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White Bass Fishing


Springtime brings some of the best fishing opportunities of the year for many fish species. The white bass in particular embarks on its annual spawning run up creeks and tributaries flowing into major reservoirs during spring, and the fast and furious feeding frenzies can be among the most rewarding fishing times of the year. You need only arm yourself with an assortment of jigs and a good rod and reel. Each region of the state can lay claim to some of the best white bass fishing in Oklahoma.

Lake Texoma

Region: South Central.

Corps of Engineers contact: (903) 465-4990.

Wildlife Department contact: Cliff Sager, biologist, (580) 920-5771.

Cliff Sager, south central region senior biologist, said, “Texoma white bass are often overlooked because of the lake’s great striped bass population.” Sager said that if conditions are right, the spring spawning run is as good as anywhere else in the state. Pennington Creek provides the best place to catch the white bass during the spring run.

Kaw Lake

Region: North Central.

Corps of Engineers contact: (580) 762-5611.

Wildlife Department contact: Tom Wolf, biologist, (580) 716-3131.

The hot spots during springtime are north of the lake in the Arkansas River and northeast on Little Beaver Creek.


Region: Southwest.

Corps of Engineers contact: (580) 963-2111.

Wildlife Department contact: Ryan Ryswyk, biologist, (580) 512-0204.

“While Beaver Creek offers a fair place to catch the run, it’s more common for anglers to target spawning white bass on the rip-rap along the east-west running dam,” said Larry Cofer, southwest region fisheries supervisor. Cofer said the success of the white bass in Waurika is because of the lake’s high abundance of shad.


Region: Central.

Corps of Engineers contact: (918) 484-5135.

Wildlife Department contact: Danny Bowen, biologist, (405) 379-5408.

Flat Rock and Mill Creek offer two great spots to catch white bass. Flat Rock has easy access right off the road at the bridge that crosses over it, while Mill Creek will require a little walking. Mill Creek runs through the Eufaula Wildlife Management Area, and anglers should work upstream and downstream, depending on the flow, to find where the white bass are stacked up. Fishing surfacing schools in the central pool as well as in the North Canadian and South Canadian portions of the lake while trolling also offers great chances at white bass.

Broken Bow

Region: Southeast.

Corps of Engineers contact: (580) 494-6374.

Wildlife Department biologist: Kyle James, biologist, (918) 686-3640.

Biologist Kyle James claims that good habitat and an excellent supply of threadfin shad make Broken Bow the prime spot to catch white bass in the southeastern part of the state. White bass in the spring can be found north of the lake in the Mountain Fork River, and bank access and camping are near many of the popular places to catch a few sandies.


Region: Northwest.

Corps of Engineers contact: (580) 886-2989.

Wildlife Department contact: Ty Harper, biologist, (580) 747-3485.

Known for its great walleye fishing, Canton Lake may not be the first lake to come to mind when the conversation turns to sand bass fishing. But some argue that it is the best location to go for some white bass in northwestern Oklahoma. The spring run is best along the North Canadian River coming into Canton and a couple of miles upstream. During summer, fishing along the dam on the southern end of the lake is a good way to land sand bass.


Region: East Central.

Corps of Engineers contact: (918) 487-5252.

Wildlife Department contact: Josh Johnston, biologist, (918) 683-1031.

“Thousands of people from across the state and from other states have come to Tenkiller year after year to catch white bass during the spring,” biologist Josh Johnston said. Although he has noticed a decline in the number of anglers fishing Tenkiller over the years, Johnston said he believes the white bass fishing is as good as, if not better than, it has been in the past. Horseshoe Bend north of the lake provides a prime location for catching the spring run at its peak.

Fort Gibson

Region: Northeast.

Corps of Engineers contact: (918) 682-4314.

Wildlife Department contact: Josh Johnston, biologist, (918) 683-1031.

Fort Gibson in northeastern Oklahoma provides some great bank access along with boat access to springtime white bass fishing. Chouteau Creek at the State Highway 412 bridge and farther north where Pryor Creek crosses U.S. 69 provide some great bank access for those unable to fish from a boat, said Brad Johnston, northeast region fisheries technician.

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