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March 7, 2014



Wildlife Department Youth Camp
 application available now! 

     Youths can log on to any time through April 18 and apply completely online for the 16th Annual Wildlife Youth Camp.  

     The weeklong event is slated this year for June 22-27 at Oklahoma University Biological Station at Lake Texoma. The camp is run entirely by employees of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and aims to teach youth about the rewards offered by a career in wildlife - be it as a game warden, fish and wildlife biologist or even a communications or education specialist.

     The free camp increases awareness of conserving and managing Oklahoma's wildlife resources through courses on wildlife-related career opportunities, rifle and shotgun training, archery, wildlife identification, wildlife law enforcement, fishing, fisheries management, ropes, swimming, turkey and waterfowl hunting, management and law enforcement.

     "We urge anybody between the ages of 14 and 16 that's interested in hunting or fishing or a career with the Department to apply," said Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties and coordinator for the Wildlife Youth Camp.

     To attend Wildlife Youth Camp, applicants must be Oklahoma residents, and they must turn 14 prior to June 22, 2014, and be no older than 16. Prospective campers must fill out an application form and write a 75-word essay describing why they want to attend the camp, why they should be selected and what they expect to learn. Additionally, they must provide a letter of recommendation by someone other than a family member and a recent photograph showing the applicant participating in an outdoor-related event or activity. The application process can be completed online, including the submission of the required essay, photo and signed letter of recommendation. To apply, prospective campers should log on to The page also includes additional information about the camp and photographs from previous years.

     The camp will be open to a maximum of 35 youths, and applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. April 18, 2014.

February 19, 2014


NatureWorks wildlife art show to fund Oklahoma conservation 

           Any sportsman knows that the right piece of wildlife or outdoor-related artwork can create just the right atmosphere in a home, lake cabin or hunting camp. Whether it is a sculpture of a deer, a painting of a lone coyote or a hand-crafted wood carving, nature-focused artwork has a way of grabbing the attention of anyone nearby. Those interested in viewing or shopping a large selection of outdoor and wildlife artwork can do so March 1-2 at the 2014 NatureWorks Art Show and Sale in Tulsa. 

            NatureWorks is a Tulsa-based nonprofit group dedicated to wildlife conservation and education, and its annual art show is the fundraising tool it uses to support a range of conservation projects. 

            The show will feature works created by artists from across the United States and abroad. Art sales from the show help generate matching grants to assist with a variety of state wildlife conservation projects. 

            NatureWorks has partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation on several efforts that are now benefiting Oklahoma wildlife and sportsmen. Past projects funded by the art show have included, among others, habitat and renovation work on Spavinaw Wildlife Management Areas in northeast Oklahoma and a telemetry project on Grand Lake to monitor the impact of catch-and-release paddlefish snagging on the fish's spawning success and mortality.

            NatureWorks also has supported Wildlife Department's duck stamp print program and centennial duck stamp print, and habitat work at the Harold Stuart Waterfowl Refuge Unit within the Deep Fork Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Grassy Slough WMA. NatureWorks also has been an important supporter of the Wildlife Department's Hunters Against Hunger program, in which hunters can donate their legally harvested deer to feed hungry Oklahomans.  

            In recent years the art show also has funded a renovation to the entrance of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters building to make it more accessible to persons with disabilities as well as more aesthetically pleasing to motorists and pedestrians. A monument was created on the property by wildlife sculptor Stephen LeBlanc depicting three whitetail deer on the run. The whitetail monument is one of more than 20 life-size and heroic-size wildlife monuments donated to others by NatureWorks, many of which can be seen along the City of Tulsa's Riverside Drive.

            This year the show's feature artist will be Maryland sculptor Paul Rhymer, whose artwork has been exhibited in a variety of museums, zoos, public buildings and private parks across the United States. A listing of other artists exhibiting at the 2014 show is available on the NatureWorks website at

           The show will be held at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center is located at 6808 South 107th East Avenue (71st and U.S.-169) in Tulsa. For more information about NatureWorks or the art show, log on to

            Hours for the show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2. Tickets are $5, and one ticket is good for both days.





Record rainfalls mean fantastic fishing for Sooner anglers

       After the state's wettest March on record, biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation say recent rains are having positive effects on fishing.

       "The amount of rain we had in late March is enhancing the angling action across Oklahoma right now," said Jeff Boxrucker, senior fisheries research biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "The rainfall and more daylight we get this time of year raises water temperatures, which results in more fish activity."

       Not only was it the wettest March on record for Oklahoma, but it also was the second warmest. Oklahoma received about 8.02 inches of precipitation in March.

       Boxrucker said spawning runs of some fish, such as white bass, striped bass and paddlefish, are triggered by water flowing into lakes at this time in the year. The flowing water also replenishes the nutrients in lakes, which is vital for fish production.


       "Also, these warm inflows created from springtime rain drive fish into shallower waters because it's warmer there," Boxrucker said.

       The Department's fishing report this week echoes Boxrucker, with reports that anglers are catching crappie and largemouth bass in shallow water at lakes all across the state.

       Rainfall also plays a role in habitat development in shallow waters. Because of severe drought across the state last year, lake levels stayed low long enough for vegetation to grow.

       "When water levels flood vegetation that has been growing along exposed banks, you end up with great habitat where fish can hide and hunt for food," Boxrucker said. "That creates another fishing opportunity in the shallow waters, especially for anglers who don't have a boat."

       Rain also creates muddy water in creeks and rivers that tend to warm faster and cool slower than clearer water, further increasing fish activity.

       Although last year's drought cycle did not significantly affect fishing, Boxrucker said the recent rains are still a nice relief for state lakes. Many lakes, especially in the eastern portion of the state, are currently at or near normal levels.

       "All kinds of factors are working together this time of year to heat up fish activity and angling opportunities, and now through the next few weeks is when people should get out and cast a line," Boxrucker said.

Sept 26th....

Anglers from Oklahoma that have qualified for the 2002 National Championship!

Okies will compete for approximately $250,000.00 in combination of cash and prizes. This includes three (3) Triton 21 foot bass boats fully rigged with a Honda Marine BF225 Four Strokes, TH Marine Jack Plates and Hot Foots, Raymarine electronics and Minn Kota's Maxxum trolling motors.

Anglers that have made the TOP 500 from Oklahoma are as follows: WISH THEM LUCK!

National Ranking Name Points 
(as of 20 Sept 2002) (1200 max)

12th RODNEY MAYNARD, Stigler 1187
34th SAL RICCOBENE, Eufaula 1179
81th LES GIBSON, Checotah 1168
86th DOUG GRAY, McAlester 1167
106th JAY BELL, Eufaula 1162
116th JOHNNIE LARGE, Talala 1161
126th DENNIS BRADY, Canadian 1159
126th TIM REAVIS, Harrah 1159
190th BILL SWAN, Tahlequah 1151
275th JOHN MURRAY, Tahlequah 1139
384th KENNETH SPENCER, Newalla 1124
392th JIM ROGERS, Oklahoma City 1123

Note: Other anglers from Oklahoma that did not make the TOP 500 will be accepted on a stand-by basis.

Click here for an up to date National Points listing: NATIONAL POINTS 

This year's national championship will be held on beautiful Wheeler Lake October 6 - 11, 2002 launching out of Decatur Alabama at River Walk Marina. There will be three days of official practice and three days of tournament. 

The top 500 national point holders will or have been invited to compete in the National Championship. If one or more of the top 500 do not accept the invitation, additional point holders will be accepted on a stand-by basis. These anglers must still meet the qualifications to fish the national by fishing 4 one-day tournaments and 1 two-day tournament.

The National Championship will kick off with a special salute to America and each of the armed services with an on the water flag presentation. We have a very patriotic celebration at the launch of the first day of competition. 
Instead of giving away prizes and awards at the weigh-in site, we host a sit down banquet for our members. At this awards banquet, we have a special guest speaker and present awards. 
This is going to be a great week for our members and their families to fish, meet new friends, and win some big prizes. We will even have special programs during the day for the family members while our anglers are competing on the lake.
Order of Events 

Sunday 10/062002:
Safe Light: First day of official practice (You must be pre-registered for before entering the tournament waters.
4:00 pm: Registration at the Host Hotel (Holiday Inn)

Monday 10/07/2002:
Safe Light: Second day of official practice.
10 am - 2 pm: Open House at the National Office located at The Boat House in Athens, 800-232-4428
7 pm - 9 pm: Open social at River Walk Marina 

Tuesday 10/08/2002
Safe Light: Final Day of Practice 
9 am - 1 pm: Triton/Honda Test rides at River Walk Marina (Tournament Launch Site)
5:00 pm: Mandatory Pairings Meeting at River Walk Marina (Tournament Launch Site) 

Wednesday 10/09/2002
Safe Light: First day of competition beginning with a Salute to American and the Armed Forces.
3:00 pm: First day, First flight weigh in. River Walk Marina (Tournament Launch Site) 

Thursday 10/10/2002
Safe Light: Second day of competition
3:00 pm. Second day, First flight weigh in. River Walk Marina (Tournament Launch Site) 

Friday 10/11/2002
Safe Light: Final day of competition
2:00 pm: Final day, First flight weigh in. River Walk Marina (Tournament Launch Site)
7:00 pm: 2002 National Awards Banquet, at Point Mallard. 

American Bass Anglers is not a Pro-AM trail it is a true draw trail format. Boaters and non-boaters alike are welcome. These tournaments are designed for the true weekend angler with a level playing field. We all work too hard during the week to go and fish tournaments against guides, pros and team members that have lived on the lake for weeks. The weekend angler wants a simple tournament format, one that allows him/her a chance to compete against other weekend anglers and have a good chance to win a much bigger end of the year prize, like a fully rigged Triton TR21PD, with a 225hp outboard trimmed with all the right equipment and water ready. At our Draw National Championship, you can actually have a shot at one of three Triton TR21PD fully rigged Bass Boats! 

Boaters are allowed to use their boat at any 1-day or 2-day event. "Bring your boat - Use your boat". The exception to this is at the National Championship; it is NOT guaranteed boat use. Again, the weekend angler is looking for a level playing field. 
Most anglers like the team format because they want to make sure they can use their boat. Our format is the best of both worlds, it allows the angler to use his boat and also gain national standings as an individual fisherman, not as a team. Pros like Davy Hite and many others got their early tournament start fishing our draw tournaments. If they had fished as a team, they would not have made the jump to the professional ranks. 

Since 1975, the group has grown to a point that it has been incorporated under American Bass Anglers. Entry fees are $55.00 for a one-day tournaments and $110.00 for two-day tournaments. Payback is 1 in 7. For every 7 anglers, one place is added to the payout. Our payout is geared for payout to the center of the field, not just first place.
American Bass Anglers Draw Trail is unique and set apart from the other trails because it is very simple for any angler in the country to qualify for a large National Championship without all the hurdles that face most anglers. Our anglers expect and deserve the right to fish a National Championship the same season, not in 18 months after surviving many regional, state and divisional championships. Our members want a level playing field making it possible for them to advance and gain recognition for their individual fishing talents. Do well locally and you will be off to the National Championship! 
Our anglers compete for national rankings against members all over the country, but they do it on their home waters. This means if someone in California is catching 30-pound strings, the person in Oklahoma still competes just placing in his/her tournament regardless of the weight. We DO NOT use a points and pounds system, we use a POINTS ONLY system. This means no area of the country gains an advantage because they have a longer growing season. This approach gives the anglers in Minnesota a level playing field against the anglers in Florida. 

The National Office located in Athens, Alabama, is doing a fabulous job acquiring the best in the industry: Triton Boats, Abu Garcia, All Star Rods, Berkley, Golden Flake, Johnson, Lucky Craft, Minn Kota, Mitchell, PROBASS Networks, Raymarine, Red Wolf, SpiderCast, SpiderLine, T-H Marine, and The Boat House. In January 2002, American Bass Anglers announced Honda Marine as a Title Sponsor of the American Bass Anglers Tournament Trail. Honda Marine's introduction of the BF225 Four- Stroke Outboard will take the market by storm. 

Local Sponsors for District 57 - Oklahoma East: Nichols Marine (Tulsa, Norman and McAlester) A&B Distributing (Okmulgee), Albert's 1-Stop (Eufaula), Bucks Pizza (Eufaula), Extreme Marine (McAlester), HL's Gun and Pawn (McAlester), House of Trophies (Wetumka), Hurricoma Lures, K-FOX 102.5, and Snake Creek Wilderness Market and Lodge (Lake Tenkiller). 

Point system: 
For one-day tournaments, 200 points at 1-point increments. For example: 1st Place 200-points, 2nd Place 199-points and so on. For two-day tournaments, 400 points at 2-point increments. For example: 1st Place 400-points, 2nd Place 398-points and so on. With a full field, (20 anglers or more) you will receive maximum points. For every angler short of a full field, one point is deducted from the maximum on a one-day tournament and two points on a two-day tournament.
You may fish as many one-day and two-day tournaments as you wish, but only your BEST 4 one-day tournaments + your BEST two-day tournament count toward national standings. This allows the angler to put a bad tournament behind them. 
A PERFECT score is 1200 points: 4 one-day tournaments at 200 points each = 800 points, plus 1 two-day tournament at 400 points = 1200 points. 

American Bass Anglers will again give away three (3) Triton TR21PD fully rigged bass boats in 2003. One Triton TR21PD Bass Boat will go to the winner of the 2002 National Championship. One Triton TR21PD Bass Boat will go to the 2002 Angler of the year. One Triton TR21PD Bass Boat will be given away by a drawing at the National Championship and you said it right, you do not even have to be present to win!

If you meet the minimum requirements to fish the National Championship in 2003, which is to fish 4 one-day tournaments and 1 two-day tournament. This will hopefully qualify you for the National Championship and the boat given away by draw, and you do not have to be present to win.

Oklahoma will have 3 districts in 2003 and you may fish any district throughout the United States. All count for points! Fish as many one-day tournaments as you wish throughout the United States, but remember only the top 4 count. After fishing at least 4 one-day events you are now eligible to fish as many 2-day events as you wish, but again, only your best finish will count for points.

Come and try American Bass Anglers Draw Trail and see what a difference it can make to fish a trail that is committed to you the angler! We welcome anglers to contact the National Headquarters with questions or comments, call us at 1-888-203-6222 or visit our web site for more info. 
Oklahoma State Director, Sal Riccobene (918) 689-4222

Info provided by The Bass Zone

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OU Athletic Caravan to Make Stop at Lake Tenkiller
> Joe Castiglione, Kelvin Sampson, Ray Hayward scheduled to appear NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department Caravan is scheduled to make a stop at Lake Tenkiller on June 29. The event, which will start off with bass fishing at the first of light followed by a lunch at 2:30 p.m., will be held at Elk Creek Landing on Lake Tenkiller. Athletics Director Joe Castiglione, head men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and baseball pitching coach Ray Hayward are scheduled to appear. The cost for the event, which includes fishing and lunch, is $150. To make a reservation, contact the Sooner Club at 405/325-8000 or 1-800-522-0772, ext. 8000.

Channel catfish record smashed!

Just about everyday in Oklahoma someone, somewhere is fishing for catfish, but not once in the last 28 years has anyone caught a channel catfish over 30 pounds. That changed the morning of May 16 when Barry Bond of Clinton reeled in a monster 34-pound, 11- ounce channel catfish.
Bond was fishing from a boat during the annual Canton Walleye Rodeo on Canton Lake when he hooked the huge fish using spinning tackle and 30 pound test line. He used a sunfish for bait and was fishing for walleye when the record fish hit.

"We were on the upper end of the lake and when it hit, it hit pretty hard," Bond said. "After I set the hook, it got real stiff, like I just had a log or a turtle."
It wasn't until the dark fish came to the surface that Bond realized what he had hooked.
"I was pretty excited when I saw how big it was. It really took off after that, but I finally got it into the boat," Bond said.
The huge fish measured 34 1/4 inches long and 25 inches in girth. It was weighed on certified scales at the Canton Post Office and was verified by John Stahl, northwest region fisheries supervisor for the Wildlife Department.
The previous channel catfish record of 30 pounds was caught by Richard Simmons in the Washita River in 1974.
Bond has donated the fish to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Oklahoma Aquarium and the fish will be housed and available for public display at the Aquarium, which is scheduled to open this fall in Jenks. According to Bo Dempsey, fisheries biologist for the Oklahoma Aquarium, the fish is eating and remains in good health. It will be one of the largest captive channel catfish in the nation.
For a complete list of record fish and the procedures regarding state record fish consult the 2002 Oklahoma Fishing Guide. If you think you may have hooked a record fish it is important that you weigh the fish on a Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture certified scale and the weight is verified by a Wildlife Department employee.
For the complete story about the new record channel catfish and information on other state record fish, log on to

Who: Barry Bond of Clinton, OK
What: new record Channel Catfish, 34 pounds 11 ounces, broke the previous record of 30 pounds set in 1974.
When: Thursday, May 16, 2002
Where: Caught from Canton Lake during the 35th annual Canton Walleye Rodeo. The fish will be housed and available for public display at the Aquarium, which is scheduled to open this fall in Jenks (for more information contact the Aquarium at (918) 296-3474).
How: The record fish was caught from a boat using a rod and reel with a sunfish for bait.

Cold Front Blues What To Do!

Mother Nature can destroy the best-made plans. You could be on any Oklahoma lake, at a peak time of the year, with all of the latest gear, and still come up empty handed after a dreaded cold front comes rolling through. Cold fronts have given fisherman a time-honored excuse for poor fishing results. Whenever a fellow angler uses the "cold front excuse" for a less than expected catch, the excuse is accepted without question, and no more mention is made. It's the code of the west.

Anglers, who have spent any amount of time on the water, understand how devastating a severe cold front can be. Even during the best of times, a cold front can shut things down totally, and it may be several days before conditions get back to normal and the action picks up again.

As tough as that sounds, the really good anglers have learned to deal with this natural phenomenon, and know that there are adjustments that can be made to help increase their odds of finding and catching fish.

The first consideration in dealing with a cold front, is judging it's timing. As bad as the whole cold front scenario may sound, fishing can be pretty  good at times, and a passing front can actually spur fish activity. When a high-pressure system (a.k.a. cold front) approaches, certain species can turn on and feed heavily. Weather associated with a passing front can fall into the category of classic, optimum conditions, like overcast skies, rain, and a good " chop". While good fishing can be had (and even expected), before and during the passing of a front, its the period following that can get a little tough.

The period following is usually typified by clear blue skies, low humidity, and high pressure. For whatever reason, this period can bring fish activity to a grinding halt. It could be the high pressure, it could be the added light, or it could be the fact that they've already eaten everything they needed to get by for a couple days. Nobody knows for sure, but it doesn't really matter as long as you know it happens.

Knowing that it does happen will allow you to react accordingly, and adjust where and how you have been fishing, if necessary.

The next consideration is measuring the severity of the front, and includes whether or not it was accompanied by an electrical storm, and how drastic the temperature has changed. Angling during an electrical storm is absolutely crazy, and can be downright phenomenal, but is not worth the risk, ever. The fact that it can be so good, has kept anglers out longer than they should have, and some haven't made it back.

Although the action can be pretty intense before an electrical storm passes, the period following can be among the toughest you'll face. While a cold front by itself has at least a small chance to change things for the worse, a front accompanied by an electrical storm can really shut things down. Whether it's all that electricity, or the fact that electrical storms are often followed by big temperature and pressure changes, fronts with lightening can be expected to have a detrimental effect.

Regardless of the severity of a cold front, the first thing to do is to relax, and not panic. If you've been on fish and are worried about losing what you've had, stop worrying and get fishing. It would be a mistake to immediately believe that all is lost, and you might as well stay home. Even if a front has had an effect, there are ways to deal with it.

If you've been on fish, the first thing to do is get back there and see what's happening. If you get back and find conditions similar to what they were, you better drop those fish a line and see if they have had an attitude change. If conditions have changed, like the notable absence of bait and fish on a graph, it may be time for altering your game plan.

One of the first reactions to a big change is to look a little deeper. Deeper is relative term, and may mean a few feet, to twenty feet deeper or more. After a cold front passes, many fish will head for deeper water, where they can hole up until better conditions return. Although many of those fish will probably be turned off, chances are that a least a few can be caught.

Another factor is that while there may be plenty of fish shallow, there are almost always some deep. Deep fish are less affected than those that are shallow, and they may continue to feed in the same places, at the same times, as they did prior to the passing of front.

Changes in presentations may become necessary, especially if what you have been using is getting little or no results. Small changes, like using smaller bait, may be all that is necessary. For example, if you've been fishing for Hybrids, Stripers, or Sandbass and you where using a large slab, like the big 3 oz Sooner Slab, and you where dropping it to the bottom and cranking up, you may try something with a softer action, like the Regular Sooner and finesse the lure slowly on the bottom. Another option would be to put the slab down completely, and try a live shad. The downside to replacing a slab with live bait is the fact you may be giving up your big fish opportunities. Day in and day out, fishing with the slab will produce bigger fish than with live bait. On the other hand, live bait may be the only way to elicit a strike, and may be your best option.

If you've been using live bait, you may need to change to the slab slowly fishing the bottom.

All in all, cold fronts do have their effect, but by making the right adjustments you can continue to catch fish under the worst conditions. In fact, you just might surprise yourself by how good it can really be.       

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