Goose hunting opportunities are still available to hunters on the Washita National Wildlife Refuge near Butler.
All of the weekend hunt dates are filled but blinds are still available for Wednesday hunts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
Blinds will be filled by reservation only on a first call, first served basis. Hunters may call the refuge office (580) 664-2205 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the business day before the desired hunt dates.
The refuge office will be closed Christmas and New Year's Day. A $10 blind fee will be collected from hunters when they leave the hunting area.
Trout fishing opens at Dolese on Jan. 1
The City of Oklahoma City's annual trout season at Dolese Park will open Jan. 1.
Approximately 4,000 rainbow trout will be stocked in the Dolese Youth Park Pond, NW 50th and Meridian, during the two-month season.
All anglers between the ages of 16 and 62 must have a city fishing permit unless otherwise exempt. A state fishing license also is required.
Trout season regulations include:
— A daily catch limit of six trout per person per day
— Anglers may only use one rod and reel, or pole, to catch trout
— Fish caught and placed on a stringer or in a bucket cannot be released back into the water
— Boat fishing is not allowed at Dolese Park Pond.
A free fishing clinic hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Wildlife Conservation will take place on Jan. 11 at the Putnam City High School gymnasium.
The free instructional clinic will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required by calling 755-4014.
Sooner Lake temporarily closed
Sooner Lake will be closed to boating, walk-in hunting and fishing until Jan. 3, according to state wildlife officials.
There have been some shaking issues with new transmission lines that were recently installed across a portion of the lake.
The lake will be off-limits to avoid risk to hunters and anglers until repairs can be made.
Hard Rock teams with B.A.S.S.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa has signed on as presenting sponsor of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake, it was announced last week.
The sponsorship will support both the B.A.S.S. organization and the Tulsa Sports Commission in execution of the three-day competition that is predicted to bring roughly 100,000 people and $26 million to the region.
The Bassmaster Classic is scheduled for Feb. 22-24. Fifty-three professional anglers will be competing for $1.2 millin purse.