Things should be about getting ready to explode with fishing in Oklahoma.
I’ve heard some good crappie reports already from Gaines and Hickory creeks on Lake Eufaula and from the Kiamichi River on Hugo Lake.
Thunderbird is a good crappie lake close to Oklahoma City, although you won’t catch the big slabs there like on Eufaula and Hugo.
Paddlefish are also starting in northeastern Oklahoma and things should really heat up later this month. The state Wildlife Department’s spoonbill processing center at Twin Bridges State Park opened Monday.
If you are heading up there this month for a fishing trip, remember that a new rule change this year makes snagging for paddlefish catch and release only on Fridays and Mondays. The daily limit remains at one for the rest of the days.
Snagging at the low water dam on the Neosho River is now illegal at night and the Spring River is closed completely for snagging.
If you are going to be trout fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, you might run into a television crew from “On The Rise.”
A film crew from the Trout Unlimited television program is going to be on the stream those days taping an episode. The show will air this spring on the Sportsman Channel. The date hasn’t been selected.
Some Oklahoma members of Trout Unlimited will be featured in the show fishing on the state’s most popular trout stream.