Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lake Altus/Tom Steed B & B

Deer Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Hobart Oklahoma.  Near lakes Altus-Lugert and Tom Steed.  Serving the best steak you have ever had! Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Southwest Oklahoma and go fishing with fishing guide Mike Diehl at Lake Tom Steed and fishing guide Jim Bevers at Lake Altus-Lugert. While there I stayed at the greatest little B & B this fisherman could ask for - Deer Ridge Bed & Breakfast in a great little town, Hobart, Oklahoma.

Dubbed "A Western Bed & Breakfast", Deer Ridge is way more than that - by far. Tastefully and artfully decorated by the owners themselves, every detail has been thoughtfully handled. I stayed in the room named "Covered Wagon" which had the most comfortable bed I think I've ever slept on. The magazines sprinkled throughout the property are the same ones I subscribe to, helping me feel right at home.

As an added surprise, they convert the first floor of the property into a restaurant on Friday nights and call it "Friday Night Steak Night" featuring the "best steaks you have ever had" - quote from the owner. Well, since my wife and I have had "Friday Night Steak Night" at our home for the last 20 years, plus the claim of the best steaks ever, and being a boy originally from the KC stockyards area, who now lives and eats steaks in Dallas, I had to give it a try.

I started with the cold boiled shrimp cocktail which was so fresh and delicious. The shrimp were huge and the homemade cocktail sauce had the perfect amount of tangy spice to it. Then I had very fresh and tasty salad made with baby spinach, toasted walnuts, feta cheese and dried cranberries topped with a house-made balsamic vinegarette. Then the waitress brought out my perfectly cooked ribeye and sides. The steak was huge, cut like butter, and was, without ANY doubt, the best steak I have ever had - in my life! I asked the owner where she got the beef and she said locally. Next time I'm up there, I'm bringing a cooler to bring some of those steaks home with me.

And if that weren't enough, they have a dessert called the Chocolate Turtle. Since I'm a chocolate hound, I had to try it, even though I was already stuffed from dinner. It was a warm, slightly gooey, perfect handmade brownie with thick streaks of firm fudge and rich carmel, topped with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream and lightly drizzled with more carmel and dark chocolate. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! It was absolutely, without ANY doubt, the best chocolate dessert I have ever had!

By this time, I was so stuffed and satisfied, I had to go out on the front porch and rock in the rocking chair for awhile. Too bad I didn't bring a cigar and some cognac!

If you find yourself in Southwest Oklahoma or want to get away for a nice weekend, I highly, highly recommend Deer Ridge Bed and Breakfast. You may be thinking, boy, he really liked the place maybe a bit too much - does he really know what he is talking about? Just so you know, I was in the hospitality business for 24 years, including hotels and food & beverage. I know a thing or two about excellent hospitality and Deer Ridge has got it going on.
Click on the following links to view their; brochure or website. You can also give them a call at 580-726-3423. They are located at 129 S. Broadway, Hobart, Oklahoma 73655. Tell them Doug from OklahomaFishingGuides.com sent you!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lake Skiatook Fishing Report

Lake Skiatook Oklahoma fishing guide fishing report
Fishing Guide David Clark of Fish On OK! sends us this report from Lake Skiatook:

FISH ON!!!!! Got back from vacation and decided to use the last day of it to do some fishing. So myself and a friend went up to Skiatook for a few hours and had a great time. Not sure how many we ended up with but it was somewhere between 20 to 30. We didn't keep any so it was hard to keep count. We only fished for about 4 hours and the first two hours we only caught a couple of fish. The last two hours were none stop. We had several doubles and a few triples. Most fish were in 22 to 24ft all but a few on downlines. Water temp. is now 66deg.
FISH ON!!!!

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report and picture David! Looks like a great trip - wish I would of been there!! If you would like to go fishing with David on Lake Skiatook, Lake Sooner or Lake Carl Blackwell, visit his site at www.FishOnOK.com or call him at 918-724-6786.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October Free Lures & Tackle Winner

Twice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Denny F. from Newalla, Oklahoma. Denny will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod? Sign Up Here!

Editor's Note: Congratulations Denny and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Blue River Trout Derby, Nov. 15 & 16

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2008 Veteran's Day Blue River Trout Derby in Tishomingo on Saturday and Sunday, November 15th & 16th.

$1000 in tagged trout ($100, $50 and $20 tags) will be stocked along with several trout in the 3-6 pound range. Over $1000 in trophies and door prizes will be given away. Each participant will receive a Blue River Derby Cap.

Additional Prizes include:
* Male Heavy Stringer 2-day total wins $100
* Female Heavy Stringer 2-day total wins $100
* Fly Fishing Heavy Stringer 2-day total wins $100
* Youth 15 and under Heavy Stringer 2-day total wins $100
* Heaviest Trout Caught wins $100
* Early Bird Drawing: Pre-Enter by Nov. 8, 2008 to be Eligible for Prize Worth $100.00

Entry Fees = Adult $25.00, Youth 15 & Under $20.00. Printable Entry Form.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: (580) 371-9288 - (580) 371-2175

Note: Due to rising cost of quality trout for the derby as well as the Blue River Association's donations to save the aquifer, we would welcome any donations to defray these costs. If you would like to make a donation, please include with your registration and you will be listed as a Derby Sponsor on the Sponsorship Board.


Rules:
*Must Be Present to Win Any of the Prizes During the Drawing (Except the Pre-Entry Prize)

*Contest Open To All Ages- Fee Good For Both Days
*Tickets Must Be Purchased Before You Start Fishing


Sponsored by the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce, City of Tishomingo, Oklahoma & the Blue River Association. State Fishing Laws Apply.

Editor's Note: I'm definitely in! See you there!! If you need a place to stay, check out Alberta Creek Resort & Marina, south of the Blue River on Lake Texoma.

October Free Lures & Tackle Winner

Twice a month, www.OklahomaFishingGuides.com awards free lures & tackle to lucky fishing report subscribers. In addition, once a quarter a lucky subscriber will also win an Original Readi-Lure tackle box from Tackle Tech AND at the end of the year, one lucky subscriber will win a customized IM8 Hookhider Fishing Rod.

This week's winner is Forrest L., from Norman, Oklahoma. Forrest will receive an assortment of lures & tackle from Lead Babies Slabs, The Fish Grip, River Bottom Lures and our newest sponsor SnapTail Lures.

Want a chance to win free fishing lures & fishing tackle OR a new tackle box OR a customized IM8 Hookhider fishing rod? Sign Up Here!

Editor's Note: Congratulations Forrest and good luck with all your fishing adventures this year!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Lake Elmer Thomas Fishing Report

Lake Elmer Thomas fishing report with Denese Freemen, WBT Co-Angler Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to go fishing on Lake Elmer Thomas with WBT Co-Angler Denese Freeman (who just won a Skeeter boat this April at Lake Lewisville Texas).

Under the watch of Mount Scott & Wichita Mountains, Denese and I headed out on her boat at the crack of dawn. Without a breeze blowing or a cloud in the sky, we had the perfect elements for a great day. The bass were jumping all around us, so we started out with top water buzzbaits but to no avail. We switched over to spinners, but again, no luck.

We then switched over to wacky-rigged Maniac Salt Sticks, 4" Cinnamon Crawfish color and started hammering them. We caught so many bass, we lost count. Denese took me to her best good luck spot and I promptly landed this 4lber (click picture to enlarge).

If you haven't fished Lake Elmer Thomas, do yourself a favor and go. Although small, the water is crystal clear and the mountains and wildlife are breathtaking. If you take your boat, please note that the lake is a "no wake" lake.

If you would like to keep up with Denese on the Women's Bassmaster Tournament Trail, visit her site at www.DeneseFreeman.com.

Editor's Note: Thanks Denese for all your hospitality and taking me out on your new prize Skeeter "Lizzy"! I look forward to fishing Lake Lawtonka with you next!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Lake Tom Steed Fishing Report

Lake Tom Steed fishing report, fishing at the Great Plains State Park Oklahoma Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to go fishing with my friend, future pro, and now Lake Tom Steed fishing guide Mike Diehl on his home lake.

We launched at sunrise at the Great Plains State Park boat ramp with the sun coming up over the Wichita Mountains on a cool, crisp beautiful day. There were a number of fishermen on the lake, some staying at the park, some driving in from Texas and around Oklahoma.

Earlier in the week, I received a new buzzbait (soon to be released to the market) which Mike was very excited about trying. I also wanted him to test drive some Hookhider Rods I brought along too. (BTW - No BS - my catch rate has skyrocketed on Hookhider Rods.)

Mike motored us over to one of his favorite top water spots and immediately hooked up on a nice bass. I have a great picture of it, but cannot post it until the new buzzbait is formally released by the manufacturer.

We also fished with Bitin' Titan Spinnerbaits, which Mike added a white and red tip worm trailer to, and he caught another nice bass (pictured, click to enlarge). We also had luck with some nice hybrids on a chartruese and black Lead Babies Slabs Ghost Minnow, silver and blue Bill Lewis Rattle Traps and Mr. Wally's chartreuse and white crankbaits.

If you haven't been to Lake Tom Steed, I highly recommend it. There are the mountains, the (very nice) state park, hiking, camping, facilities, tackle shop, scenic overlooks, biking, heritage trails, swim beach and more.

Thanks Mike for taking me fishing on a lake you clearly know very, very well. If you would like to go fishing with Mike, call him at 580-639-2065 or email him at futurepromike@gmail.com.