|Sign with rules and regulations regarding spoonbill fishing reads "Oklahoma is home to the best paddlefish fishing in the world".|
Twin Bridges State Park down the road from us, used to have a larger trailer open for cleaning the paddlefish in exchange for the caviar. The river banks are packed with fishermen working to snag these huge fish...and I do mean working. It is exhausting to watch them wrestle the lines they cast out and then drag in order to snag the spawning fish and then to reel them in.
A couple of years ago they invested in building a large facility strictly for handling these fish caught in our area and harvesting the caviar.
|New facility just a couple of miles from Twin Bridges State Park.|
We always know when spoonbill season opens because our neighbors all fish for them and often Slim will come home carrying a "treat" that we would rather she didn't have, like a huge fish head!
Twin Bridges is where the Neosho River from Kansas and Spring River from Missouri flow together and feed into Grand Lake of the Cherokees.