The first noodling tournament that began the craze, the 15th annual Okie Noodling Tournament, will be Saturday in Pauls Valley at Wacker Park.
Tournament founder Bradley Beasley, who started the contest when he was filming his Okie Noodling documentary, sold the rights and trademark to the event for $50,000 this spring to the City of Pauls Valley.
However, Erin Creach, tourism director for Pauls Valley, said there will be no major changes to this year’s Okie Noodling Tournament.
“We are just going to keep on doing what was being done,” she said.
Noodling tournaments are now common across Oklahoma, with several towns holding events.
Back to defend her Okie Noodling championship will be Lucy Milsap of Tawakoni, Texas, who became the first woman to win the event last year.
Milsap won a noodling tournament on her home lake, Lake Tawakoni, last weekend. This is the first year noodling is legal in Texas. Noodling is the common term used in Oklahoma to describe catching catfish by hand.
Creach said an additional prize will be awarded at this year’s Okie Noodling Tournament to the noodler with the highest combined weight from both the Tawakoni tournament and the Pauls Valley contest.
Deadline for weigh-in Saturday is 6 p.m. More than $4,000 in cash and prizes are offered. For more information, visit okienoodling.com.
OUTDOOR EXPO AT CRYSTAL LAKE
The Family Outdoor Expo is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Crystal Lake in Oklahoma City.
Saturday’s hours for the Expo will be 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday’s hours are noon until 5 p.m.
Activities at the Expo will include archery, fishing, bird watching, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, fly fishing lessons, camping clinics and more.
The cost is $10 per car. Crystal Lake is located on 6615 SW 15th, just south of Interstate 40 off of MacArthur Boulevard.
Proceeds of the event benefit City Care’s summer camps for inner city children at Crystal Lake.
NEW QUAIL FOREVER CHAPTER FORMS IN OKLAHOMA
Quail hunters from Texas and Beaver counties in Oklahoma have formed the state’s newest Quail Forever chapter.
The Homesteader Quail Forever chapter is named for one of the last areas of Oklahoma to be homesteaded. The group will work to improved upland habitat for bobwhite and scaled quail in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
For more information about the chapter or to volunteer, call president Billy Nichols of Forgan at (580) 528-11222 or email email@example.com.
COLLEGE BASS TOURNAMENT ON GRAND LAKE
The FLW College Fishing tour will hold a tournament Saturday at Grand Lake, the second regular-season stop in the Southern Conference.
As many as 50 two-man college teams from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Colorado are entered.
Among the Oklahoma schools represented are anglers from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Central Oklahoma, Southeastern, Southwestern, East Central and Northeastern.
The teams will be competing for the top prize of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Invitational Tournament.
Anglers will take off from Martin Landing, located at 26700 S. Highway 125 in Monkey Island, at 6:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at the takeoff location starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The launches and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
HIGH SCHOOL BASS TOURNAMENT ON LAKE EUFAULA
Lake Eufaula will be the site Saturday of the Oklahoma State High School Fishing Championship.
The Bass Federation and the FLW tournament organization are sponsoring the bass tournament, which is open to any high school fishing teams in Oklahoma.
Two-man bass fishing teams will launch from Eufaula Cove on Saturday at 6 a.m., and the weigh-in will be at 3 p.m.
Top anglers from the state can advance to a conference championship and then possibly a national championship tournament.
For more information, visit HighSchoolFishing.org or call The Bass Federation’s National Youth Director Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP CLEAN UP THE LOWER ILLINOIS RIVER
Saturday will be the annual spring clean-up day on the Lower Illinois River by the state’s two Trout Unlimited chapters.
It will start at 8 a.m. Volunteers will be served lunch afterward.
Volunteers should meet at the Tenkiller dam parking lot at 7:45 a.m.
For more information, call Chuck Kaminski at 973-4571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KITCHEN LAKE GETS A RENOVATION
The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department recently completed improvements at Kitchen Lake Park, 5501 SE 119.
Improvements include a new entry drive and parking lot, wheelchair accessible sidewalks, landing area and floating fishing area and two new picnic areas with tables and benches.
HANDGUN INSTRUCTOR COURSE TO BE TAUGHT IN SHAWNEE
The Oklahoma Rifle Association will be offering a Basic Handgun Instructor course Saturday and Sunday at the Shoot-N-Iron Training Academy in Shawnee.
Individuals who successfully complete the course will be qualified to teach Oklahoma Self Defense Act classes upon registering with the Council on Law Enforcement Training and Education and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
For more information, call 273-4822 or email email@example.com