The blue sucker is an elegantly-streamlined fish, well-suited for life in moving water. It can be identified by its long sloping forehead, a long, sail-shaped dorsal fin and “bumply” lips. In Oklahoma the blue suckers’ range is restricted to the Grand and Red Rivers. Catches are rare, but are most likely to occur in the lower Red River, particularly near its confluence with the Blue and Kiamichi Rivers.
Fish Fact: Huge schools of blue suckers once roamed our nation’s rivers, but their numbers have declined throughout their range. In Oklahoma they are listed as a species of special concern and all catches should be reported to the nearest fisheries office.
(from The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)
Did You Know?
Lake Eufaula is the 34th largest lake in the United States (ranked by surface acres).
STRIPED AND HYBRID BASS
The striped bass is actually a saltwater species which has adapted to freshwater environments. The Department imported the species in the 1950s to help fill open-water niches that were created as man-made impoundments were constructed across the state. Self-sustaining populations of striped bass are now found in lakes Texoma and Keystone and in the Arkansas River navigation system.
Stripers are known for their tackle-busting runs and fantastic fighting ability. These torpedo-shaped fish feed in schools and often move long distances in search of their main prey, shad.
In the spring, they tend to congregate in the upper arms of lakes, but they are most often found in main lake areas during summer and winter.
Hybrid striped bass are produced in hatcheries, generally by fertilizing striped bass eggs with white bass milt. Hybrids are best identified by their two distinct, rough tongue patches. Hybrids display broken-lined body patterns which can be helpful in fish identification, however, both white bass and striped bass may also possess broken-lined sides.
Hybrids, like both of their parent species, feed in schools. Anglers can locate schools with fish locators and by watching for flocks of feeding seagulls. On lakes, top bait choices include live shad, topwater plugs, slabs, spoons and jigs. Fishing for stripers and hybrids can also be good below dams. Surf tackle often is employed to throw heavy jigs and lures. Fishing is best during periods of heavy water discharges.
For big striped bass, try fishing the tailwaters and deeper holes downstream of the Arkansas and Red Rivers mainstream reservoirs and dams. Use large live baits (mainly shad six inches or longer) drifted through these areas.
Shoreline anglers should seek out areas of a lake that are exposed to wind and waves (i.e. points and flats). Food carried by the wind currents attract and hold plenty of stripers, as well as bass and catfish.
(from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)
Tenkiller Ferry Lake, near Gore, is known as "Oklahoma's Clear Water Wonderland."
The Pensacola Dam, built in 1940, is still the world's longest multiple arch dam. At 6,565' in length, the dam is located on the south shores of the Grand Lake o' the Cherokees.