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Rusty Pritchard, Guide

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March 13, 2015

Hey folks!
It's been an unbelievable spoonbill season this year!! We've put around 550 spoonbill in the boat and 86 pounds being the biggest so far!! The fish are sticking out in the lake area longer than usually with the colder than normal temps we had the last few weeks! I've been focusing in the Sailboat Bridge area to Patricia Island. Still running 3 pounds of weight and running around 4.5mph. I look for the fish to start pushing up the river system in the next few weeks!!

Ran a catfish trip last Monday with pretty good luck! There is still a small shad kill going on and the fish were still pretty finicky! We were still running the winter pattern fishing deep in the main river channel where the shad is present. I use 5/0 and 8/0 Team Catfish Double Action hooks with cut shad. The shad are still running fairly deep during the day but that will change in the coming days and be easy to get in the daylight hours! I also look for the blues to push up onto the flats on the sunny windy days! I like the Greys Ranch area flats this time of year! Don't be scared to fish up in 2-4 feet of water this time of year!! I think you might be surprised what you'll find up that shallow!

Been heading some really good reports of whitebass being caught up both the Neosho and Spring Rivers! Fle Fly Go Go minnows in 2" would be excellent choices to use up there right now! You can troll or cast for them right now! With the warmer weather coming in next week it ought to be on fire!!

We have 47 trips booked this month but we have some open dates for April if your looking for an awesome spoonbill trip! Give me a call at 918-964-174 and make sure to checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com. If your on Facebook come friend me on there under Rusty Pritchard and see our catches everyday!!

February 17, 2015

Hey folks!
What a spoonbill season it has been!! I was on 19 straight days on the water and the bad weather gave me a day off yesterday! Today we were back at it!! The spoonbill are stacked up!! They are really thick from Catfish Point to Patricia Island in the main river channel!! We've boated over 400 spoonies from Thanksgiving until day!!! We are on track to beat our 6 month total from last year at 948 spoonbill!! I'm still trolling 3 pounds of weight and running a Spoonbill King 10/0 treble hook on 80 pound Power Pro braided line. My clients have boated some hefty fish on average this year!! Our biggest boated this year is 86lbs!! And it was while we were filming a tv show called Fired Up outdoors on the Pursuit Channel!! I'm also really excited to have Melissa Bachman down to fish with me in April!! Melissa is a huge female ambassador for the great outdoors!!!

Catfish are really biting well!! I've ran quite a few cat trips the last few weeks and it's been a solid bite! I'm using cut shad. I've been graphing out the main river channel looking for shad and cats together and anchoring out on them! They have been running in around 40-60 feet of water. If you don't have a bite in the first 20 minutes it's time to move on!! Look for the active fish!! We've been focusing in the mid lake area.

Crappie are biting fair in the docks. I've seen some good crappie being caught. Make sure to checkout Fle-Fly online and see some of the new baits they are coming out with!!

If your looking for a guided trip give me a call at 918-964-0174 or checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com! We are running low on open dates for spoonbill trips so if your wanting to get out and snag some you might get with me to get your date setup!!

January 27, 2015

Hey folks! The spoonbill fishing continues to be great!! We've caught some monsters this year so far!! I was filming a tv show with Fired Up Outdoors last week and put an 86 pounder in the boat!! Biggest spoon of the year for me this year! The day before that we landed a 76 pounder!! The spoonbill are staying out in the wintering holes good right now from Sailboat Bridge to Patricia Island. Just use you electronics and you'll pickup the big schools of fish!! Make sure to checkout www.spoonbillking.com for all your tackle!!

The catfish are still on the feedback! Took a trip out a few days back for them and ended up catching them in 60' of water! This warmer weather has delayed the shad kill and the fish are still biting well!!

Crappie are biting really good most day on Fle Fly Flicker Tails! I've seen some good stringers coming out of docks! I've seen really big crappie on those stringers!!

Haven't heard much report on whitebass. I know the rivers up north have been froze most days. It should be good fishing up that way if you can get up there!!

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

January 12, 2015

Hey folks!
The spoonbill action continues to be awesome!! We've boated more 60+ pound fish this year than any other year I can remember! I've had some really great trips the last couple weeks! The fish I'm keying on is in the Greys Ranch area. There is a big school of fish there that have been producing some great size fish all winter long! It's a hunting game everyday and if you have good electronics you can find these schools of big spoonies!! I'm still trolling 3 pounds of weight and letting the boat do all the work! I'm running 80lbs braid line, Catfish Warrior 8' extra heavy rod, Penn Squawl reels, and running 10/0 Spoonbill King barbless hooks.

I got the pleasure of having Kelly Bostian of the Tulsa World out Saturday and he is doing a great article on Wintertime Spoonbill fishing in the up coming Sunday Tulsa World! Keep an eye for that one!!

Catfishing is fixing to come to a screeching halt pretty quick!! I've been seeing evidence of the shad kill starting on the north end of the lake! I've been seeing a tons of gulls diving and picking up shad that are going into thermal shock! When ever the water temps start dropping below 40 degrees the shad start going into the thermal shock and start die. After a few days there will be so many dead shad the catfish will gorge on shad and it makes it extremely hard to get them to bite! The south end of the lake may be a little warmer and you may have a few more days before this process begins there.

Haven't heard much on whitebass or crappie here lately. I'm sure both could probably caught up Spring River if it's not froze up there.

If your looking for a guided trip for some spoonbill action, give me a call at 918-964-0174 and checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com.

Also if your worried about the cold temps out, I have a full enclosed cockpit on my boat and a heater!! It get so warm in there it will run you out!! I haven't even worn a coat all winter on the boat!! Come check it out!!

Decembr 26, 2014

Hey folks,
We've had some really great guide trips here the last few days! I even got to take Santa and Mrs. Clause fishing Christmas Eve!

Spoonbill have been up and down the last week! One day we catch 4-5 and the next day we might catch 15!! With this extreme cold weather coming in next week I believe the spoonbill fishing is going to get really good and consistent! When the water temps dip into the 30's the spoonbill will get tighter and tighter together in the main lake channel!! When you find the schools they will be huge schools!! Right now one day they are schooled tight and the next day they are in little schools of 3's and 4's. I'm trolling 3 pounds of weight with Spoonbill King 10/0 treble hooks and using 8' extra heavy Catfish Warrior rods. The Greys Ranch area is the main area I have been catching most of my spoonbill!!

Took a special trip Christmas Eve with the one and only Santa Clause and his lovely wife Mrs. Clause!! We did really well! We landed 6 fish over 10 pounds and numerous eaters! They took 3 gallons of meat back home to the North Pole! I was using cut shad on 8/0 Double Action hooks on Carolina Rigs. We were fishing on the edges of the main river channel on the north end of the lake. Just scan around the edge of the channel until you see busted up schools of shad and then anchor out on them! Those busted up schools are more than likely being chased by bluecats!

Heard some good reports of crappie being caught around the docks in 10-15' of water.

I haven't been out for white bass in awhile but I would concentrate on around the Spring River north of Twin Bridges! This is a great time of year to find those big sows up there staging in the river!! I'd throw a 2" Go Go minnow on 1/4 ounce heads!

If your looking for a guided trip give me a call at 918-964-0174 and also checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com. If your on Facebook come friend me on there under Rusty Pritchard and you can keep up on me daily! I post pics everyday on there!!

December 18, 2014

Hey folks!

Man we have been smacking the spoonbill for 2 1/2 weeks now and it's awesome fishing!! Most trips I have been running has been around the Greys Ranch area and the mouth of Wolf Creek. We've caught around 115 spoonbill so far and have caught some tanks this season!! Had some clients in from Alabama a couple days ago and they smashed an 80 pounder!! We've put several 60+ fish in the boat this winter!! I'm running three pounds of weight and using Catfish Warrior rods and 80 pound Power Pro line. I'm also using Spoonbill King 10/0 barbless hooks. If your not on my Facebook page come friend me on there and watch the action unfold everyday!!

Took a cat trip out yesterday and did really well in the main river channel over by the mouth of Elk River. I was running my sonar along the channel edge searching busted up schools of shad. Then I anchor out on them and can cast all around the boat! I'm using cut shad on 8/0 Team Catfish Double Action hooks. Finding them busted up schools is key in finding the blues right now!

Heard of a few people picking up some whitebass and crappie up Spring River. Most of what I've heard they are up by the piers to the boathouse on the right. 2"Go Go minnows have been lure of choice for most!

Remember I have awesome gift certificates for that hard to buy for person in your family for Christmas and birthdays!! And also make sure to look me up on Facebook!

My phone number is 918-964-0174 to purchase a guided trip or gift certificates! And also checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com!

December 5, 2014

Hi folks!
What a week of spoonbill fishing we have had in the opening week of guiding for spoonbill this season!! We caught fish from Grey's Ranch all the way to Patricia Island!! Biggest fish so far was a 61 pounder a young lady caught from western Kansas! We have boated 48 fish in just one week of snagging! It's going to be one awesome season!

When I'm trolling for spoonbill I like to use 3 lbs of weight and run 80lbs power pro line. I use an 8' Catfish Warrior rod in xtra heavy and 10/0 Spoonbill King barbless hooks! This cuts a lot of the work out associated with snagging spoonbill the traditional way! Water temps are down to 48 degrees and I predict the action is going to get hotter and hotter as the water temps drop through the winter months! Also remember my boat is heated!!

I haven't been out catfishing this week but with the water temps down below 50 degrees I would start looking for the blues out deep on ledges in 50-80 feet deep! December is what we typically call the Bluecat month! This is the month when it's possible to get in huge numbers of fish and a chance at a true trophy fish!!

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

We also have awesome gift certificates to mail out for that hard to buy for outdoorsman or outdoorswoman!!

Novembr 26, 2014

Hi folks!
Well my hunting season is over for deer this year. Ended the season with a really nice 8pt right before rifle season! Now it's fishing time!

I've ran guide trips the last two days for spoonbill and it's on!! We've boated 13 spoonbill in the last two days! I'm finding them around the Sailboat Bridge area in the main river channel! Biggest so far is 50 pounds! I'm dragging 3 pounds of weight to hold the hook down in 60' of water and it's just like trolling for whitebass!! The spoonbill should hold out in this area for a month or so and should get better as the water cools! I also use spoonbill king's 10/0 treble hooks!

The water temps are at 48 degrees and the cats will be hitting the deep ledges now! I like to fish between 40 and 80 feet deep in the winter and it can be some really good action in the winter! December is typically my best month to catch Bluecat!

If your looking for a guided trip give me a call at 918-964-0174 and checkout my website at www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com. We also have nice gift certificates for that hard to shop for family members and friends! Times running out to get the biggest discount of the season! 2 more days!

Black Friday Special!!!! Black Friday Special!!!! We are doing our Black Friday Special again this year!! You pay $100 deposit and we will mail you out a voucher good for $125 off a 4-6 man trip for spoonbill in the months of March and April!!! This is our biggest discount on spoonbill trips we will offer all year!!! This offer is good from now until Friday!! This was a huge success last year and hope to hear from you guys this week!!!
918-964-0174, www.rustypritchardoutdoors.com

October 29, 2014

Hey folks,

Been awhile since my last post! Been chasing them whitetails and doing fishing trips. It's been a great deer season so far! Using power corn made by Nutra Deer has put the luck in my favor!

Catfish have been what we have been targeting the most lately! I've been drift fishing the Honey Creek area and have been doing really good! I've been drifting cut shad on Carolina Rigs. Magic depth has been 35-45 feet of water.

Crappie have been biting well also. I have been throwing 1" Go Go Minnows in Pearl color. The crappie have been in brush piles in 10-15 feet of water.

Whitebass having been biting well in the Spring River and windy points all along the lake! Got to have the wind though! Troll 2" Go Go Minnows and go as shallow as you feel safe to troll!
Spoonbill are starting to make their trek to the wintering holes! I've seen several on the graph around the Sailboat Bridge area! Won't be long now! Give me a call and setup your spoonbill trip!

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

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.

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






March 19, 2015

Water 49 degrees. Lake level is nearing 741. Steady. Mainly clear. Stained to muddy in Rivers. Intermittent generation.

CRAPPIE: Good 15 ft in brush, docks. 2 in chartreuse CRAPPIE KICKERS http://flefly.com/catalog/product/view/id/1045/s/two-inch-crappie-kicker/ 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 in Spring River North of Twin Bridges. When possible slow down and cast GO GO MINNOWS let sink and hop off bottom or reel across bottom. Look at locator and watch for schools of fish located right on the bottom. You can order Go Go Minnows at www.FleFly.com.

CATFISH: Still very good. Moving shallow and ready to bite in the mud flats. Fresh Shad or frozen shad soaked in Dead Red are working good. Sailboat Bridge area is good. You can order Dead Red from www.TeamCatfish.com.

BELOW DAM: Good when running water. Spoonbill, White Bass and Crappie.

SPOONBILL: Heading up lake toward 3 fingers. Remember to use barbless hooks. You can order them from www.SpoonbillKing.com

February 23, 2015

Water 38 degrees. Lake level is nearing 741. Steady. Mainly clear. Very little generation.

CRAPPIE: Good 15 ft in brush, docks. 2 in chartreuse CRAPPIE KICKERS http://flefly.com/catalog/product/view/id/1045/s/two-inch-crappie-kicker/ 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 in Spring River North of Twin Bridges. When possible slow down and cast GO GO MINNOWS let sink and hop off bottom or reel across bottom. Look at locator and watch for schools of fish located right on the bottom. You can order Go Go Minnows at www.FleFly.com.

CATFISH: Still very good. Anchor Fish deep ledges and drop offs. Fresh Shad or frozen shad soaked in Dead Red are working good. Sailboat Bridge area is good. You can order Dead Red from www.TeamCatfish.com.

BELOW DAM: Slow. There has been a little generation. Fishing not good.

SPOONBILL: Heading up lake toward 3 fingers. Remember to use barbless hooks. You can order them from www.SpoonbillKing.com.

January 12, 2015

Water 42 degrees. Lake level is nearing 741. Steady. Mainly clear. Very little generation.

CRAPPIE: Good 15 ft in brush, docks. Small firecracker 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. You can order Go Go Minnows and Lure Flavor at www.FleFly.com.

WHITE BASS: Troll 2 in go go minnows or rooster tails in Spring River North of Twin Bridges. When possible slow down and cast GO GO MINNOWS let sink and hop off bottom or reel across bottom. Look at locator and watch for schools of fish located right on the bottom. You can order Go Go Minnows at www.FleFly.com.

CATFISH: Good. Anchor Fish deep ledges and drop offs. Fresh Shad or frozen shad soaked in Dead Red are working good. Sailboat Bridge area is good. You can order Dead Red from www.TeamCatfish.com.

BELOW DAM: Slow. There has been a little generation. Cew crappie coming from Cabbage Hollow. 

SPOONBILL: Heading up lake toward 3 fingers. Remember to use barbless hooks. You can order them from www.SpoonbillKing.com.

November 11, 2014

Hello Everyone - sorry for the delay in reports but hunting season is upon us and I will be in the field until mid December. In Dec I will start fishing for White Bass, Blue Catfish and Crappie.

Good Luck in the woods or on the water this fall! If you like to deer hunt you might want to check out our hunting brand. It can be found at www.NutraDeer.com.




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

March 28, 2015

Fishing has been good this last week. White Bass has been going good around the Twin Bridges area but with the rain we got the last couple of days has made the water stained. This will slow the White Bass down for a while until the water clears up.

The Spoonbill at Twin Bridges has been really good lately. They have moved up into the rivers pretty good now. I have seen a lot of Spoonbill being snagged right now. The easiest way to snag one is to get up early in the morning before they start to scatter from fishing pressure.

The Catfishing has been going good in 1 to 10 ft of water using cut shad on 5/0 Team Catfish circle hooks. If you want to catch some Channel Cats now is the time in the rivers since they have current in them. Find you some log piles and anchor above them and us the Team Catfish Secret 7 it works really good.

Crappie fishing is good in and around the docks that are in back of coves. They are in pre-spawn right now and they are easy to catch. I have been using a 1/16 oz Go Go Minnow.

March 20, 2015

Well spring has finally made it to Grand Lake and the Easter Lilies are popping! This usually means the White Bass spawn is on. They are catching lots of White Bass at Twin Bridges using the 2' Go Go Minnow of any color on an 1/8 oz jig head.

Catfishing is still going good, but it is hard to catch them in the same place twice. The shad are moving around a lot and so is the Catfish. I have been catching them in 5 to 20 ft of water on cut shad. Once the rivers get a little current in them it will be time to get the Secret 7 out to catch Channel Cats.

The Crappie fishing is going. I would try catching them in the evenings as the water warms up in 5 to 15 ft of water.

February 17, 2015

Well winter has come back to Grand Lake and the White Bass have been getting better at Twin Bridges. The next month is going to be a moving game with the White Bass because of the water temperature cooling and warming. The next 30 days all you will need to use is the Go Go Minnow on 1/8oz or ¼ oz jig head for casting and throwing. For trolling you will need a number 5 shad rap.

Catfishing has still been going good. They also will be moving around in the next 30 days. I have been catching them from 10 to 40 ft of water using cut shad.

January 28, 2015

The weather has been really nice and the fishing has been even better. Catfishing has been really good the last couple of weeks. I have been fishing in 20 to 40 foot of water for them using cut shad.

The White Bass are starting to make their way to Twin Bridges. They are going to be hit and miss until the water temperature gets above 48 degrees. I have caught some using 1/8 oz Go Go Minnow in the firecracker color. See you on the water!

January 14, 2015

Well folks winter has finely set in. Catfishing is going to be hit and miss with the shad die off. This will be a good time to reline your catfish reels with Tug-O-War mono from Team Catfish. It is very good line and I have used it for the last 2 years.

It is Crappie time on Grand Lake! I am hearing lots of Crappie being caught in docks on Grand Lake. I like to use small hair jigs 1/16oz and smaller this time of year. I like to start out using the bright colors, but if I don't get any hits I start using darker colors. I start at the bottom and fish up until I get a bite and then I mark my line so I know the depth.

December 29, 2014

Last couple of weeks has been really good if you like Catfishing. We have had a lot of really good days catching Catfish in 10ft to 50ft of water. I have been finding big schools of shad and anchoring down over them if you don't get a bit in 30 minutes move to the next good spot. I have been using fresh cut shad on 5/0 Double Action Hooks.

I have seen some nice schools of Crappie along deep water ledges. I have been casting a 1/8oz Go Go Minnow letting it fall about 12 to 15 ft deep and slowly reeling it back in. Don't forget about all the public heated docks. January is typically good for catching Crappie.

Just want to wish everybody a Happy New Year and another great year of fishing.

December 10, 2014

Wow what a great December we have had so far. Catfishing has been really good this month. I have been catching them in 3ft to 40ft of water. On windy days fish close to the mud flats next to the main channel. If there is not much wind you will have to fish deeper. I have been catching all my Catfish on fresh shad. If you are using frozen shad spray it down with the Dead Red from Team Catfish it will help.

Crappie fishing has been hit and miss for me. I have been catching some Crappie in open water with schooling shad. I have been catching some on the 1/8oz Go Go Minnow.

Winter fishing can be really good until winter sets in and we get a big shad kill.

November 20, 2014

Wow it has been a great November sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Fishing has been far but it is different everyday with the cold fronts coming and going. The fish haven't settled into the winter pattern yet but it should change anytime. Far as catching Catfish look for the big schools of shad. With the wind switching directions every few days it moves the shad around.

The White Bass are going to slow down some with the water temperatures dropping.

Sorry for not much information I have been deer hunting and hope everybody has a good Thanksgiving.

October 26, 2014

Wow what a great week of fishing and beautiful weather we have had. The White Bass has been unbelievably good. You can catch them any where from the main lake points using a Go Go Minnow and Rooster Tail. I also caught White Bass up in the rivers this week trolling shad raps.

Catfishing has been good on windy days using Secret 7 catching Blues and Channels in shallow water.

Crappie fishing has been good also. We have been catching them shallow and deep this week using 1/16 oz Go Go Minnow.

October 13, 2014

Catfishing was really good last week! We caught a lot of Catfish slow drifting in 35ft to 50ft of water. As the water temperature cools down you need to drift slower under ½ mile an hour. We got a lot of new water coming into the lake that means Channel Cats should be easy to catch in the rivers using Secret Seven.

White Bass fishing should still be good you will just have to search for clear water on main lake points. Trolling a 1/8oz Go Go Minnow in shallow water.

October 6, 2014

Fall is here and the fishing should start to change with the cooler weather. I have caught White Bass and Crappie fishing the main lake points with an 1/8 oz Go Go Minnow and Rooster Tails. Windy days are still the best to fish.

Catfishing is good some days and slow on other days. I have caught them in 15ft of water to 45ft of water depending on the wind and overcast. Still drifting cut shad on 5/0 circle hooks by Team Catfish. While drifting for Catfish we pulled up several rocks with Zebra Mussels on them. I think our lake is full of them now. I don't know how it will affect the water, but I think the lake will adapt.

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

February 24, 2015

Bass fishing is starting to heat up here on Grand Lake. The water temperature is 39-42 depending on what part of the lake you are on. The rivers seem to be warming up faster than the main lake like always, but just because the water temp is in the 30's doesn't mean you can't catch them. I was fishing main lake points and rock banks adjacent to deep water / channel swings. 2 days ago and had 2 limits within an hour. I caught fish on everything I fished with that day. Ranging from the smallest finesse worm you can find, to the biggest flutter spoon I had in the boat. The water clarity I was fishing was 10-15 ft. The fish were suspended off the bottom around schools of shad. If you find the shad this time of the year, you can find the bass. The biggest one I landed was a 4.2 on a chunk rock bank in 17 foot of water. Good luck to everyone fishing the Nichols team Tournament this weekend and stay warm!

February 12, 2014

Bass fishing is starting to get good as the water temperatures warm up. I went a couple months without catching a fish, but then we had a 5 day period of warm weather and it warmed the water temperature from 41 to 51 in the rivers. Down towards the dam area the water temperature is 47 and 10-15 foot water clarity. They are biting the best on finesse jigs, alabama rigs, and jerkbaits. The jig colors I have been using have been crawdad colored. The jerkbaits I have been throwing have been shad colored. The fish are on main lake points and the middle of creeks.

December 4, 2014

Bass fishing: Winter is starting to set in and the bass are biting good. Catching majority of my fish on Fishtech lures Finesse Jigs. Peanut butter and jelly with orange with a New Wave Green Pumpkin Bat Wing Craw on a 7'6" medium heavy High Standard Carbon rod. Fish are setting from 8-20 foot on chunk rock banks on main lake. Also catching fish on shad colored jerkbaits. Seems the stained water is the better for the fishing I am doing. (Patricia island to Elk River). Water temp is 45-48 degrees. Water gets more clear as you go towards the dam where the Alabama rig is working good. Visit:
"www.fishtechlures.com" (jigs), "www.basskwondo.com" (trailers), "High Standard Carbon Rods" on Facebook", Honey Creek Outdoors" (jerkbaits)

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

March 22, 2015

Elevation normal, water 50. Paddlefish good in the river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks, brush structure and below the dam. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs and rogues around points and shorelines. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

March 19, 2015

Above Twin Bridges State Park, anglers have the option to fish the Neosho or Spring River. Anglers can also try fishing the upper end of the Elk River, a 35.2-mile-long tributary of the Neosho River that flows into Missouri.

March 17, 2015

Elevation normal, water 43. Paddlefish fair along flats and the river channel. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs and rogues around points and the main lake. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around docks and brush structure. White bass good on jigs and in-line spinnerbaits in the river channel. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

February 2, 2015

Elevation normal, water 38. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rig and rouges in and around main lake and points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs. Blue catfish good on cut bait in main lake and river channel. Paddlefish fair when snagging in main lake. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

January 14, 2015

Elevation normal, water 38. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 20-30 ft. around brush structure and docks. Paddlefish fair along flats and the main lake. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and chicken liver and cut bait along flats. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

October 14, 2014

Elevation below normal, water 70. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad in the main lake. Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits and jigs. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

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.

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