Outdoors Digest

Lynn Burkhead
Herald Democrat


June 27 – 13th annual Denison Parks and Recreation Catfish Rodeo. For information call (903) 465-2720. To register online, go to https://denison/recdesk.com

July 7 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting CANCELLED.

August 4 - Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting CANCELLED.

Sept. 1-Nov. 12 – First split of Texas North Zone Dove Season.

Sept. 12-27 – Texas early teal season.

Oct. 1-Jan. 15 - Oklahoma archery deer season.

Oct. 3-Nov. 6 – Texas early archery season.

Oct. 24-Nov. 1 - Oklahoma primitive arms/muzzleloading deer season.

Oct. 31-Feb. 28 – Texas quail season.

Nov. 7-8 – Texas North Zone youth-only duck season.

Nov. 7-Jan. 3 – Texas North Zone general whitetail deer season.

Nov. 7-Jan. 3 – General whitetail deer season in Grayson County with means and methods of harvest restricted to lawful archery and crossbow gear.

Nov. 14-29 –First split of the Texas North Zone duck season.

Nov. 14-Feb. 15 - Oklahoma quail season.

Nov. 21-Dec. 6 - Oklahoma deer gun season.

Dec. 5 - Jan. 31 –Second split of the Texas North Zone duck season.

Dec. 18-Dec. 27 - Oklahoma holiday antlerless deer season.

Dec. 18-Jan. 3 – Second split of Texas North Zone Dove Season.

March 19-21, 2021 – 51st Bassmasters Classic on Lake Ray Roberts.


After drawing last flight for last Thursday’s opening round of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on the Arkansas River near Muskogee, Bokoshe, Okla. B.A.S.S. pro Chris Jones found himself in 17th place after Day One with 12-pounds, 10-ounces of bass. Last Friday, he started to move up the leaderboard with a better flight position and a limit that weighed in at 11-03, good enough for 8th place and a spot on Championship Day. Last Saturday, Jones swam a jig to success, weighing in 19-pounds of bass on the day for a three-day total of 42-13, good enough to capture the $35,000 top prize. Dale Hightower, who endured a two-pound penalty when he miscounted the fish in his livewell, finished second at 42-07…The first FLW Pro Circuit “Super Tournament” of the year was scheduled to wrap up late on Thursday afternoon as the Herald Democrat went to press. After a Day One weight of 24-09, a Day Two Weight of 22-01, and a Day Three weight of at least 22-pounds on eastern Tennessee’s Lake Chickamauga, Jacob Wheeler was in firm control of the event with a three day total of 68-pounds, 10-ounces. That was good for a near 10-pound lead on the event’s final day as of local press time…TPWD has begun mechanical and herbicide removal efforts to try and rid Bringle Lake, a small water body near Texarkana, of Giant Salvinia. The vegetation was recently discovered at the lake, making it the 21st water body in Texas to struggle with the destructive invasive plant…

Fishing Reports

At Lake Texoma, water is lightly stained; water temps are 82-86 degrees; and the lake is 2.09 high. TPWD says that striped bass and white bass are excellent on live bait and topwater baits when fish are near the surface. Diving birds are marking feeding schools on the surface throughout the lake. Use electronics to mark schools along the river channel. Largemouth bass are good when fishing soft plastic creatures, Shakyhead worms, jigs, swimbaits, and crankbaits in 8-28’ of water. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs by boathouses, marinas and brush piles in 12-25’ depths…At Lake Ray Roberts, site of the 2021 Bassmaster Classic, water is lightly stained; water temp is 84 degrees; and the lake is 0.40 high. TPWD reports that largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged plastic worms, crankbaits, and jigs in 8-24’ of water. White bass are excellent in 20-40’ of water on slabs and jigging spoons. Main lake flats, ledges, and drop-offs are holding schools of these sand bass according to the agency. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows fished around bridges, standing timber and brush piles…At Lake Fork, water is lightly stained; water temps are 83-85 degrees; and the lake is 0.29 low. TPWD says that largemouth bass are good on soft plastic creature baits, bladed jigs, and crankbaits fished near drop-offs, main lake points, grass lines, and underwater humps in 8-12’ of water. Topwater plugs and hollow bodied plastic frogs are effective early in the day around grass patches and lily pads. Crappie are excellent on jigs and minnows in 12-25’ of water near brush piles and standing timber…At Lake Murray near Ardmore, ODWC says that the lake elevation is above normal, water temp is 80 degrees, and the lake is clear. White bass are excellent on crankbaits, jigs and topwater lures fished in coves and in the main lake itself. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are fair on jigs and soft plastic baits fished around brushy structure, riprap, shallow areas and in coves… As summer vacation season continues, down on the Texas Gulf Coast at Sabine Lake, TPWD is reporting limits of trout, redfish, and Spanish mackerel Jack crevalle and most other inshore fish are feeding in the green water when the winds are light. Finger mullet or shrimp is the best bait to use. South of the Causeway bridge is the best spot this week, although the ship channel and jetties are consistent. Look for birds, slicks, and bayou shorelines for success…At West Galveston Bay, TPWD says that redfish are best around structure or along the shore. The topwater action has been good for speckled trout near the jetties…At East Matagorda Bay, TPWD says that mid bay reefs are the place to be, especially Chinquapin and Boggy reefs. Trout and redfish are good on live bait near structures…At Port O’Connor, TPWD says that bull reds are plentiful in front of the jetties in the morning. Flounder are good around the jetties on shrimp or minnows…

Tip of the Week

As the summertime heat builds over the next several weeks, don’t overlook night fishing as one way to tempt a big largemouth bass into biting. You’ll want a lure that can present a good profile in the water as well as one that splashes, makes noise, or causes a disturbance. Laydown logs, submerged timber, the edge of vegetation, causeway rip-rap, marina slips, and lighted docks near a shoreline home are all good places to check during a nighttime fishing trip. Be forewarned however – a big, violent take at night when you can’t see is one of the best stress tests a bass fisherman can have!