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Posted on Wednesday Jun 3, 2015 at 5:33 PM  
I've never fished Skiatook but would like to give it a try for Hybrids.    What ramp is the best to launch from that will put me in a good vicinity to start looking for the hybrids?

Thanks,
Bill Smith
Claremore, Ok.

Posted on Wednesday Jun 3, 2015 at 8:10 PM  
Either Skiatook point or Tall Chief, Most of the Hybrids are on that end of the lake. I looked around today up by bridge and there was nothing there at all.

I don't believe in Miracles, I rely on them.
Dave Clark Hybrid/Striper/Sandbass Guide
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Posted on Wednesday Jun 3, 2015 at 10:03 PM  
On Wednesday Jun 3, 2015 at 8:10 PM Dave Clark said ...
...I looked around today up by bridge and there was nothing there at all.
I agree. I haven't been there in a couple of days but the mud line was getting all the way down to Dad's creek, then. 


The more you practice, the luckier you get.
Posted on Friday Jun 5, 2015 at 5:37 PM  
The bite for the past two weeks has been in the lower end of the lake.

Steve Carroll Hybrid/Striper Guide Skiatook Lake Fishing Guides, Lowrance Pro Staff, Zebco Brands Pro Staff, Yeti Pro Staff, Costa Del Mar Pro Staff, Mercury/Motor Guide Pro Team.





Posted on Friday Jun 5, 2015 at 10:12 PM  
Which boat ramp would you recommend?  I have never fished Skiatook before.
Thank you,
Bill
Posted on Saturday Jun 6, 2015 at 4:05 PM  

I've decided to launch at Skiatook Point ramp.  I'll post my experiences afterwards.

Thanks guys,
Bill
Posted on Wednesday Jun 10, 2015 at 9:03 AM  
Area around Beaver island has been good lately, little spotty at times but did well for us. 18' to 25' foot of water has been the key with later being better than earlier. Chumming helps to bring them in and getting them going when they slow.
Had been doing good at Skiatook Point in 35' to 39' and the long point at Tall Chief in 24' to 28' but recently we have not done good there.
Good luck. 

good fishing and God bless!
Posted on Wednesday Jun 10, 2015 at 9:32 PM  
Went out today but didn't find them.  I'm still new to finding fish with my Humminbird 798 and also don't know the structure in Skiatook yet.  I've got to learn where to look first so I don't waste time and gas.

What do you all look for on the fish finder?

Some pics I took with the 798:
Fish??




Took this one under the highway bridge



Thanks everyone,
Bill









Posted on Thursday Jun 11, 2015 at 4:54 PM  
I'm afraid there are about a zillion boats on Skiatook all fishing for the same group of hybrids.  They've been absolutely hammered in the past month.  We've caught several over the past couple weeks that have been caught before.  Kind of has an ominous future feel to me.  I totally feel sorry for the guides.....they have boats  following their every move.  I wish the other lakes would all open back up so people can get back on their home lakes and let those poor beleaguered Skiatook hybrid have a break.  We've NEVER seen so many center consoles fishing for hybrid on Skiatook lake.  
If you're not the lead goose.....the scenery never changes!
Posted on Thursday Jun 11, 2015 at 5:47 PM  
Robin, its good to see your post, you had us worry. 
Posted on Thursday Jun 11, 2015 at 5:49 PM  
Ha!  Thanks Willie.  Just not wanting to put any more of a spotlight on Skiatook then is already there.
If you're not the lead goose.....the scenery never changes!
Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 7:45 AM  
On Thursday Jun 11, 2015 at 4:54 PM Fish Whisperer said ...
I'm afraid there are about a zillion boats on Skiatook all fishing for the same group of hybrids.  They've been absolutely hammered in the past month.  We've caught several over the past couple weeks that have been caught before.  Kind of has an ominous future feel to me.  I totally feel sorry for the guides.....they have boats  following their every move.  I wish the other lakes would all open back up so people can get back on their home lakes and let those poor beleaguered Skiatook hybrid have a break.  We've NEVER seen so many center consoles fishing for hybrid on Skiatook lake.  
I never really thought about how the hybrids are chased all over the lake.  Hopefully the hybrid population can withstand the pursuit.

Personally I don't follow guides around.  I prefer to map the lake with my fish finder and mark likely spots or fish with my GPS.  That's half the fun for me.  I have a lot of respect for the guides.  It takes a lot of guts to strike out on your own like that.  I wish them all well and good fishing!!

There were several pleasure boats on the lake Wednesday but nothing like a weekend.  Kinda comical watching some of them try and load/unload them at the ramp.  The way some people operate their Jet Ski machines is pretty scary.
Bill

Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 8:18 AM  
On Friday Jun 12      Hopefully the hybrid population can withstand the pursuit.

Personally I don't follow guides around.  I prefer to map the lake with my fish finder and mark likely spots or fish with my GPS.  That's half the fun for me.  I have a lot of respect for the guides.  It takes a lot of guts to strike out on your own like that.  I wish them all well and good fishing!!

There were several pleasure boats on the lake Wednesday but nothing like a weekend.  Kinda comical watching some of them try and load/unload them at the ramp.  The way some people operate their Jet Ski machines is pretty scary.
Bill

 I agree with finding on my own that is half the fun and challenge. With so many boats most spots have been found though. I think the population will hold up just fine and they do not have much food so it would not hurt to pull out fish less than 7 lbs. The population will probably hold up just fine, always has when I figured it would not. Even if it does not there are other lakes. I stumbled across the full 14' stocking report and they did put about 105K in Skiatook last yr. so if the forage recovers with not such a cold winter they will be coming up fast. The largest I have heard about this year was Caught by Robin at 9lbs and 13 oz and released. I caught a 9 that would not revive. Robin also caught an 8. So we have boated our share of some nice fish. Just hate to see the big ones kept. 
 Dave Clark finally succeeded to get us to Ouachita (thanks Dave!) and it won't be too long before we are down there on the real fish....

Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 8:20 AM  
Robin, ya just can't post what you guys post on an open forum ,on a lake near a metromess and not expect a ton of boats -- I like your reports , but have to shake my head, your fame is your own worst enemy -

Learned the hard way --
Those who would give up constitutional freedoms to elected officials in exchange for a false sense of security, deserve neither freedom or security.
Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 12:09 PM  
Tony, I'm kinda flattered that you feel I  have  influence over the WHOLE dang Tulsa TSA.  I've just been talking to our relatively small community of fnb fishermen.  It's not my stupid little posts and pics that's responsible for the GLUT of hybrid fishermen at Skiatook right now.  It's due to the record rainfall, flooding most of the TSA lakes, causing them to be closed.  I've been posting reports and pics for a few years now and this is the first time skiatook has been like this since we've been fishing it for 6 or 7 years. I DO agree to a certain extent and that's why I haven't been posting. From now on, if I do reports, I won't say where we are fishing and will make sure there is no identifying background in the pics. I actually think facebook reaches WAY more people then fnb. At least I'm not a facebooker
If you're not the lead goose.....the scenery never changes!
Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 12:53 PM  
There ya go - knock out goose goose and backgrounds will help - but in referencing Skiatook - once you have found the haunts and hang outs - let the folks figure it out on their own -- I know your and Eds learning curve was cut short by some good guides - and that's what fishing is all about. 

You would be surprised at the number of fisherman who cruise the fishing sites for information -- no worries from me - ya'll won't see me on Took no matter how high local lakes are --

Hey where did you catch those fish? I would tell ya but ya haven't suffered enough !! Really though, I caught all my fish by that stump !!!

My favorite hump that I found quite accidentally one day on Sooner is covered up everytime I go now - I told two people - now its community hump !!
Those who would give up constitutional freedoms to elected officials in exchange for a false sense of security, deserve neither freedom or security.
Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 1:05 PM  
Thank you to all those that post here, whether its fishing report or giving advise, I do enjoy visiting here, I think the Fishing-Notebook is make up with lots and lots of great people that love to fish and help others. I don't think too many readers here are going to run to a spot that was posted here, I do have a CC boat but I have not fish Skiatook, fish once on Keystone with Steve Corroll, fish Sooner 3 times, one with Steve again and the other two, I walked the mile.
Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 3:11 PM  
Back to the original subject,  your graph may be showing you some fish and the only sure way to know is to drop a few baits in the water and give it 15 minutes.  I have found that once you shut down the motor and hold a position for a little time, the hybrids will start moving through again.  If nothing happens move on till you mark a number of fish on the graph again and repeat the bait drop.  Your confidence will increase the more times you find and catch fish.  I avoid wasting too much time in non productive depths.  If someone tells me their catching fish at 26 ft., then I look in 25 to 31 range.  Of course everything changes as I expereinced on Sooner lately, catching fish in 15 ft. and 37 ft. on the same trip.
I guess thats called fishing!!
Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM  
On Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 12:53 PM Tony_Hughes said ...
 I know your and Eds learning curve was cut short by some good guides - and that's what fishing is all about. 



Ha!  That's funny!!  Yeah.....we hired some great guides and spent a lot of money learning techniques, how to read the locater, where to find the fish etc.  Ed spent countless hours researching on the internet, anything he could find that had to do with hybrid and stripers.  Also, water chemistry, condition, temperature, filtration etc etc etc on how to keep shad.  We spent literally HUNDREDS of hours on the water, learning the lakes and finding where the fish typically hang out.  We used to fish 8 or more hours a day, teaching ourselves how to catch hybrid.  Poor Ed had me beside him constantly saying "I just wanna catch a fish"!!  We used to wonder what we were doing wrong when we first started out......with a fish and ski boat, homemade bait tank, listless shad and black and white locater.  We've definitely "paid our dues"  To say our learning curve was cut short by some good guides is simply a tip of the iceberg.  Along the way, we've become friends with the guides and have been able to learn even more through their friendships. 

As far as letting the folks figure it out on their own.....I don't believe any of my posts ever gave detailed information on where the hybrid where.  If you were a little familiar with Skiatook, you could figure out where we were sometimes from the pics, but I would also blur the backgrounds sometimes.  I LIKE helping people who are willing to help THEMSELVES.  I also don't see anything wrong with doing fishing reports, talking about what depth the fish are biting and whether they're biting on large, small, cut or dead shad and whether we're catching them on freelines or downlines.  I enjoy writing the posts.  I enjoy that people like to read the posts.  I like to see the people we've met from the notebook on the water, and meet people from the notebook, otw, that we haven't met yet.  Like I said before.  My little posts and pics didn't cause the glut of fishermen at Skiatook.  The flooded lakes did.  I just wish they'd go back to their home lakes.   Also, like I said, facebook reaches WAY more people then fishing notebook.
AND.....his name was DUCK, DUCK

If you're not the lead goose.....the scenery never changes!
Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 3:53 PM  
Hi J.C., remember the trolling motor in the front of my CC, Thanks again.  Sorry we got off subject, I am still on the CPR post, maybe Paul can move the post.
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