Hackberry Flat Hosting a Visiting Breeding Birds | Sports
Oklahoma’s wetlands are a popular breeding ground for many migrating shorebirds, and the Department of Wildlife has scheduled a visit to the famous Hackberry Wildlife Management Area that is home to these nesting birds.
“Hackberry Flat is a major feeding station for these birds, and they take full advantage of our wetland units in the spring,” said Melynda Hickman, Biologist for the Department of Wildlife. “Our tour will take visitors on an outdoor trailer around the WMA to observe bird species nesting in the wetlands and the surrounding prairie.
Visitors have one last opportunity to tour the wetlands with a biologist this spring. Reservations are required for the free event and children must be at least 8 years old due to length of tours. Contact Hickman at [email protected] or by calling (405) 990-4977 for more information. No standby on this tour.
· June 5 – Visit of nesting birds – 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
To get to the Hackberry Flat Center, on the south side of Frederick, take US 183 south for one mile, then go east on Airport Road for three miles. Follow the black road south and continue six miles. Watch for signs towards the center.
Free fishing days are just around the corner
There’s no better time than Free Fishing Days to introduce your friends and family to the great American hobby of fishing.
Anyone can fish for free June 5-6, 2021 in Oklahoma. This weekend, a state fishing license will not be required for any resident or non-resident angler to fish.
The earlier state has excellent fishing in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, but also in urban waters designated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as nearby fishing sites. Follow the link for a list of over 13 fishing lakes near you in Southwest Oklahoma that are periodically stocked with fish to help you create wonderful memories!
While state fishing licenses and Oklahoma City fishing license (if applicable) are not required during free fishing days, anglers should note that some city licenses may still apply in other urban fishing areas.
Oklahoma was the first state in the country to offer free fishing days about 35 years ago and has since been followed by dozens of other states that have established similar days.
Wildlife Department to host field day
Biologists from the Oklahoma Department of Wildilfe will be hosting a Wildlife Habitat Field Day on Saturday, June 12 at the Lexington Wildlife Management Area, located south of Norman.
Biologists will present the techniques used on WMAs to create and maintain habitat, particularly for wild turkeys and white-tailed deer, which can be applied on private land from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Learn about the Department of Wildlife’s most widely used management practice – prescribed fire. Get tips for performing a prescribed burn and visit burn units to see the results of past burns using different times and intensities of fire.
• Get advice on opening dense forests and managing roosting and roosting habitat for turkeys. The results of mechanical and herbicidal vegetation management efforts will be presented.
• Find out how biologists use food plots to distribute game for the success of hunters.
Registration is not required for this free event, but is encouraged by Go Outdoors Oklahoma to receive notifications of any event changes.
To get to Lexington WMA Headquarters, take US 77 from Noble or Lexington to Slaughterville Road. Follow Slaughterville Road East 5.7 miles. The head office is located just inside the WMA entrance.
Altus-Lugert: Below normal elevation, water 68 and clear. For current altitude conditions, visit the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ALTU.lakepage.html. Fair shit, white bass and walleye on crankbaits, jigs and minnows around the brush structure, dam, docks and rocks. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, Game Warden stationed in Greer County.
Ellsworth: Elevation above normal, water 70 and cloudy. For current elevation conditions, see the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07308990. Saugeye good on minnows and sassy shade along flats, main lake and points. Blue and river catfish are just cut bait, punch bait, and shade in the main lake, around points and shallows. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Ft. Cobb: Normal altitude, 60s water and cloudy. For current altitude conditions, see the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FCOB.lakepage.html. Crappie and white bass well on jigs and minnows around docks and points. Report submitted by Caddo County Game Warden Brayden Hicks.
Lawtonka: Above normal elevation, 70 and clear water. For current altitude conditions, see the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/LTKO2.current.html. Slow crappie on jigs and minnows around the brush structure and docks. Saugeye good on minnows, sassy shadows and small lures along plains, main lake and spikes. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Comanche County.
Tom Steed: Altitude below normal, water 70. For current altitude conditions, visit the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https: //www.sw. t-wc.usace.army.mil/TOMS.lakepage.html. Blue and river catfish are great on punch baits and stinky baits along rocks. Crappie right on jigs and minnows around brush and rock structure. Report submitted by David Smith, Game Warden stationed in Kiowa County.
Waurika: Above normal elevation, 60s water and cloudy. For current altitude conditions, visit the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/WAUR.lakepage.html. Slow crappie on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and rocks. Hybrids of striped bass and white bass just on the cut bait, sassy shad and shad along the channels, dam and main lake. Blue and river catfish are right on cut baits and cut baits around points and shores. The doors are open with a version of 370 cfs. Report submitted by Jefferson County Game Warden Matt Farris.