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O’Colly Fishing Report


As the summer draws to a close, and storms moved across Stillwater, the fishing action saw a slight resurgence of intensity! Here’s where the fish were, and weren’t over the weekend!


Lake McMurtry

Stink bait is out, and live bait is in! The catfish are back, and they’re not where you might expect them to be.

Catfish have been reportedly caught off the docks using shad, mostly at night and in the early mornings. Additionally, catfish have been caught near the surface at night, using a bobber and worm, set about a foot and a half deep. Look for areas of heavy bug concentration, and you’re bound to pull several fish out of the spot. We can offer no guarantees on the size of the fish, though!

Bass and crappie have been pulled from the shallows around the dock, and can also be found participating in the bug induced feeding frenzy in the evenings. Live bait preferable for crappie, active bait for the bass.


Lake Carl Blackwell

While crappie have been slower at Blackwell than other bodies of water near town, the bass and catfish bite is on the rise.

Stinkbait or shad remains the go-to bait for catfish anglers, with channel cats being the most common fare.

Bass have been pulled from the shallows near cover, especially in necks which are harder to access from the shore. Persistence is key, and it doesn’t hurt to get an early start! Would recommend starting near the entrance to the necks with a crank bait or spinner, and gradually moving closer to shore, eventually switching to an artificial worm set up.


Lake Sanborn

Lake Sanborn saw an uptick in fish activity this week as well, with a particular focus on bass. As usual, a motor-less water craft is a good thing to bring to this lake, if you’re lucky enough to be in possession of one.

Sanborn bass are biting on active lures, and can be readily lured out of cover. Crank bait, buzz bait, and spinners are all decent bets if you’re looking for that trophy bass!

Smaller fish such as bluegill and perch have been active as well. If you’re looking for quantity over size, a cork and bobber will go a long way at this secluded spot.


Boomer Lake

Largemouth bass are booming at Boomer Lake! Unlike the bass in other Stillwater waterways, the bass at Boomer seem to prefer a slower moving target at the moment. Artificial worms, especially the darker colored varieties, should generate some action, provided you’re near cover.

Although the catfish bite has been slower this week, we’re sure the cats are still down there! Perhaps, like the catfish at McMurtry, it’s time to transition from stink baits and artificial to shad, or perhaps frozen shrimp.