Anglers always are looking for that honey hole — the secret spot that always yields lots of keepers.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation installed artificial habitats at Bluestem Lake on Dec. 18, and North Central Region Fisheries Biologist Ashley Nealis said crappie, sunfish and bass should be calling those habitats home by now.
“They are more structure oriented,” Nealis said.
The habitats are called spider blocks and have an advantage over cedar trees in that anglers won’t snag their hooks and lines on the structures. Spider blocks are pipes that are cemented into cinder blocks. They look a little bit like large spiders, she said.
The habitats, which are accessible to those fishing from the bank of Bluestem Lake, are located on the north end of the dam spillway off County Road 4275. There is a parking area nearby, and the habitats are marked by two buoys.
Each habitat area has 27 spider blocks, which create a habitat of approximately 150 square feet at each area. Each block is about 8-feet by 8-feet, she said.
The cost of the artificial habitat installations was approximately $2,100, she said. The agency spent approximately $500 on materials, $100 on mileage and $1,500 on labor costs.
“We just want to make sure people know about them,” she said.
Bluestem Lake is a reservoir in Osage County. It is located about 4.5 miles northwest of Pawhuska. The lake has a serface of 762 acres as a secondary water source for Pawhsuka and flood control. It was completed in 1958. It is home to channel catfish, crappie, largemouth, white and spotted bass, saugeye and sunfish. It has primitive campgrounds and hiking trails.
State fishing licenses are required to fish on Bluestem Lake. The city of Pawhuska issues boating permits for the lake.