Last week, automotive issues kept The O’Colly off the lakes, but the fishing report returns this week, with an abundance of data!
The fish are biting, and there’s never been a better time to be outdoors. Payne County is considered a moderate-risk area for COVID-19 transmission, according to Oklahoma’s COVID-19 alert system. For more specific information on the spread of COVID-19 in the Stillwater community, see today’s COVID-19 update.
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread through Oklahoma, fishing may offer a OSU students an alternative to other recreational activities. Outdoor activities are less risky than indoor gatherings and activities with few people are safer than large crowds, according to guidance on the CDC’s website.
While fishing may not high on the list of recreational activities that most college students enjoy, it may be time to get out to the lake and try your hand at it.
Any group activity brings with it the risk of COVID-19 transmission. However, fishing with a small group of friends is less risky than going to the bars or a house party with that same group, according to CDC guidelines.
All that to say, here’s where the fish are biting, and how you can get them biting for you!
The cool weather this week brought the fish at McMurtry back to the shallows, and apparently restored their appetites.
McMurtry catfish are biting strong this week on blood bait. Danny King’s Catfish Punch Bait is our bait of choice, but may be a little strong for beginners to stomach. If it’s your first time using this bait, consider bringing some biodegradable soap, and thank us later.
If you can’t handle the stink, cheese-based punch bait will work too, but you may be sitting for longer between bites.
Crappie and bluegill were more active this week than in recent memory. They were plentiful near cover, and especially in the evenings. They’re biting on live worms at night, and roadrunners in the morning.
If you’re more interested in catching fish rapidly than bringing home dinner, post up on the west-side dock with some bobbers, hooks, and live worms. Set the hook down about a foot under the bobber, and don’t be too generous when it’s time to put the worm on.
You’ve got a two pole limit at Lake McMurtry, so bring a second pole and throw out a roadrunner to kill the time between bites on the bobber.
The bite was slower at Boomer this week than at McMurtry, but Boomer has been more consistent over the last month than McMurtry has.
Catfish at Boomer seem to prefer shad, although they’ll also bite on cheese bait. The best catfishing at Boomer is done drifting in a boat, but they get pulled in off the large dock pretty consistently.
You might find a bass or two by the dock as well, but if you’ve got the time to walk around and work every bit of shoreline, that’s probably the way to go. We’d recommend a spinner from the dock, and an artificial worm for the shoreline explorers.