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Outdoors notebook: Family Outdoor Expo rescheduled

by Ed Godfrey Published: June 8, 2014

The Family Outdoor Expo at Crystal Lake has been rescheduled for June 21-22.

City Care, a non-profit which has a contract with the City of Oklahoma City to manage the 87-acre lake on SW 15 near McArthur, had scheduled the expo for this weekend.

But organizers decided to postpone the event because of the high probablity of rain this weekend. What was to be the first Family Outdoor Expo at Crystal Lake last year had to be canceled because of rain.

The Expo in two weeks will feature fishing for kids, archery, fly fishing, camping, Dutch oven cooking and more.

To read the transcript from an online chat with Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, about the Expo and the improvements made at Crystal Lake, visit


Anglers experienced a slow paddlefish season on Grand Lake this spring, but biologists were happy about it.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation processed 2,405 paddlefish from April 1 until May 15 at its processing center on Grand Lake, compared to 4,500 last year.

The Wildlife Department makes caviar with the paddlefish eggs recovered at the center and sells to a wholesaler. Last year the Wildlife Department produced 18,000 pounds, which was sold for approximately $2 million.

This year only 9,000 pounds of caviar were produced by the Wildlife Department. The money used from the sale of caviar is used for paddlefish research.

Brent Gordon, coordinator of the Wildlife Department's paddlefish and caviar program, said the drop in numbers wasn't surprising and actually a good thing.

There has been heavy angling pressure for paddlefish, more commonly known as spoonbills, in recent years, and the drop-off should help the population in the future, he said.

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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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