Calendar


Through May 3 - Texas South Zone Rio Grande spring turkey season.


April 4-May 17 - Texas North Zone Rio Grande spring turkey season.


April 6-May 6 - Oklahoma spring turkey season.


April 20-May 6 - Oklahoma spring turkey season for eight southeastern counties including Atoka and Choctaw counties.


April 22-May 14 - Texas Eastern Turkey spring season including Grayson, Fannin, and Lamar counties.


Notes


As the coronavirus crisis continues to deepen, Major League Fishing (MLF) announced the Tulsa-based league will postpone the Bass Pro Tour (BPT) event scheduled for April 3-8 in Raleigh, N.C. “The safety and health of our anglers, volunteers, staff, and host community are our primary concern,” said Jim Wilburn, president and CEO of MLF, in a news release. “While our format inherently allows for social distancing and other recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we feel it’s in the best interest of all involved to pause our 2020 season.”…While MLF officials haven’t postponed the April 24-29 BPT event on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake as of yet, there would seem to be very little chance of that event occurring as scheduled given recent trends… B.A.S.S. officials also announced this past week that they will postpone the April 2-5 Bassmaster Elite Series event scheduled for Alabama’s Lake Eufaula. “We are committed to putting the health and safety of our anglers, fans, staff, sponsors and volunteers — and their families — first,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO, in a news release. “It has become clear that postponing the upcoming tournament at Lake Eufaula is in the best interest of everyone involved, as well as the community of Eufaula.” Akin went on to add: “B.A.S.S. believes it is imperative to heed the advice not only of the CDC but of our elected officials as our country navigates this national crisis.”…


Hunting Report


Spring turkey season opened last weekend in the South Zone. As mentioned last week, participation will likely be lighter than normal this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Expect to see a sizable decrease in the spring turkey harvest as hunters stay at home, guide trips are cancelled, and the crisis deepens…For those who did get out in the South Zone last weekend, reports on Internet forums like TexasHuntingForum.com seem to indicate a reasonable amount of gobbling activity and early season success…Seasons are scheduled to open up in North Texas and southern Oklahoma in early April, although the same concerns will likely still be in place a few weeks from now…


Fishing Reports


Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the open status of boat ramps, campgrounds, and even lakes themselves is subject to change in many areas and will be that way for some time to come. Check the latest rules, regulations, and closures from federal, state, and local government agencies before heading out. And the bottom line is this, do all that you can to help flatten the curve…At Lake Texoma, water is stained; water temps are 54-58 degrees; and the lake is 3.69’ high. TPWD reports that striped bass and white bass are fair using slabs, shad imitations, and live shad on main lake humps and points. Largemouth bass are fair for anglers fishing plastics and crankbaits in shallow water. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished near boathouses, marinas, creeks, and inlets…At Lake Ray Roberts, water is muddy; water temps are 58-60 degrees; and the lake is 4.61’ high. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic creature baits and worms, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are good in creeks and the Trinity River channel on jigs and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the marina and in shallow water 8’ in creeks...At Lake Fork, water is stained; water temps are 62-66 degrees; and the lake is 0.74’ high. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are good on soft plastic creature baits, lipless crankbaits, and Chatterbaits in spawning areas found in 2-8' of water in the creeks and coves. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows in the creeks...At the Blue River near Tishomingo, the elevation is above normal and the water is muddy. As water temps warm and the trout season winds down, ODWC reports that fishing should start picking up as the river continues to get back to normal flows and clarity. Rainbow trout are fair this week on in-line spinnerbaits, PowerBait and spoons fished along creek channels, the main river channel and below any falls section, particularly behind current breaks. The best bait right now is reportedly rainbow garlic scented PowerBait...


Tip of the Week


As the forced timeout continues in the outdoors world, conservation group fundraising efforts are taking a hit nationwide for groups like Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and the National Wild Turkey Federation to name a few. If you have a few extra dollars available after helping out local guides, businesses, and causes, consider making a donation to one or more of these groups to help offset the loss of conservation dollars so critical to our nation’s wildlife and the vital habitat they depend on.