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Outdoors notebook: Okie Noodling Tournament is Saturday in Pauls Valley

by Ed Godfrey Published: June 15, 2014

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


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.


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


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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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