Red River

Luke and Pat Babcock with Cree River Lodge show off one of many big northern Pike landed on a recent trip.
Luke Clayton

Luke just returned from Cree River Lodge up in Saskatchewan where he enjoyed some of the best fishing of his career for northern pike, walleye and arctic grayling. Eddie Sparks also joins in to give some big striper catching tips in the Red River below the Lake Texoma Spillway. You'll also learn about a Texas based Crappie tournament trail in todays show.

Satellite view of US Highway 271

According to authorities the bridge on US Highway 271 crossing from Lamar County over the Red River into Oklahoma will close at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 due to rising waters.

State of Texas

With federal funding for a decades-old desalination project having dried up, the Red River Authority is looking for ways it could partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring in revenue. One option would be partnering with Good Earth Mechanics to use federal lands in the Red River basin in Northwest Texas to generate solar power. Such a project would require a customer - but the U.S. military could provide a market for the power.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to control high salt levels in the Red River were successful at first. But the project was put on hold while studies weighed the impact of salinity reduction on striped bass populations. Then, federal funding for the project slowed to a trickle before drying up entirely.

State of Texas

In the first episode of a series on the multi-decade effort to reduce the amount of salt in the Red River, KETR speaks with Red River Authority General Manager Curtis Campbell to get an overview of the issue.

US Drought Monitor

The last zero reading for exceptional drought in Texas was late March 2011. Until Thursday, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map.