Outdoors notebook: New Texoma striper record set

Steve DeSomer of Harrah caught a new lake record striped bass Tuesday on Lake Texoma. DeSomer caught the 20.4-pound striper on a large shiner at the railroad bridge.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 28, 2012
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Steve DeSomer of Harrah caught a new lake record striped bass Tuesday on Lake Texoma. DeSomer caught the 20.4-pound striper on a large shiner at the railroad bridge.

While heavier striped bass have been caught in previous years at Lake Texoma, this fish represents the largest striped bass from the Oklahoma side of the lake submitted as a lake record since the Oklahoma Department of Wildife Conservation started keeping lake records in 2008.

May is usually the best month of the year for top-water action for Lake Texoma stripers.

Other lake records set recently include a 56.5-pound blue catfish at Lake Fort Gibson by John Sain of Muskogee and a 51.9-pound flathead catfish from Grand Lake by Terry Pryor of Wyandotte.

Other lake records caught recently include a 56.5-pound blue catfish at Lake Fort Gibson by John Sain of Muskogee and a 51.9-pound flathead catfish from Grand Lake by Terry Pryor of Wyandotte.

Crappie records were set at Lake Eufaula by Ryan Beel of Dewar (a 3-pound slab) and at Waurika Lake by Jimmy Moore of Walters (2.1 pound crappie).

Pond management seminar scheduled May 8

A free pond management seminar is scheduled May 8 in Oklahoma City by the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service and the Noble Foundation.

The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. and last until noon at the Agriculture Resource Center Farmer's Market Building at OSU-OKC, 400 N. Portland.

“Our extreme weather can cause a lot of problems for our ponds,” said Ray Ridlen, agriculture and horticulture educator for the OSU Cooperative Extension Service. “This seminar will hopefully assist landowners in keeping their ponds healthy not only for ther own sakes, but also for the wildlife on their lands.”

Participants in the seminar also will learn about fish stocking opportunities for their ponds and managing their existing fishery and aquatic vegetation.

Space is limited and reservations are requested by calling 713-1125.

Judas pig bill now law

Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed legislation into law to help try to control the growing feral pig population across Oklahoma.

Widely known as the “Judas pig tracking system,” the new law allows landowners to outfit trapped feral hogs with a radio tracking collar before releasing it back into the wild. The intent is that the collared animal will return to its herd and allow hunters to track it so they can kill the hogs.


by Ed Godfrey
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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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