Oklahoma Spring 2023 Fishing Report

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As the temperatures gradually increase and the daylight hours become more abundant, seasoned anglers and novice fishermen alike in Oklahoma are eagerly anticipating the much-awaited spring fishing season. With a plethora of diverse fishing spots dotting the state, anglers of all stripes are spoiled for choice when it comes to indulging in their beloved hobby.

Whether one’s target species are the largemouth bass, catfish, or crappie, Oklahoma’s myriad lakes, rivers, and streams offer an eclectic mix of options to explore.

In this article, we delve into the details of what Oklahoma’s anglers can look forward to in the spring of 2023 and provide some insider tips and strategies for a productive and rewarding fishing excursion.

Northwest Oklahoma

In the Northwest region, Fort Supply Reservoir is reporting normal water levels and a stable temperature of 48 degrees, with stained water. Anglers targeting bass and whitefish are having success using in-line spinnerbaits around riprap, while walleye are biting on jigs around the dam.

Meanwhile, Foss Lake is currently 5.5 feet below normal elevation but has clear water with a temperature of 55 degrees. Walleye are fair on worms in the main lake, while crappie are fair around docks. Anglers looking for striped bass hybrids and catfish are having some success, with cut bait working well for the latter.

Finally, Canton Lake is reporting below-normal water levels and clear water with a temperature of 50 degrees. Anglers there are having success with crappie and whitefish using jigs around the spillway, and walleye are biting on jigs around the dam. Overall, anglers in Northwest Oklahoma have a range of options for a successful spring fishing season.

Southwest Oklahoma

Ellsworth Lake is currently reporting five feet below-normal elevation, with a stained water temperature of 50 degrees, and fishing has been slow for both black and white crappie using jigs around docks.

Similarly, Lawtonka Lake is reporting five feet below-normal elevation and stained water with a temperature of 50 degrees, with fishing also slow for black and white crappie using jigs around docks.

Fort Cobb Reservoir has an elevation of four feet below-normal, with stained water temperature of 50 degrees, and anglers there are having some success with white bass and bass using crankbaits and jigs around shorelines.

Tom Steed Reservoir has an elevation of 6 feet below-normal, with murky water temperature of 45 degrees. Anglers have been having some luck with saugeye using jigs and minnows around the dam and rocks. 

Unfortunately, Altus-Lugert Reservoir has no fishing activity reported, with fish dying due to golden algae.

Waurika Lake is reporting three feet below-normal elevation and murky water temperature of 50 degrees. Anglers there have reported slow fishing for a variety of species, including bass, crappie, and catfish.

Flukes, plastic baits, and sassy shad around the main lake and shorelines have proven to be the most effective baits for bass and striped hybrids, while jigs and minnows around brush structure and riprap have been effective for crappie. Catfish are biting well on cut bait and stinkbait around the main lake and shorelines.

Central Oklahoma

Arcadia Lake is currently reporting one-foot above-normal elevation, with murky water temperature of 51 degrees, and anglers are having fair success with saugeye using crankbaits around points and riprap. Channel catfish are biting well on punch bait around points and shorelines, while white crappie are good on minnows around docks.

Overholser Lake is reporting four feet below-normal elevation, with stained water temperature of 52 degrees, and anglers have been having success with bass and striped hybrids using flukes, grubs, and sassy shad around shorelines. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait, shrimp, and worms around points.

At Hefner Lake, fishing has been slow for a variety of species, including bass, crappie, and catfish, with jigs, minnows, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits being the most effective lures. Channel catfish are fair on shad and worms around the dam and main lake, while walleye are slow on slabs around flats.

Stanley Draper Lake is reporting 6.5 feet below-normal elevation and stained water temperature of 49 degrees, with slow fishing for largemouth bass on bill baits and plastic baits around brush structure and coves. Blue and channel catfish are slow on cut bait around the inlet and main lake, while black and white crappie are fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks.

Finally, Wes Watkins Reservoir is reporting 2.5 feet below-normal elevation, with a rising water temperature of 50 degrees and stained water. Anglers there are having fair success with largemouth bass using plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure and shallows.

Southeast Oklahoma

Murray Lake’s water level is rising, and the water temperature is 50 degrees and clear. Bass, Largemouth, and Smallmouth are slow on jigs, plastic baits, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, and the main lake. 

Arbuckle Lake’s water level is normal, and the water temperature is 51 degrees and stained. Bass, Largemouth, and Smallmouth are fair on various baits around creek channels and points. Catfish and Crappie are also fair in the region.

The report indicates that the Blue River PFHA’s water level is normal, and the water temperature is 56 degrees and murky. Trout, Rainbow are good on various baits around creek channels, river channel, and rocks. 

Konawa Lake’s water level is normal, and the water temperature is 50 degrees and clear. Bass, Largemouth, and Spotted are fair on various baits around the main lake, points, river channel, and weed beds. Catfish are slow on chicken liver and cut bait around coves, inlet, riprap, and weed beds.

The fishing activities in Texoma Lake are normal, and the water temperature is 53 degrees and stained. Bass, Striped are fair on flukes, live shad, and sassy shad around flats, main lake, points, and the river channel. Crappie, Black, and White are fair on caddis flies, hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, docks, rocks, and standing timber.

The report also shows that Eufaula Lake’s water level is above normal, and the water temperature is 54 degrees and stained. Bass, Largemouth, and Smallmouth, and Spotted are fair on various baits around the main lake, points, and rocks.

Broken Bow Lake’s water level is above normal, and the water temperature is 51 degrees and stained. Bass, Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted are fair on various baits around brush structure, channels, main lake, river mouth, and standing timber. Crappie, Black, and White are fair on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around brush structure, creek channels, shallows, and standing timber.

At McGee Creek the water level is six feet above normal and rising with a temperature of 50 degrees and murky water. White Bass is good on in-line spinnerbaits and small lures around creek channels, and Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, and Smallmouth Bass are fair on various baits around brush structure, docks, points, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Crappie is slow on minnows, small lures, and tube jigs around brush structure, main lake, river mouth, and shorelines.

At Robert S. Kerr the water level is normal with a temperature of 56 degrees and murky water. Bass, Catfish, and Crappie are all good and can be caught using different baits around brush structure, coves, rocks, below the dam, creek channels, main lake, river channel, river mouth, and tailwater.

At Hugo Lake the water level is two feet above normal and stable with a temperature of 55 degrees and murky water. Catfish is excellent and Crappie is good on different baits around below the dam, brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines, and standing timber.

At Sardis Lake the water level is 1.5 feet above normal and rising with a temperature of 51 degrees and stained water. Largemouth Bass is slow on different baits around brush structure, channels, points, and shorelines. Blue Catfish is fair on cut bait, shad, stinkbait, and worms around channels, main lake, and points. Crappie is fair on jigs, minnows, spinnerbaits, and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, and points.

At Wister Lake the water level is 15 feet above normal and rising with a temperature of 46 degrees and murky water. Largemouth Bass is slow on different baits around brush structure, coves, and creek channels. Blue Catfish is slow on cut bait around the main lake. White Crappie is good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and river channel.

Northeast Oklahoma

At Carl Blackwell the elevation normal, water temperature 50 degrees, stained. Blue Catfish good on cut bait, shad near docks, flats. Saugeye slow on crankbaits, jigs near the dam, rocks. Black and White Crappie slow on jigs, minnows, spoons near brush structure, dam, docks.

At Skiatook Report the water is six feet below normal, water temperature 49 degrees, stained. Striped Hybrid Bass, White Bass fair on live shad, plastic baits, sassy shad around main lake. Black and White Crappie fair on jigs, minnows near channels, standing timber.

Elevation normal, water temperature 50 degrees and clear at Oologah Lake. White Bass good on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs around creek channels. Black and White Crappie good on minnows near creek channels, standing timber. Paddlefish are excellent at snagging below the dam.

Greenleaf’s elevation is normal, water temperature 53 degrees, clear. Largemouth Bass slow on bill baits, flukes, jerk baits, plastic baits, small lures near main lake, points, shorelines, standing timber. Black and White Crappie slow on jigs, minnows, slabs near brush structure, docks. Blue and Channel Catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, minnows, shad near coves, flats, shorelines.

Hudson’s elevation .5 feet above normal, water temperature 49 degrees, stained. Largemouth Bass fair on plastic baits, spinnerbaits near brush structure, creek channels, points. Black and White Crappie fair on jigs, minnows near brush structure, docks. Blue Catfish fair on cut bait, shad around main lake, river channel.

Webbers Falls water level is three feet below normal, water temperature 53 degrees, stained. Black and White Crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, plastic baits below the dam, brush structure, main lake, riprap. Blue, Channel, Flathead Catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, shad below the dam, flats, river channel, tailwater. Paddlefish fair on snagging below the dam, river channel.

Copan Lake’s elevation 3.5 feet below normal, water temperature 50 degrees, murky. Blue, Channel, Flathead Catfish slow on live bait, live shad, worms near channels, creek channels, main lake, shorelines. Black and White Crappie fair on minnows, powerbait, small lures, tube jigs near brush structure, docks, standing timber. Bluegill slow on small lures, worms near docks, shorelines.

Hulah Lake’s water is four feet below normal, water temperature 50 degrees, murky. Blue, Channel, Flathead Catfish slow on crawfish, cut bait, goldfish, live bait, live shad, worms near channels, creek channels, shorelines. Black and White Crappie slow on hair jigs, minnows, powerbait, tube jigs near brush structure, docks, shorelines. Largemouth Bass slow on bill baits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits near points, standing timber.

Fort Gibson’s elevation three feet above normal, water temperature 53 degrees, murky. Black and White Crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, plastic baits around brush structure, docks, main lake. Blue Catfish slow on cut bait, shad near the dam, channels, and main lake. Paddlefish slow on snagging below the dam, main lake.

Elevation normal, water temperature 52 degrees, and stained at Grand Lake. Largemouth Bass good on Alabama rig, crankbaits, plastic baits around brush structure, docks, points. Blue Catfish fair on cut bait, shad, shrimp below the dam, docks, main lake. White Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs near the dam, brush structure, docks.

Perry CCC’slevation two feet above normal, water temperature 53 degrees, murky. Rainbow Trout good on dough bait, in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, PowerBait, spoons around brush structure, coves, dam.

Sooner’s water is two feet below normal, water temperature 51 degrees, clear. Saugeye fair on crankbaits, jigs, live shad near discharge, riprap. White Crappie slow on jigs, minnows near riprap. Channel Catfish slow on cut bait, dough bait, stinkbait near flats, riprap.

Tenkiller elevation two feet above normal, water temperature 53 degrees, murky. Largemouth and Spotted Bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits near brush structure, channels, points, shorelines. White Bass fair on Alabama rigs, small lures, tube jigs around channels, main lake. Black Crappie good on jigs, minnows near brush structure, docks, and main lake.

Bell Cow Lake has water elevation six feet below normal, water temperature 50 degrees, murky. Largemouth Bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits near brush structure, riprap, shorelines, standing timber. Channel Catfish fair on stinkbait, worms near brush structure, shorelines, standing timber. Black and White Crappie fair on jigs, minnows near brush structure, docks, standing timber.

Elevation two feet below normal, water temperature 50 degrees, stained at Birch Reservoir. Largemouth and Spotted Bass good on crankbaits, jigs, live bait, plastic baits around points. Black and White Crappie fair on jigs, minnows near brush structure, channels.

Chandler Lake’s elevation five feet below normal, water temperature 51 degrees, murky. Bluegill and Green Sunfish are excellent on jigs, worms near docks, rocks, shorelines. Black and White Crappie on hair jigs, jigs, minnows near the dam, docks, rocks.

Eucha’slevation two feet above normal, water temperature 50 degrees, murky. Largemouth Bass fair on Alabama rig, crankbaits near brush structure, points, shorelines. Blue Catfish fair on cut bait, hot dogs, shad near docks, main lake, shorelines. White Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows near the dam, brush structure, docks.

Keystone Lake reports White Bass good on jigs, live bait, small lures, tube jigs around creek channels, river channel, shallows. Black and White Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, live bait, minnows near brush structure, docks.

Lower Illinois River’s elevation 11 feet above normal, water temperature 48 degrees, clear. Rainbow Trout fair on in-line spinnerbaits, PowerBait near the dam. Water continues to be released around the clock, allowing access to more fishing areas.

Spavinaw Lake reports elevation normal, water temperature 51 degrees, stained. Largemouth Bass fair on Alabama rig, jerk baits around main lake, points. Black Crappie fair on jigs, minnows near brush structure, docks. Channel Catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait around flats, main lake.

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