Now is the time to go catfishing on the Great Salt Plains Lake in northwest Oklahoma before the fish are gone.
The catfish have really been biting of late and state wildlife officials, worried about a possible fish kill in the near future because of the extreme heat, are encouraging anglers to go catch ‘em now.
The Great Salt Plains Lake has suffered fish kills before. State wildlife officials would rather see catfish in people’s freezers than bloated, dead fish on the shore.
“The lake is real low,” said John Stahl of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “We haven’t had a drop of water. We are real scared of a fish kill at any time.”
Stahl caught 168 pounds of catfish during the past week on a trot line. Other catfish anglers also have been doing well on trot lines, he said.
The Great Salt Plains Lake is located in the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Alfalfa County. It is named for the salt flats in the area and is located on the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River, which is near the communities of Jet and Cherokee.
If you take a boat, it'll only accommodate a flat bottom john boat. It's probably not over 3 ft deep in the deepest. I went years ago when it had plenty of water and it was only 4 1/2 ft deep out in the middle of the lake then. I'm not sure about the bank fishing part.
I was thinking about going up there, but then I hear its probably 3 ft deep? I just put a new impeller in my motor and I aint going up there to suck up a bunch more mud. Sorry catfish, I'll have to try somewhere else. I sucked up a bunch of mud last weekend in Overholser. I swear the bottom of overholser is like chocolate pudding, you can propel through it with your outboard, but your sucking in mud not water. Not good on an outboard. Sold my 2man and trolling motor or I'd definetly head up there.I'd load the freezer for my childrens immediate future.
"Make sure to catch and release for our childrens future!" ??????