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Spring fever has quick cure

The angler in your family may be acting a little strange lately. Constant
gazing out the window, frequent trips to the garage to look over fishing
equipment and repeated jaunts to the local tackle store ­ these are all
sure signs of spring fever. But there is no need to worry, there is a
quick and easy remedy. A trip to their favorite fishing spot will make any
angler feel better, although repeated doses may be necessary for a
complete cure.

After being cooped up during the winter months, fishing is a great way to
escape from the house and spend time enjoying the spring weather and the
beauty of Oklahoma’s outdoors. Ponds, streams, rivers and lakes provide
Oklahoma’s sportsmen ample opportunity for a quality fishing experience.
“Early spring is a great time to get outside and go fishing," said Barry
Bolton, assistant fisheries chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation. “After the long winter, fish are becoming more active as
they build up their energy reserves in preparation for spawning.”
The first few months of the year are very productive for fishermen,
especially those who target big fish. If you need proof just check out the
record book - 26 of the 39 official Oklahoma rod and line record fish were
caught in the first five months of the year. From walleye to catfish, bass
to bluegill, springtime is the right time to go fishing.

“No matter what kind of fishing you like to do, your odds are improving
daily,” Bolton said. "The state is blessed with thousands of acres of
fishable waters and you can enjoy some great fishing with very basic
equipment, so there isn’t any reason not to get out and enjoy the

Before heading out, anglers should consult the “2004 Oklahoma
Fishing Guide” for specific species and area regulations as well as
license requirements. The guides are available at fishing and hunting
license vendors across the state or by logging on to the Department’s Web
site at www.wildlifedepartment.com<.





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