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Winter trout areas open Thursday in Oklahoma, minus Quartz Mountain

Southwest Oklahoma stream left out because of golden algae
by Ed Godfrey Modified: October 28, 2012 at 12:47 am •  Published: October 28, 2012
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/articleid/3723357/1/pictures/1868683">Photo - The winter trout season opens at the Blue River in southern Oklahoma and four other areas around the state on Thursday. PHOTO FROM THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES
The winter trout season opens at the Blue River in southern Oklahoma and four other areas around the state on Thursday. PHOTO FROM THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

The winter areas receive regular stocking of hatchery-raised rainbow trout every two weeks until mid- or late March, with the exception of Lake Carl Etling, which gets trout twice a season, for the season opener and after Jan. 1.

This year, the Wildlife Department is buying trout from a Nebraska hatchery instead of Missouri. The Cedar Springs Trout Farm in Broadwater, Neb., won the recent bid to supply the state with trout.

The Nebraska hatchery also provides trout for Kansas. It already has stocked trout a couple of times in the Lower Mountain Fork River in southeastern Oklahoma.

Because the new trout supplier is traveling greater distances, state wildlife officials will not be posting the specific dates of the trout stockings on the Wildlife Department's website until the schedule becomes more certain.

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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