Oklahoma Trout chapters to clean up Lower Illinois

Outdoors notebook: Varmint hunt auction on Dec. 14; Oklahoma City man catches record blue cat at Hefner Lake
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: December 1, 2012
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The Tulsa and Oklahoma City chapters of Trout Unlimited are holding a cleanup day of the Lower Illinois River on Dec. 8.

Volunteers will walk the banks of the Lower Illinois picking up trash and debris from 8 a.m. until noon. The 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Oklahoma City will be providing lunch at the Watts Property Access at noon.


Volunteers wishing to participate are asked to meet at the dam access parking lot at 8 a.m. Anyone planning to help should email chasbass62@yahoo.com or call Chuck Kaminski at (405) 973-4571 by Wednesday for a head count.

Auction for Varmint Hunt

The Oklahoma Youth Shooting and Hunting Program will be auctioning a guided varmint hunt in northwest Oklahoma to raise money for the program.

The auction will be Dec. 14 at the Sportsman's Country Club in Oklahoma City at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Tom Fry at (405) 850-2496.

The mission of the Oklahoma Youth Shooting and Hunting Program is to introduce kids to the outdoors by taking kids from non-hunting families on their first deer and turkey hunts.

Hefner blue cat record

De Anthony Anderson of Oklahoma City caught a 41.9-pound blue catfish below the Hefner Dam that is the new record for Hefner Lake.

Anderson caught the fish with a rod and reel on Nov. 11.

Other lake records set last month include a 3.2-pound crappie from Grand Lake caught by Sam McCord of Commerce; a 5.8-pound walleye from Kaw Lake caught by Carlton Jones of Ponca City; and a 5.9-pound smallmouth bass caught from Arbuckle Lake by Shannon Forrest of Wichita, Kan.