Here is a few fishing tidbits from around the state.
I’ve heard the crappie fishing has been good at Arcadia and Eufaula lately, while on Lake Texoma the smallmouth bass have been biting as a couple of recent bass tournaments have been won there on smallmouth.
Up on Grand Lake, the paddlefish should be running soon. The state Wildlife Department already has its fish cleaning station in operation and as of Tuesday had cleaned 30 fish for anglers.
Guides have been busy on the weekend but there has not been much snagging for spoonbills during the week. That will change when the spoonbills start spawning runs.
Keep an eye on the weather. The next heavy rain in northeastern Oklahoma could spur a big paddlefish run.
The spoonbilling really gets hot after warm spring rains, but not all of the paddlefish make their spawing runs at the same time, so the fishing is usually good through March and sometimes even into April.
Trout fishing continues through the end of March on most of the state’s winter areas. The annual Watonga Trout Derby at Lake Watonga in Roman Nose State Park will be March 6-8.
One hundred rainbow trout will be tagged for cash and prizes, and one angler could win a pick-up valued for at least $20,000. There also will be cash prizes in senior and junior divisions for the heaviest stringer of trout and heaviest single fish.
Cost of entering the tournament is $20 for the senior division (ages 16 and older) and $10 in the junior division. For more information, call the Watonga Chamber of Commerce at (580) 623-5452.
At the Dolese Youth Park Pond in Oklahoma City, officials have made their last stocking of rainbow trout but anglers may still fish for trout even though Saturday is officially the last day of Dolese’s trout season.
On Sunday, anglers can start using three rod and reels per person to try and get all the remaining trout caught before it becomes to warm for the fish to survive.