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Zebra mussels confirmed in Foss Reservoir

Foss Reservoir in Custer County is now among the 20-plus lakes in Oklahoma where invasive zebra mussels have been confirmed, according to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

The non-native aquatic nuisance species has continued to spread throughout Oklahoma waters since first found in the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in 1992.

Zebra mussels can be detrimental to the aquatic environment by competing with native species and altering the native ecosystem.

They also can cause significant economic damage by clustering on water intake structures, boats and boat motors. Zebra mussels are small, thumbnail-size mussels with a zebralike pattern of stripes.

The primary way zebra mussels spread to new areas is by hitching a ride on a trailered boat, said Curtis Tackett, aquatic nuisance species biologist with the Wildlife Department.

Once these invasive mussels are present in a body of water, there is no feasible way to eliminate them. The best strategy is to prevent them from spreading, Tackett said.

“As a general practice, washing and scrubbing your boat and its equipment, and allowing it to completely dry between uses, will prevent the spread of zebra mussels and many other invasive species,” he said.

Oklahoma waters where zebra mussels have been confirmed include Kaw, Sooner, Hefner, Keystone, Robert S. Kerr, Grand, Skiatook, Eufaula, Oologah, Claremore, Greenleaf and Texoma lakes, as well as in the lower Canadian, Cimarron, Arkansas, Verdigris, Washita and North Canadian rivers.

Hunting film to be shown in OKC

Backwoods is bringing the Hunting Film Tour to Oklahoma City.

The film featuring hunting adventures around the world will be shown Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Arts at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $15.

Vendors will have products on display and local hunting organizations also will be sharing information. There will be door prizes and a cash bar as well.

To view trailers of the different adventures, go to

Rose State College offers fishing class

Rose State College in Midwest City is offering a class on fishing techniques to catch striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass in Oklahoma waters Oct. 4, 11 and 18.

The class will be taught by five Oklahoma fishing guides who specialize in catching stripers, hybrids and white bass. The cost is $89.

To enroll, call Rose State College at 405-733-7392.

Norman angler wins FLW event

Dane Coale of Norman won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Grand Lake last Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 33 pounds, 3 ounces. For his win, Coale earned $8,904.

Kirk Smith of Edmond was second with 10 bass total of 29 pounds, 8 ounces. Smith earned $3,352.

OKC Gun Club schedules hunter sight-in days

The Oklahoma City Gun Club has scheduled its sight-in days for hunters on Sept. 29-30.

Every year, the club north of Arcadia opens its Benchrest range to the public so hunters can sight-in their rifles for the upcoming hunting seasons.

Cost is $5 per gun. The range will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

Members of the OKC Gun Club will be at the shooting stations with spotting scopes to assist. Shooters should bring their own eye and ear protection.

To get to the OKC Gun Club, go north on Westminster Road from Route 66 near Pops to Sorghum Mill Road. Go east on Sorghum Mill Road for a mile and a half to the entrance of the gun range.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›