Outdoors Q&A with Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey answered questions from readers in today's Outdoors chat. Outdoors chats are held the first Friday of each month on NewsOK.com/Sports, and are brought to you by H&H Shooting Sports Complex.
by Ed Godfrey Modified: August 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm •  Published: August 3, 2012
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Where can I fish for walleye? I've never fished for them or tasted them, but I'm curious about catching one.

Canton Lake is a notorious walleye lake. Best time to fish for them is in the spring when they are spawning on the rocks. Broken Bow also is a good walleye lake. Hefner also has walleye. I think walleye taste better than crappie and that is saying something.

Any expectations for the upcoming bear season this year? Do you know how many bears there are in Oklahoma?

No one knows for sure how many bears there are in Oklahoma. But there are more than most people think. Initial estimates were 500 but the Wildlife Department believes now that estimate was way too conservative and has expanded the bear season. There is no limit on the total number of bears that can be killed by hunters during this year's archery season. It had been 20. Now there is no cap and the season will open Oct. 1 and close after the third Sunday in October. The hope is with three weeks to hunt that hunters will be more selective and not arrow the first bear that walks by, which was happening with the 20-bear limit. It produced one and two day seasons. There also will be a bear muzzleloader season for certain this year. There is a total cap of 20 bears for muzzleloader season.

Heard of any good fish being caught even though it's hot right now?

It's too hot to fish, even at night. I haven't heard about any good fish. A quick scan of the Wildife Department's weekly fishing report shows most fishing fair at best. There is sand or white bass being caught early in the mornings and late in the evenings.

Thanks for the chat. My next one will be the first Friday in September at 11:30 a.m. from the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City.

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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