Sand bass should be biting soon
Sand bass, or white bass, should start to bite around the state with arrival of warmer weather.
The old adage is when the dogwoods and the red buds begin to bloom, then it's time for the sand bass to start running up the creeks and rivers for the spring spawn.
This pilgrimage occurs on Oklahoma's lakes throughout the state, spreading from south to north as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. The action can be hot and heavy for anglers who catch the sand bass runs at the right time.
Spring rains and warmer water temperatures trigger sand bass runs. The males go up the streams first followed by the females.
NWTF banquets scheduled ahead of season opener
Several National Wild Turkey Federation chapters are holding fundraisers leading up to the April 6 opener of the spring turkey season.
Scheduled banquets are Thursday in Tishomingo (Blue River Limbhangers); Friday in Oklahoma City (OKC Metro Chapter); Saturday in Crescent (Logan County Longbeards) and in Duncan (Stephens County Strutters); April 5 in Woodward.
"These events are being held to raise money for projects that conserve wildlife and preserve Oklahoma’s hunting heritage,” said T.J. Goodpasture, NWTF regional director.
The banquets will feature silent and live auctions for framed art, guns, hunting items, collectibles, sculptures, home furnishings and more. For more information, visit nwtf.org/events.
Deadline approaches for Wildlife Youth Camp
April 12 is the deadline for teens to apply for the 21st annual Wildlife Youth Camp.
Thirty-five teens are selected for the camp, held June 23-28 at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station on Lake Texoma and sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Activities include archery, fishing, shotgun shooting. Teens also learn about wildlife management and wildlife law enforcement.
Applicants must be ages 14 to 16 as of June 23 and write a 75-word essay. For more information, visit wildlifedepartment.com/education/youthcamp.htm.
Ed Godfrey, Outdoors editor