Regional Reports-Midwest

Kerr Lake

When the redbuds bloom in Oklahoma, the white bass bite. For your best shot at big numbers of fish, try the tributary streams of Tenkiller Lake, Kerr Lake, Webber's Falls Reservoir, Grand Lake o' the Cherokees and Keystone Lake. Water temperatures in the 50s and spring rains filling the creeks start the white bass moving out of the reservoirs and into the streams to spawn. Fishing is best a day or two after a good rain. Don't expect to find solitude fishing the white bass run. The promise of fast action and hard-fighting, good-tasting, plentiful fish up to 21/2 pounds brings out crowds eager to fill their freezers. The crowds will concentrate on the deeper holes where bass stack up. Join them, but slip away early in the morning to fish the shallows near stream riffles. White bass hit spinners, curly-tail and footed grubs, marabou jigs, tube jigs and small crankbaits. Contact: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (405-521-3851).