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Welcome to The Lake Lodge At Grand Lake O' The Cherokees Winter Arrives, First Fish of '24 and Fishing Report

Updated: Jan 16

The Lake Lodge at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees

Well winter arrived yesterday with a little snow, ice and temps in the 30's and 20's overnight, and while the next couple days aren't looking too bad, the weekend and all next week are going to be brutally cold with highs in the teens and below zero a couple nights.... brrrrrr!

We just go a trace of snow yesterday but my mom in Kansas and Son in Iowa got several inches. Like 12"! They even closed school in Iowa, which is very unusual ( it has to be DEEP there).

Being the first really cold snap since opening The Lake Lodge at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees, we are just praying everything (pipes) come through without any issues. I'm sure they will and we have prepared best we can, but its hard not to worry even though the bible tells you not to.... Matthew 6:25..... I'm working on that!

Grand Lake, Oklahoma, Tournament Results, Lake Level, Area Info

Got out on the water once last week. Wanted to get that first fish of 2024 caught! The lake level has still been hovering around 742.00. Pool is 744.00 so its a couple of feet down, which is normal for this time of year. The water temp was 46-49 degrees depending on where you are. Remember to take my report with a grain of salt, as I have not really been targeting fish.... I have been putting in at different parts of the lake and just putting the trolling motor down. I'm just trying to learn each and every creek and pocket until I have covered the whole lake. I fished the back of Honey Creek (above the bridge). Didn't catch a lot of fish but I did catch that first fish of '24 and it turned out to be a good one. A 3.1 pound Spotted Bass! Biggest Spotted Bass I have caught on Grand. But the biggest surprise to you all, if you know me, is that I caught it on a Damiki Rig, ON A SPINNING ROD! LOL Also caught a few on an Alabama Rig. I have a friend that has been catching them good on the A Rig. he had a 22 pound day the other day and caught a beast 7.2 over the weekend!

Spotted Bass Grand Lake OK
First Bass of 2024! A 3.1 pound Spotted Bass, caught on a Damiki Rig

Bubba Scale Spotted Bass Grand Lake OK
Bubba Scale dont lie!

That wasn't the biggest thing I caught that day though.... look away if you're squeamish.....

Hook Through finger
Ouch! (really didn't hurt that bad)

Thank God for sharp hooks..... I stuck it in past the barb but not all the way through. I had to push it the rest of the way through. Then I didn't have enough strength in one hand to cut the hook. Was on my way to a friends house that lives on the lake so he could cut it, but flagged a couple fisherman down and they were able to cut it for me..... slid right out! My mom asked if I went back to fishing? I said "yes" and she said "of course you did, dumb question!" LOL

Lodging Grand Lake Oklahoma for upcoming events

Here are some upcoming events, that I am aware of, that we will fill up on. So, you might want to get your booking done soon!

Twisted Cat Catfish Series - February 3 (7 rooms left)

BFL - February 10th (full on the 9th)

World Fishing Tour - February 17-24 (3 rooms left for Friday the 16th, 9 rooms left the 17th on)

XFL - March 3 (8 rooms left for that weekend)

Anglers In Action and Nichols - March 9 and 10 ( 7 rooms left for that weekend and 3 for part of the weekend)

The Lake Lodge at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees standard room
The Lake Lodge at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees standard room

Don't forget about about The Lake Lodge at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees for your non fishing needs too. It would be a great place while visiting the Cherokee Casino that is literally one minute away! We have 10 sleeping rooms. Each has two (2) double beds, a 42" smart TV, mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, WIFI, lighted, covered pull through boat parking, outdoor TV to watch the game while rigging tackle, BBQ grills, two (2) free bags of ice each day, picnic tables and a large fire pit for those cool nights! Plus two full hook up RV Pads!

Covered, lighted, pull thru, electrical hook ups, grill, picnic area
Covered, lighted, pull thru, electrical hook ups, grill, picnic area

The Lake Lodge at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees

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Joshua 1:9

God Bless!

Jon Stewart

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