Fish are biting and turkeys are gobbling. Spring has arrived in Oklahoma. I thought I would share some photos that readers have sent me.
Leon Mixer, who works for the City of Edmond at Arcadia Lake, bagged this gobbler on the opening morning of turkey season.
“This is the most unusual colored turkey I have ever witnessed,” Mixer said. “I called this bird in along with several others on an extremely windy morning. This tom weighed 25 pounds and sported a 9-1/2 inch beard.”
Norman O’Neal of Denison, Texas, who guides for blue cats and stripers on the Red River, reported his first good striper trip of the spring last Friday.
“Fishing has been slow but finally picked up,” O’Neal said. “We slammed the fish with three over 20 pounds and a 28-pound and 28-pound, 6-ounce fish. The water temperature is getting right.”
Ron Henke landed this bass from a private lake near Yukon that he estimated from the measurements at near 11 1/2-pounds . He caught the fish on a Rebel POP-R topwater lure and released it back into the lake.
“We did not have any scales to weigh it so we took pictures and measured and got her back in the water as soon as possible,” he said.
Twelve-year-old brothers Brady and Bryson Combs of Tuttle went to Lindsay with their family to visit their grandparents for Easter and do a little hunting and fishing. They started out Saturday morning with each one shooting a turkey.
Then about noon they decided to go to a creek and catch some perch. They caught several grasshoppers and began fishing. They caught about 20 perch and decided to go to the Washita River to do some night fishing.
About 11 p.m., Brady got a bite on his Zebco Hawg Seeker rod and reel that he will never forget. After 30 minutes of fighting the fish and almost being dragged in the river three times, Brady managed to pull to the bank a 62-pound blue catfish.