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I'm wanting to find more local anglers who are vocal like on here. One reason is I'm bank bound but want to catch a 5lb + bass this year and another is i want to catch a carp for the first time. I'm around tulsa and dont know where to go for carp and as far as big bass from the bank during summer i have no clue where I should try. I'm around the Tulsa area. 

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5 hours ago, roadwarrior said:

Good article. I realized I have never fished Hudson and its probably the closest. Hmm. Now if i only had time for a long fishing trip. Then from all the info ive learned here, decide where to try and target big bass from the bank. 

3 hours ago, Jig Man said:

Some more OK guys have a site called get a limit outdoors.  You might get info there.

Thanks I'll check it out. 

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I've heard Bixhoma has some big bass.  I've never been there myself, So I have no idea how good it is for bank fishing.

 

As for carp, I would think most lakes and ponds would work.  Most every lake I've been to around here has plenty of carp in it to help control the grass.  I know Tulsa is a bit different from OKC (where I live), but pretty much every lake and pond I've been to have carp, catfish, crappie, bluegill, white and black bass, almost as if it were a law.  It's the stripers, trout, sauger, walleye, and saugeye that you have to look for.

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On 8/5/2021 at 9:12 PM, Bankc said:

I've heard Bixhoma has some big bass.  I've never been there myself, So I have no idea how good it is for bank fishing.

 

As for carp, I would think most lakes and ponds would work.  Most every lake I've been to around here has plenty of carp in it to help control the grass.  I know Tulsa is a bit different from OKC (where I live), but pretty much every lake and pond I've been to have carp, catfish, crappie, bluegill, white and black bass, almost as if it were a law.  It's the stripers, trout, sauger, walleye, and saugeye that you have to look for.

Thanks for the info. Ive fished Bixhoma once and struck out. But worth a try again. My problem with carp is if I'm unsure if they are in a pond i wont fish for them. I need to dedicate some days of just carp fishing. 

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I lived in the OKC area for several years and fished the ODWC lakes a ton. Bank access looked excellent on some and non-existent on others. They are very well managed, smaller lakes. Some get pretty heavy traffic and others you could have the whole lake to yourself on any given day. Odds of running across a game warden are also pretty good, which is never a bad thing imo. Idk about the Tulsa area but I’d def give em a look.  
 

https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/wheretofish/odwc-lakes

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11 hours ago, Quitlimpin said:

I lived in the OKC area for several years and fished the ODWC lakes a ton. Bank access looked excellent on some and non-existent on others. They are very well managed, smaller lakes. Some get pretty heavy traffic and others you could have the whole lake to yourself on any given day. Odds of running across a game warden are also pretty good, which is never a bad thing imo. Idk about the Tulsa area but I’d def give em a look.  
 

https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/wheretofish/odwc-lakes

Thanks for the link, I will definitely check it out. I have my Disabled Veterans lifetime hunting/fishing combo license so no worries about game wardens. They are actually really good conversation and a wealth of knowledge so I dont mind running into them. 

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26 minutes ago, Luke Barnes said:

Thanks for the link, I will definitely check it out. I have my Disabled Veterans lifetime hunting/fishing combo license so no worries about game wardens. They are actually really good conversation and a wealth of knowledge so I dont mind running into them. 

Oh for sure. I always view their presence as a very very good thing. It shows they’re keeping tabs on the fishery & definitely helps keep the riff raff in check.

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I have fished out at Keystone at the state park with success. I have also been working my way through ponds. I have had success at my neighborhood ponds and a couple in Owasso area. Google Earth is your friend. 

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On 10/1/2021 at 1:52 PM, OkiePapist said:

I have fished out at Keystone at the state park with success. I have also been working my way through ponds. I have had success at my neighborhood ponds and a couple in Owasso area. Google Earth is your friend. 

I must have missed this last year. Sorry!! Ive had ok luck at the Pier 51 marina area of keystone from the bank. All pretty small to average size. I almost broke my ankle on a wet rock so it scared me away but I need to beat the bank there again. There is a creek mouth that ive watched shad run up that I want to walk all the way to the back of and check out. 

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In Jenks there is a small pond, it is called Veterans Park Pond.  You can bank fish there.  It gets a lot of traffic but I have caught a 3 and several 2's from the bank.  I have heard of people catching 5+ out of the pond and have seen some that look like they would go 5.  

 

I have never fished for Carp in this water, but there is an orange colored Carp I have seen swimming around and it is as big as my leg.  

 

During the cool months it is stocked with Trout and you are limited to having no more than 2 rods going.  but the bass fishing is hard there in the cooler months.  

 

In early spring, there is a lot of the floating algae that forms mats.  Dropping frogs on the mat and hopping them from the mat to the bank has produced good bites for me.  Jigged and Texas rigged worms and Ned rigs have also worked for me there.  

 

I have not caught anything in this pond on Hard baits, spinner baits or buzz baits.  

You might look at an app called Fishbrain.   In the social media part has reports from local waters with location, number of catches, etc. 

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On 3/10/2022 at 3:38 PM, YakingBass said:

In Jenks there is a small pond, it is called Veterans Park Pond.  You can bank fish there.  It gets a lot of traffic but I have caught a 3 and several 2's from the bank.  I have heard of people catching 5+ out of the pond and have seen some that look like they would go 5.  

 

I have never fished for Carp in this water, but there is an orange colored Carp I have seen swimming around and it is as big as my leg.  

 

During the cool months it is stocked with Trout and you are limited to having no more than 2 rods going.  but the bass fishing is hard there in the cooler months.  

 

In early spring, there is a lot of the floating algae that forms mats.  Dropping frogs on the mat and hopping them from the mat to the bank has produced good bites for me.  Jigged and Texas rigged worms and Ned rigs have also worked for me there.  

 

I have not caught anything in this pond on Hard baits, spinner baits or buzz baits.  

You might look at an app called Fishbrain.   In the social media part has reports from local waters with location, number of catches, etc. 

Ive heard of this pond so many times but I have yet to fish there because every time I drive by it there are people hammering it and I imagine it is one of the single most pressured bodies of water around. But what the heck I need to give it a try. 

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On 3/11/2022 at 3:53 PM, Luke Barnes said:

Ive heard of this pond so many times but I have yet to fish there because every time I drive by it there are people hammering it and I imagine it is one of the single most pressured bodies of water around. But what the heck I need to give it a try. 

Sometimes those heavily pressured ponds are the ones that produce the biggest bass.  Especially if people are removing the bass they catch.  One of the biggest problems we have in Oklahoma is there are no real predators for bass, outside of people.  So, especially on small bodies of water, a bass population can outgrow it's food source and that will stunt their growth.  

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On 3/31/2022 at 10:13 AM, Bankc said:

Sometimes those heavily pressured ponds are the ones that produce the biggest bass.  Especially if people are removing the bass they catch.  One of the biggest problems we have in Oklahoma is there are no real predators for bass, outside of people.  So, especially on small bodies of water, a bass population can outgrow it's food source and that will stunt their growth.  

Ive wondered about that. Every pond needs a 50lb flathead to keep the bass in check haha. But the first time someone caught the flathead they would keep it. 

 

Maybe one day I'll venture out to jenks and give it a try. I lost my fly box with every single fly I own so no fly rod fun there though. 

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My friend just caught a giant 35 lb carp on a crappie jig this morning from shore.  Texoma!

 

they accidentally snagged three last night.  Big fish.  I was dedicated to stripers so I stayed the course. 

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20 hours ago, Darth-Baiter said:

My friend just caught a giant 35 lb carp on a crappie jig this morning from shore.  Texoma!

 

they accidentally snagged three last night.  Big fish.  I was dedicated to stripers so I stayed the course. 

Nice!  I bet that was quite a fight!  
 

I've got a good recipe for carp.  Slit the belly of the carp to remove the entrails, but otherwise leave whole.  Soak the carp in brine (refrigerated or with ice) for three hours.  Season the carp liberally with salt, parsley and oregano.  Tie two large cedar planks to the top and bottom of the carp, and rotate the whole carp on a spit over an open flame until the temperature inside reaches 155 °F.  Serve cedar planks with a side of horseradish sauce and a sprig of dill.   

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