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Blue River Trout Derby nears

The Blue River near Tishomingo. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO]

The Blue River near Tishomingo. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO]

The annual Presidents' Day Blue River Trout Derby will be Feb. 17-18 on the stream near Tishomingo.

Cash prizes will be given for heaviest two-day stringer in senior's, men's, women's, youth and fly fishing divisions. There also will be trout tagged with cash prizes of $20, $50 and $100 during the derby.

Entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for ages 15 and younger. The derby is sponsored by the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue River Association.

For more information, call 580-371-9288 or 580-371-2175.

More activities on Blue River

The second annual Blue River Cleanup will be Feb. 24. Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the main parking area of the campground area.

Crews will be formed to pick up litter on the river in the morning. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

Also, the 7th Annual Blue River Fly Classic will take place March 3. The Blue River Fly Classic is a one pattern fly event that raises money for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Deadline to enter is Feb. 10. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a chuck wagon luncheon.

For more information, contact Barry Shrader at or visit

Bass and Crappie University begins Feb. 6

Enrollment is now open for Bass and Crappie University, the annual fishing classes at Rose State College as part of the school's continuing education program.

Classes are scheduled from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, Feb. 8, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20.

Five different instructors will share their expertise for catching both bass and crappie.

The instructors will be pro angler and four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Clark Wendlandt; Okie Rig inventor and Lake Eufaula record bass holder Bill Wright; George Toalson, tournament angler and lure designer for Gene Larew and Bobby Garland baits; pro crappie angler Kevin Rogers; and B.A.S.S. conservation director and fisheries biologist Gene Gilliland.

The fee to attend all classes is $89. To enroll, call Rose State College at 405-733-7392 or go to

Edmond DU banquet on Friday

The Edmond Ducks Unlimited banquet will be Saturday in the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center, located at I-35 and Covell Road.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. There will be items raffled and auctioned, including a lifetime hunting and fishing license to be given away to a Greenwing member (age 17 or younger).

For tickets, call Paul Fincher at 405-850-0275 or Stephen Cooley at 405-706-2106, or email

NWTF banquet set in Enid

The Cherokee Strip Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its banquet Friday in Enid in the Hoover building.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For information, call Mark Bowers at (580) 554-0263.

Ed Godfrey

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