Outdoors Digest – Democratic Herald

By Lynn Burkhead, for the Herald Democrat


June 7 – Monthly Red River Fly Fishermen’s Meeting at Eisenhower State Park Recreation Hall. For more information, including the evening’s speaker and fly tying schedule, visit www.rrff.org.

June 25 – Future Bass Trails Team Tournament at Alberta Creek. For information,

call Joe Copeland at (580) 504-7320 or visit the website at www.futurebasstrails.com.

August 2 – Monthly Red River Fly Fishermen’s Meeting at Eisenhower State Park Recreation Hall. For more information, including the evening’s speaker and fly tying schedule, visit www.rrff.org.

Sept. 1 – Nov. 13 – North Texas Zone Dove Season Premier Division.

September 10-25 – Teal season begins in Texas.

October 1 – November 4 – Deer archery season begins in Texas.

October 29 – February 26 – Texas quail season.

November 5 – January 1 – General Whitetail Deer Season in the North Texas Zone.

Nov. 5-6 – North Texas Area Youth Waterfowl Weekend.

Nov. 12-27 – North Texas Zone Ducks season premiere.

Dec. 3 – Jan. 29 – Second Division of the North Texas Zone Ducks season.

December 17 – January 1 – Second Division of the North Texas Zone dove season.


From the outdoor staff of the Herald Democrat, a happy Memorial Day weekend and a heartfelt thank you to those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom in America… In a row, Lee Livesay, resident of Longview, au Texas and Bassmaster Elite Series angler, did it again on Lake Fork, earning victory and a “Belt of the Century” (for a four-day total catch over 100 pounds) for the second year in a row. . The Longview, Texas pro totaled 113 pounds, 11 ounces in four days to win the Simms Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork. At last weekend’s Simms Bassmaster Elite Series event at the legendary East Texas lunker factory, Livesay grabbed 32 pounds on Day 1 (Thursday, May 19) and finished just five ounces off the first. place according to a press release from Bassmaster.com. The next day, Friday, May 20, Livesay used a 28-10 second-round limit to put him ahead of eventual runner-up Brandon Palaniuk with a four-pound advantage in the standings. In Saturday’s semi-final, Livesay used a 27-5 limit to position himself for the win, which he earned on Championship Sunday with a 25-12 sack limit and a 3.5-pound weight. . winning against Palaniuk, the current top angler of the year for BASS… Incidentally, Palaniuk and third angler Gerald Swindle were tied at 102-2 pounds each. But BP, as the Idaho pro is known to so many, clinched second place as ties are broken by the heavyweight single-day total and Palaniuk’s 30-1 limit on Day 2. broke Swindle’s Day 1 limit of 29-7…. Livesay was obviously thrilled with his second consecutive Lake Fork victory: “This week is the most stressful week of my life because I want to do good to everyone in this crowd that supports me – friends, family, sponsors, everyone,” he said in a BASS press release “This place is special to a lot of people, but it’s special to me because it’s my home. It’s hard to win on his lake, but I’m a very lucky man. … For the 36-year-old Livesay, the victory marked the third win of the Elite Series. The East Texas pro won at Lake Fork in 2021 and Chickamauga Lake in 2020 in addition to last week’s win. In addition to the $100,000 first prize at the Simms Bassmaster event, Livesay also won his second “Century Club” belt for breaking the 100-pound mark in a four-day event. His first was for last year’s Lake Fork win total of 112-5… Palaniuk and Swindle also won the “Century Club” belts last weekend, along with Shane LeHew, with 100-09. There were also six anglers fishing in the 90s, including Marc Frazier at 99-01…Jay Yelas, the former Tyler, Texas resident and 2002 Bassmaster Classic winner and 2003 Angler of the Year, took time off medical from the BASS competition for the rest of the year. The Oregon native and current resident there has been experiencing severe tendonitis pain in both arms for much of this current season. According to BASS writer Kyle Jessie on Bassmaster.com, Yelas said the pain started at the second event of the year at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Florida when Yelas made an awkward hook. Since he’s been trying to compensate with his left arm ever since, the pain runs through that arm as well. Yelas battled pain in both arms and battled through to Saturday’s semifinal of the Simms Bassmaster Elite Series event in Lake Fork last weekend. Yelas was sitting in 13th place heading into Day 3 at Fork, when the pain became so unbearable he had to sit out for the rest of the event. Following his doctor’s advice to take time and let things heal, Yelas will sit out for the remainder of 2022… ODWC Fisheries staff announced in this week’s ODWC Fisheries Report that he will “…removed 100 Florida-strain largemouth bass from hatchery ponds. These broodstock are mature fish weighing 4 to 6 pounds and were released into Grand Lake. Even though this broodstock has helped produce over 900,000 pure Florida strain LMB fry, their work is not done as these fish will continue to produce Grand bass throughout their lives. As for their fry, they will be raised to fry stage and then stocked in waters across the state. »…

Fishing reports

At Lake Texoma, the water is stained; the water temperature is 73 degrees; and the lake is 0.37 feet down. Adventure Texoma Outdoors guide John Blasingame told TPWD that “the striped bass bite is excellent early in the morning with surface waters, changing to slabs as the fish move deeper as the day progresses. heats. Few baitfish trying to spawn. Watch for egrets to signal fish in the middle of the lake. “…At Lake Ray Roberts, the water is slightly stained; water temperatures are 74 degrees; and the lake is 0.32 feet above normal after recent rains. TPWD says blue catfish and catfish are fair on cut baits and perforated baits caught shallow on windblown spots. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows caught in the submerged structure and brush piles of the main lake. Largemouth Bass is good along grass lines for those using crank baits, with some early morning surface action mixed in. the water temperature is 75 degrees; and the lake is 5.58 feet after dam repairs. Guides Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman tell TPWD that “bass are good on windy spots and side spots using surface waters with white bellies, as well as spinnerbaits. Carolina rigs with 10 inch blue PowerWorms and Chartreuse Pepper Ring Fry’s are good on points and ridges in 5-12 feet of water. Strike King XD-5 (crankbaits) in shad models works at mid range (depths) in 7-10 feet (of water) in the woods, near channels and (stream) points… Meanwhile , Lake Fork crappie guide Jacky Wiggins tells TPWD that “the crappie bite on Lake Fork is getting hotter than the temperature right now. Post-spawn fish are piling up on wood, deposits and brush this week in large numbers. They are hungry and will bite almost anything you drop on them. Minnows are still the top producer, closely followed by hand-tied jigs. The best depths seem to be (in) 10 to 23 feet of water. The next few months are the best months to load the boat with good eater sized crappie. is 73 degrees, and the water is stained. With the rainbow trout season in the winter and early spring all but over at this point, the focus is now turning entirely to warm water species over the next few months at the Blue River. The ODWC states that largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass are good on soft plastic baits and spinnerbaits caught around brushy structure, seams of river channels, rocks and coastal areas. River catfish are good for stinky bait and worms caught along channel seams and rocks. Bluegill, green and red sunfish are good for crickets and worms caught around brushy structures, rocks, riparian areas and seagrass beds… At Lake Murray near Ardmore, the ODWC reports that the Lake elevation is normal (and rising after this week’s heavy rains), water temperature is 78 degrees, and the lake remains clear. Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass are okay on soft plastic lures, jigs, and bait fished around brushy structure, flats, major lake spots, riprap, and shallows . White bass are slow on jigs, minnows, and surface lures fished along flats and in major lake areas… As the summer vacation season begins on the Texas Gulf Coast at Port O’ Connor, Captain Marty Medford tells TPWD the fishing is good at the piers right now. “Slitfish is good on sardines. Trout (speckled) is good on live shrimp and croaker. Large ones (drums) are suitable for dead shrimp. Bullfish are good in the channel, biting everything. Jack crevalles and sharks are good on the piers, biting whatever you want to serve… In Rockport, Damian Hubbs of Mathis Bait Co. tells TPWD that “the winds are still up as we head into the weekend of the Memorial Day. Rockfish are great in 2 to 6 feet of water in sand pockets on menhaden or drifting with soft plastics. Trout are good in 2 to 6 feet of water on live shrimp and soft plastics. Drums are good in 2 to 6 feet of water over dead shrimp. The waders are successful on trout and redfish early in the morning on live bait and plastics. And finally, in Port Aransas, Captain Doug Stanford of Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters told TPWD that “the south jetties produce slotted rockfish, Spanish mackerel, crevalle jack and black drum in 15 to 25 feet of water. water (for those) using cut mullet and live shrimp. Aransas Bay is home to beautiful rockfish and trout around the back of Mud Island (when) using the croaker.

Tip of the week

Looking for some early morning fun this Memorial Day holiday weekend? Next, keep in mind that the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports that for anglers on the earlier state side of the big lake, “fishing this week has been good. Stripers are great for live shad caught near Platter Flats and Washita Point at 25-60 feet. water.” And don’t forget that this early morning can produce explosive action on rocky shores, lake highlights and riprap. Have fun and be safe as you and your family celebrate the Memorial Day 2022.

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