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#11276490 - 12/11/15 01:18 PM Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May)
lancer821 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK









If interested in a trip catching prehistoric Spoonbill/Paddlefish (not endangered here in Oklahoma) or catching blue catfish give me a call/text/pm/email. Fishing is really good December thru the first week or so of May (depending on weather).
I always get asked:
How likely is it that I'll hook up with a spoonbill? Answer: I've never had a trip that we didn't get them, but I'm sure someday it will happen...hope not they sure are fun to watch people catch.

Are they good to eat? Answer: Depends on the person. Some people think they are the best fish you can eat and others don't care for them.

What are the limits? Answer: 1 per person per day except on Monday and Friday are catch and release only. You can keep 2 per year. Catch and release all you want until you keep a fish. No culling.

What license is needed? Answer: Oklahoma fishing license and the FREE Paddlefish tag

Who fishes for spoonbill/paddlefish? Answer: We have people from all over fly and drive in to fish for the prehistoric freshwater monsters!!! I've had people from Alaska, Minnesota, New York, ect. that keep coming back because they love it!

What lakes? Answer: Fort Gibson for both numbers and size, Grand Lake for size, Oologah for high numbers

Our fish range from 20-over a 100 pounds. The most consistent size class last year was in the 40's.

Blue catfishing is getting good and will only continue to get better as the water cools. Many customers want to do a combo catfish and spoonbill trip...catfishing gives their arms a rest wink
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Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

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#11278769 - 12/12/15 09:27 PM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
Ledeez Offline
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Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 706
Loc: Lake lavon
Nice pics and read! Looks like a whole Lota trophies to me! Well done
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#11280003 - 12/13/15 04:53 PM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
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It sure is fun.
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#11281133 - 12/14/15 08:18 AM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1004
Loc: Euless
Ol shovel bill. the other boneless fish. Smaller one are pretty danged good eatin. Red river used to have a bunch of them. Snag fishing was the best way to catch one. Never had one bite a hook but have heard people catching on worms. No, wait, people in Texas don't snag fish. smile
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#11281536 - 12/14/15 11:28 AM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
lancer821 Offline
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Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK
The blues were decent this weekend. If the weather gets a little cooler and brings the water temps down it will get really good!!!




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918-607-7357
Spoonbill/Paddlefish, Blue Catfish, Hybrid/Striper, White Bass
Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

http://lancesguideservice.com/
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#11286242 - 12/16/15 02:43 PM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
Big Sam Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 644
Loc: Arkansas
We catch a few spoonies now & Than on Kerr too.. partyon
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#11338590 - 01/11/16 12:02 PM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
lancer821 Offline
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Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK
Nice spoonie Sam!!!
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918-607-7357
Spoonbill/Paddlefish, Blue Catfish, Hybrid/Striper, White Bass
Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

http://lancesguideservice.com/
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#11341205 - 01/12/16 11:16 AM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
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Registered: 12/26/14
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Loc: Euless
Them boneless shovel bill catfish about 20lbs are pretty good eatin.
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#11355829 - 01/19/16 11:21 AM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
lancer821 Offline
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Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK
Spoonbill Paddlefish at Grand Lake in Oklahoma
We had a wonderful morning on Grand Lake in Oklahoma snagging spoonbill paddlefish with first time guests, Greg and Ben, from Wichita, Kansas!!!

It was cool this morning, so we put the top up and started the heater this morning as we set out on our adventure. After a quick instructional on how to battle these prehistoric freshwater beasts, we took a short boat ride to our first area.

We used our Lowrance HDS 12 fish finder to scan a channel where spoonbill paddlefish spend much of their winter. We marked a few, but they were too scattered. We decided to get out the Team Catfish Extra Heavy rods and begin our long troll in the channel along its edges in search of spoonbill. It didn’t take long to drag a few lines over a couple and “roll” them, but no hook ups. We passed several other anglers trying their luck and skill at trolling the channel also. However, we didn’t see anyone else catching and our Lowrance was telling us the fish were just too scattered for a truly successful day.

Now what?!?!?! We left the area and headed to another typical area where spoonbill paddlefish spend their winters and marked a few, but they still were not grouped up. If they aren’t grouped up fairly tight at a certain depth, it proves to be very difficult to snag them. Much like a “needle in the haystack” situation. Well, if they aren’t deep in the channel, look shallow…er.

Shallower meaning less than the 40-60 ft channel we were looking in. We headed up out of the channel onto a 20-35 ft deep flat and the Lowrance started showing spoonbill paddlefish stacked in groups of 5-8 suspended just off the bottom. It was game on!!!

We circled back to get the lines into the water and troll through the fish we had just seen. As soon as we went over the fish…bam…the line was peeling out and we had a fish on!!! Ben battled this prehistoric female beast to exhaustion, himself included. It was his first spoonbill paddlefish as well as the biggest fish he’s ever caught.

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After some quick pictures and high fives, it was time to get the lines back out and let Greg try for his first spoonbill paddlefish. It didn’t take long and Greg was battling a big male! We took some pictures and relived the moment. Moments like these with happy customers are what makes guiding the perfect job!

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They wanted to keep their first fish, so our spoonbill paddlefish trip was over. Time to go blue catfishing !

A quick run to catch gizzard shad and we were off to where we marked some good groups of blue catfish earlier in the day. Unfortunately, after scanning for what seemed like an hour, we never did find a good group of active fish. We settled on a small school and caught a couple of blue catfish for their evening meal.

It was a great day on the water with first time guests, Greg and Ben. We look forward to future adventures. Thanks guys!

Tomorrow, we’ll be on Oologah chasing trophy blue catfish!!!

If you would like to experience catching a fish of a lifetime, call/text 918-607-7357. Also check out our Facebook page at Lance’s Guide Service.

Blue Catfish Oologah Lake
Trophy Blue Catfish hunting time on Oologah Lake in Oklahoma since our water temps are finally down and the water is getting back to normal. Cold water and normal water levels create a perfect condition for the winter feed to pick up for blue catfish on all our area lakes in Oklahoma and region.

Oologah Lake blue catfish

It was a crisp 23 degrees when we arrived at the boat ramp this morning. I don’t get the opportunity to fish with my dad as much was we’d like, so we treasured this time on the water together. A great family friend, Tommy, also accompanied us in search for trophy blue catfish on Oologah Lake.

They called for a high of 27 degrees and a 10-15 mph wind with gusts to 25 mph. It was a great day to put the top up, side curtains on, turn the heater on, and sit back and watch big blue catfish bury the rod down.

Our game plan was squashed with the cold north wind and big swells, so we had to devise a new game plan and search some new areas that we don’t normally fish. Some of you know that I grew up in the area, but began my career guiding and teaching in Texas before moving back home four years ago. When we decided to move back to Oklahoma, I sat in the garage with my fish finder marking areas should produce trophy catfish at Oologah and other surrounding lakes.

We looked at the map and found a few waypoints I had marked about six years ago that looked fishable with the wind conditions we had today. I graphed out several of the waypoint areas and finally found a ditch near deep water with broken up bait and big blue catfish in pursuit!!!

Oologah Lake blue catfish

We decided to anchor today versus dragging baits with the trolling motor. It took two anchors and the MinnKota trolling motor to keep us anchored today.

About 5 minutes into getting the fresh cut baits in the water, we had a gentle bite on the shallow side, but he didn’t take it. We waited another ten minutes until we got a good solid pull down and Tommy was battling the first fish of the day. As Tommy was reeling his fish in, the rod on the opposite side of the boat went down and dad was reeling in a big fish. I used fish grips from Team Catfish on Tommy’s fish to pull him in the boat since we could tell dad’s fish was bigger and landed easier with the net.

Oologah Lake blue catfish

Over the next couple of hours, we landed multiple double digit fish with about a dozen eating size for Tommy to have a fish fry. We let the fish over 30″ (about 12 pounds) live another day to keep our breading fish population healthy.

Oologah Lake blue catfish

The next 10 weeks will be trophy blue catfish prime time!!! If you’re interested in book a trip in search of big blue catfish or spoonbill paddlefish, give us a call/text at 918-607-7357, email lancesguideservice@gmail.com.

You may also visit our Facebook page at Lance’s Guide Service.

- See more at: http://lancesguideservice.com/category/fishing-reports/#sthash.ooaQOaAm.dpuf


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Edited by lancer821 (01/19/16 12:02 PM)
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Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

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#11371610 - 01/26/16 12:20 PM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
lancer821 Offline
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Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK


The bite was as light as the wind! We had to work to find some active fish and the bite was extremely light compared to the typical blue catfish aggressive take down. I'm blaming it on the full moon, no wind, blue bird day....

FYI, our customers released the 6 largest fish after the pic. Can't beat customers that understand cpr and respecting our resources. They said they only wanted enough for dinner that night and anything over that would most likely be wasted.


Edited by lancer821 (01/26/16 12:22 PM)
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918-607-7357
Spoonbill/Paddlefish, Blue Catfish, Hybrid/Striper, White Bass
Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

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#11391087 - 02/04/16 08:24 AM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
lancer821 Offline
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Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK






Fort Gibson is finally down enough from all our December high water to put the boat in and fish. IT'S ON!!!! The spoonbill paddlefish have been absolutely stacked. I have a few more weekend dates open in February and March. This is like no other fishing you'll ever do in freshwater. Call/text 918-607-7357 or visit http://lancesguideservice.com/ Lance's Guide Service website. for more information.
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Lance's Guide Service
918-607-7357
Spoonbill/Paddlefish, Blue Catfish, Hybrid/Striper, White Bass
Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

http://lancesguideservice.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LancesGuideService



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#11403278 - 02/09/16 01:54 PM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
lancer821 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK
I had Lauren and her dad on the boat to do research for her science fair project this weekend...antibiotic properties of blue catfish slime. I can't wait to see what her research tells us.



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Lance's Guide Service
918-607-7357
Spoonbill/Paddlefish, Blue Catfish, Hybrid/Striper, White Bass
Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

http://lancesguideservice.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LancesGuideService



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#11409140 - 02/11/16 11:17 PM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
Ledeez Offline
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Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 706
Loc: Lake lavon
Nice pics!
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#11414977 - 02/15/16 09:10 AM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
lancer821 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK


Grand Lake finally cleared up enough for the shad to go down to the lower third of the water column on channel edges. This created a good deep water bite on the outskirts of the shad carpet. Looking at the bait is more of a key to locating fish than anything else. Good times with great friends and customers, Larry and Iris.
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Lance's Guide Service
918-607-7357
Spoonbill/Paddlefish, Blue Catfish, Hybrid/Striper, White Bass
Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

http://lancesguideservice.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LancesGuideService



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#11436692 - 02/24/16 02:58 PM Re: Spoonbill/Paddlefish and Blue Catfish Season is Here (December-May) [Re: lancer821]
lancer821 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/15/05
Posts: 1021
Loc: Bartlesville, OK
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Lance's Guide Service
918-607-7357
Spoonbill/Paddlefish, Blue Catfish, Hybrid/Striper, White Bass
Northeast Oklahoma Lakes

http://lancesguideservice.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LancesGuideService



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