The annual Blue River Trout Derby is Saturday and Sunday.
Entry fee for adults is $25. For children 15 and younger, the entry fee is $20.
Among the cash prizes that are being given is $100 to the male, female and youth angler with the heaviest two-day stringer.
The fly fisherman with the heaviest two-day stringer also wins $100 as does the angler catching the heaviest single trout.
In addition, there will be $1,000 in tagged trout ($100, $50 and $25 tags) that will be stocked and several 3 to 6 pound rainbows.
For more information, call (580) 371-9288 or (580) 371-2175.
Trout were biting Thursday
Donny Carter of Stratford and James Webster of Pauls Valley reported a banner day Thursday on the Blue River near Tishomingo, catching and releasing more than 100 fish.
“We set up a day camp and began fishing around 9:30 a.m,” Donny said. ” I began catching fish right off in a small pool above Horseshoe Falls… It didn’t seem to matter where you fished, the trout were everywhere.
“Just like in a Rocky Mountain stream, they were scattered in shallow water, riffles, plunge pools, deep slow moving pools, fast runs and even rapids. They just tore up a hare’s ear nymph. I also found some trout rising in the “Flats”, which is just downstream of the Hughes Crossing. Caught some there on a very small Adams.”
Blue River video
The Blue River Fly Fishers club is selling a video to support the new catch and release portion of the stream.
The fly-tying video is entitled “On The River Blue – Six Great Trout Flies.” All of the proceeds will go to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for the Blue River.
The video costs $15 and can be bought at Scotty’s Blue River One Stop, near the entrance of Blue River.
You can also order one by emailing Barry Shrader at email@example.com.