Fishing Reports & Guides

 



Rusty Pritchard, Guide

See Rusty's page, Spoonbill, White Bass, and Bow Fishing Guide

September 23, 2014

Hey folks,

Catfishing is really starting to heat up! Took out a trip yesterday and my clients boated 23 bluecats! All were good eater fish. We started drifting around the Shangri La area and did fairly well. We ended up moving to around Governors Island and did the best in this area. Seem like the 30-35 foot range was the best depth. I was drifting cut shad on Carolina Rigs and using 5/0 Team Catfish Double Action hooks. 

Crappie are biting really week on 1" and 2" Go Go Minnows swinging through the tops of brush in about 10' of water. I've been graphing over the piles and searching for the biggest number of fish on the graph before I drop a line.

Whitebass are starting to get on the fall pattern! Troll windy shallow points with Go Go minnows. Look for shad present and get ready! This bite will get better and better as the water continues to cool!!
It's never too early to think about spoonbill! They will start the migration to the wintering holes soon! Give me a call to get your dates to go out and catch one of these dinosaurs!! 

Bowfishing continues to be great! Lots of gar and buffalo are being shot still!! This is an awesome way to get your bow hunting fix before deer season!!

If your looking for a guided trip, give me a call at 918-964-0174 or checkout my website www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com. Also make sure to friend me on Facebook and keep up with me daily!!

August 29, 2014

Hi folks!

Bowfishing is still going strong! I have been taking tons of trips over the last few weeks and we have been killing quite a few fish. The pattern is staying the same with them wanting to stay on gravel banks.

The catfishing is really good right now! Fish are out in 20-30 feet of water. We've been catching them drifting cut bait. Look for big schools of shad that are busted up on your locator close to the bottom on flats. I drift a Carolina rig with a 5/0 double action hook made by Team Catfish. The Shangri La area has been good for me! The bite is going to get better and better as the water cools off!

The whitebass are still in their summer pattern. Sweet water and the Governors Island areas have still been producing in the evening times. I'm still throwing the Go Go minnows and the Bendable Minnows! Won't be long and we will be in the call pattern and the windy points will be on fire!!
We are getting closer and closer to spoonbill time again!! I start looking for them around October around the Sailboat Bridge area!

I'm looking forward to the upcoming cool down of fall! The fishing is really getting ready to bust open!! If your looking for a guided trip give me call at 918-964-0174 or checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com . Also if your on Facebook come find me under Rusty Pritchard and keep up with me day to day!!

August 8, 2014

Hi folks!

It's been a really busy month for me!! I've been running bowfishing trips every night and the fishing has been good!! Clients have been shooting at a ton of fish!! The buffalo are up really good at night right now on main lake gravel banks. With the water temps rising the fishing is getting hotter too!!

I ran a whitebass trip last Wednesday and we did really good! We saw several schools coming up around Sweet Water and behind Governors Island about 8pm. We started off fishing the deep water at Sweet Water with 1 ounce bendable minnows. I was fishing water 25-30 feet deep and jigging right on bottom. Clients picked up some really nice size whitebass! When the schools came up we threw 2" Go Go minnows on them and they were hitting really hard!

I'm hearing super reports on Bluecat fishing right now. I haven't had time to go after them but, the ones catching them are drifting cut shad in 15-25 feet of water. Some good areas to hit would be the Shangri La area and around Patricia Island.  Just tie you on a Carolina Rig and a 5/0 Double Action hook and get out there and drag some bait!

I've also heard some great reports on crappie around the lake. Most are catching them around the docks. Got to wade through a lot of little ones to get a keeper as usual but it's been good fishing!

If your looking for a guided trip on Grand Lake give me a call at 918-964-0174 or check out my website www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com .

Also if your on Facebook give me a friend request under Rusty Pritchard and watch my trips everyday!!

July 21, 2014

Hey folks,

Sorry it's been awhile since I did a report but, I've been swamped!  I've been running a ton of bowfishing guide trips at night! The action is hot right now! I'm focusing on back water areas and big flats right now. We had a really great shoot a couple nights ago!! We shot over 100 buffalo!! If you've never been bowfishing your missing out! It's a blast! No experience needed and I furnish all equipment!

Whitebass are still doing good around the sailboat bridge area. Also heard good reports coming from Elk River and Governors Island area. I ran a guide trip last week around  Bird Island and we saw acres of whitebass come up around 7:45pm!! Clients had a ball throwing the 1" Go Go Minnow on 1/4ounce heads at the schools! We caught somewhere around 80 fish in a short time!!

Catfish are really doing good on the main lake flats! Drifting cut bait in 20-30 feet of water has been best. I like to make a Carolina Rig and drift using 5/0 and 8/0 double action hooks. I've seen some good stringers of fish being caught using this method right now!

The crappie bite is really good right now at night around the dock lights! Look for bright lights shining down into the water around the docks! Take a 1" or 2" Go Go Minnow and throw it out and let it swing through the light and hold on!! These fish are usually very active and will bite about every cast! We have been having to wade through a lot of short fish to get a keeper but, it's still really fun to reel them in!!

If your looking for a guided fishing trip on Grand Lake give me a call at 918-964-0174 or check out my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com

July 6, 2014

Hi folks,
We have ran several really good whitebass trips the last couple weeks. The 4rth weekend was another story though! Tons and tons of big boats make for a tough fishing trips!! The fish we were catching before the 4rth were caught around the Ice Box Bluff, Governors, and Sweet Water areas. I was using the 1 ounce Bendable Minnow and the Go Go Minnow both made Fle Fly. I am running 1/4 ounce jig heads on the 1" Go Go Minnows. The shad right now are running right around the 1" mark so of course the fish are keying in on that size baits. We have caught quite a few trolling the 1" Go Go minnows right behind the boat and running around 3 mph! I saw the biggest school of whitebass I've ever saw around the Lindly Point area last week! This school was surfacing and there were around 3 acres of them and they stayed up for a good 45 minutes! Made my clients some happy clients!!

We've been throwing the 1" Go Go's around the lighted docks at night. They have been really congregating around the lighted docks! Also had some clients catch some around the Honey Creek. Bridge pillars.

Haven't heard much on cats here lately. I look for them to really pick up here in the next few weeks! I saw some people are still noodling the blues so that tells me they are still halfway spawning.

The Bowfishing trips are going strong! I've taken several trips the last few days and we've been smacking them! Clients have been getting a lot of shooting opportunities every night! This will continue on through the summer months! If you've never tried Bowfishing your missing out!! This is a real popular sport for every type of person. From men to women to kids! It's usually a lot of action and it's great way to beat the heat because we do most of these trips at night! I furnish all the bows and there is no experience needed! I show you how to do it and it's time to sling some arrows!! Most of the rough fish have been keying on the backs of coves and backwater right now.

If your looking for a guided fishing trip on Grand Lake give me a call at 918-964-0174 or check out my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com
Also if your on Facebook look me up under Rusty Pritchard and friend me and you can keep up day by day on there on my trips.

June 25, 2014

Hey folks,
I'm down in Galveston TX on vacation this week with the family!! A buddy of mine is running my trips for me while I'm gone and looks to be doing a good job.

Whitebass continue to be great! We are still using the Fle Fly Bendable Minnow in 1 ounce size! We've been doing really well in the Elk River area. Heard good reports from mid lake also!! I believe the summer pattern has began!

Bowfishing is also doing really well! We've been taking a lot of trips and really seeing a lot of fish! Took out Andy Littlejohn and his wife Stephanie last Friday before I left and I think they are Bowfishing junkies now! Met up with John Paul Morris of Bass Pro Shops also Friday night. Great guy!

Crappie are still hanging out in the brush 15-20' deep. We've been swinging the 1" and 2" Go Go Minnows with 1/16th and 1/8th heads on them! Bridge pilons are still producing also!

Haven't been catfishing much here lately but the blues should be getting close to wrapping up their spawn and should be showing up on the flats soon! Drifting will be the ticket on these post spawn cats!

If your looking for a guided trip give me a call at 918-964-0174 and make sure to checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com. Also find me on Facebook under Rusty Pritchard and friend me on there to see what's going on day by day!!

June 17, 2014

Hey folks,

We've had some really good whitebass trips here lately! I've caught fish mid lake and I've caught them in Elk River! I've been locating them and dropping the Fle Fly Bendable Minnow down on them and slabbing for them most days. The fish have been on windy banks and the points where shad are present. Sweet Water was holding a bunch of fish as well as behind Governors Island.

Catfish are still biting but it's slow. I look for them to be picking backup next month after the spawn starts to wind down! This is my favorite time of the year to start drift fishing!

Bowfishing is on right now! I just complete the lights on my new bowfishing deck and took my first guided night trip last night and they did great!! Saw a lot of fish and they slung a ton of arrows!! The fish seemed to be more concentrated last night in little gravel pockets.

Crappie are still biting well!! I've been locating them in 15' water throwing 2" Go Go minnows on 1/8th ounce heads and wacking them!! Bridge pilons are great place to fishing right now!!

If your looking for a guided trip give me a call at 918-964-0174 or checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com. I'm also on Facebook under Rusty Pritchard. Come friend me and catch up with me everyday.

June 8, 2014

Hi folks,
The lake level continues to climb. We are 745.82 with some flood gates open. If they continue to leave the flood gates open it will keep Honey Creek, Horse Creek, Duck Creek, and Drowning Creek clearer than the main lake!

I ran several trips last week and did pretty good on them before the dirtier water hit. We caught some really good whitebass around Wolf Point in Elk River!! My clients were throwing 1 ounces Bendable Minnows and Go-Go minnows made by Fle Fly. These can be picked up at Honey Creek Outdoors and at Sports Center. I saw quite a few people fishing behind Governors Island while out yesterday fishing for the whitebass. Looked like most of them were trolling.

Bowfishing continues to be great! Everyone loves slinging arrows at big carp!! My deck should be fully completed by next week and ready for night trips! If you haven't tried Bowfishing your missing out!!! Give me a call and I'll put you on em'!!!!

Crappie continue to bite mid lake in the clearer water in brush piles in 10-15' of water. Again I'm swinging Go-Go minnows and 1/8th ounce heads over the tops of the piles and catching these post spawn crappie!!

Catfish are winding down for the spawn. The channels and blues are moving up to the rocks and log jams to begin to spawn. We are catching a few still on cut shad in the shallows but nothing like we were! In about 3 weeks the drift fishing should get really good on the post spawn fish out on the flats!!

Make sure to tune into 99.3 kgve at 7:45am and 4:45pm everyday and listen to our reports everyday! I do the Monday and Wednesday report on there!

If your looking for a guide trip here on Grand Lake give me a call at 918-964-0174 and make sure to checkout my website www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com.

I'm also on Facebook under Rusty Pritchard of Pritchard's Guide Service! Click on friend me there and you can keep up on all my trips each day!!

June 1, 2014

Hi folks!

The catfishing is still going well up in the flats! Took several trips out over last week. The pattern still is look for big mud flats and fish shallow. We caught them in 1-6 feet of water. I'm still fishing the upper end of the lake with cut bait on a Carolina Rig. I'm still using 8/0 team catfish double action hooks. The shad have been really thick around the Wilson Point area. Look for the diving birds.

Crappie are still hitting really really well on the Fle-Fly Go Go Minnows in the Old Faithful color on 1/8 ounce heads. We are just hitting brush piles in the 10-15 feet range. You can run over these brush piles and see the crappie stacked up in them!! I'm dropping a marker down and casting over the tops of them and reeling real slow and wham!!!! Fish On!!!! Clearer water the better for the crappie!!

The bowfishing is on fire still!! Had a couple clients last Friday put 50+ rough fish in the boat and probably had another 30-40 pull off! If you have never tried bowfishing, your missing out!! All my clients love it!! A lot of action!! I furnish all the equipment and no experience needed at all!! I will show you how to do it!!

I heard a good report of some whitebass being caught around Sailboat Bridge area on the Fle-Fly Bendable Minnows in and around the bridge piers. Also saw people trolling in the area today.

If your looking for a guided trip here on Grand Lake give me a call at 918-964-0174 and make sure to checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com

May 28, 2014

Hey folks,
Well the catfishing continues to be really great when we have wind!! We are still pulling cats out of the 1-5 feet range in the flats. The key is to find banks that the wind is blowing in on and the shad are present!! The bite has been violent on them windy days! I'm using a Carolina rig and a 5/0 Team Catfish Double Action hook with cut bait soaked in Blood Red spray. You will be amazed at how much faster they will hit the bait soaked in blood spray than without!!

I had a group of ladies in from Enid Oklahoma Sunday and we put in around 2 hours of fishing and they boat 15 nice blues and probably that many drum! They had a hoot catching them big ole' drum! They were up spawning where we were catching blues and they were pulling hard!!

I've also been hearing some great reports on whitebass biting well in the Elk River arm of the lake. Around the 10 Bridge and Wolf 1/2 Acres areas. I've heard both good reports on trolling and using jigging spoons. I always like using 1 ounce Fle-Fly Bendable Minnows and dropping them down on the schools of whitebass. These schools can be located on your fish finders and I drop down a marker buoy. These Bendable Minnows can be found at Honey Creek Outdoors or at Grand Lake Sports Center.

The crappie are getting into their June pattern! We've been catching quite a few crappie out on deep brush piles with 2" Go-Go minnows!! The keepers we are catching all have eggs in them so I hope we had a good spawn but from the looks of the ones I'm catching they had a spotty spawn!! This bite will continue to get better and better as long as the water doesn't get muddy!!

The Bowfishing is on fire right now!! The buffalo are everywhere!! My deck for my new boat is supposed to be done by this weekend and then I will start up my night trips!! My day trips right now are awesome!! Lots and lots of shooting. These trips are great for kids and women because it's usually fast action. I can take anyone even if you have never shot a bow before and I can teach you real easily how to do it!! I furnish all equipment and it's a great time!!
Make sure to set your dvr or tune in on Sunday to the Sportsman Channel and watch my episode on the tv show G3 Sportsman for a great shoot we did last summer!! The host of the show Scott Turnage goes with me on his very first bowfishing trip!!

Go to Facebook and friend me on there under Rusty Pritchard and keep up with my trips everyday!!

If your looking for a guided trip give me a call at 918-964-0174 or checkout my website www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com.

May 18, 2014

Hi folks,
Spoonbill fishing is winding down for the year. I boated somewhere around 950 spoonbill since December! It was a great season and I want to think all my clients that came and fish for spoonbill with me this season!! The biggest spoonbill we put in the boat this year was a giant 106 pounder caught by a client from Missouri that made #2 rod and reel record for Grand Lake!! My guide service currently holds rod and reel records for Grand Lake #1,#2,#4, and #5!! Make sure to book early if your wanting a weekend come December for your chance at a monster spoonbill!!

I took some really good catfish trips the past few days!! We had 38 nice blues on Sunday with a group from Webb City, MO! I'm still fishing the shallow water flats with cut bait on 5/0 Team Catfish Double Action hooks. Almost all of our cats are being caught in 2' or less of water!! It's been fun action!!

Took my first bowfishing trip of the year last Saturday! The action was super hot!! My client slung a ton of arrows and killed quite a few! We saw tons and tons of gar! If your looking at a good chance of killing a good gar now is the time to give me a call! The action will be good all summer long but the gar shooting is as best as it will be all summer right now!!

I heard one report of some whitebass being caught in Elk River. They were dropping 1 ounce Fle-Fly Bendable Minnows to the bottom and slabbing for them. As June gets closer and closer we will start seeing the whitebass pulling back into the lake and the action should be awesome with the shad kill we had this last winter!

I'm still hearing reports of crappie still being caught on the banks spawning! We have been throwing 2" Go Go minnows. The crappie should start pulling back out on the deeper brush piles and really start biting good! After the spawn those big females put the feed bag on to fatten back up after the hard spawn!

If your looking for a guided fishing trip give me a call! You can checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com or find me on Facebook under Rusty Pritchard and friend me on there to keep up with my trips daily!!

May 5, 2014

Well the spoonbill continues to be good fishing!! We are on the water as I write this report and we have boated 13 up to 54 pounds and it is only noon. Most of everything my clients have caught today has been females still holding eggs!! That will give us even more time to get some more snagging trips done this year!! I've boated somewhere around 950 for the season this year!!

Took a guided cat trip last Friday. Shad was pretty hard to come by but we managed to catch some in Boy Scout cove up real shallow. We mostly concentrated around the Greys Ranch area and up to Wilson Point. We were fishing big mud flats in 3-5 foot range. Again I was using a Carolina Rig and cut shad. I was also using 5/0 double action Team Catfish hook.

I haven't heard many white bass reports lately. They ought to be moving back out of the main river systems and getting into their summer patterns real soon! That's when the Fle-fly Bendable Minnows will shine!! I like also use the 2" Go-Go Minnow.

I hear really good reports of crappie of being caught up shallow late in the evenings! I haven't got to go yet but looks like later this week I'll get a break from spoonbill and I'm going to give them a try.

I just got a new guide boat this week and we are about to start and set it up for bowfishing! I bought a 24' Sea Ark Pro Cat and it's been an awesome guide boat so far! Bowfishing ought to be getting really good after these warm days!

If your looking for a guided trip give me a call at 918-964-0174 or look me up on Facebook under Rusty Pritchard. My website is www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com.

April 15, 2014
Hi folks

Spoonbill fishing is at the prime right now! The water temps are up to where they need to be to kick off the spawn. We are one good heavy rain away for it to break wide open!! My clients put 33 spoonbill in the boat last Sunday and 20 some on Saturday!! It's time!! A lot of people have been asking me about the rig I use for spoonbill fishing. What I use is the catfish warrior 8' xtra heavy rod, power pro 80 lbs braid line, penn squawl reels, and Spoonbill King 10/0 barbless hooks. They have helped me land over 750 spoonbill this year so I know it's tough equipment!!

Crappie were starting to work up on the banks in the evening times but in not sure what this cold front will do to them? May set them back a few days but it should rebound middle to the end of the week on water temps!

I still here good reports on whitebass up Spring and Neosho rivers. Most people are throwing the 2" Go-Go minnow on 1/8 and 1/4 ounce heads. These can be bought at both Honey Creek Outdoors and Grand Lake Sports Center in Grove or can be ordered online at Outdoor Brandz website.

The cats are doing excellent up in shallow water right now!! I wouldn't fish any water deeper than 5' deep this time of year especially if the sun is out!! Make yourself a Carolina Rig and put a fresh shad on and throw them shallow and hold on!!

Bowfishing is getting ready to fire off soon!! Can't wait to get out there and do some guiding for that!! I do a lot of trips for bowfishing and something the whole family can do!! I furnish all the equipment and no experience is needed!!

Give me a call at 918-964-0174 or check me out at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com to setup your trip!! Also if your on Facebook come give me a friend request under Rusty Pritchard and you can catch up on me daily!!

April 2, 2014
Hey folks,

These fronts that we have been getting here lately are crazy!! These fronts really mess with the fishing even the spoonbill fishing has been affected by these fronts. I have been fishing for Spoonbill for the last 30 days straight and I have another 38 trips booked in a row and every day is a different day on the river. Some days a Spoonbill are really tight and other days they are really scattered and suspended way high in the water column. We have been averaging anywhere between 10 and 20 spoonbill a day. All we need is some warm rain and it's going to get crazy!!

I got a real treat here recently!! I got the pleasure to take the founder and owner of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris and his son John Paul Morris!! What a trip!! Heard some great stories and the fishing wasn't bad either!! He brought some Johnny Morris signature series bass rods and caught spoonbill on them! That will be one of my most memorable trip of my lifetime!!

The catfish are up on the flats now! Took a guide trip for cats last Friday and we killed them up in 2-8 feet of water!! The action was fast and furious for most the morning. We were using cut shad and 5/0 double action Team Catfish hooks. I make a Carolina rig and put a float on the hook side to hold the bait off the bottom and that seemed to be the only way we could get a bite.

Whitebass are doing good up on the spring river. We threw Pearl and Old Faithful 2" Go-Go minnows and was reeling them real slow along the bottom. We caught several big sows that looked like they were ready to pop!! I was using 1/8 jig heads.

Won't be long and the crappie will be hitting the banks!! We continue with this warm weather and I'm guessing it will happen in the next few weeks. I can't wait!! One of my favorite times of the year!!

If your looking for a guide trip you can call me at 918-964-0174 or check out my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com. Also if your on Facebook come friend me under Rusty Pritchard and check out our catches everyday!!

March 11, 2014
Hi folks,

Man what a nice break from the nasty cold weather we have had this winter! I tell you what it's made the spoonbill fishing the best I've had since I've been guiding! We have boated several really nice fish and we have had great numbers of fish boated on every trip! I had one client back in December boat a fish in the Grey's Ranch area that went 106 pounds!! This fish made Grand Lake rod and reel record number 2!! That gives my guide service rod and reel record #1,2,4,5!!

The spoonbill this week seem to be still in the Sailboat Bridge are! These fish are just needing a few more warm days and maybe a little flow coming in and they will be shooting up to the Greys Ranch area and probably even further up than that!! I'm really looking forward to them getting on up in the river system and not out in that deep 60+ feet of water that they have been in all winter long!!

The catfish are really slow right now. With the very large shad kills that we have had this winter I foresee them not biting well for a few more weeks! The shad are all over the lake floating and then sinking down and all the cats have to do is breath and they have a full belly!! I'm really looking for them to move up into that spring time shallow water bite that is usually in full swing right now!!

The crappie are really spotty right now in where you can catch them! I have found if you see any shad around the dock your fishing, the fishing tends to be really slow because of the shad kill. I've heard of some really good fishing trips and I've heard of some really bad fishing trips from people around the lake. One thing I do know is that the new scent spray that Fle-Fly has out now is the ticket to having a really good trip!! You can pick this spray up at Grand Lake Sports Center or at Honey Creek Outdoors! Just one spray on your favorite jig can be the key to get a bite and not getting a bite!

The white bass action should really be picking up over the next few weeks up in the rivers! My favorite lures to throw for them is Fle-Fly Go Go minnows in the 2" size on a 1/4 inch jig head. Just start graphing the river and you will see the schools and just throw your lure in a hold on!

If your looking for a guided trip give me a call at 918-964-0174 or check out my website out at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com. Also if your on Facebook go find me on there and give me friend request and you can keep up on me with my guide trips everyday!! Thank You, Rusty Pritchard

Ivan Martin, Guide, Limited Contributor

See Ivan's page, Black Bass, White Bass and Crappie Guide

April 6, 2014
Brent Davis of GRDA told me a couple days ago that 12 of the tagged fish have already been caught with one $5,000 fish. If you do not have a tag you need to go by a tackle shop and buy a tag. We have been catching a lot of big whites above twin bridges but I think Italy have muddied up. The blacks have really proved the last few days. Finally!!! Maybe we will have some stable weather to get the crappie to go to the bank. If you have any interesting fish stories call me at 918-260/7743. Audio file link.

Ed Mcgehee and fellow Grand Laker Fred Malone with a couple of the 100 whites caught above Twin Brigdes.

March 23, 2014
I am tired of all the cold weather on grand. Ed McGehee and Fred Malone, both grand lakers, decided to try to escape the bad weather for a few days so we drove to Alabama to fish and the weather is the same here do not give up. The weather and the note will be better soon.

March 9, 2014
It has been hard to do a fishing report with all of the bad weather. The water temps just a few days ago were in 30' s again. How can this be in March? The bass fishing has been very slow. There was a big bass tournament last Saturday and less than 20 boats weighed in anything. There are are a lot of crappie being caught by the boat docks but you have to catch a hundred to get a decent stringer. The whites moved out of the rivers about Sailboat Bridge during the last cold front but should be back now that the weather is warming up.

Jeff Williams, Special Reporter






September 9, 2014

Water 83 degrees. Lake level is nearing 741. Nearly a 3 ft fall in August and September for fall draw down. Clear from mid lake South, very little generation.

CRAPPIE: Still very good 15 ft in brush, docks and bridge piers. Pearl or Chartreuse Go go minnows and live minnows are good choices. Dock fishing is very good now if you fish the shade. Try spraying original lure flavor on your minnows for extra scent.

WHITE BASS: Troll 2 in go go minnows or rooster tails on clear points or gravel bars in the evening. Shallow rock piles at rock quarry producing fish on windy days. Spoon humps in 15 to 25 ft. Surfacing fish will hit in evenings on points that have had wind on them most of the day.

CATFISH: Good drifting shad in 10 to 30 ft flats. Shad soaked in dead red blood are great choices. Don't go over 1 MPH on your GPS for the largest fish. Team Catfish 8/0 hooks are a great choice when drifting. Channel cats are killing the sudden impact fiver bait in 5 to 10 ft of water. Tera Miranda lake area is great drifting right now.

BELOW DAM: Spike in the catfish and white bass action since there has been a little generation.

BOW FISHING: Will be very good once the water stabilizes from the August draw down.

August 18, 2014

Water 80 degrees. Clear from mid lake South, very little generation.

CRAPPIE: Still very good 15 ft in brush, docks and bridge piers. Pearl or Chartreuse Go go minnows and live minnows are good choices. Dock fishing is very good now if you fish the shade. Try spraying original lure flavor on your minnows for extra scent.

WHITE BASS: Troll 2 in go go minnows on clear points or gravel bars in the evening. Shallow rock piles at rock quarry producing fish on windy days. Spoon humps in 15 to 25 ft. Fish are pretty deep in the day for some reason.

CATFISH: Good drifting shad in 10 to 30 ft flats. Shad soaked in dead red blood are great choices. Don't go over 1 MPH on your GPS for the largest fish. Team Catfish 8/0 hooks are a great choice when drifting. Channel cats are killing the sudden impact fiver bait in 5 to 10 ft of water.

BELOW DAM: Slow since the water has slowed down.

BOW FISHING: Very good in clear water from mid lake South.

July 18, 2014

Water 84 degrees. Clear from mid lake South. Intermittent generation.

CRAPPIE: Still very good 15 ft in brush, docks and bridge piers. Pearl or Chartreuse Go go minnows and live minnows are good choices. Dock fishing is really coming on as the water warms.

WHITE BASS: Troll 2 in go go minnows on clear points or gravel bars in the evening. Shallow rock piles at rock quarry producing fish on windy days.

CATFISH: Good drifting shad in 10 to 30 ft flats. Shad soaked in dead red blood are great choices. Don't go over 1 MPH on your GPS for the largest fish. Channel cats are killing the sudden impact fiver bait in 5 to 10 ft of water.

BELOW DAM: White Bass and Catfish fair below dam when running water. Hooking up to cable and casting long rods into scour hole at night is producing some large Blue Catfish.

BOW FISHING: Very good in clear water from mid lake South.

June 27, 2014

Water 80 degrees. Clear from mid lake South. Full to Intermittent generation.

White Bass and Catfish fair below dam when running water.

Crappie still very good 15 ft in brush, docks and bridge piers. Pearl or Chartreuse Go go minnows and live minnows are good choices. Testing the new Flickr" tail minnow now too. Working great. Sunfish color is EXCELLENT at night in lights.

White bass getting better on 1 oz white bendable minnows. Fish humps and points. Troll 2 in firecracker go go minnow on clear points or clear flats in the evening. Shallow rock piles at rock quary producing fish on windy days.

Catfish good drifting shad in 10 to 30 ft flats. Shad soaked in dead red blood are great choices. Don't go over 1 MPH on your GPS for the largest fish. Flathead are spawning in rocks now.

Lake stabilizing and bow fishing very good in clear water from mid lake South.

June 13, 2014

Water 80 degrees. Clear from mid lake South. Full to Intermittent generation.

White Bass and Catfish good below dam.

Crappie still very good 15 ft in brush, docks and bridge piers. Pearl or Chartreuse Go go minnows and live minnows are good choices. Testing the new Flickr" tail minnow now too. Working great.

White bass good on 1 oz white bendable minnows. Fish humps and points. Troll 2 in firecracker go go minnow on clear points or clear flats in the evening.

Catfish good in shallow water flats. Sudden impact or shad soaked in dead red blood are great choices. Anchor and fan cast all around boat. Flathead are spawning in rocks now.

Bow fishing very good in clear water from mid lake South.

June 2, 2014

Very similar to last report. Water 77 degrees. Most of the lake is clear. Intermittent generation.

White Bass good below dam when running water.

Crappie still very good 15 ft in brush, docks and bridge piers. Pearl or Chartreuse Go go minnows and live minnows are good choices.

White bass good on 1 oz white bendable minnows. Fish humps and points. Troll 2 in go go firecracker go go minnow in evenings at governors island and mouth of honey creek and Patricia Island.

Catfish good in shallow water flats. Sudden impact or shad soaked in dead red blood are great choices. Anchor and fan cast all around boat. Spawning channel cats are in rocks by bridges.

Bow fishing very good in clear water. Carp, Gar and Buffalo are all spawning.

May 23, 2014

Crappie in post spawn brush and at bridge piers Chartreuse Go go minnows fished 10 ft deep are working great. 1/16 to 1/8 oz heads.

White bass good on 1 oz white bendable minnows. Fish humps and points. Troll 2 in go go firecracker go go minnow in evenings at governors island and mouth of honey creek.

Catfish good in shallow water flats. Sudden impact or shad soaked in dead red blood are great choices. Anchor and fan cast all around boat.

Bow fishing very good in clear water. Carp and Buffalo are spawning.

 

 

May 12, 2014

Crappie fishing on most of Grand Lake continues to be good. Crappie are pretty much done spawning on the North end of the lake from Sailboat Bridge to Elk River. Anglers are still catching Spawning Crappie on Gogo minnows at the South end of the lake by the dam. Some post spawn fish are moving into main lake brush piles.

White Bass are showing up in early summer areas. Bendable Minnow spoons fished on top of underwater islands on Elk River and Patricia Island are producing limits. Go go minnows reeled slow through schools are producing lots of fish. Honey Creek Bridge is starting to produce some fish too.

Blue and Channel Catfish are on fire fishing shad and dead red spray. Sudden Impact fiber bait is a great choice for those anglers that have a hard time catching shad. Look for shallow flats from 2 to 8 ft deep. Anchor and fan cast around your boat. Fish 20 minutes and move if no action. Twin Bridges to Sailboat Bridge is where most fish are biting.

Bow fishing is very good with all the clear lake water. Shallow bays and coves are best.

April 29, 2014

Crappie fishing on the north end of the lake has been pretty good if you like the fish for Spawning Crappie on the bank. Several good reports of anglers catching Crappie from 12 inches to 4 feet deep on bright colored gogo minnows. Crappie fishing down lake has been good but most of the fish are still coming from docs in 8 to 15 feet deep on gogo minnows with trim tails.

White bass fishing is getting a lot better from hwy 10 bridge in Elk River to the mouth of Elk 1/2 and 1 oz white Bendable minnow jigging spoons finished on top of large schools in 10 to 20 ft of water are resulting in the limits of white bass being caught.

Catfishing is still good. Some fish being caught shallow on the north end of the lake. Many blue catfish still being caught in Deep water around the Patricia Island area. Shad soaked in dead red blood spray has been the best choice of bait for blues. Sudden impact fiber bait fished in Shallow water is catching a lot of channel catfish at the current time.

April 18, 2014

North end of Grand Lake is a little muddy but the water temperatures are starting to climb. Some Crappie being reported on the banks in the evenings on Go Go minnows with straight tails fished 18 inches to 2 foot deep. This weekend should really be good for dock fishing.

Blue Catfish are biting in the shallows from 3 to 15 foot deep on cut shad, cut bluegill and cut carp soaked in dead red blood spray. Channel Catfish in the upper end of the rivers where there's current are being caught on sudden impact fiber bait.

Some White Bass still being caught in Spring River on gogo minnows. The best reports are on chartreuse and firecracker colors. Use a eighth ounce head fish slowly across the bottom or jig the go go minnow across the bottom. Do not trim the tail.

Heavier stringers of Bass are making it to the scales. A variety of baits are working great. Still getting great reports of weedless Jigs sprayed with garlic lure flavor. Some bass are spawning. Some bass are being caught by site fishing.

The boys and I just completed putting in shoreline fish shelters. We are hoping that some Crappie will move into these fish shelters in the next couple weeks and we will have some easy spawning Crappie fishing.

April 14, 2014

Most of Grand Lake is still fairly clear. The upper end of the lake is stained to muddy in several areas East of sailboat Bridge. Water temperatures range from the mid 60s to 58 depending on what area of the lake. The upper end of the lake is warming faster than the midsection and lower end.

Some reports of crappie being caught on the bank with gogo minnows in the evening this week until the cold front hit. Dock fishing is getting a lot better on 1 inch gogo minnows, Bobby garlands and live minnows.

Cat fishing remains good everywhere in shallow water. Fresh shad soaked in dead red blood spray seems to be the best bait at this time for blue catfish. Sudden impact fiber bait is working great on channel catfish and rivers and creeks flowing into the lake.

Paddlefish are still east of Sailboat Bridge. Some fish have moved up into Neosho river. Not many fish being caught at Miami. Neosho River needs one flood to really increase the amount of fish at Miami dam.

Bass are being caught on Alabama Riggs, jerk baits, jigs and crank baits. Some great reports on Jigs sprayed with the new garlic lure flavor.

April 2, 2014

Grandlake is in good shape as far as water clarity goes. The water temperature is finally warming up with the main lake in the mid 50s. We're hoping to finally see some Crappie move toward the banks once we get a 65° temperature that's consistent. Some of the reports on dock fishing is really good right now on Go Go minnows finished 10 feet to 20, feet nothing really shallow yet at this time.

Blue catfish and channel catfish are good on the flats on windy days you need to be anchored 2 to 8 foot deep.

White bass are good in Spring River on 1 and 2 inch gogo minnows. Chartreuse and Firecracker seem to be the two best options. Make sure to use a jig head that's at least an eight to a quarter ounce. Fish on bottom or reel slow.

Black bass fishing is starting to get a lot better in the main part of the lake. Alabama riggs, jigs and jerk baits are still the best options.

Paddlefish have not moved up to Miami yet. Still getting reports of paddlefish being caught between Sailboat Bridge and twin bridges. Once we get a good inflow that muddies the river. There'll be paddlefish by the hundreds at the Miami dam.

Good Luck out there!

March 26, 2014

Grand Lake is hanging in there right around 742. Water temperature ranges from 48° And 53° depending on sunshine and how far you are in a shallow bay. Most of the lake is fairly clear. The fishing for most species is pretty good if you know which direction of the lake to go to.

Catfish have been good in Shallow water on Shad and dead red blood spray. Most of the blue catfish are coming in water from a foot to 10 foot. Anchoring your boat and fan casting around your boat will produce the most catfish.

Crappie fishing in docks is still good using 1 inch go go minnows and lure flavor. During warmer days the fish are on the shallow end of the dock. During colder days the deeper brush piles in 15 or 20 foot produce more Crappie.

White bass fishing in Spring River remains good. 1 and 2 inch go go minnows with 1/8 oz lead heads seem to produce plenty of fish. Some small crank baits and small Rattle traps are also producing good limits of spawning white bass.

Black bass fishing in Elk River remains good on Alabama rigs. The rest of the lake seems to finally be turning on. Some of the better reports are coming on Alabama Rigs, jigs and jerk baits.

Spoonbill snagging is still good from Sailboat Bridge to Twin Bridges. Just as soon as we get a little inflow the fish will be at Miami in a day or two.

Matt Watson, Special Reporter

September 23, 2014

Another nice week to be on Grand Lake! The fishing has been fair this week with the fronts moving in and out. The White Bass can be caught on the windy points trolling or casting using the 1/8oz chartreuse or white Go Go Minnow.

Still been catching some Catfish depending on the wind. You can catch them in 25 to 35ft of water. The bait has been moving around count of the wind making it a little tougher.

Crappie fishing has been good. I have been catching them around docks and bridges on sunny days. Also on windy and cloudy days the Crappie are moving shallow. I have been catching them off the banks those days using the 1/8oz Go Go Minnow.

September 15, 2014

Folks fall is here and it is a great time to be on the water. I fished Grand Lake last week and the fall pattern is starting to begin. I fished shallow water on main lake points catching White Bass, Perch, and a few Crappie. I caught them on a 1/8 oz head 2 inch Go Go Minnow. Windy days are going to be your best with the clear water we got right now.

Catfishing is still going good. The cold front has moved the Blue Cats a little deeper this week. I caught them in 35 to 40 foot of water. Still using cut shad on 5/0 Team Catfish double action hooks.

September 8, 2014

What a good week for catfishing! We are still catching a lot of catfish in 30 ft of water on cut shad. The Flatheads are on the feed. We are catching some from 5lbs to 20lbs each trip on the flats close to the main river channel.

I really haven't fished for the White Bass this week because catfishing has been really good.

Crappie fishing is still good in 25ft of water and suspended 5ft off the bottom. I have been catching them 1/16oz Flickr Tails with a small split shot.

August 28, 2014

Grand Lake got tougher for me this week. I have fished from Sailboat Bridge all the way down to Goat Island and I am having a hard time getting a pattern on the White Bass. One day we caught them on the 1 oz Fle Fly Bendable Minnow and the next we caught them trolling in 10 ft of water with a rooster tail. I think the White Bass is doing a lot of feeding at night with the clear water and no windy days.

Crappie fishing been good in 20 ft of water with your lure 2 ft off the bottom. I have been using the dark colored Flickr Tails.

Catfishing is still good even though I had a few slow days because of no wind. I am still drifting in 25 ft to 35 ft of water with cut shad on a 5/0 circle hook.

August 19, 2014

Wow what a week on Grand Lake! The weather has been beautiful for fishing. The catfishing has been really good. I have been catching limits everyday this week. I am drifting in 25ft of water around Honey Creek, Shangri La and Carrie Bay using cut shad.

The White Bass has been fair they have been moving around a lot. The topping action has been hit and miss. If you have a windy day the best way of catching them is on shallow flats around the islands trolling 1/8 oz Go Go Minnow.

Crappie fishing has been good. I did catch some in 25 ft of water suspended 2ft off the bottom. I caught them on the 1/16 oz Flickr Tail with a split shot weight above it.

August 10, 2014

The fishing has really turned on this week. The White Bass has finally got back into a pattern. We have been catching topping fish around Governors Island and Sweet Water. We have been using a 1/8 oz Go Go Minnow and also been spooning them up on the ledges.

Crappie fishing is fair. We have been catching lots of little ones to get a keeper. We have been using the Flickr Tails and minnows around docks and bridges in the shaded areas.

Catfishing has been really good drifting the major flats with cut shad. Echo Bay, Carrie Bay, Wolf Creek, and Shangri La have been really good drifting areas.

August 3, 2014

I fished Grand Lake a lot this week and the White Bass have been a little tricky. You can catch them topping around Bird Island one evening and then the next evening they are not there. I think we need some good summer heat to put them back in there pattern.

Crappie fishing has been good around the docks, bridges, and any shaded area close to deep water.

Catfishing remains to be really good. We drifted a lot this week for the Blue Cats in 30 to 40ft of water. We used cut shad and 5/0 circle hook from Team Catfish.

July 22, 2014

Fishing is going good on Grand Lake! The White Bass have been topping around all the islands on the lake from Elk River to Governors Island. I have been catching them on the 1/8oz Fle Fly Pearl Go Go Minnow.

The Crappie fishing has still been good especially at night. I have been catching them on a 1/16oz Flickr Tail of any color.

Catfishing has been really great all over the lake; drifting in 20 to 35 feet of water with cut shad on a Team Catfish 5/0 circle hook.



 

 


July 12, 2014

The lake has continued to be really good this week. The bite has changed some and haven't been able to find as many topping White Bass. Did catch some spooning on the Fle Fly Bendable Minnow one day.

Crappie has been really good this week! We caught them on a 1/8 oz Fle Fly Fickr Tail sunfish color in about 25ft of water, but they were suspended in about 10ft from the surface around docks.

Catfishing is really good right now! We caught them in 35ft of water slow drifting with cut shad.

July 7, 2014

I have fished a lot this week all over the lake area. I have caught White Bass from Elk River all the way to Goat Island. The White Bass are moving around a lot. I have caught them topping of an evening on an 1/8 oz Fle Fly Go Go Minnow. The best pattern has been trolling an 1/8 oz Fle Fly Go Go Minnow thru the schools of Shad.

Crappie still remains good. I have caught them this week using the new Fle Fly Flickr Tails around docks and bridge piers.

Channel Cats have been good this week under the willow trees where the wind is blowing in. I used Secret 7 and caught a lot of eaters doing this. You must have wind for it to work.

June 28, 2014

The fishing has been really good again this week. We are still catching a lot of White Bass on the Fle-Fly Bendable Minnow in Elk River. The White Bass are starting to move to the main lake area now, but are hard to predict right now because they will feed some in the mornings and other days in the evenings. They are not on their steady pattern yet.

Crappie remains really good. I have been catching a lot of small ones and some keepers on 1/16 oz Fle-Fly Go Go Minnows.

Catfish is starting to pick up, been catching some in about 15ft of water on cut shad.

June 19, 2014

The White Bass fishing is starting to get good since the water is clearing up. Elk River and Honey Creek area are starting to see some surfacing action. I have been using a 1.5 oz Fle-Fly bendable minnow and 1/8 oz pearl go go minnow. Spooning is really starting to get good right now.

Catfish are still doing good on windy days in the rocks using Secret 7 or shrimp under a bobber in 5ft of water.

The Bass are doing good on main lake points with chunk rock in them.

Sheldon Collings, Tournament Bass Angler

September 29, 2014

Lake level is at 741 and fishing is good here on Grand Lake.
Water temperature: Mid 70's.
I was able to get a couple hours of fishing in the other evening in the Sailboat Bridge area.

I caught 4 quality keepers fishing docks in less than 10 foot of water on a 10" red shad power worm with Fle-fly Lure Flavor (Garlic) along with a 5/16 oz tungsten weight. The fish were acting very finicky so the bites weren't very aggressive. My rod of choice was a 7'6" Hi Standard in medium heavy action. My line of choice was 15 pound Seguar Red Label fluorocarbon. This setup was allowing me to feel the bites that most people wouldn't feel.

At first, I was missing alot of the fish. After about 6 misses, I realized that the fish weren't holding on to the worm long enough to get hooked. So, I dug around in my box and got out one of my bottles of Fle-fly Garlic Lure Flavor and made 5 or 6 sprays on my 10" power worm. This change allowed me to land alot of the fish I was missing. With the Lure Flavor, the fish were holding on to the worm longer and allowing me to have better chances at catching them. In my 4 fish, I had about 12.5 pounds with my big fish going right around the 4 pound mark in a period of 3 hours.

You can purchase the Fle-Fly Lure Flavor that I was using from David Hale at Honey Creek Outdoors or online from www.flefly.com

Grand Lake Sports Center, Special Reporter

August 11, 2014

The Crappie fishing has been really good. A lot of small ones are being caught, but people are still fishing for them because it’s a lot of fun.

The White Bass fishing is really good about an hour before dark. If you can’t catch them on top of the water where the Shad are, then you need to get a Fle Fly Bendable Minnow and fish for them at the bottom.

The Catfishing has been really good as well. Jug and drift fishing using Shrimp and Perch as bait.

July 14, 2014

Fishing has been pretty good. Crappie, although they are small, are still being caught. They have been caught on Minnows and the new Fle Fly Flickr Tail Minnow.

Catfishing is still pretty good.

White Bass are still being caught in the evening closer towards dark. They have been caught on rooster tails and the Fle Fly Firecracker Go Go Minnows.

Small Mouth Bass have started biting up in the creeks on Baby Brushhogs, a plastic bait.

July 7, 2014

Crappie fishing was great this weekend! They were biting on minnows. There were a lot of small ones being caught, but people didn’t seem to mind as there were so many Crappie being caught; it didn’t seem to take the fun out of it.

Catfish are still being caught in deeper water.

The carp was not caught with a rod and reel. It was wrestled out of water and was almost dead.

June 16, 2014

Crappie: The Crappie fishing has been fair. A lot of small fish are being caught, and are being caught in about 8 to 10 feet of water.

Bass: The Bass fishing has still been really tuff. Green, shad, and plum colors are the ones they seem to bite on.

White Bass: The best White Bass fishing has been in the evening, from around 2 hours before dark to dark. They are being caught up around the bridge. Baits to use are small plastics, spinner baits, and crank bait.

Catfishing: They are still up shallow, and it has been excellent fishing. They have been biting on minnows and worms. Use the Team Catfish Dead Red Blood Spray on your bait to increase the attractiveness. Limb lines and drift fishing has been great too.

Bow Fishing: Water is starting to clear, so it should improve!

OK Wildlife Department Report, Special Report

August 31, 2014

Elevation below average, water 88. Largemouth bass fair in main lake and points on worms and crankbait. Blue and channel catfish fair in main lake on shad. White bass good on flats on jigs and minnows. Crappie fair in brush structure and docks on jigs and minnows. Paddlefish slow in main lake on snagging. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

August 3, 2014

Elevation normal, water 90. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits and worms around points and channels. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around docks. White bass fair on jigs in the main lake. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait around flats. Paddlefish slow in the main lake. Report submitted Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

July 19, 2014

Elevation above normal, water 80s. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and worms around points and the main lake. Blue and channel catfish good on shad and cut bait in the main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure. Paddlefish slow in the river channel. Report submitted Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

July 5, 2014

Elevation normal, water 85. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs around points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad along flats. White bass fair on topwater lures and jigs in the main lake. Channel catfish slow on cut bait along flats. Report submitted Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

June 15, 2014

Elevation dropping, water 80s. Largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits and crankbaits around points and the main lake. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure. Blue catfish good on cut bait and stinkbait in the main lake. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait in the main lake. White bass slow on jigs in the main lake. Report submitted Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

June 7, 2014

Elevation rising, water 80. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and jigs around points. Crappie good minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Blue catfish fair on chicken liver and shad in the main lake. White bass fair on crankbaits in the main lake. Channel catfish slow on shad in the main lake. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

June 2, 2014

Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on fresh cut bait shallow. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

May 27, 2014

Elevation normal, water 70. Largemouth bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits in coves. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish fair on shad and stinkbait along flats and in the main lake. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

May 5, 2014

Elevation normal. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 5-10 ft. White bass fair on small crankbaits up creeks. Catfish fair on fresh cut bait at 10-15 ft. Paddlefish fair. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Bluewater Bait and Tackle, Special Report

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