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Outdoor notebook: Stripers are biting on Lake Texoma

Anglers search for striped bass on Lake Texoma. May is the month when the top water bite normally is going strong. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN]   

Anglers search for striped bass on Lake Texoma. May is the month when the top water bite normally is going strong. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN]   

The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever will hold its 13th annual Youth Instructional Shoot and Luncheon on June 9 at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia.

The free event is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 16 who will receive instruction in gun safety, shotgun shooting and ATV safety.

In addition, participants will be able to try their skills at the BB gun range and learn about conservation and pollinators.

The event is part of the “No Child Left Indoors” initiative to introduce youth to shooting sports in a safe and fun environment and hopefully recruit them to be part of the conservation mission, said James Dietsch, founding chairman of the Central Oklahoma 89er Quail Forever Chapter.

Lunch will be provided to participants and their families. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

To register, call Julia Ellefson at 405-412-4623 or Dietsch at 405-415-5724 or email

Stripers are biting on Lake Texoma

May is typically the month the top water action for striped bass on Lake Texoma really starts heating up.

Matt Mauck, south-central fisheries supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, reports that striper fishing on Lake Texoma has been and continues to be good.

"Shad have been spawning heavily the last few weeks generating some early morning excitement in shallow water," he said. "Both top water and swimbaits have been productive. Bait fishing has also been good.

"The lake is in good shape, and many 14- to 22-inch fish are currently available. It should be a great fishing year."

GRDA to hold controlled hunts

The Grand River Dam Authority in northeastern Oklahoma announced that applications for controlled hunts for the upcoming deer and waterfowl seasons will be accepted online June 1 through July 31.

The hunts are held on GRDA properties in Ottawa County along the Neosho River.

Prospective hunters can apply as individuals or with a group of up to four. A youth-only controlled hunt also is available during the youth deer gun season.

To apply, go to

More walleye put in Lake Hefner

Last week the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department stocked 406,646 walleye fingerlings in Lake Hefner.

The ¾- to 1-inch fingerlings were raised at Oklahoma City's H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery from fry provided for free by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

The walleye were maintained at the hatchery for more than a month before being stocked in Lake Hefner by the city's fisheries management staff.

More than 500,000 fish annually are stocked from the fish hatchery in about 8,000 surface acres of fishable water managed by the fisheries staff.

The fisheries management program is supported by revenue from the sale of city fishing permits.

Choctaw anglers qualify for national championship

Choctaw High School's Samuel Kramer and Loghan Stevens finished fourth last weekend in the FLW and The Bass Federation's high school fishing tournament in Jefferson, Texas.

Their fourth-place finish of 13 pounds, 14 ounces in the one-day tournament on the Lake O' the Pines advanced the pair to the national championships June 26-30 on Alabama's Pickwick Lake. The national high school champions earn $5,000 college scholarships.

Ed Godfrey

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