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Arbuckle Lake Sponsored by
Date 21-Aug-14
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Conditions : Lake of the Arbuckles: Elevation below normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits, topwater lures, worms and swim baits from the surface to 15 ft. around brush structure, weed beds and the main lake; topwater action only at first light then use crankbaits or 8-inch worms on a Carolina rig. White bass fair on topwater lures, grubs and small roadrunner type lures from the surface to 15 ft. along riprap, the main lake and points; white bass are chasing minnows and shad in open water and along the dam. Crappie fair on grubs, jigs and hair jigs at 21-32 ft. around brush structure and creek channels; best on breezy overcast days. Channel catfish fair on dough bait and minnows at 21 ft. around baited holes. Bluegill and sunfish good on topwater lures and poppers in shaded shallow areas in late evening. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Reported by: Oklahoma Wildlife Dept.


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About: - Arbuckle is located at the confluence of the Buckhorn, Guy Sandy, and Rock Creeks. The area presents unusual opportunities, combining recreational use with scenic, scientific, and historic values. Arbuckle Lake is one of the best fishing lakes in Oklahoma for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, and bluegill. There are 36 miles of shoreline and 2,300 acres of open water. Fishing is permitted year round. Department’s lake record fish program. Current lake records include a largemouth bass over 14 lbs., flathead and blue catfish weighing over 50 lbs., channel catfish weighing nearly 20 lbs. and smallmouth bass tipping the scales at over 4 lbs.

The wildlife area is a habitat for turkey, deer, and small game birds. There are several boat ramps and camping facilities. The Arbuckle Project regulates flows of Rock Creek, a tributary of the Washita River in south-central Oklahoma.

Directions: From Sulphur, OK, drive 10 miles south on State Highway 177.

  • catfish
  • crappie
  • largemouth bass
  • white bass
  • bluegill

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Altus Lake Elevation

885.3' - Flood Stage


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