Calendar


Through Nov. 12 – First split of dove season for Texas North Zone.


Through Dec. 1 - First split of Oklahoma Zone 2 duck season.


Through Dec. 15 - Oklahoma woodcock season.


Through Jan. 5 - General deer season in Texas North Zone.


Through Jan. 5 - General deer season in Grayson and Collin Counties, with means and methods of take restricted to lawful archery gear and crossbows only.


Through Jan. 15 – Archery deer season in Oklahoma.


Through Jan. 26 - Texas light and dark goose season for Texas East Zone.


Through Feb. 2 - Texas light and dark goose season for Texas West Zone.


Through Feb. 23 - Texas quail season.


Nov. 9-Dec. 1 - First split of Texas North Zone duck season.


Nov. 9-Feb. 15 - Oklahoma quail season.


Nov. 15-17 - Segment B bowhunt at Hagerman NWR.


Nov. 23-Dec. 8 - Oklahoma gun deer season.


Dec. 1-Dec. 29 - Second split of dove season in Oklahoma.


Dec. 1-Jan. 31 - Oklahoma pheasant season.


Dec. 6-8 - Segment C bowhunt at Hagerman NWR.


Dec. 7-Jan. 5 - Texas Panhandle pheasant season.


Dec. 7-Jan. 26 - Second split of Texas North Zone duck season.


Dec. 14-Jan. 26 - Second split of Oklahoma Zone 2 duck season.


Dec. 18-Jan. 31 - Texas woodcock season.


Dec. 20-Jan. 5 - Second split of dove season for Texas North Zone.


Jan. 24-25 - Red River Fly Fishers’ Fly Tying Extravaganza at Eisenhower State Park.


Notes


Bass fishing legend Jerry McKinnis, the longtime host of ESPN Outdoors’ long-running The Fishin’ Hole TV program and a former co-owner of B.A.S.S., died in Little Rock, Ark. this past Sunday at the age of 82. McKinnis, who owned JM Productions and produced most of the B.A.S.S. fishing shows seen on various television platforms, is enshrined in the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame, the National Fishing Hall of Fame, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame. For more on McKinnis’ legacy and to read his obituary, visit www.bassmaster.com…Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour, led by the likes of Kevin VanDam and Edwin Evers as the tour’s second season gets ready to kick off early next year, announced that it will make a visit to a nearby bass water in 2020. The 80-angler BPT circuit will visit Lake Fork for the Stage Three event during the East Texas region’s prime bass spawning dates. The BPT event will take place in Emory from March 13-18…Other BPT stops in 2020 include Alabama’s Lake Eufaula, Florida’s Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee Chain, New York’s St. Lawrence River, and Vermont’s Lake Champlain among others…


Hunting Report


The first split of dove season is winding down in Texas’ North Zone over the next week, scheduled to come to a halt on Nov. 12. Wingshooters in North Texas will get one more crack at doves later this year with a Dec. 20-Jan. 5 split upcoming in a few weeks…The current chilly weather - and Arctic air that appears inbound for next week - should bring good opening week duck hunts across most of Texas’ North Zone. The Nov. 2-Dec. 1 first split south of the Red River will likely bring a nice surge of new ducks into the Red River Valley…With Oklahoma’s Zone 2 duck season opener happening last weekend, social media reports from North Texas Outfitters show a steady stream of duck limits or near limits being taken. Those hunts have produced a mixture of mallards, gadwalls, wigeon, redheads, ringnecks, and a few Canada geese…Oklahoma’s 2019-20 quail season opens up across the Sooner State this weekend. No official forecast from ODWC, but late summer and early fall reports from the agency gave reason to believe that only an average season would be coming up at best…


Fishing Reports


At Lake Texoma, water is stained; water temps are 62–66 degrees; and the lake is 0.04’ low. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, Texas-rigged plastic worms, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on live shad. Catfish are fair on live sunfish, cut bait, prepped dough balls, and minnows…Also at Texoma, ODWC reports that striped bass are good on Alabama rigs, live shad, and Sassy Shad fished around flats, the main lake, and near the river channel. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait and live shad below Denison Dam and around the main lake…ODWC also notes that Texoma striper fishing is good with large numbers of fish being caught in the lake. Live bait and trolling are working best right now for stripers. As waters continue to cool down, ODWC also indicates that crappie have moved below boat docks at Texoma and are biting jigs and minnows right now…At Lake Ray Roberts, water is stained; water temps are 64–67 degrees; and the lake is 0.60’ low. TPWD says that largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged plastic worms, plastic lizards, and topwaters fished over drop-offs and near decent patches of vegetation. White bass are fair on spoons and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows…At Lake Fork, water is stained; water temps are 66–69 degrees; and the lake is 1.79’ low. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, craw tubes, and topwaters fished around main lake points. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows in the stumps or man–made structures…At Oklahoma’s Lake of the Arbuckles, ODWC reports that the lake elevation is above normal and the water temp is 60. Smallmouth bass are good on grubs and squarebill crankbaits. Largemouth bass are fair on Culprit plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are fair at 21’ depths around brush piles and around docks during the early morning hours…


Tip of the Week


With duck season getting underway in North Texas this weekend, TPWD is reminding waterfowl hunters to clean, drain and dry their boats and equipment before traveling from lake to lake. Hunters are reminded that in Texas, transporting prohibited invasive species like zebra mussels or giant salvinia is punishable by a fine of up to $500 per violation. To aid in reducing the spread of such harmful species, boaters are required to drain all water from their boat and onboard receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of fresh water in order to prevent the transfer of aquatic invasive species. For more info, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov or call 1-800-792-1112.