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Learn to catch crappie and catfish at Rose State College

Crappie guide Todd Huckabee holds a big crappie caught at Arkansas' Millwood Lake. Huckabee will be one of the instructors at Rose State's "Crappie and Catfish Go to College," which begins Feb. 8. [Photo Provided]

Crappie guide Todd Huckabee holds a big crappie caught at Arkansas' Millwood Lake. Huckabee will be one of the instructors at Rose State's "Crappie and Catfish Go to College," which begins Feb. 8. [Photo Provided]

Crappie and catfish are on the curriculum during this year's fishing classes at Rose State College in Midwest City.

Each year, Rose State offers a continuing education course in fishing. For years, the courses concentrated on bass fishing, and many of the instructors were professional bass anglers.

Last year, the topic was switched to crappie fishing at the suggestion of local anglers, and this year a course on how to catch catfish is being added.

Called “Crappie and Catfish Go to College,” the 8-hour course encompasses four 2-hour night classes and is taught by a team of fishing instructors who are experts on the species. Cost is $89 per person, and the enrollment fee covers all course materials, including samples of crappie lures and jigheads.

The first class will be Feb. 8 followed by classes on Feb. 13, Feb. 15 and Feb. 20. Class times are from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“Crappie fishing is no longer just a cane pole and bobber sport, and the pursuit of this sport fish has never been more popular,” said Gary White, founder of the continuing education fishing program. “And almost every body of water in our part of the country has catfish in it.

“Surveys from last year's fishing classes in the region indicated a high level of interest from participants wanting to learn more about catching crappie and catfish specifically, so we've included both species in this particular curriculum.”

The accelerated courses will focus on strategies and techniques for catching crappie and catfish.

The instructors will be crappie guide Todd Huckabee, who has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and television shows over the past 20 years.

Huckabee is a full-time crappie guide who specializes in trips on Oklahoma's Lake Eufaula and Ft. Gibson Lake, and Arkansas' Millwood Lake. His topics will cover catching big crappie and the debunking of many popular crappie myths.

Also providing crappie-catching instruction are fishing guides Mike Taylor and Greg Robinson.

Taylor specializes in crappie outings on Oklahoma's Okmulgee Lake and Dripping Springs, but he also frequents all lakes in the northeastern part of the state for the species. His topics will cover cutting-edge techniques and when to downsize lures to catch more crappie.

Robinson guides for crappie on Beaver Lake in Arkansas. In addition to sharing his crappie jigging skills, he'll also teach participants how to catch crappie from the depths by trolling crankbaits with a soft-plastic trailer.

Leading the catfish session will be Chad Ferguson, who has earned the nickname “Mr. Catfish” because of his reputation for catching and releasing big blue catfish.

Ferguson operates North Texas Guide Service and specializes in trips to Texas' Lake Texoma, Lake Ray Roberts, Lake Worth and Lake Lewisville.

His “Catfish Edge” website is popular with anglers across the country, and he's a frequent guest-host on Barry Stokes' Fox Sports Outdoors television show.

To enroll in the 2017 "Crappie and Catfish Go to College" course at Rose State, call the campus at (405) 733-7392.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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