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Wildlife Conservation Commission elects officers
New officers will begin serving next month on the Oklahoma
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
District 4 Commissioner Harland Stonecipher
was unanimously elected Commission chairman at the June meeting.
Stonecipher represents Oklahoma's Wildlife Conservation District 4, which
includes Creek, Okfuskee, Seminole,
Pottawatomie, Pontotoc, Hughes, Johnston and Coal
Commissioner John Groendyke will
serve as Commission vice-chairman. Holding the Commission’s District 8 seat,
Groendyke represents Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woodward, Woods, Major,
Alfalfa, Grant, Garfield, Kay and Noble counties.
Commissioner Mart Tisdal will serve
as the Commission secretary. Tisdal represents
District seven, including Ellis, Dewey, Roger Mills, Custer, Beckham,
Washita, Kiowa, Greer, Jackson, Harmon and Tillman counties
In other business, the Commission approved a memorandum of
agreement with the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) to transfer the
Project WILD conservation education program to UCO and fund the program at
current levels for three years. Project WILD is a national curriculum
designed to educate teachers on wildlife management while equipping them to
teach students the benefits of sound conservation. The Wildlife Department
has coordinated Project WILD for over 20 years in Oklahoma, training over 15,000 teachers in
that time. Approximately 30-50 Project WILD workshops are held annually.
“The focus of Project WILD has shifted to reaching students that
are attending school to become educators, and UCO graduates more future
teachers than all the other state schools combined,” said Nels Rodefeld,
information and education chief for the Wildlife Department. “UCO has a lot
of resources targeted at future teachers, so it makes sense to put this
program in the hands of a school like UCO. In this partnership with UCO, we
can advance the Project WILD program to accomplish even more in the way of
educating our youth about conservation and nature.”
The Commission also approved a resolution to prohibit wind
turbines and transmission lines on Department-owned wildlife management
In addition, the Wildlife Department’s FY 2009 annual budget
was approved, which is similar to last year’s except for an increase to
cover portions of various projects such as a permanent paddlefish research
center, fish hatchery renovations and construction of an education center on
the Department’s Arcadia Conservation Education Area.
Additionally, the Commission recognized Danny
Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan Co., for
30 years of service with the Wildlife Department; Tom Wyatt, biologist at
Hickory Creek and Love Valley WMAs, for 30 years
of service; Robert Wingo, game warden stationed
in Bryan Co., for 20 years of service, and; Brent Gordon, northeast region
fisheries supervisor, for 20 years of service.
The Wildlife Conservation Commission is the eight-member
governing board of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The
Wildlife Commission establishes state hunting and fishing regulations, sets
policy for the Wildlife Department and indirectly oversees all state fish
and wildlife conservation activities. Commission members are appointed by
the governor and confirmed by the Senate.
The next scheduled Commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. July 7
at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters
(auditorium), located at the southwest corner of 18th and
North Lincoln, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Wildlife Federation hosts annual banquet and auction
Since 1951, the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation has worked to
provide a unified voice for the sportsmen and women of the state, and you
can show your support to this organization by attending its annual banquet
and auction at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at Remington Park.
The Wildlife Federation has teamed up on numerous occasions with
the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for various conservation
projects, including a donation in 2005 of $200,000 to be used for purchasing
land for fish and wildlife conservation. Most of the donation, along with
Legacy Permit funds and Sport Fish Restoration funds, was used to purchase a
320-acre tract of Lower Illinois River front property in Sequoyah Co between
Lake Tenkiller and the town of Gore.
The Federation also is involved in teaching hunter education and
aquatic education classes, improving wildlife habitat and informing state
and federal lawmakers about the importance of State Wildlife Grants and
other important wildlife-related legislation.
Funds raised at the Oklahoma Wildlife
Federation banquet and fundraiser will be put back into conservation efforts
statewide. A variety of auction items will be available, ranging from great
outdoor trips to outdoor-related merchandise and equipment.
For more information about the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation, log
on to okwildlife.org. For more information on obtaining tickets to the
banquet and auction, call (405) 308-5490.
Availability of apprentice-designated hunting license extends to younger
Last year’s introduction of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation’s apprentice-designated hunting license made learning to hunt
easier than ever for new sportsmen, and one change made recently by the
Oklahoma Legislature will make the 2008 season easier once again.
House Bill 2735, authored by Brian Renegar
of the House and Richard Lerblance of the
Senate, allows youth 10 years of age and older to purchase
apprentice-designated hunting licenses if required. Previously,
apprentice-designated hunting licenses were only available to hunters ages
“The apprentice-designated hunting license is a great way to get
more youth interested in hunting and more aware of the need for
conservation,” said Colin Berg, information supervisor for the Wildlife
Department. “When you take a new hunter into the field, it’s an investment
in the future of conservation as well in the lives of sportsmen.”
For complete details on the apprentice-designated hunting
license, see the “2008-09 Oklahoma Hunting Guide,” which will be available
The Oklahoma Legislature addressed several other important
issues this session that may affect hunters and anglers, including one bill
that creates a five-year hunting, fishing, and combination license that will
be available to sportsmen in January 2009. To see a complete listing of the
bills and resolutions, consult the Wildlife Department’s online legislative
tracker by logging on to wildlifedepartment.com.
yielding Lake Record Fish in recent days
You don’t have to tell anglers about
the potential for catching a lake record fish at Fort Cobb
Lake. They already know and
are busy setting records.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Lake Record
Fish Program was launched in February, and since then lake records have been
set at lakes all over the state. Most recently, three new lake records were
landed at Fort Cobb in the flathead catfish and striped
bass hybrid categories.
Eakly, caught her 42-lb. lake record flathead
catfish May 28. The fish measured 41.75 inches in length and 37.25 inches in
girth. That same day, local Fort Cobb angler Rocky Brewster caught a
striped bass hybrid that weighed 11.4 lbs from the south end of the lake.
Just days later, on June 1, the striped bass hybrid record was broken when
Brooke King of Weatherford caught an 18.2-lb. fish near the dam at Fort Cobb
Other lakes included in the program are Arbuckle, Broken Bow,
Canton, Eufaula, Grand, Kaw, Keystone, Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller,
Texoma and Thunderbird.
Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include
blue, channel and flathead catfish and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted
bass in addition to crappie, paddlefish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids,
sunfish (combined) walleye/saugeye and white
bass. Minimum weights are set for each species are detailed on the Wildlife
Department’s Web site at wildlifedepartment.com.
Anglers who catch a potential record from a participating lake
should contact designated business locations around the lake that are
enrolled as lake record keepers. A listing of official lake record keepers
is available on wildlifedepartment.com.
Once it has been determined that an angler has landed a record
fish, the media is notified and the public will be able to view information
about the catch on the Wildlife Department’s Web site.
All past and current state record fish are registered in the
Lake Record Fish Program as records for their respective lakes.
Below are links to photographs of the three Fort Cobb fish caught earlier this week and
over the weekend. To see the complete database of all lake record fish
caught, including an easily-operated search feature that allows those
interested to view a wealth of lake record fish information, ranging from
the size of record fish caught to what kind of bait or rod and reel was used
to catch them, or to learn more about the Lake Record Fish program, log on
Recker’s Fort Cobb Lake record flathead catfish:
King’s Fort Cobb Lake record striped bass hybrid:
Brewster’s Fort Cobb striped bass hybrid:
Oklahoma anglers urged to take online survey to improve fishing
As part of an ongoing effort to provide quality fishing
experiences for anglers, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s
fisheries division works regularly to establish “fish attractors” in lakes
across the state, and now the Department wants the public’s input on how
those areas impact angling.
Biologists with the Wildlife Department are conducting an online
survey to gain feedback from anglers on what types of fish attracting
structure seems to draw more fish, which types work best for increasing
angler success and where fish attractors should be located. Anglers are
asked to log on to the Wildlife Department’s Web site at
wildlifedepartment.com to take the survey.
In recent years, the Wildlife Department’s fisheries personnel
have been sinking brush piles and spider blocks in waters all across the
state in hopes of attracting fish and increasing angler success. Brush piles
are brought to lakes from other areas or cut from the lake’s own shoreline.
Spider blocks, which are manmade fish attractors built from rubber hosing
that is cemented into cinderblocks to create plantlike structure, are made
by fisheries personnel as well as volunteers such as school groups and then
strategically dropped into lakes across the state. Additionally, aquatic
vegetation planting projects conducted by the Department also have been
employed in some cases as a method for attracting fish.
“When hunting for deer, turkey and quail, it’s beneficial to
have access to areas that attract game and to know where those areas are
located, and it is the same way with fishing,” said Barry Bolton, chief of
fisheries for the Wildlife Department. “Our state’s waters are full of fish,
but anglers know there is a lot more to finding and catching them than just
knowing that they live in the water. It’s helps
to find areas that draw and congregate fish. And while we have been working
to establish areas like this to improve fishing for our state’s anglers, we
need to know how well it is working.”
Biologists with the Wildlife Department say all comments and
suggestions are welcome, and the information gained from the survey will be
used to refine future habitat enhancement efforts.
“The habitat work done by the Wildlife Department is aimed at
producing quality fishing, so the interests and concerns of our sportsmen
are important to us,” said Gene Gilliland, central region fisheries
supervisor for the Wildlife Department.
For more information about fishing in
Oklahoma or to take the survey, log on to
Hunters and anglers get extra benefits from their licenses
Field, Forest and Stream: The History of Oklahomans and the
Outdoors opened in April at the Oklahoma History Center, and since then many sportsmen have
visited the one-of-a-kind exhibit that showcases the state’s longstanding
outdoor traditions. And now there is even more reason
for sportsmen to take this unique opportunity to learn about Oklahoma’s outdoor heritage because any visitors who
present a current Oklahoma hunting or fishing license will
receive $1 off their admission.
In April 2008, the Oklahoma Historical Society opened the Oklahoma History Center’s Field, Forest and Stream, which includes over 2,000 square feet
of exhibition. The exhibit includes historic artifacts, images and
photography, audio-visual elements and hands-on interaction relating to the
Guests will find features in the Field, Forest & Stream exhibit
such as taxidermy dioramas and an interactive hunting blind, as well a
feature where more adventurous guests can experience the sensation of
catfish noodling firsthand through a simulator.
Additionally, visitors have an opportunity to sit and listen to camp stories
told by historic
Field, Forest, & Stream: The History of Oklahomans and the
Outdoors is made possible through the support and participation of
individuals, groups, and businesses such as the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation, outdoor television producer Don Wallace and the
producers of the On the Water In the Woods television show. Additionally,
the Wildlife Department and the Oklahoma Museum of History at the Oklahoma History Center called on the people of Oklahoma for donations of historical artifacts, documents,
and images related to hunting, fishing, camping, bird watching, wildlife
photography, and all other outdoor activities in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma History Center is located just east of the State Capitol in
For more information call (405) 522-0765 or visit okhistorycenter.org.
Sportsman can use their current hunting and fishing licenses to
save money in the Tulsa area as well. Visitors to the Oklahoma
Aquarium in Jenks who present a current Oklahoma hunting or fishing license upon
arrival receive $2 off admission. The Aquarium houses over 200 exhibits
consisting of both salt and freshwater fish, including a state record blue
catfish that you can see up close.
Over the last five years, the Oklahoma Aquarium has welcomed
about 2 million visitors, and approximately 1/3 of its guests come from out
of state. Additionally, the Aquarium has led to an estimated $100 million in
tourism for Oklahoma and has educated
more than 100,000 pre-K to graduate level students through organized field
trips, internships and other structured programs.
Visitors to the Oklahoma Aquarium can learn about the
biodiversity and adaptation of many different species. The Oklahoma Aquarium
also includes visual opportunities, such as the Hayes Family Ozark Streams
exhibit. It features Oklahoma fish such as smallmouth bass and
sunfish as well as the aquarium’s first mammals, including beavers, raccoons
and river otters. The unique design of the exhibit allows guests to come
nose to nose with the animals, separated only by glass. Hand-carved concrete
mimics the rocky cliffs of northeastern Oklahoma at the foot of the Ozarks, and a
crashing waterfall adds to the ambience. Even the lighting and temperature
contribute to the environment. This exhibit gives visitors to the already
popular Oklahoma Aquarium a chance to learn about stream ecology and the
importance of protecting Oklahoma’s native scenic waters. Other
exhibits include the Karl and Beverly White Fishing and Tackle Museum, which
showcases antique tackle and fishing gear; the Fishes of Oklahoma exhibit,
offering the opportunity to see a state record blue catfish, seven-foot-long
gars and an alligator snapping turtle that is more than 120 years old; and
the Ray & Robin Siegfried Families Shark Adventure, which has a walk-through
tunnel and dome that allows you to see the largest bull sharks in captivity
swimming alongside you and even right over your head.
For additional information about the Oklahoma Aquarium and how
you can plan your visit, log on to okaquarium.org or call (918) 296-3474.
Living in Oklahoma means living close to wildlife, and
Oklahomans who have ever had an interest in learning more about the wildlife
that surrounds them have a free online resource available to help them do
The WildSide e-newsletter is a free
publication of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife
Diversity Program and provides information about wildlife-viewing events,
unique wildlife species, citizen-participation opportunities, Wildlife
Department projects and more.
“The WildSide can be delivered right
to your e-mail and is full of useful information for anyone interested in
wildlife in Oklahoma,” said Micah Holmes, information
supervisor for the Wildlife Department.
The most recent issue of the WildSide
includes articles about wildlife on Cooper and
Supply wildlife management
areas and the newly purchased Cimarron Bluff Wildlife Management area.
The Wildlife Diversity Program manages and conserves Oklahoma’s rare,
declining, endangered and common wildlife for future generations.
For more information about this program, to subscribe to the
WildSide e-newsletter or to learn about other
publications and information sources available through the Wildlife
Department, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.
School Day brings
in 2008 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo
The 2008 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo will kick off at 8 a.m. Friday,
Sept. 26 when busloads full of thousands of school students from across the
state will arrive at the event for a day of outdoor fun.
“We are opening the Expo at an earlier time this year than we have in
the past so that schools can come to the event as a field trip,” said Colin
Berg, education supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation. “There are already over 5,000 students expected to arrive
Friday, and we can’t wait to greet them. I can’t think of a better way to
kick off the Expo than by sharing the outdoors with our state’s youth.”
This year’s Expo is slated for Sept. 26-28, 2008 at the Lazy E Arena,
just north of Oklahoma City, and just like in year’s past, it will feature a
family-friendly environment where people can shoot shotguns, try archery,
ride mountain bikes, catch fish, test-drive ATVs, sample wild game meat and
so much more with their loved ones at no charge.
“The Expo is all about exposing as many people to the outdoors
and the importance of conservation as possible,” Berg said. “And the best
thing is that the outdoors have a drawing effect on people. All you have to
do is introduce a youngster to a few outdoor-related activities and they
will gain a stronger appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors and a better
understanding of the importance of conservation. The Expo provides an
outlet for people to see the value of what Oklahoma’s outdoors have to
Educators interested in planning a trip to the Wildlife Expo with their
students this year should call (918) 299-2334 for more information.
The Wildlife Department is partnering with a wide range of other
state agencies, private individuals and outdoor-related companies to host
this huge event. The Expo is designed to promote and perpetuate the
appreciation of Oklahoma's wildlife and natural resources and provide
hands-on learning opportunities for all types of outdoor enthusiasts.
Expo hours will be from 8 .m. to 6 p.m. each day, Sept. 26-28.
Log on to wildlifedepartment.com regularly to stay up to date on the
upcoming Oklahoma Wildlife Expo.
Outdoor Marketplace returns to 2008 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo
Oklahomans interested in the outdoors should mark their
calendars now for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s fourth
annual Oklahoma Wildlife Expo slated for September 26-28 at the Lazy E
Arena, just north of Oklahoma City.
The Wildlife Department will be working with a range of
organizations, individuals and outdoor-related companies to host the Expo —
an event intended to promote and develop appreciation for Oklahoma’s
wildlife and natural resources.
“The Expo is the state’s largest indoor and outdoor recreation
event,” said Nels Rodefeld, information and education chief for the Wildlife
Department. “Tens of thousands of people get a chance to enjoy the outdoors
and maybe experience something new.”
Among many other activities, Expo visitors will be able to fish,
shoot shotguns, kayak, ride mountain bikes, see and touch wildlife, attend
dog training seminars and learn about recreation in the great outdoors. They
will also be able to win a variety of free prizes thanks to the Expo’s
generous sponsors. And just like last year, the Expo will feature the
Outdoor Marketplace, a large area where commercial vendors will be selling
their hunting and fishing-related merchandise and services. This year’s
Marketplace will again feature venders under a large tent, but outdoor
open-air spaces also have been added for displaying larger items such as
ATVs and treestands. Nonprofit conservation organizations also will be able
to sign up for free booth spaces to promote membership and educate sportsmen
about their organizations. A 10’ x 10’ booth space under the tent costs
$500, while a 20’ x 20’ outside space costs $500. Both include electricity.
“The Outdoor Marketplace was a big hit with Expo visitors last
year, and we are glad to bring it back,” Rodefeld said. “It will be bigger
and better than last year, and it will be a great opportunity to showcase
your products to thousands of outdoorsmen.”
Log on to wildlifedepartment.com regularly to stay up to date on
the upcoming Oklahoma Wildlife Expo.
For more information about obtaining a booth in the Outdoor Marketplace or
to obtain an application for a booth, contact Rhonda Hurst, Wildlife Expo
Coordinator at (405) 522-6279.
Wildlife Department seeks artists for waterfowl stamp design
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will begin
accepting entries for this year’s Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest
July 1 and will continue to accept entries through Aug. 15, 2008.
The gadwall is the featured species for the 2009-10 contest, and
the winning art will be printed on the 2009-10 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp.
“Last year we introduced two new elements to this competition,”
said Micah Holmes, information supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation. “We opened the doors for artists to be more creative
by including hunting dogs in their entry, and we invited the public to help
us choose a winner. The same is true for this year.”
Artists may include a retriever in their artwork, but the
gadwall must be the featured element of the painting.
Duck stamp sales help finance many projects that benefit ducks
and geese. Since the duck stamp program began in 1980, thousands of acres of
waterfowl habitat have been created through duck stamp revenues.
Artwork may be of acrylic, oil, watercolor, scratchboard,
pencil, pen and ink, tempera or any other two-dimensional media. The
illustration must be horizontal, six and a half inches high and nine inches
wide. It must be matted with white mat board nine inches high by 12 inches
wide with the opening cut precisely 6.5 x 9. Artwork may not be framed or
under glass, but acetate covering should be used to protect the art. All
artists must depict the mallard, and any habitat appearing in the design
must be typical of Oklahoma. For complete entry guidelines, call (405)
Entries should be sent to the Duck Stamp Competition
Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465,
Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Fed Ex, UPS and other ground deliveries should be
sent to 1801 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.
Entries will be judged on anatomical accuracy, artistic
composition and suitability for printing. The winner and three honorable
mentions will appear in a future issue of Outdoor Oklahoma magazine.
A non-refundable entry fee of $20 (cash, money order or
cashier’s check) must accompany each entry. No entries will be accepted
after 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15.
The winning artist will receive a purchase award of $1,200, and
the winning entry will become the sole and exclusive property of the
A selection of waterfowl stamp art from previous years is
currently on display in the lobby of the Wildlife Department headquarters
located at 1801 N. Lincoln, in Oklahoma City.
Prints of previous winning waterfowl artwork can be purchased at
For more information about the
contest call (405) 521-3856. For a complete list of contest rules, log on to
Wildlife Expo’s Outdoor Marketplace to be bigger and better
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s fourth annual
Oklahoma Wildlife Expo, slated for September 26-28 at the Lazy E Arena, will
again include the popular Outdoor Marketplace, but officials also say the second
year for this Expo feature will be even better than last year.
“The Outdoor Marketplace is a huge tent at the Expo where vendors
are set up to display and offer for sale a huge selection of outdoor-related
products and services,” said Rhonda Hurst, Expo coordinator for the Wildlife
Department. “This year, though, the huge tent will have even more vendor space,
so even more products will be available to shoppers at the Expo.”
Additionally, Hurst said the Outdoor Marketplace may have a
different location at the Expo to provide more exposure to the tens of thousands
of visitors that hit the Expo over a three-day period.
“The Expo focuses on educating its visitors about the outdoors, and
it is all completely free,” Hurst
said. “Therefore, it draws huge crowds of people who come for a day of fun and
learning. The Marketplace gives these outdoor-minded guests a place to shop for
the latest in outdoor products and services that cater to their lifestyles,
while providing vendors a place to showcase their goods to the people that will
want to buy them.”
The Wildlife Department will be working with a range of
organizations, individuals and outdoor-related companies to host the Expo — an
event intended to promote and develop appreciation for Oklahoma’s wildlife and
Log on to
regularly to stay up to date on the upcoming Oklahoma Wildlife Expo.
Vendors who wish to obtain a booth at this year’s Outdoor
Marketplace should contact
Hurst at (405)
Hunting dogs help
celebrate 2008 Wildlife Expo
Ask any sportsmen who has ever been hunting with a good dog and they
will tell you that few outdoor experiences compare to pursuing game with a
Loaded with tradition, the sport of hunting with dogs is a
pastime and a rich part of Oklahoma’s hunting heritage. Additionally,
hunters will tell you that a good sporting dog is also a good conservation tool,
aiding the hunter in locating as well as harvesting more game. Countless birds
and small game animals have been harvested in Oklahoma thanks to the trusty work of a well
trained hunting dog.
The pleasures and benefits of hunting with dogs
is explored each year at the annual Oklahoma Wildlife Expo, to be held
Sept. 26-28 this year at the Lazy E Arena, just north of
Oklahoma City. Among the hundreds of events, activities
and booths at the Expo are several opportunities to get up close to real hunting
dogs bred for the field and woods and to talk with dog trainers and hunters
about how to successfully train and care for one of several types of hunting
breeds. Seminars are held to educate visitors on the wise use and training of
hunting dogs, ranging from dogs bred to point, retrieve or tree wild game.
“Dogs and hunting are a winning combination,” said Micah Holmes,
information supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
“They make us better hunters because they alert us to things in nature we’d
otherwise miss, and they’re just plain fun to have around.”
Dogs can be used to hunt a range of Oklahoma wildlife,
including certain upland and migratory birds and waterfowl and a variety of
furbearers such as bobcats, raccoons and small game like rabbits and squirrels.
“Expo visitors will have a front seat opportunity to watch dog
training in action well as learn about the history of certain breeds, such as
those used to retrieve waterfowl, point quail or tree squirrels,” Holmes said.
Dog training seminars and booths are popular hits at the annual
Wildlife Expo and make up only a fraction of the more than 200 hands-on
activities that will be available.
This year’s Expo will also feature popular attractions like wild
game calling, shotgun and archery shooting, atlatl-throwing, mountain biking,
wildlife art, ATV riding, wild game meat tasting and more.
“There is going to be something for everyone in the family at this
year’s Expo,” Holmes said. “Whether you are a seasoned
sportsmen, rookie angler or just interested in wildlife, you need to come
to the Expo to get a grasp of everything Oklahoma’s outdoors have
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is partnering with
a wide range of other state agencies, private individuals and outdoor-related
companies to host this huge event. The Expo is designed to promote and
perpetuate appreciation of Oklahoma's wildlife and natural resources and
provide hands-on learning opportunities for all types of outdoor enthusiasts.
Expo hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. To stay up to date on information regarding activities available at the
Oklahoma Wildlife Expo, log on regularly to
More lake record fish enter
Two new lake record fish were caught
recently at Lake Thunderbird, one largemouth bass weighing
in at eight pounds, and the other a three-pound white bass.
Randall Farley, Norman, caught the largemouth bass June 13 while
crappie fishing. It measured 23.5 inches in length and 17 inches in girth. The
white bass lake record, caught by David Belvin,
Norman, on a soft plastic, was 18.25 inches in length and 13 inches in girth and
was caught near the main body of the lake near a channel.
Other than Thunderbird, lakes included in the program include
Arbuckle, Broken Bow,
Canton, Eufaula, Ft. Cobb,
Grand, Kaw, Keystone, Sardis, Skiatook, Tenkiller and
Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include blue,
channel and flathead catfish and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in
addition to crappie, paddlefish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids, sunfish
(combined) walleye/saugeye and white bass. Minimum
weights are set for each species and are listed on the Wildlife Department’s Web
site at wildlifedepartment.com.
Anglers who catch a potential record from a participating lake should
contact designated businesses around the lake that are enrolled as lake record
keepers. A listing of official lake record keepers is available on
Once it has been determined that an angler has landed a record fish,
the media is notified and the public will be able to view information about the
catch on the Wildlife Department’s Web site.
All past and current state record fish are registered in the Lake
Record Fish Program as records for their respective lakes.
To see the complete database of all lake record fish caught,
including an easily-operated search feature that allows those interested to view
a wealth of lake record fish information, ranging from the size of record fish
caught to what kind of bait or rod and reel was used to catch them, or to learn
more about the Lake Record Fish program, log on to