My column on Sunday raising the possibility of winter trout fishing on the Oklahoma River brought this interesting response from Rick Parker of Oklahoma City.
Parker said he has been dissapointed in the lack of anything going on at the Oklahoma River.
“The locals are just not using the place,” Parker wrote in an e-mail. “I think you hit on something with the trout fishing though. Do just like the rowing has. Start simple.
“You have Bass Pro that would love to cater to the trout fisherman. You have white water at Eastern Avenue. You have fairly good access at that spot. You could have this location for your trout fishing purists.”
“Have this a fly only trout fishing spot. Build a fence a few hundred yards downstream to help hold the trout in. The fly fishermen,and want to be fly fishermen, would go crazy over this.
“You could keep everyone else happy by artificial lures only. I’m no engineer, but a 4-feet chain link fence across the river at that point should work fine.
“Bait fishermen could always go to Dolese. But this would bring out a whole different crowd. The city could hold off during the winter to clean the river until the middle of March. A $10 trout permit could pay for this.”
Parker e-mailed his idea to David Holt, chief of staff for Mayor Mick Cornett, who was going to forward it to the parks department.
“I’m not going bug you or them anymore,” Parker wrote in a subsequent e-mail. “But I do think that trout fishing on the back side of the Eastern bridge could be a lot of fun. And be another positive image of our city.”