Fishing is heating up across Oklahoma.
Chuck Justice, who guides on McGee Creek, landed this 11-pound, 4-ounce largemouth Wednesday on the Atoka County reservoir.
Justice said the bass fishing has really improved the last two days as water temperatures have risen.
The crappie and sand bass are also about to spawn. On Thursday, Lake Eufaula crappie guide Leland Shanks was catching crappie in 5-and 6-feet of water and he predicts the fish will be on the banks sometime next week.
Eufaula gets most of the attention when it comes to crappie in Oklahoma, and rightfully so, but Hugo Lake actually produces bigger fish.
Sand bass are also about ready to take off on their spawning runs. Reports from Sardis Lake have males already up in the creeks but no females yet.
Lake Texoma’s tributaries have little water so it make take some warm rains to get the runs started, but there is rain in the forecast next week.
Expect sand bass to start running anytime, especially after a couple of warm days or a rain.
In the meantime, target sand bass on lake points near the creeks where they make spawning runs. They should be congregating there now, getting ready to shoot up the streams to spawn.