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FISHING: Oklahoma's aquaculture grows big bass
You can't tell from looking that the largemouth bass you just caught in Oklahoma has Florida genes. But if it's a really big bass, you can assume it does. “A fish that is over 8 pounds, I can almost guarantee that fish will have Florida genetics,” said Cliff Sager, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife... Read More
Striper action heating up on Lake Texoma
Summer has arrived and one of the top fishing adventures in Oklahoma is a trip to Lake Texoma for striped bass. The striper fishing on the lake that straddles the Oklahoma-Texas state line has been down in recent years. Lake Texoma is rebounding from a devastating flood two years ago and four previous years of... Read More
After 18 years, the Okie Noodling Tournament remains quite the show
After 18 years, the Okie Noodling Tournament remains quite the spectacle Read More
Search and rescue team uses drone to recover missing hikers
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- A brand new tool for a local search and rescue team helped find two missing hikers and a dog near Devil's Head trail on Thursday evening. The Douglas County Search and Rescue team first spotted the hikers by using a drone. The UAV project was launched in the spring, and after field... Read More
MILLION DOLLAR BASS: On Saturday at Lake Thunderbird, anglers have a chance to get rich
On Saturday, there will be a largemouth bass swimming in Lake Thunderbird that is worth a million dollars. What are the chances of catching it? Well, it is supposedly 50 times better than winning the lottery, according to odds makers, which in this case is the insurance company which will be paying the $1 million... Read More
Insurance requirement stops weekly bass tournament on Lake Hefner
Lucky Lure Tackle's weekly Tuesday night jackpot bass tournaments on Lake Hefner have been canceled. David Hughes, owner of the Oklahoma City tackle store, was told that he must buy an insurance policy to cover the city from any liability if the tournaments were to continue. The weekly jackpot tournaments had... Read More
Lifeguard, 15, saves toddler during first day on the job
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — It started out as a day of fun in the sun at the Charles A. Foster pool in Lakewood, Ohio last Thursday – but things quickly turned dangerous. Lifeguard Jack Viglianco, 15, told WJW, "I heard like a 'Help, ah,' kind of thing. And I looked over and I saw a guy who's probably like 3 feet 6... Read More
Want a good gift for dad? How about a great outdoors adventure book? Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Youth Instructional Shoot scheduled Saturday at OKC Gun Club
The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever is sponsoring its 12th annual Youth Instructional Shoot on Saturday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia. The free event is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 16. In addition to gun safety instruction and shotgun shooting, participants will be able to try... Read More
Eighteen years later, Okie Noodling is still going strong
The 18th annual Okie Noodling Tournament and Festival will be Friday and Saturday at Pauls Valley. Noodling tournaments are now common across Oklahoma, but the Okie Noodling Tournament was the first. The tournament was created by former OU film student Bradley Beesley for his now famous “Okie Noodling”... Read More
Risky retrieval of Everest victims raises climbers' concern
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Indian man wept as a helicopter landed in Nepal's capital carrying the body of his brother, one of hundreds of climbers who have died while attempting to climb Mount Everest. The body had been left on the mountain for a year until last week, when a team of Sherpa climbers managed to... Read More
BLAZING A NEW TRAIL: The West River Trail is the latest leg of a trails system that will circle the city
MAPS 3 is producing many tangible benefits for Oklahoma City. One of the most important is the expansion of Oklahoma City's trail system to which $39 million of the MAPS 3 funds are dedicated. The West River Trail is an example of the kind of improvement that upgrades the quality of life for residents and makes... Read More
ALASKAN ADVENTURE: A trip to Alaska should be on every fisherman's bucket list
Bucket lists are everywhere these days — in the newspapers, movies and even in songs. I think everyone should have a bucket list of things to do before we die. We might not get them all done, but it will be fun to try. Many of us are motivated, or driven in this case, to make a trip of a lifetime come true. We... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Selman Bat Watch registration begins Tuesday
Application forms for this summer's bat watches at the Selman Bat Cave in northwest Oklahoma can be downloaded beginning Tuesday from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's website, Each summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats pour from the Selman Bat Cave... Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Women in the Outdoors workshop set for Lake Arcadia
The Eastern Oklahoma County Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a “Women in the Outdoors” workshop June 10 at Arcadia Lake in Edmond. The event will be at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Arcadia Lake Conservation Education Area. Breakfast will be served at 7... Read More
Oklahoma City hopes to prevent spread of zebra mussels
Zebra mussels were confirmed in Lake Hefner last year, and city officials are asking boaters and anglers to help stop the invasive species from spreading to other lakes. They are starting a public awareness campaign called “Inspect, Clean, Drain and Dry” to educate lake users on preventive measures. Zebra... Read More
A HANDY FISHING TOOL: Ponca City man's invention makes hook removal a little safer
The light bulb came on for Keith Lawrence several years ago during a fishing trip to Canada with his father for walleye and pike. Lawrence had bought a local coil-spring tool to hold open the mouth of a fish while removing fishing hooks, a handy gadget when dealing with toothy fish. But the fish-mouth spreader... Read More
After heavy rains, beware of rise of giant mosquitoes
After a mild winter and a wave of storms that rolled through Oklahoma bringing large amounts rain, be aware of a rise in the population of giant pests known as floodwater mosquitoes. Common in Oklahoma, floodwater mosquitoes, sometimes called gallinippers, can grow up to six times larger than... Read More
Tishomingo hatchery helps save the paddlefish
Oklahoma's only national fish hatchery has wrapped up its annual spring spawning of paddlefish. The Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery, located 10 miles north of its namesake town, has spawned, raised and released paddlefish since 1992, returning what is arguably the oddest looking creature in Oklahoma back to its... Read More
Canton Lake loses its most ardent supporter
The Walleye Rodeo will go on this year without Jeff Converse, president of the Canton Lake Association. Converse, 47, died April 4 at his farmhouse west of Mutual. Converse was a guide on the lake, operating as Northwest Fishin' Trips and Tackle. “Nobody loved Canton Lake more than Jeff,” said Barry Bolton,... Read More
FIFTY YEARS OF FISHING: Canton Lake's Walleye Rodeo
The oldest fishing tournament in the state, Canton Lake's Walleye Rodeo will be celebrating its 50th year Read More
Woman survives 30-foot fall at Turner Falls Park at Davis, Oklahoma
A woman fell off a cliff and landed 30 feet below in rocks and trees at Turner Falls Park in Davis on Sunday. The woman is making a recovery in an Oklahoma City hospital. Read More
OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Workshop on tracking wounded game with dogs set May 20 in Edmond
A workshop on tracking wounded game with dogs will be held May 20 at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Arcadia Conservation Education facility on Arcadia Lake in Edmond. Seminars will be held on May 20 beginning at 9 a.m. The workshop ends at 3:30 p.m. On May 19-20, different breeds of dogs will... Read More
Lake Altus-Lugert thriving again
Lake Altus-Lugert, a southwestern Oklahoma lake that twice in the last five years was rendered practically lifeless because of toxic golden algae blooms, is alive again, state wildlife officials say. "We've heard from many anglers as well as our game wardens that people are having good fishing success," said Ryan... Read More
HITTING A BULLS-EYE: Oklahoma schools finding archery is a good fit
Much has been written about the National Archery in the Schools program in Oklahoma the past decade, but more proof of its success comes from the recent Red River Shoot Out in Sherman, Texas. Two Oklahoma schools — Houchin Elementary in Moore and Chandler High School — won the competition that featured some of... Read More

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