I received an email
from OG&E, they have contacted a contractor to repair the ramps on Sooner
Lake !!! Their plans are, to pump until the lake is full. The lake level now
is at is 923.92 and is increasing about 0.1
foot per day. OMPA is at present releasing
enough water into the Arkansas river from Kaw lake, OG&E can now pump
water 24 hours a day. We still need RAIN! OG&E is doing everything they can
to help the fishing resume at Sooner as soon as possible.
While the ramps are being repaired both the East and the West ramps will be
CLOSED! Bill Green, the plant manager at the Sooner Plant has
stated he will inform us as soon as the ramps are repaired or the water level
is high enough to safely unload at the ramps. Keep checking back to North
Central Reports, we will post when the ramps are open again. THANKS BILL FOR
ALL YOUR HELP!
Want to Win a $1,000
for your club and $1,000 for yourself? Enter in the Big Fish Open Bass Club
Let me tell you
The 2nd Annual Big
Fish Open, an eight-week fishing tournament that awards weekly prizes of
$1,000, is designed specifically for recreational fishermen. The Big Fish
Open will begin on October 22, 2001.
How you win:
The BFO Bass Club
Challenge is a section of the Big Fish Open that is designed specially for
bass clubs. Bass Clubs come to Kissimmee-St. Cloud, FL & organize their own
tournaments (Limit 2) and enter at least 10 participants into the Big Fish
If a bass club
tournament participant wins the Big Fish Open for that week, not only will
that angler win the weekly prize but their bass club will also be awarded
See! a "fund raiser"
without the work - Just Fishing!
Well, that is the
basic idea - If you are interested read the attached information and if you
have questions - Call Me!
Karen "Kp" Paulhamus
Sports & Special
Trout Fishing Coming to OKC
the months of January and February 2002, families in the Oklahoma City metro
area can enjoy the thrill of catching rainbow trout close to home. Beginning
January 1st, trout will be stocked into Dolese Youth Park Lake located at the
northwest corner of NW 50th Street and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City.
According to Kim Erickson, chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation (ODWC), the two-month long trout season will provide a
unique and convenient opportunity for metro area residents to give trout
fishing a try.
are excited to be working with the OKC Parks and Recreation Department to
bring trout fishing to the Oklahoma City area. Dolese Youth Park Lake is
already a great place for kids and families to fish, and the trout will just
add to the fun," Erickson said.
Approximately 10,000 trout will be stocked over the two-month season. In
order to trout fish at Dolese Youth Park Lake, anglers must comply with state
fishing license requirements, and, must possess an Oklahoma City fishing
permit. However, a state trout license is not required to trout fish at
Dolese. City fishing permits are $12.50 for an annual permit, or $2.00 for a
daily permit. Several Oklahoma City area fishing tackle retailers offer OKC
fishing permits, or anglers can call (405) 497-4014 to get a complete list of
license vendors. Special regulations as daily limits will be posted on signs
throughout Dolese Park.
Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department will be enhancing Dolese's
facilities to accommodate anglers. Parking areas, handicapped accessibility
and bank fishing sites will be improved to bring anglers closer to the fish.
Wendel Whisenhunt, Director of the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation
Department, said the improvements should be in place prior to the start of
the trout season which will include a special kids trout derby.
"Although a specific date hasn't been set, a special kids fishing derby will
be held at the beginning of the trout season to encourage families to come
see how fun trout fishing can be, " Whisenhunt said. "We'll be awarding
drawing prizes to kids whether they manage to catch a fish or not. The main
goal, of course, is for families to enjoy themselves.
many years we've sponsored a very popular event called the Rainbow Trout Fish
Out, which is held during the third weekend in March at our Woodson Park
swimming pool. Through that event we know that lots of people like to trout
fish, and with the program at Dolese, they'll get the entire months of
January and February to try their luck in addition to the three-day trout
fish out," Whisenhunt added.
year, we implemented a new program called "Close To Home Fishing" which
creates partnerships with cities and towns to establish new fishing areas, or
enhance existing ones," said Erickson. "We applaud Oklahoma City Parks and
Recreation Department for not only offering a unique wintertime trout fishing
opportunity in the metro area, but also for enhancing their facilities for
anglers at Dolese Park. They have similar plans for several of their other
Private donations from the OKC 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the OKC
Sportsman's Club are helping to make the Dolese Youth Park Lake trout season
possible. For additional details about the trout season and information about
becoming a sponsor, call Bob Martin, Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation
Department (405) 755-4014, or Gene Gilliland, ODWC, (405) 325-7288.
electrofishing results (8/23/01)
Each summer bass
anglers eagerly await the release of population data collected by Oklahoma
Department of Wildlife Conservation Fisheries personnel through the agency's
spring electrofishing survey results on lakes and reservoirs throughout the
During the 2001
surveying, biologists recorded 100 or more bass per hour of electrofishing at
13 different lakes, with eight lakes registering fish bigger than eight
pounds. The largest fish in this year's survey was a 10.7-pounder recorded at
Lake Waurika, while a 9.1-pound largemouth was caught at Arbuckle Lake. Two
lakes, Konawa and Grand, both registered more than 200 bass per hour of
electrofishing, with 229 and 223, respectively.
survey results provide biologists and anglers alike with the latest
information on both the relative quality and quantity of bass found in a
lake," said Kim Erickson, Fisheries chief for the Department. "Some anglers
look at the data to determine where they might go to catch good numbers of
bass, while others use it to find lakes with a better chance of catching a
electrofishing surveys, biologists capture bass using specialized equipment,
then weigh and measure each fish before releasing it back to the water
unharmed, Erickson said. They then analyze the data and compare it with
previous years' results to determine population trends and status of the
"If you're looking
to find a place to take a youngster fishing, I'd probably choose one of the
lakes having a high abundance of bass where size isn't important," he said.
"For example, lakes like Dahlgren in Cleveland County have a high abundance
of bass (150 per hour) but a very low percentage of fish over 14 inches.
Pottawatomie County's Wes Watkins Lake in has a high percentage (almost 60
percent) of bass over 14 inches, but when compared to other lakes in the
area, the overall abundance of bass is lower, possibly due to relatively poor
survival of fish into the catchable sizes."
more than 100 bass per hour of electrofishing in the 2001 survey were: Konawa
(229), Grand (223), Tenkiller (173), McGee Creek (158), Ft. Gibson (155),
Dahlgren (150), American Horse (148), McMurtry (143), Dripping Springs (130),
Hudson (122), Arbuckle (117), Guthrie (116), and Elmer (104). Those lakes
where bass larger than eight pounds were seen while surveying were: Waurika
(10.7 pounds), Arbuckle (9.1), Dripping Springs (8.6), Lawtonka and Longmire
(each produced an 8.5 fish), Okmulgee (8.3), and Lone Chimney and Watonga
Fisheries personnel perform electrofishing surveys on various lakes across
the state each year. Lakes are surveyed on a rotating basis, with those lakes
involved in special emphasis projects receiving higher priority. Due to the
numbers of lakes in Oklahoma, not all lakes are sampled each year
Bass/30.91 Lbs – Donnie Robinson Wins Rayburn Skeeter Jamboree
18th Annual Skeeter
by Patty Schaefer/Lakecaster
- Twin Dikes Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX. .... Strong winds, 4-6 foot
waves and spotty showers were the settings for the final day of competition
at the Skeeter Jamboree. The day began with Donnie Robinson being in the lead
with 19.4 lbs. All of the contestants were on an even playing field whether
they got the chance to practice or not. The weather and fishing patterns were
changing so fast and drastically it was anyone's game – or lucky cast – to
end up as champion and winner of the new $25,000.00 Skeeter Rig.
out of Day 1 of competition, with 19.4 lbs in the lead, the weights were
staggered to 9.41 holding 10th place. This is an appreciation tournament that
Skeeter holds for it's team members. It is also an opportunity for all of the
team members to meet each other – but don't let that fool you. There is still
a lot of competion between them, measuring themselves against each other and
testing their skills.
Donnie Robinson came
in strong with back to back limits to win this event. He brought in 11.51 lbs
fishing the outside grass. He had all of his fish by 8:30am. His grass
flipping skills really paid off, being awarded the Skeeter ZX190 and an extra
$350 spending money from the side pot that most of the anglers participated
brought in 13.36 lbs to bring him up from 6th place to 2nd place with a 2-day
total of 24.69 lbs. He got his catch on a 1 oz. Stanley Jig pitching in
10-12' of grass, and a Texas Rigged red 10" worm. He fished the mouths of
coves and his best bite came at midday.
Harold Allen fished
a "Texas style" Reaction Chili Pepper 6" wacky worm in 10-13' grass ridges to
bring in 11.78 lbs for a 2 day total of 23.15 lbs and 3rd place overall. Todd
and Harold find themselves neck and neck in competitions quite often, as we
saw at the B.A.S.S. Classic in New Orleans last month.
brought in 11.62 lbs, securing his 4th place finish. Bill fished "hard
structure" (brush piles) for his catch.
Final Day - Top
1st place Big
2nd place Big
Dean Lacy, who fished as an observer with Danny Hite caught the big bass of
the tournament with an 8.51 lb lady bass caught in 2' of water on a chrome
popping top water bait he normally uses in salt water to catch speckled
trout. Dean got 1st place overall in the observer category. (He was the only
one in that category)
Field Promotions Manager of
Skeeter Boats acknowledged the pride that Skeeter has in their Team
members and for being the only boat company that holds a team appreciation
tournament. All members were invited from the 130 Skeeter Boat Dealerships
nationwide for this event. As part of the Skeeter Team, the members go to
seminars to learn more about the products they are using. This is not only
for their benefit, but to better educate the general public as well.
Representatives from Minnkota, MotorGuide and Lowrance were present to show
them how to obtain maximum performance from their products. Skeeter has proud
strengths in their longevity and traditions, this event being one of them.
For more information on the Skeeter Jamboree or Skeeter Products contact Jeff
Wooldridge at (903) 988-2711 or email at jeff_wooldridge@yamaha -motor.com.
Yamaha Introduces World's First Four-stroke V6 Outboards, Changing The
Way Americans Go Boating
- KENNESAW, GA. .... Although the summer boating season is winding down,
the marine industry is seeing a new wave of technology that will forever
change the way Americans go boating. Yamaha Marine recently introduced the
world's first and only V6 four-stroke outboards in 225 and 200 hp models.
These new models are clean running, quieter and more fuel-efficient than
traditional two-stroke outboards.
The marine industry
has been anticipating Yamaha's new outboard and V6 technology ever since
Yamaha first unveiled the outboard at an industry trade show last fall where
it won the marine industry's prestigious Innovation Award. Judged and
presented by Boating Writers International (BWI), the Innovation awards are
regarded by many as the highest recognition in the marine industry and
competition is fierce.
motors are receiving rave reviews in the boating press, whose technical
editors are some of the most respected names in journalism. Bass & Walleye
Boats' senior technical editor Jim Barron, who has covered every
major development in outboard motors for decades, said, "Lest I understate
the significance of this engine, let me say this: The four-stroke V6 will
change the way in which boaters think of outboard power, not to mention the
way in which we propel our boats. Not only is the F225 the first of this
breed, it is the finest high-horsepower outboard that I have run to date."
of the new technology has been equally enthusiastic. Frank Flynn, owner of
Dania Boats in Dania, Fla. and one of the first to take delivery of the new
F225s said selling the new technology has been easy.
"We sold seven of
the new V6 four-strokes in one week, and we still have a long list of boaters
who are ready for this new technology," Flynn said. "My customers want quiet,
fuel efficient and longer lasting outboards. They see it as a better
Yamaha designed the
F225 and the F200 from scratch to be marine engines. Sleek and compact, the
F225 is about the same size as a two-stroke outboard of the same class.
Yamaha's design has made size and weight differences between two- and
four-stroke V6s a non-issue. The company also offers four-stroke outboards in
15 horsepower classes, delivering its first four-stroke model, a 9.9, in
With Yamaha's F225
or F200, boaters will be able to enjoy the power and performance they need
and gain the additional benefits of clean-running performance. Four-stroke
outboards eliminate the need for two-stroke oil to be mixed with fuel. As a
result, Yamaha's new V6 four-stroke meet and exceed the Federal EPA emission
standards for the year 2006. They also comply with the more stringent
California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements which are already in
For more information
call (800)88-YAMAHA or visit your local Yamaha Dealer.
Bass Fishing Association (WBFA)
Judy Wong Crowned World Champion of Women's Bass Fishing
by WBFA Staff
.... It finally came true for bass fishing pro Judy Wong. She simply blew
away the field in the Women's Bass Fishing Association Classic World
Championship on the Red River. Her total catch for the three day event was an
amazing 42.53 pounds, unbelievably 13.32 pounds ahead of the second place
finisher, outstanding pro Sheri Glasgow, who totaled 29.21 pounds.
"I found the
fish by using a topwater bait during practice," said Wong, a Sugarland Texas
angler who began her fishing career in 1977. "This week I caught my fish on a
chartreuse crankbait and a three-quarter ounce spinnerbait. One of my fish
had a bluegill in its mouth and so I rigged the spinnerbait with an orange
and chartreuse skirt." The nervous and happy winner advised the Louisiana
crowd at the Riverside Convention Center that "I think I caught all the bass
out of that one oxbow, so it wouldn't help if I told you where it was." Her
Saturday catch was a limit of 5 fish weighing 12.59 pounds, including the big
fish of the day - 4.18 pounds.
Muskogee, Oklahoma, also brought in a limit - one of just 3 limits for the
final day. Her fish weighed 7.69 pounds. "I caught most of my fish this week
pitching," she revealed. "And I also used a three-quarter ounce spinnerbait.
third for the championship was Shelley Perry of Hurricane. West Virginia. Her
total bass weight for the week was 19.26 pounds. Veteran pro Katherine Stuart
of Conway, Arkansas finished 4th with a total weight of 17.8 pounds. Fifth
place went to Clinton, Louisiana angler Mary Devincenti who caught 16.36
pounds total for the week.
for the championship week included a fully rigged Triton TR 17 bass boat and
150 Mercury engine.
crowd attended the WBFA Classic in the Riverside Convention Center in
and decisive day of the annual event got underway at early dawn in Pineville
at the Red River Authority boat ramp in Ft. Buhlow park. Official starter for
the day was Cindy B. Goode of Clear Channel Communications Star 98.7 in
World Championship is sponsored by the State of Louisiana, the
Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention And Visitors Bureau, the City of
Alexandria, the City of Pineville, Clear Channel Communications, Louisiana
Lottery, Paragon Casino and Resort, Century Tel, CLECO, Rapides Regional
Medical Center, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Red River Waterway
Commission, Hibernia Bank, State Farm, Turpin Pontiac, Walker Oldsmobile,
Willis Engineering, and Pan-American Engineers.
Sponsorship Partners of the WBFA Tour include, Mercury Motors, Triton Boats
by Earl Bentz, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Snag
Proof Lures, Minn Kota, DEKA Marine Master Batteries, Humminbird Electronics,
North American Sportswoman Magazine, Reyes Del Mar Jewelers, Kick'n Bass
Scents and Eidolon Bait Company.
Contact WBFA for
membership information by calling (205) 663-5243.
Numbers Way Up At Lake Texoma!
Netting data from this spring shows that striped bass populations are higher
than they have been in the last 15 years at Lake Texoma, one of Oklahoma's
most popular vacation spots and one of the best inland striper fisheries in
biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) and
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department surveyed the Red and Washita River arms
of the 88,000-acre lake in February and their results verify what local
anglers have been saying in the last few years - fishing is getting better
and better. Gill net catch rates, a standardized survey method used by
fisheries professionals to measure fish populations, shows that this year's
catch rates are the highest since 1987, and catch rates for large fish (those
20 inches or longer) are the highest since 1985.
should be excellent as we move through the end of spring into summer," said
Paul Mauck, south-central region fisheries supervisor for the ODWC. "Reports
of anglers catching fish upwards of 20 pounds are becoming more common, and
although recent rains have temporarily slowed fishing success due to high,
muddy water, I expect anglers will see one of the best fishing years in
added that one of the most telling aspects of the survey data involves the
percent of the catch made up of fish 20 inches and longer.
"More than 25
percent of this year's catch were larger fish," he said. "That certainly
bodes well for anglers who like catching bigger stripers."
Shad, which are
small baitfish that striped bass feed on, experienced some winterkill this
year due to several prolonged cold snaps. That could make the striped bass
even easier to catch, since they won't have as much natural forage available
as they usually do.
numbers are relatively good, but threadfin numbers are below normal," Mauck
said. "We will be collecting threadfin broostock from other locations, and do
not expect any long-term impacts from this winter's shad kill."
Those fishing Lake
Texoma need either an Oklahoma or Texas annual fishing license, or anglers
can purchase a $7.75 Lake Texoma Fishing License. Those fishing with a
regular state license are restricted to fishing only those Texoma waters in
their respective state (for example, an angler with an Oklahoma license must
stay on the Oklahoma side of the lake), while those fishing on a Texoma
License may fish the entire lake.