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Outdoors notebook: Six trout fishing areas open Friday

by Ed Godfrey Published: October 27, 2013

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's winter trout fishing areas will open on Friday.

The winter trout areas are Blue River near Tishomingo, Medicine Creek in Medicine Park, Lake Watonga, Lake Pawhuska, Lake Carl Etling in the Panhandle and Robber's Cave State Park near Wilburton.

Daily limit is six rainbow trout, except in portions of the Blue River.

Trout are usually stocked every two weeks in the winter fishing areas. Lake Carl Etling will receive more trout this season than in past years because the lake is full again after recent rain, state wildlife officials said.

Trout anglers need only a state fishing license. A separate trout license is no longer required.


Blue River will be the site of the annual Veteran's Day Trout Derby Nov. 9-10.

Sponsored by the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue River Association, the entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for ages 15 and younger.

Cash prizes of $100 will be awarded for heaviest two-day total of trout in male, female, youth and fly fishing divisions.

Some trout in the river will have attached tags worth $100, $50 and $20 for the anglers who catch them. The number of tagged trout totals $1,000.

For more information on the derby, call (580) 371-9288 or (580) 371-2175.


The annual Last Bass Tournament, sponsored by the law firm of Lawter and Associates, will be held Nov. 10 on Lake Eufaula.

The two-man bass tourney is open to all anglers. Boats will launch from Eufaula Cove. Entry fee is $150 per boat if received by Thursday or $170 after Thursday.

Payback is 100 percent with the law firm adding $4,000 to the total purse. Total payouts are expected to exceed $56,000 based on past tournaments.

For more information, contact Jeff Saxton at (800) 522-8282, email or visit


Troy Landry, one of the stars of the History Channel's “Swamp People,” will be making an appearance Saturday in Oklahoma City.

The alligator hunter from Pierre Part, La., will be signing autographs at O'Connor's Lawn and Garden Store near Quail Springs Mall between noon and 4 p.m.


Oklahoma's deer muzzleloader season opened Saturday and will continue through Nov. 3 statewide.

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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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