Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fishing I

Community-based mentors can take their mentees fishing, and site-based mentoring groups can create a group mentor-mentee fishing or fishing tournament activity. If neither a mentor nor a mentee is a fisherman, both can learn together. Mentoring staff can learn, too, for the group project! 

Consider all the research into types of local fish, their habits and bait preferences. Look at lures. Perhaps learn to tie fly fishing lures. Make stink bait! Practice casting. Visit a hatchery if one is nearby. Discuss "catch and release" for conservation.

How much more fun would it be to have a fish fry afterwards on the same day or the next month? Clean and freeze the fish, of course, if keeping for next month. 'Endless possibilities!

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offers information about fishing--where and how.  From the site - 

Close to Home Fishing Opportunities

Looking for a nearby lake or pond to fish in? Through agreements between Oklahoma municipalities and the Wildlife Department, these areas offer excellent "Close to Home" fishing opportunities in metro areas.

In addition to state fishing license requirements, some municipalities require daily or annual city fishing permits. Check with local officials for details on cost and permit vendor locations. Phone numbers for city offices are listed below.

Close-to-Home Fishing waters have the following additional restrictions:

• Fishing is limited to no more than three (3) rods and reels per person, with no more than three (3) hooks per line (treble hooks are considered one hook). No other fishing methods are allowed, except noodling is allowed in the North Canadian River from the NW 10th Street bridge downstream to the MacArthur Street bridge in OKC.

• All largemouth and smallmouth bass caught must be released (returned to the water) immediately after being taken; no harvest is allowed.

• Channel catfish and blue catfish have a combined daily limit of six (6); no size limits apply.

For all other species, consult the statewide regulations.

Oklahoma City (405) 755-4014:

• Crystal Lake (6625 SW 15th)
• Dolese Youth Park (5105 NW 50th)
• Edwards Park (1515 N. Bryant Avenue)
• Kids Lake (3200 W Wilshire Boulevard)
• Route 66 Park (9901 NW 23rd)
• South Lakes Regional Park (4210 SW 119th) Note - west pond fishing access is closed.
• Zoo Lake (2101 NE 50th) east shoreline only

Choctaw (405) 390-8198:

• Choctaw Creek Park (NE 23rd Street and Harper Road)
• Ten Acre Park (NE 10th Street and Choctaw Road)

Del City (405) 671-2868:

• Eagle Lake (3405 E Reno)

Edmond (405) 216-7641:

Hafer Park (1034 S. Bryant Avenue)
Mitch Park (1501 W. Covell Road)
Bickham-Rudkin Park (450 E. 33rd Street)

Other cities's lakes listed on this website are El Reno, Enid, Guthrie, Harrah, Jenks, Lawton, Moore, Mustang, Norman, Yukon, OKC and Jenks trout fishing and Tulsa.


The Angler's Corner of the website gives helpful information suitable for beginners experts. http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/acorner.htm   

Also, the Department of Wildlife Conservation sponsors a Youth Writing Contest. http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/facts_maps.htm

Ret. 7-1-14

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