OKLAHOMA CITY — According to the weekly fishing report at wildlifedepartment.com, lakes all across the state are producing good stringers of fish.

According to the most recent report, crappie are moving into shallow water and are rated as excellent at Lake Keystone, on the southeast edge of the Tulsa metro area. At Robert S. Kerr Lake, in east central Oklahoma, fishermen are catching white bass as they move up the Illinois River. In southeast Oklahoma, anglers are catching largemouth using spinnerbaits in creek mouths at Broken Bow Lake. At Canton Lake, near Watonga, channel cat fishing is reported as good in the upper end of the lake using cut bait and minnows. That is just a few of the good reports pouring in from across the state

With so many outstanding reservoirs in Oklahoma it is tough to keep up with current fishing conditions, unless, that is, you go online to get up to the day fishing reports, at www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishrpt.htm. Compiled by Wildlife Department personnel and independent reporters, the updated reports even include techniques and locations to increase angler success.

Broken into five state regions, the pages also include other valuable information for the informed angler. Water temperature, water conditions and lake levels can help fishermen get the most out of their outings.

 Free fishing classes offered across the state

More than 50 free fishing clinics are scheduled this summer at many different locations around the state. The fun, hands-on courses are all open to the public and are coordinated through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“These clinics are really fun for everyone involved and one of the best things is that the courses are almost always held near a pond and kids get to go fishing as part of the clinics,” said Damon Springer, aquatic resources education program coordinator for the Wildlife Department.

Springer said fish identification, angler ethics, water safety, casting and knot tying are a few topics covered in the clinics which typically last about two to four hours. 

To view a list of free fishing clinics log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com/aquated2.htm. To find out more about fishing opportunities in Oklahoma, Oklahoma's free fishing days, or more information about fishing clinics and other events happening across the state, log on to the Department's Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

Individuals interested in becoming a certified aquatic resources education program volunteer can contact Damon Springer at (405) 521-4603.

Crappie moving to shallow water

OKLAHOMA CITY — Forget the big fancy boat and huge tackle box – all you need to catch crappie this time of year is a rod and reel and a handful of jigs. Anglers are catching crappie across the state in shallow water, according to the weekly fishing report compiled by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

From Canton, to Kaw, to Kerr, to Keystone lakes, anglers are catching crappie from the bank as the popular fish move into shallow water to spawn. Crappie fishing is one of the most popular fishing opportunities available due to their willingness to bite and their fine flavor at the dinner table.

“The best place to fish for crappie this time of year is around brush in shallow water,” said Paul Mauck, southcentral region fisheries supervisor for the Wildlife Department.

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