If you didn't know, we are just about into the heart of the sand bass run across the state. Warmer waters get the advantage on the species, but overall every big body of water is on the bite as we roll into prime spring season fishing.

If you've never eaten sand bass - AKA - white bass, it's good as long as you know how to filet it. You cut it up like any other fish, but also trim off the thin oil-rich red meat and the lateral line that runs through each filet. Bread it, fry it, tastes buttery. You'll love it.

The largemouth and smallmouth bass are also starting to stir in the warmer, smaller lakes. Getting their fill on whatever prey they can find. Gorging themselves on shad and bluegill, makes it easy pickings on crankbaits at the moment. Of course, as we warm into the spawn, the bite is only going to get red hot... before you know it, the summer sun will force the biggest sportfish down deep into their hot-weather dormancy when the bite slows.

Now is the time to be fishing. I know it's annoying dressing for cold weather in the morning only to shed layers as the day goes by, but you have to make hay when the weather allows...

If you believe in the solunar table theory, you can reference any number of free resources on the net to pick and choose your optimum fishing times... but you can't catch the lunkers if you don't have lines in the water, just saying... As much as I believe the solunar times, I've also seen monsters pulled out of the lakes when there was supposed to be a lull in the action.

If you don't know how to target Oklahoma's various species of sport fish, take a few free fishing classes with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The largemouth course will stream live in a few days, here's the link to it and every other free online fishing class this month. Never waste free information, it has value.

Get out on the bank, in a boat, rent a kayak, hit the mountain lakes, and connect back to the calm and silent sounds of nature... It'll change everything you probably believe about living here.

The Beauty Of Southwest Oklahoma

Too many people spend too much time complaining about being in Southwest Oklahoma. If only they'd shut their mouths and open their eyes from time to time, then they'd see the true beauty of this place.

Things To Do In Lawton - Fort Sill

Odds are, if you live here long enough, you'll simply forget how much awesomeness surrounds this community. It's like getting tired of an old toy, the new simply wears off... but, no matter what time of year it is, here are some things to do when you come to Lawton - Fort Sill

The Wonders of Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle

Often called the Grand Canyon of Texas, it's easy to feel small when surrounded by the towering land. Palo Duro offers stellar hiking and biking, camping, and even cabins to plan more of a family or lovers getaway. Explore it on foot, on wheels, on horses, etc... Cap off the day with an authentic taqueria meal in Amarillo, if you can stand the smell. They don't call it "Cow Town" for nothing...