When I would catch bass out of my father-in-law’s farm pond, he always instructed me to tell others that I caught those fish in a bar ditch.
Well, now that I am an outdoor writer, my job is share such info. So here’s what I’ve heard about where the fish are biting or are expected to be biting this weekend.
The hybrid fishing is hot at Canton, and I’m not just referring to the 23-pound hybrid caught there last weekend.
John Stahl, northwest fisheries chief for the state Wildlife Department, said hot spots for hybrids on Canton right now are the spilling basin and Thunder Road on the north shore.
In the spilling basin, try crappie jigs with a weighted cork and throw to the white water.
Along Thunder Road, on the north shoreline of the lake, fish for hybrids with road runners, purple 3-inch twist tails, night crawlers and cut shad. Throw as far as you can from the bank. Waders are recommended.
The paddlefishing has slowed down at Twin Bridges in northeastern Oklahoma but with recent water releases at Kaw, snagging for spoonbills below the dam is expected to be good real soon.
Jug lining for blue cats at Kaw also is good right now as the lake is full of 4- to 12-pound blues.
Crappie fishing is excellent at Eufaula and on Texoma, anglers are already starting to pick up some stripers on top water. The top water action usually heats up in early May.
As for the bass fishing, I hear the bar ditches are good.