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).
Through May 31 — Application period for 2017 Hagerman NWR archery deer hunts.
May 13 — GO Fish! at Eisenhower State Park from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
May 15 — ODWC controlled hunts application deadline. For info, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.
May 17-21 — Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest (TBTF) on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. For information, visit www.bassmaster.com.
May 20 — Future Bass Trails Texoma tournament out of Alberta Creek. For info, call Joe Copeland at 580-504-7320.
May 21 — JC Outdoors Lake Texoma Series Team Tournament out of Alberta Creek. For info, call 214-773-5451.
May 31-June 4 — Ducks Unlimited 80th National Convention in San Antonio. For information, visit www.ducks.org.
June 3 — GO Fish! at Eisenhower State Park from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
June 3-11 — National Fishing and Boating Week. For info, visit www.takemefishing.org.
June 3 — Free Fishing Day in Texas. For info, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov.
June 3-4 — Free Fishing Days in Oklahoma. For info, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.
June 6 — Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Sherman’s Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital. For information, visit www.rrff.org.
June 13 — Red River Fly Fishers monthly fly tying session at 7 p.m. at Sherman’s Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital. For information, visit www.rrff.org.
• Skipping Senkos around docks, the Dallas Baptist University bass fishing team of Zackery Hines and Trent Newman weighed in five fish at 19.75-pounds to win the recent Texas Collegiate Challenge bass tournament on Lake Texoma. The pair of DBU anglers beat out teams from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas Tech, Mississippi State, Kansas State and Missouri State among others.
• The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (www.rmef.org) is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this weekend. The Missoula, Mont. based organization was founded on May 14, 1984 by four concerned elk hunters. At the time of the RMEF’s founding, there were approximately 550,000 elk in America while today, there are more than 1 million. That’s due in part to more than 10,000 plus projects of various sizes that have conserved or enhanced more than 7.1 million acres. Additionally, the RMEF has opened or secured hunter access on 1.1 million acres of land and has assisted with the successful reintroduction of elk into six states and one Canadian province.
• TPWD reports that the red snapper recreational season for private anglers in federal Gulf of Mexico waters will open on June 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. local time and will close on June 4, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. local time.
• The North Texas and Grayson County spring turkey seasons end on Sunday, May 14.
• As the final weekend of the 2017 spring turkey season arrives on the calendar, reports of good hunts have slowed down.
• With the mild winter and early spring, the spring season has been a little ahead of schedule in the minds of some hunters. That may mean limited gobbling this final weekend, although if a bird sounds off, there’s a good chance to call him in.
• If you can’t get a longbeard to sound off this weekend, call sparingly and hunt near water holes, travel corridors and dusting spots to see if a gobbler comes through.
• A good tactic for birds this final weekend is to call softly and sparingly before and after the morning fly down, giving the gobbler the silent treatment to see if he’ll come in.
• At Lake Texoma, water is lightly stained; water temps are 70–73 degrees; and the lake is 2.56-feet low. TPWD reports that black bass are fair on Shaky Head worms, topwater poppers and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters.
• At Lake Bonham, water is stained; water temps are 71–74 degrees; and the lake is 2.70-feet low. TPWD reports that black bass are good on topwaters, shallow diving crankbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics around rocks, docks and secondary points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs.
• At Lake Ray Roberts, water is lightly stained; water temps are 69–73 degrees; and the lake is 0.04-feet low. TPWD reports black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, topwater poppers and medium-running crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs.
• At Lake Fork, water is lightly stained; water temps are 71-74 degrees; and the lake is 0.08-feet high. TPWD says black bass are fair on Yellow Magic topwaters, white buzzbaits, and hollow bodied frogs fished near submerged grass.
• At Oklahoma’s Lake Murray, ODWC reports a normal elevation, clear water and a water temp of 65 degrees. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair on crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, flukes and spinnerbaits.
• A day after celebrating his birthday, Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide Rob Woodruff reports good fly fishing for trout on the Lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow. The guide says that black and tan caddis flies are hatching and that sulfurs are beginning to show up on the river. Streamers, soft hackle flies and nymphs are also working in faster water and deeper runs.
Tip of the week
Hunters, don’t forget that the application deadline to apply for Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation controlled hunts is now at hand. The May 15 deadline happens on Monday, so if you’re interested in applying for fall and winter 2017 hunts and/or spring 2018 turkey hunts, visit the ODWC Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com .