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Outdoors chat: Ed Godfrey talks with Ken Cunningham, ODWC assistant chief of fisheries from H&H Shooting Sports Complex

Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey chatted with Ken Cunningham, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation assistant chief of fisheries from H&H Shooting Sports Complex on Friday. Here's the full transcript:
by Ed Godfrey Modified: May 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm •  Published: May 2, 2014
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NewsOKSports 11:26 a.m. Ed and Ken Cunningham from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's fisheries department will be logging in shortly. You can begin sending in your questions now.
NewsOKSports 11:27 a.m. Ed. We will be starting in five minutes with Ken Cunningham, the new assistant chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. So get your fishing questions in. Ken is a native Oklahoman who just returned to the state after stints with wildlife agencies in Ohio and New Mexico, so if you have questions about where to go fly fishing in New Mexico or are curious about fishing on Lake Erie, Ken's your man.
NewsOKSports 11:30 a.m. Ed. Let's get started. First off, Ken, why don't you tell us a little background about yourself?
NewsOKSports 11:32 a.m. Ken: I grew up in Oklahoma, out east of Noble. I got a bachelor's degree in wildlife conservation from Southeastern and master's in fisheries ecology from OSU. I worked for ODWC for 10 years at the fisheries research lab in Norman as a research biologist. After that I worked six years for the Ohio Division of Wildlife as a fish management supervisor and then spent the last six years with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish as an assistant chief of fisheries.
NewsOKSports 11:33 a.m. Ed: Since you came from New Mexico and a lot of Oklahoma anglers go there for fly fishing primarily, where are places you would recommend?
NewsOKSports 11:36 a.m. Ken: The best trout fishery is the San Juan below Navajo Reservoir. That's got brown trout and rainbow trout. The first three miles below the dam is catch and release so those fish have a tendency up to trophy size. It's in the northwest corner of the New Mexico up by Farmington. It's probably one of the premier fisheries in the Southwest. The Upper Pecos River is another well-known destination and the Upper Rio Grande. A couple of reservoirs managed for cold water species include the Heron Reservoir, Eagle Nest, Elvado. There are also lot of ski resorts in those areas.
NewsOKSports 11:36 a.m. Ed: What is fishing in Ohio like compared to Oklahoma? I assume Lake Erie is the primary fishing destination in the state?
NewsOKSports 11:38 a.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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