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Arbuckle Lake Sponsored by
Date 31-Jul-14
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Conditions : Lake of the Arbuckles: Elevation below normal, water 79. Crappie fair on hair jigs, tube jigs, minnows and grubs in chartreuse/white and chartreuse/brown at 15-25 ft. around brush structure, creek channels, weed beds and state maintained brush piles. White bass fair on crankbaits, lipless baits, topwater lures, slabs and small roadrunner baits in white/pearl from the surface to 12 ft. around the points, riprap, weed beds and open water while chasing shad on the surface early morning. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on topwater lures, jigs and tube jigs in watermelon seed from the surface to 15 ft. in the river channel, weed beds and brush structure; best on topwater lures and shallow crankbaits off points early morning. Channel catfish good on dough bait and minnows on bottom in 22 ft. of water in creek channels and baited holes. Bluegill and sunfish good on topwater lures from the surface to 4 ft. in coves and along sandbars. 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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