The Family Outdoor Expo will be held at Crystal Lake, located near SW 15 and MacArthur, next Saturday and Sunday (June 7-8).
Activities will include kayaking, archery, fishing, bird watching, camping seminars and more. The Hal Smith Restaurant Group will be selling food during the event.
Price is $10 per vehicle. Money raised will be used for lake maintenance and summer camps for inner city children.
“That’s the beauty of Crystal Lake,” said Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, the nonprofit organization that manages the lake. “It’s 15 minutes from the inner city.”
Expo hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Any group wanting to participate in the Expo should call Greg Webb at 657-7947.
FREE YOUTH FISHING CLASSES BEGIN SATURDAY
Oklahoma City’s free summer fishing classes for kids starts on Saturday.
Sponsored by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, anglers ages 5 to 15 may participate in the classes, which will be held on Saturday mornings in June, July and August at various Oklahoma City lakes and ponds.
The first class will be at the South Lakes Fishing Pond, SW 119 and Meridian, on Saturday, June 7. South Lakes will be the site of another class on July 12.
Other locations and dates of classes are Metro Tech Springlake, NE 36th and Springlake Drive, on June 14 and July 19; Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N Bryant, on June 21, July 26 and Aug. 23; Dolese Youth Park Pond, NW 50th and Meridian, on Aug. 9; Crystal Lake, 6625 SW 15th St., on Aug. 16.
Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants learn everything from knot tying and casting to fish identification, angler ethics and fishing regulations.
Oklahoma City fisheries biologist Bob Martin and volunteer instructors from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Aquatic Resources Education Program will teach the classes.
Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided during each class. State fishing licenses and city fishing permits are not required during class time.
The summer classes are by reservation only and children must be accompanied by an adult. To enroll, call the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at 755-4014.
FREE FISHING DAYS JUNE 7-8 IN OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma’s annual free fishing days will be Saturday and Sunday (June 7-8).
Anglers will not need a state fishing license on those days. Some cities may still require municipal permits, but Oklahoma City fishing permits will not be needed.
At Lake Texoma, there will be free fishing on the entire lake on Saturday. However, the free fishing day next Sunday applies only on the Oklahoma side of the lake.
WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS WORKSHOP SATURDAY AT LAKE ARCADIA
The Eastern Oklahoma County Struttin’ Hen’s chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a “Women in the Outdoors” workshop Saturday at Lake Arcadia in Edmond.
Women ages 14 and older can choose from a variety of outdoor workshops to participate in, including fly fishing, Dutch oven cooking, archery, kayaking, basket weaving, jewelry making, fishing and more.
Cost is $65, which includes membership to the NWTF. For more information, contact Shari Wile at (405) 401-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUR BEARING WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED AT RED ROCK CANYON
The Oklahoma Fur Bearers Alliance spring meeting and workshop will be held Friday through Sunday at Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton.
The event, which includes trapping and fur handling demonstrations, is open to the public. For more information, call Gene Callaway at (580) 371-3364 or R.C. Edgar at (405) 238-0012.
GRAND LAKE EXTRAVAGANZA CONCLUDES WITH TOP PRIZE NOT BEING CAUGHT
The Grand Lake Extravaganza, the world’s largest bass tagged event, ended May 19 with anglers catching a total of 113 tagged bass.
The largest payout for a tagged bass was $5,000, caught by Missouri’s Tom Murphy on April 1, the first day of the event. The Grand Lake Association tagged 500 bass, and the largest prize eligible was $250,000.
More than 2,300 anglers participated in the Grand Lake Extravaganza, which the Grand Lake Association plans to make an annual event.
Every angler who registered for the Grand Lake Extravaganza also will be eligible to catch a tagged bass in the Big Bass Bash on Grand Lake in July and the Pelican Festival Big Bass Extravaganza on Grand Lake in September.