notes to book in advance for the best possible dates.

Editor's Note: Thanks Bryce -- nice smallie! Visit Bryce's site at:

Lake Texoma Crappie

While visiting with GW Chisholm, fishing guide at Lake Texoma the other day, he asked that I post this picture of a crappie I caught while fishing with him several summers ago. What is interesting about this crappie is not only it's size (~3lbs.) but the beautiful emerald green tint that it has. GW says that's this particular species is what makes crappie fishing at Texoma so fun. They are big, beautiful and very tasty!

Editor's Note: Thanks for reminding me of that photo GW. We had a great time on that trip. It was my birthday, the weather was perfect and we caught a ton of fish!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Hybrids Excellent at Lake Skiatook

Lake Skiatook Guide David Clark reports excellent hybrid striper action. He reports that 40 fish were recently caught with 30 of them being nice hybrids ranging from 3 to 6lbs using downlines in 20 to 35ft.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report David! David guides on 4 lakes in Oklahoma; Lake Birch, Lake Skiatook, Lake Sooner and Lake Waurika. Check out David's site at

Online Knot Tying Animations

If you have ever had trouble tying effective knots or wished there were animated demonstrations to help learn specific knots, then fret no more. Check out and never lose a monster hawg to a bad knot again!

Editor's Note: Lake Texoma Guide GW Chisholm suggested this site. Thanks GW!

Game Wardens Like to Fish Too

This just in...Lake Texoma game wardens like to fish too! Did the game warden actually forget to turn off his lights between stops OR is he trying to pull over a topwater striper?!?

Editor's note: Maybe he forgot his electroshock equipment and had to use a rod for the fish survey...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Nice Bass & Crappie at Lake Tom Steed

Fisherman Mike D reports excellent bass and crappie fishing at Lake Tom Steed. The other day Mike caught three bass weighing 6.0, 4.0, and 2.25 lbs (pictured) and he also caught a nice 2.0 lbs crappie.
He caught the bass on buzz bait and the crappie on a yellow head white body jig.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Mike! Mike is an aspiring to become a professional bass fisherman and is looking for sponsors...