From staff , wire reports

'Sooner Run' tourney slated on Grand Lake

GROVE, Okla. - Over the years there have been hundreds of bass tournaments at Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma, but there has never been one quite like this.

The CITGO Bassmaster Elite 100 Series "Sooner Run" tournament, taking place June 1-4, will be one of the biggest events in the history of Grand Lake. The tournament will feature 106 of the world's top professional BASS fisherman competing for almost $700,000 in prize money, including a $100,000 grand prize.

The Elite Series is comprised of the world's top professional bass fishing pros competing in 11 events between March and September for a total of $7.4 million.

With water levels up, the fishing should be good on Grand Lake said Gene Gilliland, senior fisheries biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

"There may be a very few bass on the tail end of the spawn, but most anglers will likely be looking for bass in a post-spawn pattern," Gilliland said. "I expect the fishing to be very competitive and it could take as much as 20 pounds a day to win the tournament."

The fact that a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament is taking place on Grand Lake is not just a coincidence.

"In this series they are trying to put the best anglers on the best lakes at the best times of the year. The selection of Grand Lake is a great testament to the bass fishery and to Oklahoma's reputation as a bass fishing destination," Gilliland said.

Both the daily launches and weigh-ins are free and open to the public at North Beach Development Area (61201 East 270 Road). Each day the launch begins at 6 a.m. and weigh-ins take place at 3 p.m. The newly-designed North Beach Development Area is located east of Wolf Creek just north of Grove.

Arkansas won't let deer hunters use dogs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have unanimously voted down a proposal that would have required permits for hunters who want to use dogs during the upcoming deer season in parts of northern Arkansas.

The proposal was similar, but on a much smaller scale, to a proposal last year that also failed to gain approval by the commission.

The proposal considered by the commission included a deer dog permit zone in the Ozark National Forest and private lands in southern and southwestern Newton County as well as small portions of Madison, Johnson and Pope counties.

Information supplied by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was incorporated in this report.

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