Calendar


Through Feb. 15 - Oklahoma quail season.


Through Feb. 16 - Second split of Canada goose season in Oklahoma.


Through Feb. 16 - Second split of light goose season in Oklahoma.


Through Feb. 23 - Texas quail season.


Feb. 22 - Annual Denison Youth Trout Derby at Waterloo Lake Park Pond.


Feb. 23 - TPWD rainbow trout stocking at Denison’s Waterloo Lake Park Pond.


Feb. 25 - ODWC’s fourth annual Rack Madness event in OKC. For info, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.


March 3 - Red River Fly Fishers meeting (fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.) at the Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital in Sherman. For information, visit rrff.org.


March 6 - Texoma Ducks Unlimited’s Annual Couple’s Dinner at Sherman’s Municipal Ballroom. For information, call Kris Spiegel at (903) 820-8882 or visit www.ducks.org.


March 14 - TRWD Fly Fest in Fort Worth. For information, visit https://trwdflyfest.com.


March 21-22 - Fourth annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival in Plano.


Notes


Happy Valentines Day from the Herald Democrat ‘s outdoor staff…Although the weather isn’t cooperating too much, early reports seem to be encouraging in recent days as TPWD and ODWC biologists work Lake Texoma to sample its striper population for 2020. While any official reports are still a number of days away, catch rates look good initially and the fish seem to be growing quickly…Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour angler Jacob Wheeler had a great Championship Day of fishing on Wednesday to capture the Feb. 7-12 Stage One event at Alabama’s Lake Eufaula. The Tennessee pro weighed in 68-pounds, 00-ounces of bass to outlast former FLW Tour veteran and runner up Bryan Thrift, who was competing in his first ever BPT event, at 40-11. Ott DeFoe was 3rd at 34-09, Alton Jones, Jr. was 4th at 26-12, and Dustin Connell was 5th at 24-00…The BPT’s Stage Two event is scheduled for Feb. 21-26 at Florida’s Lake Okeechobee while the tour’s Stage Three derby visits Lake Fork for a March 13-18 event…Connecticut angler Paul Mueller weighed in a total of 47-06 to capture the weather shortened Bassmaster Elite Series season opener at northeastern Florida’s St. Johns River earlier this week. Mueller’s $101,000 winning prize marked the second Elite Series win of his career as he topped John Crews, Jr. (2nd place, 44-4), Kelley Jaye (3rd, 41-10), Cliff Prince (4th, 41-6), and Jake Whitaker (5th, 41-1)…A few days ago, B.A.S.S. officials decided to postpone the Elite Series’ second event of the young season, a derby originally planned for flood-plagued Chickamauga Lake this weekend. The eastern Tennessee tournament will now be contested March 19-22…


Hunting Report


The 2019-20 quail hunting seasons are nearing the finish line over the next several days on both sides of the Red River. The quail season ends in Oklahoma tomorrow on Feb. 15. In Texas, upland hunters and their bird dogs get another week with quail season ending on Feb. 23…


Fishing Reports


At Lake Texoma, water is stained; water temps are 50-52 degrees; and the lake is 0.62’ low. TPWD reports that striped bass are fair using live bait and shad when fishing over large schools sitting on main lake ledges. Largemouth bass are good for anglers fishing soft plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished by boathouses, submerged vegetation, and timber…ODWC says that striper anglers are doing fair near Willis as the two-state reservoir’s striper population begins to position itself for upriver spawning runs in a few more weeks…At Lake Ray Roberts, water is stained; water temps are 51-52 degrees; and the lake is 0.38’ high. TPWD says that largemouth bass remain good on plastic worms and lizards as anglers look for success on deeper structure. White bass are excellent on minnows fished on deep points. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows…At Lake Fork, water is stained; water temps are 52-54 degrees; and the lake is 1.65’ low. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are good on crankbaits and chatterbaits fished in slightly warmer water. Pre-spawn bass are being found near secondary creeks and near the windy side of brush found near the shoreline. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows fished around any structure…


Tip of the Week


Need a Valentine’s Day gift idea to buy your bass angling sweetheart? Red lipless crankbaits like a Rat-L-Trap are good lure choices and a good bet to catch mid and late-February bass.