Sports
  • On the heels of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team has been ranked No. 6 nationally in the Street & Smith's College Football Yearbook Preseason Poll.
  • The Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association 2017-18 Team Academic Award, as announced on Monday by the AVCA. It is the second time in the last three seasons the Lion volleyball team has received the award and the third time in program history.
  • The old military-style "rucksack" has been doing duty in the outdoors for many years and for good reason. These "packs" are durable, foolproof and last a lifetime. Luke recently ordered this one from Hogman Outdoors. The Thermacell keeps mosquitoes and biting insects at bay during warm weather outings. photo by Luke Clayton
  • Individual or group training is a good way to start off the summer before summer leagues start. You will learn new techniques and fundamental skills to incorporate into your summer training before your school season starts!
  • Hunters can start making plans for the upcoming seasons now by applying for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Drawn Hunts. The online system is currently accepting applications and the first hunt category deadline is less than a month away.
  • Beaver Tailwaters: (updated 7-11-2018) Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said fishing has been spot-on this past week, and the weather over the weekend was fantastic for fishing.
  • Broken Bow: July 6. Elevation 6 ft. below normal, water 89. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure, points and standing timber. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, punch bait, stinkbait and worms along channels, creek channels, river channel and river mouth.
  • The Senior Pastor, Officers and Members of the Bethlehem Baptist Church - The House of Bread is seeking sponsorship and participation from our community partners as we host our 5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. It is our goal to assist worthy high school seniors who are beginning their journey in pursuit of their college degree. We invite you to enroll your golf team to participate, sponsor a hole, and or make a donation separate from the tournament sponsorship.
  • Cotter Trout Dock (870-435-6525), which provided the photo of the nice brown trout caught by the bridge on the White River, reports that Bull Shoals Lake is nearly 2 feet below the seasonal power pool target, so anglers have seen lower water levels throughout most of the day, between 2,500 to 3,100 cfs on average.
  • Bluewater Lake: Daniel Garcia, 10, of Los Lunas, New Mexico caught and released a 45-inch, a 37-inch and a 38-inch tiger muskie June 30. He was using water dogs.
  • Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes. Among these are five in Southwest Arkansas collectively known as the Diamond Lakes. These are Lake Ouachita and Lake Hamilton at Hot Springs, Lake Catherine near Malvern, DeGray Lake at Arkadelphia and Lake Greeson between Glenwood and Murfreesboro.
  • Luke Clayton with his 40-inch northern pike landed last week while fishing at Iskwatikan Lake Lodge in Saskatchewan, Canada. photo by Phil Zimmerman
  • If harvesting a bruiser buck like this is your goal this fall, now is the time to prepare. Try shooting a few arrows every day rather than extended practice sessions. photo by Luke Clayton
  • Red River Hoops will hold a basketball clinic July 10th, 11th, and 12th from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for 3rd thru 8th grade, open to all boys and girls. There is no cost to attend!
  • Bluewater Lake: Prescott Scargall, 9, of Santa Fe, caught and released a 40-inch tiger muskie June 28. He was using a Whopper Stopper 130 top water lure. On June 29, he caught and released a 42-inch, 28-pound tiger muskie. He was using a 7-inch jointed crank bait.
  • Luke’s daughter, son-in-law and a couple of his grandkids recently enjoyed a few hours of catching catfish at Texas Fishing LLC. near Caddo Mills, Texas. photo by Luke Clayton
  • Greers Ferry Lake: The walleye are eating crawlers on jigheads and drop-shot rigs in 12-28 feet of water, according to weather on flats; spoons are working well, too. Crappie are holding in their suspended state throughout the lake in 12-28 feet in and around brush piles.
  • Participants of the 2018 Wildlife Youth Camp had a successful day striper fishing last week on Lake Texoma.
  • Baxter Land Co. Fish Farm in Arkansas City donated more than 12,000 pounds of catfish, weighing 10 to 40 pounds each, to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to give people some added incentive to keep their lines wet this summer.
  • "The new plate design features a Texas river cascading over boulders and past cypress trees while gently carrying a kayaker downstream past a fly fisherman casting into a yellow sunset," said Janis Johnson, the Conservation License Plate program manager at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. "We expect this plate will appeal to a broad group of people, including swimmers, tubers, anglers, canoers and kayakers, water conservationists and all of the people who love and appreciate Texas rivers."