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Lake Tenkiller Sponsored by
Date 05-May-16
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Conditions : Lake Tenkiller: Elevation above normal, water 64-66 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 2-10 ft. along coves, the main lake and around points. White bass good trolling deep running crankbaits in mid-lake to the upper end and on in-line spinnerbaits, hair jigs and spoons at 2-15 ft. off windy points and in the upper end. Crappie good trolling crankbaits in the main lake and on minnows, hair jigs and tube jigs at 2-15 ft. around docks, gravel banks and brush structure. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and shrimp along deep flats and on punch bait and dough bait at 17-20 ft. off points. Bluegill slow on worms, hair jigs and tube jigs at 5-10 ft. along coves, points and docks. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson.

Reported by: Oklahoma Wildlife Dept.

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About: - Located on the Illinois River a few miles south of Tahlequah, Lake Tenkiller lies in the heart of the Cookson Hills and reaches more than 25 miles up the river into Sequoyah and Cherokee Counties. Tenkiller is the clearest body of water in Oklahoma. The 13,000 acre lake consist of rocky bluffs, secluded coves, and serene, lush forest that provides beautiful scenery from any area on the lake. Anglers may choose from various bass species, crappie, catfish, bream and walleye. Rainbow trout are stocked below the dam. (more on Lake Tenkiller)
  • Largemouth Bass
  • White Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Bream
  • Walleye

Misc Info: - Tenkiller - prohibited methods of fishing: gigs and spears downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp; speargunning legal when used with SCUBA, except taking flathead catfish from June 15 through July 15 is prohibited.

Lake Tenkiller Elevation



667' - Flood Stage

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