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 www.newsok.com/sports/outdoors.
ANGLERS SNAG FEWER PADDLEFISH THIS SPRING
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.
Contributing to the reduced harvest was the Wildlife Department limiting anglers to just two spoonbills per year.
Also, a colder-than-normal March and drought conditions in April and May caused delays in staging and disturbed the normal spawning runs, Gordon said.
“The fish just never staged properly for us this season” at Grand Lake, he said.
QUAIL FOREVER TO SPONSOR INSTRUCTIONAL SHOOT FOR YOUTH
The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever is sponsoring its ninth annual Youth Instructional Shoot and Cookout on June 28.
Designed to introduce youth to the sport of shotgun shooting, the event is open to both boys and girls ages 10 to 18. The instructors are either National Rifle Association certified in basic shotgun instruction
The event is free and will take place at Silverleaf Shotgun Range and includes lunch. A limited number of participants are allowed and pre-registration is required.
For more information, visit centralokquailforever.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Laura McIver at (907) 750-2600.
PRESCRIBED BURNING WORKSHOP IN MARIETTA
A two-day workshop on how to properly use prescribed burns in land management will be held in Marietta June 25-26 at the high school cafeteria.
The workshop is to help landowners safely and successfully implement prescribed burns that can reduce the risk of wildfire and eastern red cedar pollen and contribute to wildlife.
To learn more about the event, visit the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation website at www.noble.org/agevents or call Jackie Kelley at (580) 224-6360.