Calendar


Through April 30 — Texas South Zone Rio Grande spring turkey season.


Through May 6 — Oklahoma spring turkey hunting season.


Through May 6 — Southeastern Oklahoma spring turkey hunting season.


Through May 14 — Texas North Zone Rio Grande spring turkey season.


Through May 14 — Spring turkey season in Grayson, Fannin and Lamar Counties (under TPWD’s Eastern turkey regulations).


May 2 — Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Sherman’s Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital. For information, visit www.rrff.org.


May 9 — Red River Fly Fishers fly tying session at 7 p.m. at Sherman’s Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital. For information, visit www.rrff.org.


May 13 — GO Fish! at Eisenhower State Park from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.


June 3 — GO Fish! at Eisenhower State Park from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.


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Notes


• Nick Prvonozac of Warren, Ohio brought 19-pounds, 12-ounces to the scales on Thursday at northeastern Oklahoma’s Grand Lake to take the Day One lead at the Costa FLW Series Southwestern event.


• On the event’s co-angler side, Whitewright angler Michael Beaty is in sixth place with four bass weighing 11-pounds, 11-ounces.


• Denison’s Darin Comstock sits in 42nd place with 5-pounds, 9-ounces while Denison’s Chris Bobo is currently in 47th place with 5-pounds, 4-ounces.


• Whitesboro angler Clay Sammons, Sherman angler Trey Sammons and Durant angler Brandon Beaver are also competing in the Costa FLW Series event.


• According to a TPWD news release, a Houston restaurateur and two other Gulf Coast region restaurant companies stand accused of operating an illegal seafood network that funneled nearly 28,000 pounds of unlawfully-caught finfish through their establishments with a profit of nearly $400,000. After the two-year long investigation, the agency says that TPWD game wardens gathered crucial evidence in the case where catches consisted primarily of red snapper along with other protected game fish species including tuna, amberjack, grouper and red drum.


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Hunting report


• The Grayson County spring turkey season opened up last weekend on Saturday, April 15. The season (conducted under the state’s Eastern turkey regulations package) will run until May 14.


• Most reports continue to indicate good turkey hunting in North Texas this past week with birds broken up from early season bachelor groups into smaller groups of toms and lone gobblers roaming about.


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Fishing reports


• At Lake Texoma, water is lightly stained; water temps are 67–71 degrees; and the lake is 2.51-feet low. TPWD reports that black bass are good on Shakyhead worms, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters.


• At Lake Bonham, water is stained; water temps are 68–72 degrees; and the lake is 2.57-feet low. TPWD reports that black bass are good on Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs.


• At Lake Durant, ODWC reports a normal elevation, clear water and water temps in the 60s. Bass are reported as fair on flukes and soft plastic baits fished on and around brushy structure, on spawning flats and in the shallows.


• At the Blue River near Tishomingo, ODWC reports a normal river elevation, stained water and a water temp of 64-degrees. Bass are reported as fair on crankbaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits fished around brushy structure, points and rocks.


• At Lake Ray Roberts, water is lightly stained; water temps are 66–70 degrees; and the lake is 0.58-feet high. TPWD reports black bass are slow on Texas-rigged craws, topwater walking baits and buzzbaits.


• At Lake Fork, water is lightly stained; water temps are 68-72 degrees; and the lake is 0.11-feet high. After heavy rains and a rapid water level rise last week, TPWD says black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws fished on docks, white buzzbaits and hollow body frogs.


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Tip of the Week


• With very breezy conditions anticipated this weekend after the passage of an unseasonably strong cold front, North Texas turkey hunters should use a paddle call, or a longbox as some call the lengthy box call, to attempt to cut through the wind and call turkeys. Better yet, stay off of hilltops where calling sounds will be torn away by the wind and instead, work creek bottoms and other low lying areas that offer some protection.