Calendar


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


May 20 – Oklahoma Controlled Hunts application deadline. For information, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com .


June 2 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit www.rrff.org


July 7 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit www.rrff.org


August 4 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting and fly tying session from 6-8 p.m. at Sherman's Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital conference room. For information, visit www.rrff.org


Notes


TexasFishingForum.com reports that a 14.77-pound largemouth was recently caught at Lake Alan Henry in West Texas near Lubbock. Had the big bass been caught a few weeks earlier during the spawn, it likely would have weighed more than 16-pounds…Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society have announced that the 2020 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest, which benefits TPWD, has been rescheduled from its original dates of June 5-9 to new dates of Nov. 5-8 at Lake Fork near Quitman. Some of the top bass anglers in the world will now be trying to figure out Texas’ most famous big bass fishery in the fall as they compete for a total prize purse of $1 million. With a unique “catch-weigh-release” format, the event’s proceeds, donated by Gulf States Toyota, will benefit TPWD’s youth fishing and urban outreach programs… As the coronavirus crisis continues, TPWD has announced that the May 20-21 meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will be streamed virtually on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website at www.tpwd.texas.gov . Planned agenda items for the 9:30 a.m. meeting remain unaltered and public comment will still be accepted until May 20… According to TPWD, the private recreational angler red snapper season opens Monday, June 1, 2020 for a projected 63-days in federal waters. TPWD officials remind that red snapper fishing is open year around in state waters…Today, May 15, is the deadline to apply for this year’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) in Oklahoma. For information, visit the agency’s website at www.wildlifedepartment.com …In case you missed this last week, Oklahoma’s wildlife commissioners have approved some changes to the state’s antlerless deer hunting regulations, moves that are designed to increase doe harvest numbers across the Sooner State. Commissioners also approved waterfowl season dates for this fall, reducing the midseason split from the previous 12 days to five days this season. The 2020 Oklahoma season dates will also be the same now in both Zones 1 and 2. The first split will occur from Nov. 14-29 while the second split will run from Dec. 5-Jan. 31…


Hunting Report


The spring turkey season in Grayson, Fannin, and Lamar counties closed yesterday on Thursday, May 14th. The North Texas spring turkey season for areas west and south of the Grayson County area will conclude this weekend on Sunday, May 17…


Fishing Reports


As the COVID-19 pandemic crisis continues, TPWD advises anglers that if they plan to go fishing, check all local orders related to the current virus outbreak. Also check the status of the location you're planning to fish since some lakes, ramps, and access points may be closed…At Lake Texoma, water is stained; water temp is 69 degrees; and the lake is 0.94’ high. TPWD says that overall, the fishing is excellent at the border reservoir. Specifically, striped bass and white bass are rated as excellent on live bait and topwater baits when the fish are near the surface. Diving birds are marking feeding schools on the surface throughout the lake. Largemouth bass are good for those fishing soft plastic creature baits, Shakyhead worms, swimbaits and crankbaits in 6-18’ of water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs fished by boathouses, in marinas and over brush piles sitting in 8-15’ of water…At Lake Ray Roberts, water is stained; water temp is 72 degrees; and the lake is 0.30’ high. TPWD says that largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged rigged soft plastic creature baits, crankbaits, and swimbaits in 6-12’ of water. White bass are excellent in 20-40’ of water on slabs and jigging spoons. Main lake humps and drop-offs are also holding these schooled-up fish. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows fished in the marina, near bridges and over brush piles…At Lake Fork, water is lightly stained; water temps are 69-75 degrees; and the lake is 0.09’ high. TPWD says that largemouth bass are excellent on plastic worms, topwaters and Chatterbaits fished near roadbeds, submerged structure and points in 8-12’ of water. Hollow bodied plastic frogs are also producing bass in shallow grass and lily pads. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows fished over brush piles in 12-20’ of water…At Oklahoma’s Lake Murray, the lake elevation is above normal; water temp is 71 degrees; and the water is stained. ODWC reports that largemouth bass are fair on jigs, swimbaits; and soft plastics fished near shallow areas…At Oklahoma’s McGee Creek Reservoir, ODWC says the elevation is normal; water temp is 71 degrees; and the water is stained. Largemouth and spotted bass are good on crankbaits, Flukes, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic baits fished around brushy structure, points, shoreline areas, and in coves…


Tip of the Week


Want to catch a big bass this weekend? Then look for lone trees, laydowns, rocks, and other forms of isolated cover that are situated away from the bank. Such spots can serve as “park bench” style resting places for largemouths as they journey away from the shallow water of the springtime spawn towards the deeper water, they’ll occupy for most of the summer months. Throw some sort of squarebill crankbait, a spinnerbait, a topwater, a Texas-rigged plastic worm, or a jig near such cover and you might catch the biggest bass of the season!