Trout fishing season to be delayed at Perry, Medicine Creek
Six winter trout areas managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation are scheduled to open Tuesday but the season opener will be postponed at two locations.
Unseasonably warm temperatures have left the water too warm to stock trout at the Perry CCC Lake and Medicine Creek.
"They both are looking at a delay of at least a week, maybe two," said Don Brown, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "It will just depend on the weather."
Brown said the hatchery-raised trout would die if they are added to the lakes at their present temperatures.
Ideally, the water temperature needs to be 65 degrees or colder and it presently is near 70 at Perry, according to Bill Wentroth, north-central regional fisheries supervisor for the Wildlife Department.
As a result, the Nov. 5 trout tournament at Perry CCC Lake will be postponed.
State wildlife officials will monitor water temperatures and both lakes and will add trout when the water is cold enough.
Four other winter trout areas - Robbers' Cave, Blue River, Lake Carl Etling and Lake Watonga - are scheduled to be open for trout fishing beginning Tuesday (Nov. 1). The dam on Watonga Lake, however, will be off-limit to anglers as it is closed for repairs.