I like fishing. There is not much that troubles me that a visit to the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees can’t put right. I’ve done some of my best thinking out there, whether I brought home dinner or not. If I’ve got something on my mind, chances are you will find me out on the water. It’s certainly a better habit than drinking, womanizing, or getting into fights.
The good news for both me and you is that we can fish around Grand Lake throughout the year. We’ve got black bass and catfish to thank for that. Depending on the time of year, you might catch crappies, gar, walleyes, drums, or spoonbills, too. If you want to try your hand at snagging spoonbills and don’t know what to do, I definitely suggest hiring somebody to take you out. They are pretty big and can be difficult to handle. They do make for some great fishing stories, though! The fish are typically fine to eat, too, not like in some other places. The bigger ones, by nature of them being older, will have more mercury. But then, the bigger ones make better trophies, don’t they?
Like most other places, the type of fish available here depends on the weather conditions and the time of year. Like I said, I just like fishing so I don’t much care what’s biting. It’s being outside in the quiet, on the water, with nothing to do but be patient, that really holds the appeal for me. Catching fish is a definite bonus, especially when it tastes good or looks great mounted on the wall.
What I’m trying to say here is that you like fishing, it is worth the trip. We’re actually kind of a big deal in the fishing world. There’s plenty of tournaments throughout the year, and we’ve hosted the Bassmaster Classic a couple times now. The fishing really is that good – in addition to black bass, we’ve got white bass (it’s not the state fish of Oklahoma for nothing), spotted bass and hybrid stripers, too.
We pay more attention to the water levels around here than most places, and that’s because it’s regulated by GRDA and the Pensacola Dam. If there’s a lot of floodwater, the level is going to be higher. That’s one thing that can affect what’s be biting, the areas you can fish, and the best things to use. Just something to be aware of before heading out on the water and it is best to familiarize yourself with the laws above and below the dams.
If you’re interested in heading out this way to fish, there is a fairly active fishing report group on facebook, which you can find here. It’s a pretty active site so you should be able to find what you need to know or get your questions answered in a reasonable amount of time.
Maybe I’ll see you out there one day.