OK: Fish identification workshops in southeast Oklahoma to benefit even experienced anglers
While most fish are easily identified, even an experienced
need help at times determining the exact species of fish they
caught. At two upcoming fish identification workshops in
Oklahoma, personnel with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation will focus on instructing adult anglers to
between a number of commonly misidentified fish.
Small subtleties, unusual coloring among individuals,
features and occasional hybridization are just a few of the things
could make species identification a challenge.
“Most people get their knowledge of fish from family, friends,
and fellow anglers,” said Don Groom, southeast region
supervisor for the Wildlife Department. “For the most part,
knowledge is ‘close enough.'”
Still, the workshops will cover areas of special concern to
anglers, such as subtle differences in fish species that have
sets of regulations. Species like black bass and black bass
example, may not always appear different to the untrained eye,
knowing the difference can impact daily harvest limits for anglers.
example, largemouth bass may look similar to spotted bass, but in
cases daily limits set for largemouths but no daily limits on
“During the workshop, anglers will be encouraged to ask questions
the way and should expect to leave with more confidence in their
to identify a fish, and more importantly, be able to pass better
‘close enough’ information on to their family, friends, neighbors
fellow anglers,” Groom said.
Groom and his fellow Wildlife Department fisheries personnel will
hand to discuss the differences between black bass, but also others
white bass, yellow bass, striped bass, hybrids and catfish. They
also cover differences between snakeheads and bowfins.
One workshop will be held at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Broken Bow
and the other will be held at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Hugo Library.
workshops are free, and registration is not required.
For more information, contact the Wildlife Department’s southeast
office at (918) 297-0153 or Don Groom at (918) 686-3249.