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Outdoors notebook: Free fishing days in June

by Ed Godfrey Published: May 25, 2014

Free fishing days in June

June 7-8 will be free fishing days in Oklahoma.

Anglers will not need a state fishing license on most Oklahoma lakes. Some city lakes might still require municipal fishing licenses, but Oklahoma City also will have free fishing on June 7-8.

Anglers will not need city permits on those days to fish in the Oklahoma River, Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Lake Hefner, Lake Draper and Lake Overholser, or any of the designated “close to home” waters: Crystal Lake, 6625 SW 15 St.; Dolese Youth Park Pond, NW 50 and Meridian; Edwards Park Pond, 1515 N Bryant; Zoo Lake, 2101 NE 50; Kids’ Lake, 3200 W Wilshire Blvd.; Kitchen Lake, 5501 SE 119th St.; Route 66 Park wetlands; 3350 West Overholser Drive; South Lakes Regional Park (east pond only), 4302 SW 119.


The Eastern Oklahoma County chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host a “Women in the Outdoors” event June 7 at Arcadia Lake in Edmond.

The event will be at the Arcadia Lake Conservation Education area. Women ages 14 and older can learn how to do outdoor activities and crafts such as archery, kayaking, fly fishing, fishing, Dutch oven cooking, basket weaving, jewelry making and more.

Cost to participate is $65 per person, which includes membership in the NWTF. For more information, contact Shari Wile at 401-6966 or


Registration for bat watches this summer at the Selman Bat Cave begins Tuesday.

Each summer, hundreds of thousands of bats emerge from the Selman Bat Cave near Freedom during the evening to feed on insects.

The migratory Mexican free-tailed bats use the cave as a maternity roost, one of four known Oklahoma nursery caves. Each evening, bats leave the cave in a mass exodus and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offers eight viewing opportunities on four consecutive weekends beginning July 11.

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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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