Maybe Blake Shelton will record a song about Oklahoma spoonbills.
On Tuesday, the country mustic artist of Ada snagged a 40-pound paddlefish that is the new lake record for Hudson Lake.
On Monday, the state Wildlife Department lowered the miniumum weight requirements for paddlefish lake records from 60 to 40 pounds to increase the opportunities for lake records.
Shelton was fishing below the dam on Hudson Lake with members of his band and his girlfriend, fellow country recording artist Miranda Lambert. Everyone caught at least one fish and all of the spoonbills were released.
Shelton and Lambert’s paddlefish adventure likely will be shown on a future episode of Outdoor Oklahoma, said Nels Rodefeld of the Wildlife Department.
Both Shelton and Lambert will be performing this weekend at the Academy of Country Music Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nev.
The paddlefishing is hot and heavy in northeastern Oklahoma right now around Grand Lake.
On Saturday at the Twin Bridges State Park, 461 spoonbills were processed at the Wildlife Department’s cleaning station. It was the second busiest day in the three-year history of the center, where state wildlife officials clean the paddlefish for free in exchange for the eggs, which they use to make and then sell paddlefish caviar.
“The next couple of weeks will be the peak (of paddlefishing) then it will be pretty much over after that,” Rodefeld said.
In other fishing news, there have been some excellent reports across the state of sand bass and crappie fishing.
Sand bass are running up the rivers in northeastern Oklahoma and on Canton Lake. Crappie have moved into shallow water for spawning on many lakes across the state.
Largemouth bass are also getting ready to spawn and some big fish are being caught sight fishing off spawning beds.