BY Staff Reports
Sunday, December 23, 2012
12/23/12 at 7:19 AM
Trout pond opens: The Trout Pond for Tulsa opens for the season on Christmas Day this year with Kids Day.
Parents and grandparents, uncles, aunts and adult guardians are welcome to fish as long as they bring a child to enjoy the outdoors with them.
The pond is stocked with rainbow trout and is located at The Gardens Park at LaFortune, at the corner of 51st and Hudson.
The pond is funded by private donations from NatureWorks, Doe's Eat Place Tulsa and Trout Unlimited/Tulsa Fly Fishers. No tax or hunting or fishing license revenue is used. Tulsa Parks supports the stocking and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game wardens enforce state regulations at the pond. Signs posted at the park provide information about the fishery.
New bass records: Fort Gibson Lake has a new record hybrid striped bass on the books.
Joe Durnal of Locust Grove registered the catch of a 14.4-pound hybrid on Dec. 8 at Bait Masters in Wagoner. He caught the fish in the Ranger Creek area on a soft-plastic bait. The fish was 28.5 inches long and had a girth of 21.25 inches.
Prague Lake has a new record largemouth bass on the books. It's the only record listed for the lake in the state's Lake Records program, but it's an awfully good start.
Kayak fisherman Norm Bekoff of Oklahoma City landed an 11.1-pound largemouth at the lake on Oct. 2.
Bekoff said the bass hit a chartreuse spinner bait as he pulled it past a large stump late in the morning. The fish was 23 inches long. It was released unharmed.
"When I shared the report online with Northeast Oklahoma Kayak Anglers on Facebook, I was contacted by Danny Bowen from ODWC who told me I should submit the catch for lake record consideration," Bekoff wrote on the Wildlife Department Lake Records page.